Meet Tess Leopold, the lady behind the lens that brings our collections to life on film. Tess is responsible for some of our most beautiful imagery, most recently working with us on our whimsical Narrative campaign whilst heavily pregnant with her daughter, Bowie. Not only is Tess an incredible talent, she's got that genuine salt of the earth appeal that we adore. For our first ever Dialogue journal entry, our beautiful photographer turned friend gives us a glimpse into her life outside work, where she is a devoted mumma living the dream with her family in their home by the sea.
Who do you most admire... Currently, my four month old daughter! Corny I know, but it’s incredible seeing such a pure life being led. Her interest in the smallest thing. Her big morning stretches and waking up slowly. Her ability to always show her true emotion and smile at life’s most simple pleasures. We (us grownups) seriously need to take note of these little humans - they know what’s up! There’s a lot to learn.
What inspires you... Everything! Music, art, history. But mostly flicking through a magazine, either current or old. Or one of my favourite coffee table books. All filled with beautiful imagery from some of my favourite and most influential photographers.
Words you live by... Fill your days doing something you love and are passionate about. There you’ll find happiness. Never let it go... and always strive for your wildest dreams. No dream is too big or too silly.
Favourite holiday destination... That’s a hard one. In Aus, Angourie - subtle, quaint and right on the beach. But I’m a sucker for anywhere overseas! So put me on a plane with a passport in my hand and I’ll be happy.
A summer memory you will never forget... Going to have to say meeting Sash. I was 16 and we ended up spending a week together in Byron. V cute ;)
Natural beauty product you can’t live without... I’m terrible in this department so I’m going to have to say the Aesop body wash that’s in my shower haha - does that count?
On Sunday, we will find you... Out for a late, delicious brekkie somewhere.
Describe yourself in three words.... Lover, Creator, Enthusiast.
What’s in your beach bag... Water, sunscreen and a fashion mag.
One piece or bikini... Bikini!
Your favourite sunblock brand... Drift Essentials for sunblock, Reef oil for tanning.
Swim or sunbathe... Swim.
Most recent tan lines... Port Douglas on my baby moon.
Favourite spring blooms... Bougainvillea.
Much loved beach read... At the moment, The Whole Brain Child #mumlife
Favourite summer refreshment... Mojito!
A smell that takes you back in time... Jasmine.
Instant pick me up... Chocolate - naughty but oh so delightful!
Current song on repeat... Anything by Ocean Alley or Norah Jones of an evening.
Describe your work in three words... Feminine, Emotive, Fluid.
Describe your style... Comfortable first and foremost! Feminine mostly, but a bit masculine when I’m feeing it.
You laugh the hardest when... Carl Barron performs or probably when Baby Daddy is doing something really silly with Bub.
Tess's favourite peony styles are all available at our online boutique.
Shop Whimsy One Piece here.
Shop Whimsy Soft Balconette here.
Shop Whimsy Staple Pant here.