The island of Tasmania is full of incredible yet undiscovered creatives. We share an insight into coordinating a winter viking-themed photo shoot in one of Tasmania's remote-est, coldest locations.
When the idea of “Winter Viking Wedding” came to the girls at Kingbilly Flora, they knew it would be the opportunity of a lifetime to create a scene that showed just how incredible some of these undiscovered creatives were and thus these images were born. Kingbilly Flora creates floral arrangements solely with dried flowers. The creative points for the pieces in this shoot were “Fierce and Bold Ruler” They wanted to created pieces that made the couple feel what they needed to project.
Another thing that Tasmania has is some of Australia’s best photographers. The scenery on this bountiful island is muse to our incredible artists behind the camera. But when it came to choosing a photographer for this shoot, only one came to mind. Otherwise known as “snow child” Shirley Bliss started as a Commercial Photographer specialising in food photography in the local restaurant scene. Her ability to evoke emotions through inanimate objects led her to pursue Wedding photography. Where there’s passion, she will make you feel it. And that’s exactly what she did in this shoot. Shirley now photographs a combination of multiple genres that she has accumulated through her photography journey. Food, fashion and passion, she can capture it all and give you all the feels.
The dress is obviously a BIG DEAL. With so many wedding boutiques across Tasmania it was difficult to choose one we knew would “fit the bill” but after a lot of research we came across a boutique that we couldn’t go past. A local fashion boutique- Strutt Design Studio. They specialises in bridal and formal wear. When we told Strutt about this collaboration they were on board straight away and without so much as a conversation they knew they had the perfect dress to fit the scene and that they did. Every element of this dress was perfect for this shoot.
The make up was created by Tanisha Koops. Tanisha needed no guidance. In the door at 7am on the day of the shoot, having never met, she made us feel so confident in her ability to create the look that was needed. “Fierce” was the word she gave us and we agreed. Within an hour she had our bride looking like the most Boss bride you’d ever seen.
You can’t have a Viking wedding without Viking armour. The props were handcrafted by a local Dad & Daughter team- Victor and Elisabeth Soo. They create props with foam: otherwise known as the “Foamsmith" these incredible pieces looked the part with unbelievable attention to detail. They were everything we dreamed of and more.
Now this couple! Toby and Esther Long. Both medical professionals they share not only their work space but the most intense passion for each other both on and off camera. These guys had us feeling all kinds of emotions! Although this wasn’t their actual wedding, you would never have guessed it. Their love for each other just as strong as the day they said “I do” over three years ago. If you love a good Nicholas Sparks movie, you’d love this couple!
Concept & Flowers: @Kingbillyflora Props: @Makeroos
Models: @Esthermlong & @toobyl