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 

June 1, 2010 // Children / Personal


firefly.jpgSide Note:  It's been a busy week, and I just haven't found a spare moment to blog. Our household midgets have, one by one, been tagged with a gastro bug, which appears to be doing the rounds. For us, it has meant nursing midgets, interrupted evenings and washing bed linen at the most oddest of hours. For Marcelle and Steyn this has meant a delayed post.





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i love the little story that this tells....
so sweet.

(06.04.10 @ 02:11 PM)
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Whilst I definitely do not make it a habit to showcase a second-shooter's images on my blog, I quite simply couldn't resist these.

First off, they are much too cute not to post and, above all, I noticed Stella didn't either. Secondly, this post will buy me some time to do my write-up for the next wedding.




To be read in the whispered tones of David Attenborough:

There she is.  The innocent and endearingly wholesome flowergirl.  Yes, entirely discreet to the naked eye; merely observing the bride and groom cut the cake.  And then, remarkably, with no warning whatever, she then swiftly pounces on the unsuspecting cupcake and, without fear nor favour, it's over. The cupcake is devoured and no-one has noticed a thing.


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Thanks for posting theses, Andrea! It's funny what you miss when going through the images sometimes...love the David Attenborough write up :) You have a wonderful way with words on top of being a fabulously talented photographer!

(05.25.10 @ 07:45 AM)

What a laugh... I even did the voice in David Attenborough. This just finished me off! My precious little niece who got those chocolate fingers all over the maid of honours dress. Thanks Andrea or should I say Stella :)

(05.25.10 @ 12:55 PM)
Andrea Carlyle:

I can not take full credit for the wording either, as my written drafts are proofed and polished by DH extrodinaire.

(05.25.10 @ 02:47 PM)

Love it!

(05.27.10 @ 06:59 AM)

After taking the wrong turn far too many times, Stella and I finally found our location for the creatives.
Content with our discovery, we crossed our fingers in the hope it wouldn't rain and also crossed our toes hoping our bridal couple would be game for an off-site location.
There are really no words to describe how special and intimate their ceremony was. Outside on the lawn, it was a small, profound and beautiful exchange of vows, between two people before those most dearest to them.
After the ceremony, we realised our crossing of fingers was of no help (the toes worked though), as almost timed to perfection, the rain decided to join us for the creative portraits.
Given the cold and wet weather we faced, the fact Betty has a thing about dirty feet and this preposterous request made by the photographers, I have to say Thank you.  I really should get medals made...you guys deserved Gold!
Now, just before I post these, I really have to mention both Betty and Richard are adamant (in bold and I would have underlined it 10 times) they are very uncomfortable hate facing the camera. To this end, I present you, the viewers, with the images for you to decide!
Betty. Richard.  I say you guys rocked the camera - Northcliff hill will never be the same!.


















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Oh, they are sutnning!!! Can't choose a favourite, but love Betty's laugh :) Thank you Betty and Richard for indulging us, you were fabulous!

(05.17.10 @ 02:55 PM)

Oh, they are stunning Andrea! Can't choose a favourite, but love Betty's laugh :) Thank you Betty and Richard for indulging us, you were fabulous!!

(05.17.10 @ 02:57 PM)

Well, they sure look like professionals to me! Lovely, Lovely images!

(05.17.10 @ 07:50 PM)
Betty :

Well done ladies, this must be the first time I havent cringed when seeing pics of myself! We loved having you both there and a big thank you for being so awesome :) Love love love the pics

(05.18.10 @ 08:56 AM)
Jeanette Verster:

Oh these are incredible images!! Love the water tower!! I thought the place was fenced off

(05.18.10 @ 10:12 AM)

Absolutely stunning! They don't look camera shy to me ;-)

(05.18.10 @ 02:53 PM)
Paul Pearce:

Great work Andrea
Look at the bright side, rain = good luck for the couple and a stressful time for us.
Oh yes, the water tower will be fenced off, but then again we never under estimate dear Andrea!!
Is it true you have JZ's number on speed dial? Just pulling your leg. Once again you have out done yourself !

(05.19.10 @ 12:59 PM)

Love the tower pics - stunning!

(05.21.10 @ 08:18 AM)

That last image...just tells it all.The sky,the city in the background...it looks as if they are just on the edge... glorious.......as usual. love it!

(05.24.10 @ 04:45 PM)

Please send price packages for wedding

(01.26.13 @ 03:11 PM)
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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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