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 

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:



Toadbury-wedding-photograph 73.jpg


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




Toadbury-wedding 698.jpg 

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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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April 17, 2010 // Children / Personal

Liam spending some time with Dadda.


It was brought to my attention, Thank you Ursula, that on the previous post for some strange reason comments were not possible. The IT glitch has now been sorted. So as Liam would say "Sharing is caring" ;-)

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Wonderful pics Andrea

(01.23.11 @ 07:31 PM)
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April 11, 2010 // Children / Personal

One good thing out of the system overhaul, is that I found this picture in a folder, lurking where it shouln't be. Taken of Jake a year ago.


Finding a folder of forgotten photographs, is like discovering a present that you have not yet opened.





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This past week, or so, has been spent relooking how we process images.


The down side of this, is that sleep deprivation has taken its toll, I look tired terrible and today I am a grumpy old bat on a short fuse. Having "wasted" oodles of time solving programme errors and IT glitches that seem to come as a standard prerequisite when you change things.


On the positive side though, we will, fingers crossed, be able to process wedding images a little faster...and I will be able to sleep.




Update: An email that we received after this post that I wanted post separately, but did not get time. From Kim and Dale (pictured above):


" Now it is my turn to say a huge THANK YOU to you!!!

Our photo's are absolutely amazing and so worth the wait! We could not have asked for anything more and I am so glad that you agreed to share our special day with us because you captured ever moment in such detail and when I look through the photo's I am able to relive the day.


Words can truly not express how thankful I am for what you did for us and we will really treasure all these moments for years to come!"


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These look stunning, Andrea! What did you change?

(04.11.10 @ 08:04 AM)

Not much, I upgraded Photoshop and incorporated Lightroom into my workflow.
Just trying to get all my really handy actions, scripts and plugins to stop fighting with each!

(04.11.10 @ 09:16 AM)

Yay for fast processing!!

(04.12.10 @ 09:34 AM)
Paul Pearce:

I have to agree with you Andrea
Lightroom is a real pleasure once you have it sorted out. PS is for over hauling and does take longer.
Eish the wedding queen is now going to work even faster so the boys will have more time with mom.

(04.21.10 @ 08:36 AM)
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