50 over 50 Project Exhibition

50 over 50 project Exhibition

The first 50 over 50 project by Sumico Photography exhibition was completed in October 2019. It was my first solo art exhibition in my life and was very memorable event.

I started planning to launch this project early 2018. I spent quite good time nearly a half year to plan to launch this project. I met my wonderful editor Arcadia and told my plan about 50 over 50 project. I told her about my project name and was not sure if I will have 50 applications or not. I wanted to have an exhibition but at that time, I did not plan my budget for my exhibition well.

Based on why I wanted to start this project, what I want to achieve, Arcadia wrote a wonderful landing page for me. She has been supporting me since the project started and I appreciate her support greatly.

I made an information booklet and filmed a video, ready for launch it in July when I turned to 57 and the day I was coming home from the workshop by my mentor, Sue Bryce in New Zealand.

Soon after I launched it, I received many application forms more than 50 quickly.

What I find interesting was; when you determined to do something, everything will come to you. When I thought how I can spread this project as a movement, then my project was featured in women’s motivational magazine, Y Mag. At the end of 2018, I found about two art grants and I applied. I received the funds from Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support arts and culture in regional Queensland, and the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland through BMAC. Those funds covered the major costs of the exhibition and I feel so grateful.

Before the exhibition, I was interviewed by Katherine Feeney of ABC Radio Brisbane at her program called “Afternoons”. My exhibition was featured in Logan City Magazine, Albert Logan News, Courier Mail Online News.

At the exhibition opening, over 150 people attended. I hired the room next to the gallery for ceremony. One week exhibition attracted over 250 visitors. All visitors took time to see the photographs and read each woman’s story. Some were in tears and told me what a wonderful exhibition is. It was so successful. I raised $1,365 funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation through the exhibition.

I appreciate all the people who supported me at the Gallery opening, Jo Devin who helped me so greatly to do the MC, helped me with opening day, all the volunteers friends helped me for setting the place up, my husband and son. All the participants, their families and friends. The venue- Able Gallery, guest speakers, RADF coordinator Chelsi.

The first exhibition was one of the most memorable days in my life for sure. Without all the support I received, I could not achieve, so thank you so much to everyone.

I have started the second chapter of 50 over 50 project, if you are interested in participating it, please visit Sumico Photography’s 50 over 50 project page.

50 over 50 project Exhibition featured in BEMAC blog

50 over 50 project Exhibition

Established in 1987 by a group of passionate advocates and artists inspired to bring the creative work of a new generation of multicultural artists into the spotlight, BEMAC has grown to become the state’s leading multicultural arts producer, presenter and artistic development organisation.

Sumico Photography’s 50 over 50 project exhibition is supported by the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) via BEMAC. An initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and our exhibition was featured in BEMAC website.

No. 7 Ann Age: 64

50 over 50 project | Ann

50 over 50 project

No. 7 Ann
Age: 64

When I received Ann’s application for this project, I asked her when is the best time to contact her. Then she replied back to me and she was in Zanzibar, Africa and she said that she can talk from Zanzibar – no problem. I was amazed by her attitude, ok – just do it now – She lives “Now” and I admire how she is. She is very active and has amazing energy.

She has lots of interesting life stories to tell. I believe that one day she will write books – maybe it is one of her do- lists.

Here is what Ann said;

When, in 2013, at age 59, I left my job as a Corporate Accountant, after 19 years with the same company I decided that I wasn’t retiring as much as reinventing.

I have continued my acting which I started in 2000, having already built up a comprehensive resume over a range of types of productions including a large number of student and short films. One of my passions which led to formal training.

I don’t know where the idea came from, but in 2013 I became a Registered Civil Celebrant, with Marriage Celebrant being the main service of my business. Celebrancy very quickly became, and continues to be, a really passion for me. I love thinking outside the box to make a couple’s ceremony extra special.

In 2012 I gained my Real Estate Registration and worked for about 2 years in a local Real Estate Business on a casual, part time basis doing admin support and some process and systems work.

I am involved in a local business group where the focus is firstly on giving back to the community, underpinned by a strong network of local businesses.

I am a mentor in Salvation Army’s Drive For Life Program taking a Learner driver on the roads to help them achieve the 100 hours to enable them to apply for their driving test.

Family is everything to me. I have a wonderful, long suffering husband, of 43 years, who helps me so much as my roadie for my ceremonies, supporting me in everything I do and researching holidays and saying “what do you think about…”

Travel has played a huge part in our life over the last few years and places visited include: UK, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, a Danube River cruise, Victoria Falls, South Africa, East African Safari, Caribbean cruise, China, South America and numerous cruises. No wonder I have to knock back some weddings and acting roles.
We have an awesome and beautiful, son, daughter and daughter-in-law and a truly the cutest granddaughter born in May 2016. Through our daughter-in-law we have gained an extended family for whom we are blessed.

I was born in Lusaka, Zambia of British parents. My father was an architect and my mother a teacher. In 1963 my elder sister and I went to boarding school on the South Coast of England and visited Zambia then Uganda for school holidays. Our younger brother followed to boarding school a few years later.

After finishing year 12 I spent a year working in London before travelling to University in Mid Wales where I met my husband.

After leaving Uni I studied to become an accountant and we moved a few times for work before moving to Australia in 1993, landing in Brisbane Airport with 2 kids (5 & 9) and no jobs.

We have lived on the Northside of Brisbane for the last 25 years and our children keep on telling us we need to downsize from the home we have been in for the last 24 years.
We might when we get some time!!

Hair and makeup by Rita’s Makeup Artistry
Photography & Video by Sumico Photography


50 over 50 project Exhibition

50 over 50 project Exhibition

50 over 50 project – Exhibition of Portraits of 50 women over the age of 50 by an original creator – Sumiko Eyears, Sumico Photography.
50 over 50 project is a celebration of the diversity, strength, beauty, essence and wisdom of women in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond.

We are having the gallery opening celebration on 26th of October.

The exhibition starts from 24th of October and concludes on 30th of October from 9am to 12pm.

This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support arts and culture in regional Queensland.

No. 6 Caroline Age: 57

50 over 50 project | Caroline

50 over 50 project – portraits of 50 women over the age of 50.

Caroline of Soulbyrds is a very spiritual lady and she provides intuitive therapy, Reiki, teaches meditation. 

When I saw the outfits she brought at her pre photo shoot consultation (style consultation), I thought that we should do outdoor photoshoot as well. We originally decided to go to the park nearby. When I was driving a car after the consultation, I was seeing beautiful pink flowers near the river where we live (Caroline’s house and my house is about 5 min drive). I wanted to go there as I thought that the place would suit her spirituality. When I told Caroline about pink flowers, she told me that the tree of pink flowers is called Bauhinia Tree and she said that was the first flowers which she made her first flower remedy from. I was very thrilled to hear. I thought that we meant to take photos there. The photo shoot day was cloudy day, in the morning, it rained too. However, I was certain by the time of the photo shoot, it will be cleared. Then I was right. We were surrounded by perfect, beautiful and soft light there. I also loved the trees around this Bauhinia tree, there are some kind of willow trees which I felt spritiual and beautiful. It was a perfect place for this wonderful woman – Caroline to be photographed.

Caroline says; I am a woman who honors the aging process. I believe that beauty is not just in appearance but in attitude how we feel, think and express this to the world. 
I would love to be apart of this amazing sharing and caring environment.
My mother taught me to respect and honor myself as a woman.
I also know that being pampered in this way enhances a woman’s inner beauty and brings out positive self esteem.

Hair and Makeup by Rita’s Makeup Artistry
Photography & Video by Sumico Photography

Top 20 Women Over Fifty Blogs

50 over 50 project

I am pleased to advise that my blog 50 over 50 project was selected by Feedspot as one of the top 20 Women Over Fifty Blogs.

Thank you so much to Feedspot to include my 50 over 50 project blog.

I will try to update my blog more frequently and I like to invite guest blog writer to share inspiring stories, tips for styling, tips for beauty, tips for health, tips for travel, and so on.

If you are interested in writing an article, please send me an email to sumi@sumico.net.


No 4. Patricia | Age: 83 and No. 5 Johnene | Age: 63

50over50 before & after makeover

50 over 50 project – Portraits of 50 women over the age of 50

Patricia & Johnene | Mother & Daughter Participants from NSW

Let me introduce No. 4 & No. 5 Mother and daughter participants – Patricia Age: 83 and Johnene Age: 63.
They live in NSW. They flew to Brisbane to participate in this program.
I really appreciate their support and participation. Patricia is the eldest participants so far in this program. She looks so amazing for her age. I feel so honoured to have them in my project.

Patricia says: I am Patricia Barber. .I am an 83 year old mother..grandmother and great grandmother.
After growing up in a country town and going to a Catholic School I married a banker who returned with me to the remote family mixed farm to start our life together and raise a family. I have seen many changes since those early days of isolation without power or telephone and limited water. I have learnt resilience..to tough it out but also to enjoy every moment.
I love and appreciate that I am able to be physically and mentally strong and believe that this along with being true to oneself is the essence of being.
Participating in Sumiko’s 50 over 50s Project is an opportunity for me to show that age is no barrier to being confident and feeling great about yourself. It is a wonderful thing to share this experience with Johnene. .the eldest of my three daughters and one son.

Johnene says: I am Johnene Hobson known as Johnny. I am almost 64 years old but certainly don’t feel anything like it..I have a loving family..my darling Donny..3 wonderful sons Ben Matt and Tom as well as a very special extended family and friends.
I have a real passion for wellness..nutrition and fitness which I love to share with family and friends and anyone else who cares to listen.. I believe that one needs to nurture oneself physically and spiritually to experience good health and true happiness.
Mum and I both like to help others in different ways not in a public way but quietly..I love to knit and crochet squares to make blankets for the homeless “Wraps with Love” and each year I collect and makeup handbags for women in crisis ..supporting “Share the Dignity” Mum loves to purchase and wrap teddies and soft toys to put under “The Wishing Tree” at Christmas…x
I feel privileged and excited to be part of Sumiko’s 50 over 50s Project..especially being involved in it with my beautiful mother Patricia Barber. This is a chance to show that every woman deserves to look and feel her best and that we can celebrate each others achievements and be inclusive and role models for others.Thank you for this opportunity.

Hair and Makeup by Rita’s Makeup Artistry
Photography & Video by Sumico Photography




No 3 Jo | Age: 54

50 over 50 project | Jo

50 over 50 project – Portraits of 50 women over the age of 50.

Let me introduce 3rd woman of my 50over50 project – Jo.
I have known Jo for a while through Business women networking group.
I love her energy. She is very kind, confident, and a beautiful woman inside and out.

Jo says: I’m 54, and married to a wonderful man and I am part of a close knit loving family. After a long and reasonably successful corporate career I found myself in a situation at 40 where I realised I wasn’t going to have children of my own which was a very different outcome to what I had always imagined, and I became hungry to find out what my true purpose on this planet was. I began to learn more and felt driven to help others in a different way and in turn add more meaning to my life so I started learning more about myself and studied counselling coaching NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and this led me to meet my current business partner and together we are Positive Living Skills. Through Positive Living Skills we are supporting teachers, children and the wider community with a goal to drastically and positively impact the growing and alarming statistics of anxiety, depression suicide and violence that are devastating families. Some people would think that it’s too late to start a new business with a big vision like this at 50 (and yes it has been challenging) although my firm belief is that women (and men) 50+ or any age can achieve whatever they set their minds to if they develop self belief and they persist through all the thoughts of giving up or self doubt, and I want to show women of all ages that their opinion matters and they are more capable, more creative, and more valuable then they often give themselves credit for and they can laugh and have fun. We have so much to offer and I am excited to join this group of women who are stepping in to their confidence even more and letting themselves celebrate their value and their uniqueness.

Jo started Positive Living Skills after 50. What she does is remarkable.
Please support her vision.

Hair & Makeup by Rita’s Makeup Artistry
Photography and video by Sumico Photography

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Q & A After the Photo Shoot

Q. The reason why you wanted to participate into this project

A. I want to show women (and men) of all ages that their opinion matters and they are more capable, more creative, and more valuable then they often give themselves credit for, and they can laugh and have fun. Each of us has so much to offer and I am excited to join this group of women who are stepping in to their confidence even more and letting themselves celebrate their value and their uniqueness.


Q. What was your favourite part of the photo session?

A. I loved everything about this experience, getting my hair and make up done, dressing in different outfits and especially clothes I wouldn’t normally wear (the black dress Sumi had in her collection) and getting the experience to watch Sumi in her element – so confident, knowing exactly what to do and what to try next to capture the optimum outcomes. I guess the thing I liked the most was that I was lucky enough to do this with a friend so I got to watch her shine as well and we had such a good time – lots of laughs and it was a true celebration.


Q. What would you advise to younger yourself or other women? Or what is the best lesson you have learned so far?

A. I would say to younger women two things.

  1. Don’t wait until you’re 50 to give yourself ‘permission’ to appreciate yourself and really shine and enjoy being the centre of attention. Give yourself the gift of enjoying who you are and being proud
  2. Let go of judgement of others which gives you permission to let go of your judgement or criticism of yourself and this will help you to achieve #1 above 😊

Thank you, Jo.

No. 2 Rhonda | Age: 61

before and after shots for Rhonda

Let me introduce Rhonda, the second woman of my 50 over 50 project – portraits of 50 women over the age of 50.

Rhonda is a Remedial Massage Therapist, Health Coach and Artistry Skincare and colour Consultant at Tamborine Massage and a wife to a wonderful husband, Tony for 37 years.

She turns to 61 in this November. Rhonda said; I am naturally an introvert. Throughout my life I have struggled with self confidence, self image and to some degree self worth. Whilst I have had many amazing achievements throughout my life, none have been easy and none have come without personal costs to me. Somewhere deep within me is a strong confident woman who has been held back for many years and who is desperate to break free. When I read what Rhonda wrote, I wished that she could see herself who she really is from what I capture. I see a beautiful, kind, confident and strong woman in these photos and I am sure that everyone agrees.


Hair and makeup by Rita’s Makeup Artistry Photography & video Sumico Photography

Thank you to Jo Devin and Rita for throwing materials for me.


Q&A after the photo session

Q. what was your favourite part of the photo session

A. This is a very difficult question to answer, as the whole photo session was amazing.  The idea of feeling special with having my hair and makeup done so beautifully and professionally, certainly boosted my self esteem, having such elegant outfits and gowns to wear certainly lifted by self image and mood, however if I had to choose one thing, it was the actual photo shoot.  Sumi put me a complete ease and so effortly brought out a self confidence in me that I did not know existed.


Q. What would you advise to younger yourself or other women? Or what is the best lesson you have learned so far?

A:  Advice to other women:

Don’t let self doubt, lack of confidence or being an introvert stop you from pursuing opportunities and stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone.  Taking the initial step was extremely difficult, but worth more than I could ever had imagined in regards my personal growth and strength.

Lesson learned:

This outstanding project has been a phenomenal experience for me on a personal level.  I have learned that I am much stronger than I thought I was; that for the first time in my life, I am proud of me and proud of my achievements.  I feel totally empowered.


Q.  Is there anything you can suggest improving my service?

A. There is nothing I can suggest to improve your service.  Everything was first class


To apply for 50 over 50 project waiting list, please visit; https://www.sumicophotography.com.au/50-over-50-project/


No. 1 Kathleen | Age: 55

50 over 50 before after Makeover

Let me introduce the first lady of my 50Over50 Project, Kathleen.

Here is Kathleen’s story;

“Born and bred in Queensland, I had a wonderful childhood, youngest of 4, we were blessed with the best parents you could ever wish for.  Our home was always a safe and secure haven filled with love and guidance.

Naturally sporty, I was tall and very slim and fit, it seemed a natural leaning toward modelling in my spare time.  I enjoyed the catwalk, loved the clothes (still do) and especially the confidence I had in life.

After my first marriage ended, I decided to travel as often as I could.  At 30 I bought a ticket to Europe for 12 months, packed my backpack and bike with the plan to explore each country on bike.  In Denmark I met and married my second (and last 😊) husband and lived there until we decided to move to Australia.  I became a mother for the first time at 32, went on to have 4 children with my last born when I was 42.  I believe children keep you young in mind and body.

Things that I noticed as the years slipped past, was as a woman who was used to ‘getting the glances’ I felt I had become invisible to others.  I was caught up in the whirlwind of motherhood, a working fulltime, busy with everything and everyone else but me.  After 20 years of marriage my husband and I separated, so at age 51 I was alone, very sad and struggling to regain my identity and confidence to go forward.

I have realised in preparing for the next phase of my life, and even though many would consider me vintage, I still feel young inside.  How you felt when you were 20 or 30 is the same as you feel today.  The only difference is the experiences you have encountered over the years.  Sure the outside has changed, gravity has taken its toll, but in reality that doesn’t matter, its what is on the inside that shines through to the outside is what makes you beautiful.

My life has had its share of challenges but those experiences is what strengthens my resolve, builds resilience to face whatever the future holds for me.

I am very excited to be a part of Sumiko’s project.  It is like a ‘call to arms’, we are all special, we all have our individual stories, our own reasons be taking part.  We are beautiful, we are strong and we are definitely not invisible.”

Thank you, Kathleen. It was a pleasure capturing you and looking forward to learning more about you.

Hair and makeup by Rita’s Makeup Artistry
Photography by Sumico Photography

Q&A after the photo shoot

Q. The reason why you wanted to participate into this project

A. To do something for myself, make me feel special, see how others see me, to remind the world that women can and do have much to celebrate in this time in our lives.

Q. What was your favourite part of the photo session?

A. The professionalism of both Rita the makeup artist and of course Sumi, they both made it a relaxed and very enjoyable day.  And seeing the results!  Very happy!

Q. What would you advise to younger yourself or other women? Or what is the best lesson you have learned so far?

A. Every challenge in life has a solution – sometimes tough sometimes easier. Don’t expend too much energy on stress or anger – it achieves very little and at a great cost to you.

Find something in life that you really enjoy doing,  wealthy or poor, you are valuable, never lose sight of that.

To apply for 50 over 50 project waiting list, please visit; https://www.sumicophotography.com.au/50-over-50-project/