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 

If I had to choose one solitary word that could describe childhood sweethearts Janine and Ashley, then it would have to be laidback, or possibly even carefree. 

Their wedding ceremony was pretty much about a girl who once met a boy and then finally ;-) tied the knot, on that auspicious big day.  Nothing at all else seemed to be of any importance. 

It did not matter that Janine forgot to put on her garter and it didn't matter that there wouldn't be a second ring exchange - quite simply, Janine and Ashley were marrying each other and that was that.

It was a scorcher of a day and it would be earmarked as the very first and last time, I hear, that Ashley ever wore a suit.

Janine was calm, composed and looked beautiful.  Ashley was eager and perspiring slightly in his first-ever Fabio (suit).  The expressions and comments of their guests said it all and it was an honour to spend this day with them all.

Amazing. Thank you.

As always the images are on the FB page, feel free to leave some love or tag yourself over here.


















PS: I also have to add that Zavion, the co-ordinator at Memoire, was razor-sharp and just a pleasant person to be around.

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Monica Dart:

so beautiful! love the 'wonderwoman' photo....and serene portraits of the bride.

(11.18.11 @ 11:52 AM)
Madelein Hartzenberg:

STUNNING Photos!!!

Beautiful Bride Janine & and Ashley so handsome.. What a wonderful day to share with these two Amazing people!!!

(11.18.11 @ 12:02 PM)

You certainly outdid yourself with this one! Amazing images - love the dress, the veil in the mirror and the tree flare ones - actually, I love them all!

(11.18.11 @ 12:14 PM)
Adrie Booysen :

Beautiful Photos! Beautiful couple! So proud of my children!

(12.01.11 @ 07:46 AM)
Adrie Booysen (Mom of the Bride):

Beautiful photos! Beautiful couple! Loved sharing the day with family and friends.

(12.01.11 @ 07:56 AM)
Bets Swanevelder:

Two beautifull people on their special day, and the most stunning photos I have seen in a long time!!!

(12.01.11 @ 07:13 PM)

Wow, love your work! Very inspirational!

(12.06.11 @ 10:42 AM)
Tracy Miscik:

Just wanted to say what great pictures.....

(01.06.12 @ 11:06 PM)
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November 11, 2011 // Children / Personal

I read somewhere this morning, that there are aproximately 75 000 wedding ceremonies schedulled for today...phew, that is alot of "I do's".

This is what we will be up to later this afternoon ;-).


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That's what we'll be doing too :)

(11.11.11 @ 09:22 AM)
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When I began photographing with my first SLR, a Pentax MZ50, in those days, you would have to wait until your spool of film was developed before you could see whether or not you had captured a half-decent, or extraordinary moment.

In this day and age, anyone with a mobile 'phone (let alone a camera) can take a photograph, and the results are immediate, so it's much easier to see immediately if you caught the moment or if someone's eyes were closed at that precise moment.

Despite the different technologies being used to capture a moment, I always get a little light-headed whilst I'm scanning through the sequence of events of a wedding ceremony; flicking through the day as it unfolded, the atmosphere, the people and the sheer timelessness of the activities that were captured right in front of me.

The piece of equipment that the photos were captured on is irrelevant, but, when I do happen upon a certain once-off unique frame, I get all giddy, especially when I know that this particular one is a cracker!!   Indeed one for the blog, no less.

The calmness of Barbara getting ready, the flower girl who loved the camera, Craig's nerves before the ceremony and the expression on his face, the laughs at the reception, those unplanned moments and the guests who flew in from London, Zambia and from all over - everything captured and about to be shared with you, the blogging fraternity.  Don't you just love the power of photography?

Thank you Barbara and Craig, plus, a big shout out to Lisa, who assisted me on the big day.




Those 'roses & petals' on the cake are made of icing - I kid you not!



....being a flowergirl is tiring ;-)














Please feel free to "like" our facebook page and tag yourself in these photos if you are in them, although I highly doubt that -  considering bar one photo, it is all about Barbara & Craig ;-). You are also welcome to share with family and friends!
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These are fabulous! Love the light in the creatives...

(11.03.11 @ 05:55 AM)
Lisa :

Yay for that gorgeous old ballroom slash duck shed. It was so worth the mission to get in. Gorgeous Andrea!

(11.03.11 @ 12:08 PM)

Just Lovely ;-)

(11.09.11 @ 09:58 AM)
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Lauren's and Darryl's wedding day started off with me undertaking an intense morning of location scouting, as I was determined to do something far removed from the previous ceremonies I had shot at Longmeadow.  

Thankfully, it ended up with the discovery of a tucked-away little entrance and, with the help of Darryl's crafty plan, we were able to shoot the creatives at that hush-hush setting - albeit, with a security guard entourage in tow.  What a great laugh.
Thanks, Lauren and Darryl.

The toughest thing I find about posting weddings, is coming up with the appropriate words to describe the day and, most of all, not to repeat certain aspects over and over again.

It's hard not to declare that your couples are legends, when Lauren and Darryl really were and I know I have said it before, but, Lauren's and Darryl's day really was a feel-good, romantic wedding, steeped in emotion and surrounded by a close-knit and adoring family.

I know that Lauren is reading this post from her 'phone in Mauritius ;-), so enjoy the sneak peek and have a margarita for me!



Would you believe that Lauren did not like her original wedding dress so sourced a new dress one week before the wedding.
















Another thoughtful gesture - A special birthday cake for Grandpa.


Grainy? ..Yes....but I really do love this image.

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Hi Andrea, these are so stunning!! Darryl and I are sitting in our room in mauritius giggling with glee:) thank you again for being there to capture our day so beautifully, cannot wait to see the rest! Lauren:)

(10.24.11 @ 08:53 PM)

These are inspirational.....one day ;-)
I really love the one with grandad.

(10.26.11 @ 12:12 PM)
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October 16, 2011 // Personal / Travel

Gosh, it's Monday already and here I am, seated in my usual nook, facing my computer, and feeling as though our drawn out 7-day holiday is now all but a faded memory.

We have been back for over a week and it has been a little busier than normal, but, that's what it's like at this time of year - things only seem to gather more momentum.

Just a quick post to announce that the bugs which had managed to infiltrate the blog before we departed are now under control, but, they have now migrated into my e-mails. I only discovered today there are 181 unopened mails that were lounging on the server.So apologies, as I am not ignoring you; I am merely getting there slowly, but, surely. Update: All emails have been attended to you, if you are still awaiting an email from me, if you would be so kind to resend it.

In any case, here's a few from the holiday at the coast and with any luck, full wedding blogging will resume!


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I love your photography style! I especially love sunsets on the beach! Sweet child!

(11.28.11 @ 02:02 AM)
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