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 

October 12, 2010 // Children / Personal

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The latest craze around here; snakes, lizards and frogs.


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Aphrodite Judin:

I was checking to see if there are any wedding pics up yet and saw these pictures. You have got the most beautiful children!!!

(10.13.10 @ 02:55 PM)

Thank you for your message, Andrea. I really appreciate your thoughts. Hmmm...I think I prefer photographing elephants to snakes!!

(10.15.10 @ 08:55 AM)

Hi. I just have to say your work is amazing. your children are beautiful. i have a question though. What camara do you use?

(10.17.10 @ 05:32 PM)
Andrea Carlyle:

I have a Canon 5D MII. These were shot with my 50m 1.8.

(10.18.10 @ 07:23 AM)
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October 1, 2010 // Children / Personal

Friday afternoon picnic. Grass under our feet, cold ciders, throwing stones into the stream . A perfect way to end the week.



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What a sticky mess :)

(10.02.10 @ 04:25 PM)
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I am not sure where I should start with this wedding?

Do I begin by telling you how Stella and I were transported to Nylstroom, which is a veritable African oasis?   Or, shall I go on about the stunning Maroela tree, in the middle of the African savannah, where Martin and Bronwen decided to get married? 
Would I be able to articulate just how intimate and tranquil the entire day was?  How can I not mention that Ashley has a wicked sense of humour (for an 8 year old) and that he acted as my third shooter?  Or, shall I merely update you on Wimpie, our mentally-imbalanced ;-) game ranger, with a death wish, who took "close encounters" to another level and took far too much pleasure in selecting our locations within 10 metres of crocodiles, cheetahs, hippos and other dangerous wildlife?

I very much doubt it, so let's allow the images to do the work.

Thank you, Bronwen. Thank you, Martin. The experience will be fondly remembered!




























You would have not guessed it by the expressions here but a big crocodile was lying about 5 meters away.









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After that intro you gave I was looking for all the creatures in the bushes LOL. Stunning photos as always

(09.26.10 @ 06:20 PM)
Bronwen & Martin:

The photos look fabulous - we had so much fun with you and Stella. Thanks for making us feel so comfortable and we can't wait to see the rest.

(09.26.10 @ 09:21 PM)

We had a ball with the two of you both! - petrified at the close encounters, but a good laugh.
@Sharon: The creatures were so close that they were not in the bush but near us! The problem was it all started to look a little sureal that when selecting (for the blog) the photos with the animals looked a little too close, posed and staged (which obviously they weren't) so I posted the ones without.

(09.27.10 @ 06:42 AM)

Stunning Andrea!!! Love love those rocks... I just couldn't resist posting some of the close encounters :) Bronwen & Martine, thank you for a wonderful (though surreal) experience :)

(09.27.10 @ 09:04 AM)

So, so beautiful. Your photography skills really astound me every time I look at your blog

(09.27.10 @ 10:27 AM)

Oh, how I adore African bush weddings!!

(09.27.10 @ 10:51 AM)
Mavis Scott:

To Bronwen and Martin - congratulations on your marriage - may you have many ahappy years together. You may not remember me, but I am Aunty Carol's sister-in-law: Uncle Lex's wife. Do you remember the boys? Michael, Stephen, Collin and Brendon. It is many years since we were all together - visiting with the Dougalls.

Your wedding photos are beautiful. Aunty Carol said the wedding was super. I know your mom put a lot of work into all the plans so it could only be a success!

(09.30.10 @ 10:13 AM)

Lovely photos! Loved the ones in the trees.Ashley is just too precious!

(10.06.10 @ 10:00 AM)
Ross (Crystal Print Stationery):

Amazing work!!!

(11.04.10 @ 02:53 PM)
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September 21, 2010 // Children / Personal

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I love lazy Sunday afternoons with family, food and wine - and sweet moments like this.


Sometimes, just sometimes, they make my heart say aaaaahhhh.


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It seems as though spring has decided to give it a miss this year and summer has taken over a little before time.  But, hey, who am I to complain?  At least I get to make the most of the early mornings and later evenings.

On the subject of the new seasons, here's a quick post from Natalie's and Brandon's gorgeous springtime wedding, at Oakfield Farm.

It is always pleasing to do something a tad out of the ordinary and Natalie's and Brandon's Chinese wedding, with 280 guests, definitely qualified!


Throughout the day, one of the key things that struck me about Natalie's and Brandon's rite of passage, is just how important family, friends and tradition are - all wrapped into one delightful bundle. For instance, the traditional tea-pouring ceremony not only made for some really fantastic photographs, it was quite simply a privilege to behold.

I should also mention I was pre-advised that both Natalie and Brandon were not duly fond of the camera, but, once again, looking through the awesome photos Stella and I captured, I can not, for the life of me, see any symptoms of IHTC (I hate the camera) in evidence.

A bit of a whopper of a post (in terms of images), but, I wanted you to really experience what it was like to be at Natalie's and Brandon's wedding, as well as to demonstrate what rock stars both Brandon and Natalie are!










How gorgeous are the bridesmaids orchid baskets - made by none other than Coral from Blooms on the Boulevard








That look says it all.




Oakfield_wedding_photographer.jpgThe tears....




...and the laughter. For me, the two bridesmaid's laughing in the background finishes off the image.







 I could not decide which one I prefered, curious or chilling? so posted both of this little boy.

















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Wow! Stunning images ! I ♥ ... them all ! Amazing!

(09.14.10 @ 06:49 AM)

Absolutely LOVE these images. Beautiful.

(09.14.10 @ 06:58 AM)

What a stunning post! LOVE the kiss with the bridesmaids, so special. Natalie and Brandon, you were fabulous!!!

(09.14.10 @ 08:01 AM)

What a special special special wedding! Lovely couple! and yes yes.....as per usual, your photos are always AWESOME!!!!

(09.14.10 @ 10:37 AM)

So stunning!

(09.14.10 @ 11:14 AM)
Marelize Schmahl:

Andrea, these photos leave me speechless. They are beautiful.

(09.14.10 @ 11:52 AM)
Coral Shortt:

Andrea - I am so pleased to finally see this blog - have been religiously stalking your site for days for a peak. The photos are amazing, Not that I expected anything less from such a talent! Thanks for sharing them! Can't wait to see more from the couple. Congrats Natalie & Brandon - your wedding has been beautifully captured!

(09.14.10 @ 12:49 PM)

absolutely gorgeous!

(09.14.10 @ 09:06 PM)
Louise & Barry:

Gorgeous!! Bran and Nats - you make a stunning couple! Thanks for a special day!

(09.14.10 @ 10:10 PM)
Louise, Barry, Trinity & Jordan:

Beautiful pics Andrea!! Nats and Bran - you guys make a stunning couple! Thanks for a very special day!!

(09.14.10 @ 10:12 PM)
Jeanette L:

Gorgeous photos and perfect couple ! :)

(09.15.10 @ 07:22 AM)
Elaine Jack:

Wow, just stunning... it depicted the romance and the joy of the whole day. Love it ! So glad that I was there to witness it. Congratulations Nat and Bran.

(09.15.10 @ 09:33 AM)

Hi Natlie & Bran
Still can't believe you guys are married - congrats ! Excellent photos Andrea

(09.16.10 @ 04:45 PM)

the best ever>WOW!!!!

(09.20.10 @ 11:46 AM)
Paul Pearce:

Stunning shots Andrea.
Love the dove shot and the pink blossems in the final shots.

(09.21.10 @ 02:21 PM)
Roberta Crumplin:

Beautiful shoot Andrea! Love the shots of the kids. And the couple shots through the blossoms are gorgeous.

(09.29.10 @ 04:11 PM)
Melanie Wessels:

What an absolute perfect shot of the dove-release! Amazing!

(11.12.10 @ 09:22 AM)

Fantastic photos. Just got into photography myself and I must say Andrea, your style is really inspiring. Nat and Bran you look great. Sorry I missed out on the celebrations

(04.02.11 @ 10:57 AM)
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