Capturing the Milky Way requires planning for it as a compositional element, a shot of the stars and milky way on its own won’t be captivating enough.  For the professional-feeling Milky Way shot, take some time to plan out your location, take some hikes during golden hour and use an app like PhotoPills to think about where the Milky Way will be with a composition and foreground element(s) that will make the overall image truly sing.  

The Milky Way rises from the distant mountains like being released from a forge... (Two-exposure blend, used PhotoPills app to predict where the Milky Way would be at what time of night)