I'm Marli

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Have you ever been a guest at a wedding where it feels like you never see the couple - they are away for a large portion of the day taking photos - you're awkwardly making small talk waiting for dinner to be served? Weddings like this lack the essence of celebration. I'm sure you don't want your guests to reflect on your day and recall something similar!

I'm Marli, an adventure-seeking photographer, with ninja-like skills to document all the feels of your special day. Other than the portrait portion of your celebration (when we sneak away for golden hour love shots) you'll hardly notice that I'm there. 

My approach to weddings is simple - I'm here to document all the moments as they unfold, providing curated direction when needed. The best way of telling a story is to REALLY observe (with your eyes, your heart and your full being). I'm here to capture the little gestures and the big moments in order for you to look back and reminisce about it all 20, 30, 40 years from now. 

I value spontaneous celebration with family and friends, carefree adventures to far-away countries and deep belly laughs accompanied by drinks with bubbles. After all the confetti has settled I'd love for you to walk away with a collection of frames which will translate into a story of how your day felt. It must authentically evoke nostalgia, joy, anticipation, love, celebration and down-right awesome vibes. 

I have a background in architecture &  will always be mesmerised with how light enters and plays within a space,

I am an obsessive animal cuddler

(I greet them before I do their humans),

3 huge mugs of tea a day keeps me energized and dancing about,

I'm an extroverted-introvert and need loads of alone time to recharge

Maps / aerial views have become a slight obsession,

Coffee shops are the perfect spot for people watching - I enjoy doing this frequently,

If I'm upset, I love to bake sweet treats or hike my backyard (which form part of Table Mountain),

The only proper way to listen to music is on vinyl,

Whiskey over beer, Prosecco over shots.
















Documenting stories inspired by love, adventure and beautiful light