How to express yourself with beautiful photography – A style interview with Souri

by Sylvia

How to express yourself with beautiful photography - A style interview with Souri | 40plusstyle.com

I recently became aware of Souri’s blog Fabulous Femme as she submitted it to my ever growing 40+ community page. As you know I love good photography and Souri’s blog has plenty of that as well as fabulous style. I wanted to know more about both her style and her photography process so time to ask her some questions!

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a wife, a wedding photographer, a blogger, a Myotherapist and a mother of two. Life is pretty busy but fabulous! There’s loads more info in the ‘About Me’ section on my blog if you’re interested 🙂

Souri wearing a pink dress | 40plusstyle.com

As a point of reference which age group do you belong to or perhaps you are willing to share your age?

I’ve just turned 40! It’s not as scary as people suspect it would be. It’s not like I instantly grew some warts and gained loads of weight as soon as I hit 40! Life’s pretty good here.

Can you tell us a bit more about your blog Fabulous Femme and why you created it?

Fabulous Femme is a blog which was created to inspire others to live life big and to the fullest. Life’s too short to be mundane. It’s a place where we, as photographers, can express ourselves in any way we wish and to share it with our audience. Our photo shoots always incorporate some beautiful fashion. As we’re perfectionists, it all just has to look great! Fabulous Femme will be an on-going project which our kids can look upon for memories of some great times we’ve had. Hopefully our messages of finding happiness and enjoyment in the simple things in life rub off onto others!

Souri wearing white and mint | 40plusstyle.com

The first thing you notice on your blog are the big beautiful photographs. Can you tell me a bit more about your photography?

We’re normally wedding photographers. Love everything about weddings! Fabulous Femme pushes us to do other forms of photography. It inspires us to use other techniques and it inspires us to create. Nearly every photo on our blog is ours which we’ve lovingly thought about and taken. They’re too nice not to be shown in large! We’ll produce photos of anything which we deem to be fabulous.

Do you have any tips for other fashion bloggers on how they can improve their photography?

You must have a good camera and lenses or have a good photographer! Maybe go and attend a short photography class so that you know how to use your camera properly. You could also take fantastic photos with your iPhone, providing the styling of your photo shoot and the light is great. Lighting is so important! Have good photo apps which allow you to enhance your photos to give them some oomph. There’s so much information online to help you achieve better photos – go and read them! Did I mention good styling?

Souri wearing pink with stripes | 40plusstyle.com

Which camera and which lenses do you usually use for your outdoor fashion photography?

The equipment you use for your photography is important … but it’s not everything. As I am a wedding photographer I have the luxury of using professional equipment. I mainly use a Canon 5D III and my favourite lens amongst others is a Canon 85mm 1.2II (which gives you wonderful portraits and does not distort. I love this lens! I could photograph the whole day just with this one lens.

When you want to take photography serious for your fashion blog and are on a budget I always would suggest to buy a basic DSLR camera body first – such as a Canon 1100D. Even a used one on ebay. Lenses are really important and for starters I suggest the Canon 50mm 1.8 (which you get for $100 or cheaper). It is a fixed lens which forces you to walk around as you don’t have a zoom … the high Aperture of 1.8 gives you nice background blur. When you caught fire with that combination you can go and spend more money on better equipment (maybe invest in a better versatile lens such as the Canon 24-70 2.8II IS).

(My examples are all Canon as I use Canon cameras … but you will find the equivalent from Nikon or Sony … and there are also lots of great smaller mirrorless cameras on the market).

Much more important than equipment is to learn the use light and how to compose images. Think about your images before you take them.
Take the background into consideration. Try a different perspective and walk around a bit before you take an image. Think different – use reflections, photograph through glass, shoot details, backlight your subject, and so on … there are lots of different ways. Be creative! Photograph every day!

Chic in black and white | 40plusstyle.com

How would you describe your own style?

Classic, pretty, comfy and fun. I don’t restrict myself when it comes to style. Each day and occasion inspires me in different ways so I’ll dress accordingly. Having two kids doesn’t always allow me to be as glamorous as I’d like to be. Most of the time, comfort wins.

What would you consider the most important components of your style?

I have to feel great in what I’m wearing! The fit has to be right and the style has to be right for the occasion. I’ve seen too many ultra short hemlines at weddings which should have been reserved for a nightclub!

Souri wearing a flower dress | 40plusstyle.com

Where do you live and how does that influence your style?

Melbourne is a pretty fashionable city! When Melbourne women head out, they’re not afraid to throw on a pretty frock and some heels. Travelling all over Europe, I’m surprised to find that women here prefer to go casual – even in Paris! You can’t be too overdressed for most places in Melbourne.

Do you feel you have a signature style?

Not really. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like to restrict my fashion choices. As long as it’s pretty and I feel great in it.

Souri wearing a pink dress | 40plusstyle.com

What inspires your outfit choices the most?

My mood. It also depends on what I want out of a particular photo shoot.

Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?

I’ll only wear colours which I feel good in and my outfits have to suit my body shape.

Casual in greens | 40plusstyle.com

Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

Not that I’ve noticed. Maybe ask me in my mid forties!

Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately’ and what does it mean to you?

My little girl told me that I can wear mini-skirts until my knees are wrinkly. That’s a great piece of advice. Wear whatever you feel great in and it will be appropriate for any age.

Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?

I’ve been into fashion for quite a while now but having this blog means that I’ve become more selective about my fashion choices. Having been an avid ‘Fashions on the Field’ contestant has helped me refine my style. Those women know how to dress to impress! No leaf is left unturned when it comes to competing in those comps. Everything is immaculate, down to their accessories and hairstyles.

Souri wearing a fitted flower dress | 40plusstyle.com

Why is the way you look important to you?

The successful person takes pride in every aspect of their lives, including the way that they look.

Which of the outfits on your blog are personal favorites and why?

That’s a hard one. There’s so many outfits which I love on that blog! There’s so many more being added constantly. I do love colour and I did love squeezing into that fuschia pink Karen Millen dress (see image on top). I also loved wearing that orange H&M floaty dress in Dresden, Germany.

Souri wearing an orange asymmetrical dress | 40plusstyle.com

The black silk skirt and sequinned top at the Zwinger was very chic too!

Chic in black and white | 40plusstyle.com

Do you follow trends? And if yes, which trends excite you at the moment?

I’m usually not a trend follower, unless it’s the trend towards comfort! Take flat lace-up shoes for example – they are filling up magazine pages! I’ve been living in lace-up flats (Oxfords or Brogues) while touring around Europe.

Do you have any fashion and style tips for women over 40?

I may sound like a broken record but do wear what you feel great in! It’s not about keeping up with trends or what others think you should wear. If you feel confident in it, wear it! Stick with great fabrics and workmanship and you can’t go too wrong. Cheap fabrics will bring a look down though.

Souri wearing a gray dress | 40plusstyle.com

What are your plans for your blog and how do you see it develop over the coming years?

We’ll keep filling it up with beautiful photos and amazing happenings! There’s always so much going on around us and we want to capture as much as possible. Some more creative concepts would be great. They just take a lot more time and effort. Have you seen our ‘Mermaids’ feature? That was so much fun but took a lot of time, like all good things.

Anything further you would like to add?

Make goals and aim high. Anything is possible. Life’s too short so make it a fabulous one 🙂

Thanks Souri! Go check out her beautiful blog and fabulous photos at Fabulous Femme.

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Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

Oooh, thanks so much for bringing us Souri! I’m really drawn to blogs with beautiful photography, so I’m definitely going to visit Fabulous Femme! The grey dress in the last photo is gorgeous!

Souri Sengdara

Thanks for the interview Sylvia … 🙂 It’s always nice when people appreciate my photos and style.

@Sue … its one of my favourite outfits – was even wearing it again last night 🙂

Greetje Kamminga

What is not to love about this blog? Beautiful. I like all Souri’s outfits. And had a look at the mermaids.. such perfect pictures.
The thing about myself which I recognise in her is the fact that all outfits are so different. Not just one style. Love it.
Greetje

Tammila Goodwin

Beautiful, I cant afford to travel right now so I enjoy seeing the pictures of other parts of the world. You ladies lead a exciting life. I love Souri’s style. Thanks for sharing.

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