Taaniko Nordstrom and Vienna Nordstrom are the creative stylist/photographer duo behind Soldiers Rd Portraits, which was a concept first dreamed of in 2011.
Based in Cambridge, New Zealand, the two stylists dress customers in Maori, Pasifika and Native American and First Nations regalia for a memorable native inspired vintage portrait.
With a business that can pack down into two bags, the creative duo have taken their mahi on the road numerous times, not only here in Aotearoa, but also abroad all over Australia and even as far as New York, Utah and LA!
Taaniko says their formula for success is simple, “Whakawhanaungatanga – we make a connection with every whaanau we meet and realising that through our portraits we have touched their lives for the better is humbling. It’s also reassuring to know what we’re doing is of value to others. ”
“Having had the opportunity to travel abroad with our original concept, we have definitely experienced first hand the uniqueness and beauty of our Maori culture on the world stage. We enjoy having a business that promotes and celebrates our culture.”
“The portraits we take are a beautiful and positive portrayal of people, specifically Maori, and we’ve seen, heard and felt people’s reactions. They feel a sense of pride in themselves and in some ways, they feel closer to their tupuna.”
Follow Taaniko and Vienna and their journey with Soldiers Rd Portraits at soldiersrd.nz, on Instagram @soldiersrd, on Twitter @SoldiersRdNZ, or ‘Like’ them on Facebook.