About Me

I am a mother of three boys (three boys, being punished for my sins!) and have been a fan of photography for years. I started shooting weddings seriously about five years ago. With the arrival of my twins, I decided to reduce my working hours in order to spend more time at home with my boys. Using photography to make up for the loss of income was a natural progression.

This is where you will be able to catch regular excerpts of what I am up to...


If you would like to contact me please email: andrea@andreacarlylephotography.co.za

My website is over here: www.andreacarlylephotography.co.za 

During the speeches, I think it was Anuschka's dad who happened to mention that all the precious and important people in their lives were present at Auschka's and Richard's wedding.

And it always fascinates me the sheer number of moments that can be documented in just one day. 


Surrounded by people that they love; energetic kids running everywhere; a flower girl playing in a fountain with her bouquet; the chaos of putting everything together; the quiet and tender moments reading love notes; the tears; the laughter and the joy..... it's all the things that weddings are made of and I'm totally thrilled that Anuschka and Richard allowed me to capture theirs.










































Facebook Page: If you were at the wedding feel free to tag yourself and share.

Make-up: Ubella

DJ: Duane Rockwell

Videographers: Silent Video Productions 

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beautiful beautiful beautiful - love your work its so natural

(11.22.12 @ 02:22 AM)
Zimema Mhone:

I love the way you photograph.

(03.06.13 @ 02:45 PM)
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Forgive me readers, as I know you've been waiting to see some more weddings, but, it's the busy season at the moment, which means that I have neglected the blog a little.

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Natalie's and Rashaad's wedding and if I'm to be totally honest, the one single episode that flashes to mind from their ceremony, almost like one of those facts you find on a Chappie wrapper, is that "in over 50 years James Bond has sex 64 times." 

Nothing poignant, I know, nothing romantic.   Then again, anyone who was at the wedding will recall the animated sermon that was delivered by their minister, Andrew Christie, which was filled with meaningful advice, spiced up with anecdotes and unforgettably appropriate wit.   And just like the 007 excerpt, that I know will stay with me for years to come, their day was truly one to remember.
Natalie had hired me because she'd wanted a true, documentary-style coverage of their big day, as it unfolded, with not too many posed photographs.

Their energy, Rashaad's wicked sense of humour, their love, their gorgeous daughter, plus their amazing family and friends made documenting it in a relaxed manner all too easy. Thank you, Natalie and Rashaad....and now the pictures;


































Decor & Flowers: Beatrix Events

Minister: Andrew Christie

Cake: For Heaven's Cake

Lighting: Delight Events

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It has been a wee bit hectic this past fortnight and I've a lot of editing and blogging to catch up on, but, I can't wait to share all the incredible weddings I've photographed recently. 

So without further ado, let's jump straight into it with Janie and Jaco.


As I was driving home from Janie's and Jaco's ceremony, it dawned upon me that whenever I pick up my camera to shoot a wedding, I am always completely surrounded by ceaseless throngs of wholesome love and laughter - my job being merely to capture it all and at the end, someone hands me a pay cheque.  What can I say?  I would say that is a pretty good deal☺.


Janie's and Jaco's day was just that: a day engulfed in pure love, unabashedly fantastic people and oodles of good cheer.  One of those days when, from the very start, you just know it's going to be an excellent one and you also know, no matter how hard you try, you won't have sufficient words to describe it.


.... and finally, some images from their absolutely perfect day.
































If you would like to tag yourself or share the album you can find the facebook post over here.


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Beautiful as always Andrea :)

(10.09.12 @ 04:05 PM)
Zimema Mhone:

I like the bathtub photo!

(03.06.13 @ 02:47 PM)
Zimema Mhone:

I will definitely refer you.

(03.06.13 @ 02:49 PM)
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My internet and emails are down L

I am trying to get through it all with visits to the local internet cafe and via my Blackberry, I may however, be a little slower than usual with my responses. I should be up and running in a couple of days.



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I turned 40 a few days ago.   Yes, I know, it's hard to believe given my youthful appearance and still oozing that young-at-heart personality, so I reckon you're probably thinking. . . how is that possible?  After all, she looks and acts so young? ;-)  But, it's true.  Therefore, with the onslaught of this almost-midlife turning point, I elected to broaden my horizons this year, by throwing caution to the wind and assuming a different approach to my usual photographic pursuits.

In the past, with three small children, I wasn't really able to take on any far-flung weddings, mainly because it was much more important for me to be at home with my boys, as opposed to travelling to out-of-town assignments - let alone internationally.

So when Casey contacted me in January this year to shoot her wedding in the USA, I decided to go for it hook line and sinker.   Besides, my boys are now old enough, I was verging on 40 and it was time to go for a certain degree of change.

So, with that caution to the wind, I set aside my day-to-day routine (everything a Virgo craves), to photograph Casey's and Aaron's illustrious wedding in Georgia and I'm so very thankful that I did.  It was just what I needed.

I am not sure if it was at the rehearsal dinner, or on our wild dash to get to the service itself, but, when Casey's brother's best friend, Jamie, mentioned to me in passing that Casey's family is one of a kind, for me that was a categorical understatement, because THAT they certainly are.

Why, you may ask?  Well, on the actual big day, whilst Casey was preparing herself upstairs, it seemed as though each time I popped downstairs for certain odds and ends, there was Casey's dad, Larry, meticulously and devotedly stirring the pasta.   Besides Larry's steadfast dedication, Casey's mum, Victoria, took it upon herself (with the help of family and friends) to almost single-handedly cater for the entire host of VIPs, involving no less than 150 wedding guests!!!   And all because Casey absolutely adores her mum's home-cooked cuisine.  So there you have it; they're downright one of a kind indeed.

To say the very least, it was a complete honour to be flown all the way from South Africa, to join Aaron and Casey on their truly epic wedding day.

I'm going to apologise in advance for the complete and utter size of this post, as well as the slow download, because (quite naturally) there are far too many gorgeous images, plus lacking the culling willpower on my part.

Thank you, Casey and Aaron, from the bottom of my heart.   It was a privilege to experience Southern Hospitality at its unimpeachable best!



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Casey and Aaron decided to do a "first look" before the ceremony.


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Homemade desserts - yum! ...and by the way the caprese starter was to die for.


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Videographers: Absolute Wedding Films

Flowers: Le Petit Jardin

Assistant Photographer: Julie Neill

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Hannes Uys:

Superb Andrea!

(09.13.12 @ 05:55 PM)
Colleen Sevitz:

These are amazing. They made a very wise choice using you as their wedding tog.

(09.14.12 @ 07:09 AM)

Oh my word Andrea!! These are amazing images!! There are too many to pick a favorite, but the little girl and the dog and that light on the country road - wow!! And what a beautiful location for both ceremony and reception...

(09.14.12 @ 08:28 AM)

Absolutely stunning Andrea!! LOVE the setting, and as Stella said, that light on the road is just beautiful!

(09.14.12 @ 09:27 AM)

After lurking around your blog forever, I finally feel like I can make a comment (even though my family and friends have commented you to death of facebook already, lol). I just love your work! It's such a weird feeling seeing myself and my family through your pictures, lol, weird, but good! You just did so much for us, I'm just so grateful!

(09.15.12 @ 06:17 AM)
Andrea Carlyle:

a bit late with this, but a big thank you to you and your family, you did so much for me :-)

(10.23.12 @ 05:29 AM)
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