Photographer Antti Karppinen needed a birthday present for his wife. So, like any creative person, he skipped the jewelry store and headed right to the armorer.
Indeed, the idea to transform his wife into Viking Shieldmaiden Lagertha was born out of their love for the History Channel show Vikings. Karppinen notes:
What to do when your wife has a birthday and you are out of ideas what to buy? Well .. go a head and buy or try to find a hand made Viking armour, arm braces, shield, hand embroidered shirt, authentic viking sword and other needed gear. And of course get a one eyed horse who can lay down on command.
Get together an awesome team of friends to help you to turn your wife into Lagertha by doing the hair and makeup and to assist with the photoshoot. Get some smoke machines and bombs and get the team into some awesome location near the lake and shoot some frames to match one of your wife’s favourite TV series of all time.
Then spend couple of days retouching those images and post them online for everyone to see. Birthday present .. DONE!
Check out more pics below.
You can check out more photos and the full story on Antti Karppinen’s blog.