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 

So here I am, at my desk, wrapped in a blanket, sipping my coffee and cursing the winter chill;-).

It's early in the morning, still dark, two midgets are sleeping in their warm beds, one, the insomniac (aka Jake), is up watching a DVD.

It has been a cold and busy week, I am a quite behind on the blog, so I had better post this wedding before the school shift begins.

As I've mentioned before, I am not a fan of the dark and cold mornings that we have in winter, but, the one thing I do adore about this time of the year is the wintry glow of the daylight hours.  Ruhan and Valerie ordered some of that yummy winter light for their wedding day.

Valerie provided the beauty, Ruhan the ever-obliging (and dashing) groom ...and, of course, the amazing light - courtesy of those wonderful winter afternoons in Gauteng.   I am really thankful for the shimmering winter light, because Ruhan is also an avid photographer himself, which is flattering......and kind of stressful ;-) all in one.

It was... an incredible day, and did I mention that Valerie's dad married the two of them?

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Venue: Isiphiwo
Wedding Co-ordinator: Alet Wessels
Make-up: Cicilia Kaufmann

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Just gorgeous!! Wonderful, emotive images, what a beautiful couple and wedding! Awesome job as always, Andrea!!

(06.15.12 @ 06:52 AM)
Zischke Barnes:

Hi Andrea
Surely you have been truly blessed with an amazing eye for capturing those special moments that are stored in our memory but captured by a lens. Ruhan and Valerie made the perfect pic not just with each other, but also with you!

(06.15.12 @ 03:46 PM)

These photos are beautiful! Ruhan and Valerie must be thrilled.

(06.18.12 @ 01:44 PM)
Alana Meyer:

Stunning!!!! I love the image of Valerie walking in the bush alone! such yummy light!

(06.22.12 @ 03:44 PM)
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In my photo, I moved V's loose strand of hair  - I thought it was a distraction.
In my photo, I asked Vicky to turn  - I thought her shoulder covered too much of Joe's face.
In my photo, I focused on Joe.    
In my photo. I missed this moment;
A  mum totally infatuated with her sweet little boy.

The love in this photo takes my breath away.

...photo taken by Jake - age 5


The pictures below were taken by me, featuring the bear and his incredible parents. I have honestly never met such a happy and content baby, as the bear, he didn't shed one tear or complain the entire day...and it was a long day.


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The Bear is adorable!! Can't believe Jake captured that image - wow!

(06.08.12 @ 08:44 AM)
Andrea Carlyle:

@Stella - Yup he sure did take the pic, although to be honest I think it was a lucky mistake...I make them too!

(09.04.12 @ 05:23 PM)
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I knew Waldo and Mia were having a small wedding, but, when I saw the vintage motorbike with the sidecar, my heart skipped a beat. . . it was going to be a good day ;-) !

All the signs were there.   An intimate ceremony, a beautiful, quaint (yet totally cool) venue, a super carefree and down-to-earth couple.

This marraige was all about the REAL: no fuss, just a cosy and informal celebration of love.

To be totally honest, all I had to do was turn up and take the photographs. 
Everywhere I looked, people were in high spirits, laughing and beautiful.

Congratulations Waldo & Mia! The pleasure was truly all mine!



The kind of image most photographers pose, and sometimes I do too, but I must admit, it always feels better when you capture the real deal {insert high five}.








How handsome does Waldo look on that vintage bike? ...sigh

I do not usually process my images too much in post production, but for this series I had to add a wee bit of a vintage treatment.


Waldo and Mia invited 33 of their nearest and dearest to their wedding. I thought it was a rather special touch when they introduced each guest individually, detailling how that person had an impact on their lives.


Venue: Lombardy Boutique Hotel

Make up Artist: Madeleine Botha

Vintage Russian Bike: Groom's own

Facebook link: here

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Oh, I love that bike!!! What a special wedding and beautiful captures, Andrea!

(05.27.12 @ 10:28 AM)
Madeleine Botha:

What a pleasure working with you Andrea - looking forward to the next one.

(09.25.12 @ 10:58 PM)
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For as long as I can remember, my mother once told me that when the time came to getting hitched, the best thing for me to do would be to find an exotic destination, ideal to explore and then elope.  Yes, elope.

Well, Connie and Paul did exactly that.
Originally from Cambridge, England, Connie and Paul decided to tie the knot in South Africa - a bush ceremony involving just the two of them and a couple of witnesses, embraced by the warmth of the Madikwe Hills.
It was only after I had experienced this truly intimate and extraordinary marriage ceremony that I realised the wisdom in my mother's advice, and how remarkable an elopement can actually be.
Anyway, after Connie and Paul had exchanged their vows, the lodge organised a private dinner for them, under the stars on a wooden deck, with the only interruption being from a herd of elephants lumbering to the nearby water hole.

There is something about the tranquillity of the African bush that revitalises the soul, making you truly appreciate how insignificant your day-to-day problems really are.  In fact, I could have stayed in room 3 forever, well almost forever.
Thank you, Connie and Paul - beyond this, there really are no words to suitably describe the occasion.








The spot where Connie and Paul exchanged vows, with a 360 degree view of the Madikwe Hills game reserve.









I absolutely love this shot. It may look ordinary, but to me it is very special, as there was a  lion on he prowl no less than 80 meters from Connie and Paul.


To those that prefer Facebook, the images are here, feel free to tag and share.

Venue: Madikwe Hills Game Lodge

I just have to add the service, food, staff and setting at Madikwe Hills is just beyond words.

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Lauren Kim Photography:

Wow what a special day for them - so intimate

(05.10.12 @ 01:35 PM)

Amazing work as always! Love the intimacy of this wedding

(05.11.12 @ 11:36 AM)
Zimema Mhone:

That fire looks warm...

(03.06.13 @ 02:48 PM)
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Not many people can actually say that their marriage ceremony took place in the middle of the African bush, surrounded by sweeping panoramic views overlooking the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve.   Into the bargain, they were accompanied by armed game rangers, patrolling the area should some dangerous wild animal happen to join Claire and Andrew exchanging their vows.
Well, Claire and Andrew really can.

A fusion of ululating African dancers, tribal singing, a marimba band and, to add some zest to the occasion, Scottish bagpipes were all part of Claire's and Andrew's spectacular bush wedding.

It was, as expected, an amazing African experience, along with a strong emphasis on family and friends.

The setting could not have been more perfect, so all I can say is WOW!









A panaoramic view of the setting  -  just to give you an idea.










Venue: Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Flowers: Wishez
Video: Silent Video Productions
Make-up by Sam Scaife: Lashline

If you were a guest at the wedding, you'll be able to tag yourself in the Facebook album over here.

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Zimema Mhone:

Keep up the good work!

(03.06.13 @ 02:40 PM)
Zimema Mhone:

I'm very impressed

(03.06.13 @ 02:46 PM)
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