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 


The whole thing about capturing the true essence of a wedding is a rather strange concept, when you contemplate it.  The bride and groom invite a total stranger, with a nice camera, into their lives as well as that of their families'.
 
For one day you are privy to the family dynamics and honoured with the privilege of witnessing the anticipation, the nerves, the tears, the emotions and dearest moments of what they feel for each other. For one day, guests and relatives treat you as a family member; openly exposing their true selves in the hope that special moments will be captured in pictures to be treasured permanently.

Nicola and Slade, I thank you.   Your wedding was certainly one that will remain close to my heart, given your amazing, tight-knit troupe of family and friends, who came from all corners of the world, were also so much fun to be around.

Nicola rocked that Pronovios dress like no-one's business. 
I often wonder, when getting the dress fitted in some little up-market London boutique shop, how the dressmaker would react if he/she saw where this bespoke frock would be traipsed around in South Africa.  Well, not only did Nicola rock this exquisite gown, she was even able to gracefully outrun Oom Eddie in this dress :-).

...and finally, here you are, a glimpse from their wedding day.




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The brooch on Nicola's boquet was from her 92 year old granny.


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On the right; Nicola's Dad's reaction when he saw Nicola in her dress.


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A big shout out to Tracy and Florian, who recommended me to Nicola. I do not usually mention referrals on the blog, but, having past clients vouch for me to family and friends is truly the biggest compliment I could receive.

Those who prefer FB to blogs, then Nicola's and Slade's images can be seen here.






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Mandy:

Was good working with you Andrea, they were such a close family it really did show through on the day. Really enjoyed it :)

(09.22.11 @ 12:01 PM)
Nic and Slade:

Wow!!! the pictures really capture the day for us, we cant wait to see them all :-)
Thanks for adding your touch to our perfect day. You made us feel so at ease and will never forget the excitement Oom Eddie provided!

(09.27.11 @ 05:36 PM)
Wedding Magician:

Outstanding photos, i really love your style

(10.04.11 @ 11:17 PM)
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September 16, 2011 // Children / Personal


I am just posting an image from our week that was, with a random quote to match.


"Things end but memories last forever"
                              Author Unknown





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Any man who can write a blues song for his bride, together with a flapping frog dance, is either totally bonkers or a total keeper.  In this case, I think it is quite obviously the latter.

So today, I am going to rock your little socks off with our first wedding of the season; that of the super-cool couple, James and Tenielle. The story of a 6 and a 10 that fell hopelessly in love ,-).

What I loved most of all about their wedding day, apart from the awesome gang of family and friends that surrounded Tenielle and James, was how expressive and emotional they both are.

It has been a while since I posted one of my own weddings, so I am a little giddy at selecting,  {insert warning} so this post is likely to be prolonged. Perhaps a little too long, but, that's what you get when your bride, Tenielle, is a blond look-alike of Audrey Hepburn. (Don't you think?)

And drumroll, finally a few of my favorite frames from the day.

As always, these and a few more images are on my Facebook page. To the FB novices;  you need to "Like" Andrea Carlyle Photography in order to leave comments.







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How cute is the fortune cookie dressed in the tux!

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I played around in Photoshop and created a new B&W conversion that I would like to call my Vintage Hepburn.

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The garter (and cheese sandwich) bearer.


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Kim Haw:

How absolutely stunning! Thank you so very much Teneille and James will be more than thrilled with the photos! Love love them, especially the cheese sandwich garter bearer!

(09.13.11 @ 07:21 PM)
Jeanette Verster:

Absolutely gorgeous!! LOVE St Johns, it's just such a stunning place to take photos.

(09.13.11 @ 08:29 PM)
Stella:

Amazing post Andrea!! What a gorgeous couple and it looks like such a fun wedding...LOVE the church arrival shot!

(09.14.11 @ 07:16 AM)
Adele:

Oh WOW! Awesome pictures!

(09.14.11 @ 12:38 PM)
Sharon:

These are so beautiful. I love the black & white action you created too

(09.15.11 @ 09:31 AM)
Ursula:

OMW! What a way to start the new season - absolutely stunning and full of Andreaness :-)

(09.19.11 @ 09:28 AM)
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September 3, 2011 // Children / Personal

All three boys slept over at "uncle's" house, last night.

This morning, as I sipped my coffee and switched on my PC, I realised that the house was silent, so eerily hushed that I can actually hear my keyboard "tik tik", as I type this post....it is a strange feeling.

A silence that I thought I could savour, as I have a hundred and three things I thought I would do, once I finally had this moment of quiet, but, now that I have it, I long for the noise and chaos.

Strange.

Just yesterday morning, I was a tad irritated that I could not even go to the loo without a "Mama {insert demand}" and now that I have several uninterrupted hours, I am stumped with what to do.

I am ready to embrace the noise.


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Gena D:

that's a mom for you ... been there too!!! lovely images/ collage!!
Gena

(09.04.11 @ 08:58 AM)
Monica Dart:

Beautifully written and gorgeous boys! I can't wait to be a mom!x

(09.04.11 @ 10:36 AM)
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August 29, 2011 // Children / Personal

3....2...1...Blast off!

Oliver's birthday is in July, which is not only a little too cold for an outdoor party, but, it also happens to be during the school holidays, meaning that most of his friends are away. We have, over the years, held his "proper" party towards the end of August.

So, this weekend, 22 astronauts graduated from Oliver's lunar space shuttle programme. The extra-terrestrial mission included hunting for cosmic moon rocks and a spacecraft missile launch.  Rookies were then asked to eliminate an alien and participate in a deep-space experiment (Pepsi and Mentos) and finally to construct a shuttle of their own.

We had a blast!




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Side note: If I'd known that the moon rocks would be such a hit, I would have charged the kids 5 bucks, apiece, and made a fortune!
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