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 

February 3, 2012 // Personal

"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are,
the things you never want to lose."

~ The Wonder Years


Here we are, already in the first week of February.  Blimey, did January go by so unexpectedly super-fast for anyone else, or is it just me?


Anyhow, in early January, we hired a houseboat for the day, bobbing along at a snail's pace on the Vaal river and then over-nighting at a picturesque quayside, just in time for a wondrous sunset (and glass of Chardonnay)

As usual, I took thousands of photos in the hope of preserving these childhood memories forever. . .




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For those who have asked me a number of times; we hired the boat from Old Willow Boats

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Any wedding involving a barefoot bride and groom, cocktails on the lawn and some crazy dancing is a score.


Susanne, who works in event management,  had put such care into every exquisite detail, that the whole day was literally bursting with purple prettiness!  If you haven't gathered from the images, Susanne's favourite colour is purple.


Despite the torrential downpour earlier in the day, their ceremony took place on cue under the jacaranda trees,  surrounded by friends and family that travelled from all over the world to witness Alan and Susanne exchange vows.


Thanks so much Susanne and Alan for giving us the opportunity to enjoy so much beauty in one day.  I went a little overboard with the finer points, so grab your morning cup of java for this one!



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The midget cake stalkers, you get them at every wedding.



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I must also give a huge shout out to Leeandra and Claire from Fields of Colour, you ladies were a hoot!


As always the images are also on Facebook, feel free to tag and share.





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Stella:

What a gorgeous and fun wedding this was! Beautiful job, Andrea!

(01.30.12 @ 08:52 AM)
Claire:

Wow! Your pics are amazing... Well done! Loved working with you... Lee & Claire

(01.30.12 @ 09:49 AM)
Simone Sherriffs:

The photos are amazing. Such a beautiful wedding, and as usual Lee and Claire have outdone themselves with the flowers!

(02.02.12 @ 08:15 AM)
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Reading through my notes from Marli's and Chris's wedding, the one word that particularly keeps swimming around in my head is GENUINE. 


There is little I desire more in photography than authenticity and yet it often seems so elusive and difficult to capture. You point the camera in someone's direction and, instead of snaring the unassuming moment you originally saw, the person then immediately foils the opportunity by reacting quite oppositely - yes, they'll look at the camera and smile.


Well, Marli and Chris, on the other hand, wear their hearts on their sleeves and are genuinely unaffected people, who are not afraid to show their emotions to those around them, which made capturing their wedding day so very easy.


Their day was emotional, fun, intimate and, of course,  full of GENUINE moments - all the things I love about weddings.
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Those that may want to tag people or share the album amoungst friends, can view the Facebook version album here.


 
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Chris Lubbe:

Hi Andrea, So far yo have exceeded our wildest expectations!! I know this is unfamiliar ground, but I can't wait to see the rest.

(01.16.12 @ 10:34 AM)
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So, yet another year fizzles out and here we are in 2012. Gosh!!  It seemed as though 2011 whizzed by in the blink of an eye; gone so fast.  Then again, it is said that time goes quickly when you're having fun, so I reckon it all makes sense, after all.

 
At this time of the year, I suppose that I should be reflecting back on the previous twelve months, with a best-of-2011 image gallery, or perhaps making some resolutions, but, such pursuits really wouldn't be me, so I'll plunge straight into the here and now with this next wedding post.

 
As I tinker away at my keyboard, I'm desperately racking my brains to forge the words best fitting to describe Hayley's and Mike's wedding day, but, to be honest, I am not sure that I should write too much, as I genuinely believe that the images themselves say it all.  You can see from Hayley's and Mike's pictorial debut that they are a pretty chilled couple and seem to be laughing most of the time, which is exactly how they were - relaxed, fun and happy-go-lucky.

 
I would have to say that, besides Kim's and Dale's ceremony - of course ;-), this was easily one of the most laid-back weddings that I experienced in 2011.

 
One thing that I do want to share with you is that Hayley is the first bride I've ever photographed that literally trashed her matrimonial dress (well not really, as the revised version looked just as good) and on the big day itself. That's right, you read right!! 


Apparently, Hayley realised at the reception that her gown was impeding her dance moves.  At that particular moment, I was tipped off that something was going on and heard Hayley say: "It's not like I am going to wear it again" and then, just like that, SNIP!!  We had half a dress...and then the party began in full earnest.
 

Hayley and Mike, thank you so much for the experience and, of couse, all the laughs.  Langebaan is in for a treat!





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The wedding cake consisted of an apt cake topper (Mike is in the airforce), cake pops and macaroons ...yum!



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This is the part where the dress is being cut off.
I have snuck in a before and after picture into the Facebook gallery, it is not such a pretty picture, but if you want a peak, head on here . Just scroll through their album it is there towards the end.



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December 23, 2011 // Personal
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Just having my morning coffee, making a mental list of things I need to do today, we have three really excited boys and all things Christmas to organise on this side of the screen.

Yup, it's that time of year again, time for me to spend some time with my family, my mantra for the next few days will be Rest & Relax.

Happy holidays to all of you and thank you for stopping by this wee blog, to those that leave comments, thank YOU {inset hug}. Logging off now, back on the 3rd January 2012.


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Corinna:

I love your Christmas wish! Wishing you all a super Christmas and relaxing New Year! Here's for a billion blessings in the new year! Love to all! Cx

(12.25.11 @ 07:27 AM)
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