I remember the way the golden light shone through the trees in the Jubilee Creek forest as I stared up at them. They seemed impossibly tall through those eyes. The cold, soggy leaves had started to soak through my 'Chicks Rule" Nando's t-shirt.

If you were still for long enough, my Gran said, the fairies would come. So I stayed.

I grew bored, rolled over, and started studying the pale mushrooms next to me. "How small are these little blighters" I wondered, in my best dad-impression voice. Tinkerbell seemed pretty big, but we couldn't trust drawings in books. I'd have to take a photo and send it in to You Magazine, just for good measure. That was a particularly excellent pun and as I laugh-snorted, the fairies fled.

Today I relive the magic of that moment through photographs. 14 really crappy, motion-blurred photos on 200 speed film to be exact. As I pull them out of their far-from-glamorous plastic box, they quietly whisper back all these things I have long forgotten. Holding these images makes me feel the same anticipation of magic that I did all those years ago.

That skin-tingling feeling is what I want you to experience when you open your album years from now. You should remember how the early morning light tumbled into your room and kicked off an impossibly large day. A day filled with so many small memories that would otherwise be forgotten. Those photos will whisper memories that make you relive the feelings of genuine excitement, nervous anticipation. overwhelming, heart-skipping joy and deep, meaningful love.

Let's make magic together.

Winning 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year!
Accepting the most unexpected award at the Admired in Africa Gala Awards surrounded by people I love.

Having had the privilege of spending 13 whole years with my little love, who taught me so much about life.
#CubaTheBullie

Iceland. And Flowers.
Standing in a field of Lupines that stretched as far as the eye could see.

Spending an entire month in Vietnam.
Surviving motorbikes, taxis, minibus ride from hell, crazy food and jungle rivers.

Travelling solo to Zanzibar.
Becoming friends with Abdullah and making a pact that we'd never ever eat sea urchins. The most NB.

Roadtripping to Joburg
Packing my belongings into my little car and making a move that changed my life.

Taking a chance.
Deciding to date one of my closest friends and loving every single second. Best decision ever!

Treasure hunting in Drakensburg
The thrill of finding blue agate treasures in cold mountain streams.

Puppies!!!
Seeing 8 leedle poopies being born and watching them grow day by day. Aunt duty was never more fun!

Misty McFluffin Marusich
The bundle of fur that took over my heart and is steadily taking over my bed.

The Cosmos Explosion
My favourite time of year, every year!

Making the most of the South African Lockdown.
Exploring the most beautiful parts of our country with the entire family (even the dog).

Ocean Art!
Creating my favourite and biggest piece to date with a little help from the love of my life.

Big Magic

recent memories that make my heart beat waaaaaaaay faster

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