Portrait

The Sixties

The Sixties

The sixties

The sixties

The Sixties

Photographer & Styling: Sara Nguyen

You’ve probably already seen these photos on my instagram account. Time really flies fast! Because these photos were taken about one year ago when I wanted to try out the studio lights for the Marie Antoinette shoot. I find it very satisfying to color-coordinate outfits and create looks. For this photoshoot I took inspiration from 60s fashion when styling for myself and Mathias. There are some classic patterns that I always look for in clothes. The houndstooth pattern is one of them. And let’s not forget the A-line silhouette! For Mathias I picked out a classic black turtle neck and second hand blazer jacket.

Ni har förmodligen sett dessa bilder redan på min instagram. Dessa bilder är från en 60-tals inspirerad fotosession förra våren. 

   

Portrait

Mouth to Mic Ratio – Walt Miguel

Walt Miguel, 2017

Walt Miguel, 2017

Walt Miguel, 2017

Walt Miguel
Photographer: Sara Nguyen
Make-up artist: Santa Sallinen

The blog post title is from Walt Miguel’s self-released album Mouth to Mic Ratio. You can listen to it here. A couple of weeks ago Walter asked me to take some promo photos for his upcoming gigs. He wanted some simple photos for his facebook-events and social media etc. We did the photo shoot in Pictura’s studio. We also got help with the make-up from Santa, thanks! We started with a white background, but decided to switch to the black one. Except for a studio flash, I also used my own speedlite to get the style I was looking for. I like how the light also gave some texture and dimension to the photos. I haven’t actually used it so much because I usually shoot with available light only. I should definitely use it more often because I really liked the result.

Bloggtiteln är namnet på Walt Miguels album Mouth to Mic Ratio. Ni kan lyssna på albumet här. För ett par veckor sedan gjorde jag en promo shoot åt Walter för hans kommande spelningar. Vi fotograferade i Picturas studio och Santa gjorde make-up. Vi började med en vit bakgrund men bestämde för att byta till den svarta. För att få den rätta känslan använde jag både en studioblixt och min egen extern blixt. Jag har faktiskt inte använt min externa blixt så mycket eftersom jag oftast fotar med naturligt ljus. Jag borde definitivt experimentera mera med blixten, eftersom jag tyckte speciellt om hur blixtljuset gav textur och dimension i bilderna.

   

Personal

An introduction: Who am I?

Self-portrait, 2017

Self-portraits, 2017. The beret is a souvenir from when I visited Paris in 2011. 

(Text in Swedish below.)

Welcome to my creative space! Because this is my first blog post here I thought I’d write an introduction about myself. You’ve probably figured it out by now, my name is Sara Nguyễn. I’ve got Vietnamese roots, but I was born and brought up in Finland therefore I identify myself more with the Finnishswedes’ than the Vietnamese culture. I got mesmerized by the fashion and design when I watched fashion shows when I was 6 years old. At some point I also dreamt about becoming a fashion designer or photographer. I started having photography as a hobby when I was eleven. The majority of the photos I took were of horses for an online platform and flowers. I guess that online platform was the reason why I wanted to improve my photo skills. I also wanted to be able to take nice photos of bunnies and horses.

The 18 years old me decided somehow to go to law school. After four challenging years, I got my bachelor of laws degree (Finnish law) last spring. Currently I’m living in Turku and studying complementary studies in marketing at Åbo Akademi University. My passion for fashion and photography has remained the same. Although, my views on the fashion industry have changed over the past year. Lately I have focused on quality over quantity and about a quarter of my wardrobe is thrifted. It happens that I buy clothing from fast fashion chains, like this blouse from H&M and Jeans from Gina Tricot. But that’s not durable in long run. I would like become less dependent on material things and become more of a minimalist.

Self-portrait, 2017

// Jag tänkte att jag skulle kunna börja blogga på svenska också! Sara Nguyễn heter jag. Jag har vietnamesiska rötter men känner mer tillhörighet till den finlandssvenska kulturen, eftersom jag har bott i Finland hela mitt liv. Jag har hållit på med fotografi sedan jag var elva. Då tog jag mest bilder på hästar och blommor. Då ville jag kunna ta fina bilder på hästar och kaniner.

Jag blev intresserad av mode i ganska tidig ålder. I något skede drömde jag även om att bli kläddesigner eller modefotograf. När jag var 18 år bestämde jag mig för att utmana mig själv och började studera juridik. Förra våren blev jag klar rättsnotarie. Just nu bor jag i Åbo och studerar kompletterande studier inom marknadsföring vid ÅA. Mitt modeintresse har alltid varit starkt men mina åsikter om modeindustrin har ändrat över tiden. Det händer att jag köper kläder från lågbudgetskedjor men jag försöker minska på min konsumtion och tänka mer långsiktigt. //