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 

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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We are one week into September.  How did that happen? 


Well, August was insane.  Amongst everything else, it also happened to be the month we had to enrol Oliver into school. (Yep, big school next year). 


Finding a decent government school in our area proved to be a rather time-consuming and nerve-wracking exercise!  Fingers crossed, however, we will finally get him into our school of choice.


I found a spare few minutes, (that statement in itself is incredible), so I thought I would share:


This image of Julian was rewarded 3rd place in the Portraits category of the African Photographic Awards, announced two weeks ago.  I have been oblivious to this, as I was unable to attend the awards evening. So, a little happy dance in celebration of the belated news.



African-Photographic-Awards.jpg...and here's to September being a less stressful month!

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(09.06.10 @ 05:52 PM)

Oh wow, well done!!

(09.06.10 @ 08:53 PM)
Ursula Tocik:

Well done Rockstar!! Always deserved :)

(09.07.10 @ 08:35 PM)
Paul Pearce:

Absolutely stunning Andrea.
I know this nominated last year in the Photographer of Year 2009 in the UK as well.
You are worth every gram of talent that you snap through your lens.
God Bless and well done. My money is on a Gold next year!

(09.10.10 @ 11:06 AM)

Well done!!!
Was wondering what had happened...that's absolutely FANTASTIC!
onwards and upwards ....next year a Gold :-))))

(09.20.10 @ 11:50 AM)
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Last week I was especially fortunate to host a second workshop with Dror and, on that note, I’d like to extend my many thanks to all 25 participants and our Rockstar, who attended Re.Invent II at Forum Homini.


To be totally honest, I was yet again a nervous wreck, but, after the first few questions my nerves seemed to settle.


Here’s my shot from the day, but, from what I’ve seen coming in for critique, the participants’ images blow mine to smithereens.









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Ha ha ha, I hardly think anything I've taken could even begin to match yours nevermind blow it to smithereens. So awesome to finally meet you. Thanks so much for answering my questions - even the stupid ones, so graciously!!

(08.31.10 @ 09:46 AM)
Pieter Wolmarans:

I had an awesome time at the workshop and the info I took with me is invaluable. Thanks for presenting a killer workshop with so much quality information. Look forward to seeing your images.

(08.31.10 @ 12:31 PM)

Thanks for sharing your knowledge! It was great meeting you :)

(09.03.10 @ 09:14 AM)

This was an awesome workshop - A MUST! Thanks again, I had sooo much fun and learned alot! WOW!

(09.10.10 @ 09:48 AM)
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August 23, 2010 // Children / Personal

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Fourteen maties arrived. They scavenged the food, found the treasure, broke the piñata and sailed away. Aaaargh!

Captain Oliver thoroughly enjoyed his pirate party on Saturday.





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Looks like it was an awesome party

(08.26.10 @ 12:37 PM)

SO cool!I love the iced Pirate on the cake and the decor....wonderful.Well done!! (as usual....)

(08.31.10 @ 07:51 PM)
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