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 

December was nothing short of a blur.  Seriously!  It felt like only yesterday that I posted Happy Holidays and today, in what seems like the blink of an eye, the kids have now returned to school.


 
Well, before all the mayhem leading up to the festivities, I shot Simon's and Luisa's swanky soiree.  Whilst I could ramble on about the staggering details that Luisa had organised, or the super-duper couple that Luisa and Simon truly are, or indeed the breathtaking setting of the venue itself, there really was one "aaaaawe" moment for me that I specifically remember during the speeches.

 
Simon mentioned, among other things, that one of the endearing aspects he loved about Luisa, besides her friendly and warm manner, is the way, when she speaks to a person that she always gently holds the arm of that particular person with whom she is talking to - that, to me, was such an adorable, genuine and heart-felt moment, which had me sighing behind my lens.

 

Anyway, before I start sounding like a Mills and Boon novel, here's a quick glance into their big day.  To be honest, it was tough choice and even though both Luisa and Simon said they hated being photographed, I personally think we managed to get some impressive shots.

 

 

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Birdseed confetti, some guests were intrigued to see what bird seed tasted like, and I happend to see one particular gentlemen give it a taste in the evening ;-)

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Flowers: Luisa...and months of collecting empty tins!

Facebook Entry: here

Band: Studebaker

 

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Jeanette:

Really stunning! Love the proteas!

(01.11.13 @ 10:07 AM)
Liza:

Wow, absolutely love this last image!

(01.14.13 @ 01:40 PM)
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Good morning. 

I am now on a roll.   I have finally finished my Christmas shopping and about to begin my  edit-a-thon,  but for now let's brighten up this blog with something special:  Mena's and Neil's corker of a wedding.


During the getting ready part of the day, Mena happened to assure me that Neil wouldn't cry throughout the ceremony, but when crunch time came (yes, you guessed it), there were uncontrollable tears, excited beaming smiles, emotional embraces and kisses - quite simply, just perfect.


What I love, and what makes it all the more interesting, is that each and every couple has a different tale to tell; each has their own consummate individuality and quirks, which makes them and their day singularly unique. 

 
For this big occasion, Mena provided the speechless beauty and Neil the unimpeachable charisma.  Into this flawless recipe, add astonishingly moody skies courtesy of Gauteng's rather wet and rainy December this year.... and  me?  Well, I just pointed the camera and fired away.


Oh, and did I mention that as an extra indulgence, Mena's and Neil's guests treated us to some rather fancy Gangnam-style footwork ;-)


Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead and enjoy the sneak peak ...  and off to Lightroom I go.

 

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And last but not least, thank you Karin for the beautiful blooms, they really did brighten up my home.

 

Mena got ready at Lombardy Hotel

Wedding Venue: Diep in die berg

Flowers: A friend of the family

Facebook post over here

Assistant: Liza

 

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Stella:

What a beautiful post!

(12.20.12 @ 09:14 PM)
Annie da Silva:

Absolutely beautiful. I feel so emotional. Well done. To all parties involved. photographer, stunning bride and handsome groom.

(12.21.12 @ 06:06 PM)
Viola Gouws:

Absolutely stunning!

(01.08.13 @ 03:53 PM)
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No wedding today, playing catch up today.

 

I cannot express how much I adore this one single frame.

 

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I was supposed to share this wedding with you a couple of days ago, but unfortunately, there were some gremlins that had infiltrated my blog.


At any rate, here are some snippets from Mankoana's and Nzuzo's elegant ceremony.


Their day?   It was sublime.


Pink and purple balloons. A slight breeze to cool off another blistering summer day, a laidback, stylish bride and a groomsman's dance routine that didn't quite go 100% according to plan J but, a second-take stint towards the end of the evening was the perfect conclusion to a magnificent day.


A breathtaking occasion - thank you, Mankoana and Nzuzo.

 

Sit back and enjoy, and leave a little love, either here or on my Facebook Page.

 

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Flowers: Pretty Bunches @ Anro Farm

Make up: Michelle Faber

Stationery: A Woman's Touch

Band: After 5 Band

Hairdresser: Lucille

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Neil van Niekerk:

A lovely selection of photographs! I really like your compositions and creative use of the available light in the portraits of bride. Well done.

(11.30.12 @ 09:12 AM)
Mankoana:

Thanks Andrea for covering our wedding day, we couldn't have asked for any better. Your attention to detail is impeccable-we get to re-live our day every time we look at these pics.

(12.03.12 @ 04:53 PM)
Zimema Mhone:

Very nice pics!

(03.06.13 @ 02:39 PM)
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