Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Tired of the proverbial rat race, a talented South African couple – Stevo Dirnberger and Chanel Cartell – quit their hamster wheel jobs, sold their worldly possessions and began travelling the world. But, what makes this a really fun story is that wherever they go they document their travels by taking funny pictures of local wildlife!

And, while not every animal is considered ‘classically photogenic’ they say they’re yet to encounter an animal that was camera shy.

Fun Is All Around Us.

Cartell and Dirnberger explained how they capture their humorous shots: “We have always been passionate about animal portraiture. In order to get the style of picture we were after, we would use a wide-angle lens and we'd need to get really close to the subjects, which is tricky in itself.”

This somewhat unusual approach to documenting their travels has gained them some unexpected attention on social media. But, they insist it’s just a quirky layer to their adventure.


“We've photographed highland cows and alpacas in Austria, bunnies and pigs in Sweden, lemurs, crabs and quokkas in Australia, and dogs and cats in nearly every country we've been to,” they added.

We’re not surprised that their journey and approach to creating memories has sparked worldwide interest; the idea of packing it all in and traveling the world doing the thing you love with the person you love is the thing that dreams are made of.

You can follow them and their funny animal capture adventures at howfarfromhome.com or on Instagram on the handle @howfarfromhome

Below are a selection of their favourite make-you-smile and bounce-about-with-positive-joy travel pictures.

Central Sweden, Lake District
Central Sweden, Lake District
 Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Salzburg Zoo, Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Zoo, Salzburg, Austria
Seekirchen am Wallersee, Austria
Seekirchen am Wallersee, Austria
Salzburg Zoo, Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Zoo, Salzburg, Austria
Trasti Og Trine Husky Lodge, Alta, Norway
Trasti Og Trine Husky Lodge, Alta, Norway