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 

Given the propensity for rain in Gauteng during the summer months, I always, without fail, keep a spare black umbrella in the car. An aesthetically pleasing umbrella, which can be used by the bridal couple during the photography session - should it rain.

Murphy's Law at the first wedding:  I needed the "pretty" umbrella, only to discover I had forgotten to retrieve it from Ursula's car the weekend beforehand.

Here is a sneak peak from Betty's and Richard's wedding (with the back-up midget umbrellas). The full post later this week.





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Jeanette Verster:

I really need to do that... but those bright ones are so so awesome!! Love them!

(05.12.10 @ 09:42 AM)

I agree those are so cute, the black umbrella would have been rather dull in comparisson

(05.12.10 @ 06:35 PM)

They worked better than the "pretty" umbrella - I need to get some :) Such a sweet shot...

(05.14.10 @ 11:31 AM)
Melanie Wessels:

Too Cute!!

(06.30.10 @ 09:50 AM)
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As the mornings become more nippy, I know winter's advancing into our corner of the world.


Even though the African winters are not that cold, I am not fond of wintry weather, in whatever shape or form.


Those few aspects of winter I do take pleasure in, however, are enjoying a glass of red wine, watching the glowing flames in our fireplace, slurping down a hot chunky broth (I love homemade soup) and the incredible shades of light this season brings.

Here's Oliver on his bike, along with that amazing winter light:




On another note we have had no power in our area for two whole days, so I am a little behind with emails, I will get there I promise.


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After West African weather, believe me, South African winters are FREEEEZING! As for no power, time for SA to get used to generators. Love the light pouring down on to Oliver in the 2nd pic.

(04.30.10 @ 10:56 AM)
Paul Pearce:

I must say Andrea, Have the neighbours not reported this strange woman running around the neighbourhood with a big camera?

(04.30.10 @ 02:58 PM)
Andrea Carlyle:

SA homes are not equipped for winter so it is indeed freeeeeeeezing, add into that equation some powercuts and you will realise why I am not that keen on the forecoming season. @ Paul ...who are you calling strange ;-) - I find my morning mullet, baggy eyes and "gucci" tracksuit tends to distract viewers from the black camera

(04.30.10 @ 06:11 PM)
Ursula Tocik:

Beautiful pics, gotta love South Africa and the light it brings, and especially the wine we have :)

(05.03.10 @ 08:12 PM)

Wow... great job!
Every time is a nice time to look on your website! Every time it brings a big smile on my face. Your work is stunning!!

And SA... I miss SA... not only the light, but also droe wors, biltong, savanna, droe mango, chutney, peppermintcrisp and lots of jelly tots ;-)

Greetz from the Nederlands

(05.06.10 @ 05:40 PM)
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April 27, 2010 // Personal / Uncategorized

It's a public holiday today, Freedom day, and it's pretty miserable out there - it has been for the past week. I hope that our planned arrangements do not get cancelled otherwise I am at a loose end as how to entertain the midgets.


Emails and calls will be answered tommorrow.






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Damn you cloud gods! 


Following an early-morning assessment of the heavens, Ursula and I excitedly forecast an afternoon filled with spectacular cloud formations.  Into the bargain of our "Super Cool Clouds" predictions, we also discovered an awesome ruin, precisely in the location we'd planned to shoot the creatives with Bridgette and Mike.

After the ceremony, we got to our much-anticipated setting and, that's right, not a cloud in sight!   Nothing, nada, not an ounce of water vapour around.  So, instead of fighting with the sun, we had no option but to settle on our substitute location.

What can I say about Mike & Bridgette?   Emotional, fun, relaxed, warm and both gorgeous.  In fact, I've never experienced an 10-hour period pass by so quickly.  It was an amazing ceremony to photograph from start to finish...even though we did not receive the desired co-operation from the clouds.

The reception speeches kept us entertained, with madcap revelations of a rib, a Scope cover girl and many more family secrets I can not reveal on this blog.

And here you are, a peak into their day.




















I had to post this image to show you the one lone cloud we found.




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Beautiful!!! Love the veil one and that one cloud is at least pretty spectacular :) the light is gorgeous!!!

(04.24.10 @ 08:52 AM)

Awesome photos!! That one cloud looks like an atomic cloud :) LOVE that setting, really love it

(04.24.10 @ 10:29 PM)

You see, Madame, you don't need clouds to produce beautiful photos :) Love the last one!

(04.26.10 @ 10:46 PM)
Paul Pearce:

stunning work as always Andrea
You are a real " Staat Maaker" and your clients know by now they get a gem when they hire you.
God bless !

(04.30.10 @ 02:52 PM)
Bridget & Mike:

Andrea- we LOVE them!! Thank you so much for capturing all our special moments and making it so chilled and so much fun. We can't wait to see the rest! Bridge & Mike

(05.02.10 @ 12:31 PM)

Stunning pics, especially Bridge and the veil. As mom of the bride I couldn't have wish for a more chilled and professional photographer. Can't wait to see the rest! Trudi

(05.02.10 @ 12:33 PM)
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Certain areas Dror and I covered at the Re.Invent workshop, were various tips and techniques we use to keep ourselves inspired. I will reveal one here:

When I'm scouting a venue, I usually choose one specific location and then shoot one image for me. Yes, me, myself, I, the royal mwah ;-). 


As a rule, I choose a different setting (or perspective), which may not always suceed and, as a result, may not measure up for the album.

Yes, a little more risqué than the prettier shot, but, the actual photograph is meant for my portfolio.

Sometimes it's a complete failure, so I simply delete the series...and sometimes, just sometimes, it does hit the mark and images like this (the second one) are achieved. I can not take full credit for this though, as Stella contributed to this composition.


Oh, and here is that rainbow I was on about.


First up the "prettier" version of the scene:



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And this image below was shot, from a different perspective, for me.




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Oooh, the barrels !! I actually edited some and forgot to put them up on the blog... Grunge and pretty in the same shot - what more can you ask for? :)

(04.19.10 @ 03:50 PM)

I love the way the couple are framed at the bottom by the barrels! As usual, stunning pic from you!

(04.19.10 @ 05:10 PM)

Amazing! Such a gorgeous setting

(04.19.10 @ 09:06 PM)
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