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 



"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want -
oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache,

you want it so!
~Mark Twain


I am so overjoyed that spring is finally on its way; partly because the warmer weather's on the horizon and partly, if not mostly, because of all the beautiful blossoming trees, which, to me, is simply the epitome of new beginnings.

Last year, in a moment of ingenuity,  I decided not to shoot weddings in the months of July and August,  so that I would have the time to rejuvenate, catch up, tackle a few DIY projects at home and just do all the things that are usually neglected during the busy summer months.

Well, I almost managed to stick to my non-wedding agenda, but, the problem was when July and August actually arrived..... I sooooo yearned for the hustle and bustle of shooting a wedding, so much for rejuvenation ....mmmmm.


So, I circulated some emails to a few photographers, in an attempt to second shoot at couple of weddings just to get away from my everyday mundane.


One of those assignments was that of Jason's and Belle's, which I really have to thank Stella for allowing me to be her back-up lens.

Jason's and Belle's big day had so many distinctive and exceptional elements; such as Jason's walk/shimmy down the aisle, the couple's first dance, which happened to be The Swing and then the pocket watch that Belle sent through to Jason just before the nuptial formalities.

There was a wonderfully authentic and romantic feel to this wedding, which I am battling to put into words, so, without any further delay, I'll let you peek at some more of my favourite photographs instead.



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Jason, just before Belle walked down the aisle, with Belle's mom.


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As always you can also view this, with one extra image, on my FB Page


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Stella:

Wonderful images!!! Thank you so much for joining me!

(08.09.11 @ 09:51 AM)
Mandy:

love the window frame image... :)

(08.15.11 @ 04:15 PM)
Julie Lubbe:

Good day to you, Please quote me on a standard package for my wedding this December in Pretoria.
Regards,
Julie

(08.22.11 @ 09:20 PM)
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Oh.    My.    Gosh.

 
You should have seen Dani's and Wayne's wedding - it was absolutely mind-blowing!

Their marriage ceremony, a couple of weeks back, was one of Christopher Munton's esteemed assignments, in which I was fortunate enough to be the second-shooter.


 

It was an extravagant affair, with a profusion of colourful flowers, decor details and, to top it all off, Dani wore a beautiful Vera Wang.


One of my favoured things about photographing Jewish ceremonies, is that the dancing kicks off right from the word go; at the very beginning of the reception.   The bride and groom are initially introduced and without ado, the traditional hora starts.  The energy levels on the dance floor, which would put Eskom to shame, had me ducking and diving, trying to get in as close as possible without losing my camera.  What a vibe!


It is late Friday afternoon, the chardonnay has been chilled and is now calling my name, cheers.

 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and enjoy these moments from Dani & Wayne's very special day!

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How awesome is the doughnut wedding cake!

 

 

 

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wedding_photographers_South-Africa_bgf-4-(8).jpgDani working that Vera Wang! 

 

.....and finally in an effort to get fans - sounds so strange...fans. I have uploaded a couple more images on my Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 


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Stella:

Andrea, these are phenomenal - that one of Dani on the couch took my breath away!

(07.22.11 @ 04:51 PM)
Hannes Uys:

Awesome Andrea!!

(07.22.11 @ 05:29 PM)
Jeanette Verster:

Absolutely gorgeous!! What a stunning dress

(07.23.11 @ 10:57 PM)
Daniella du Plessis/ Silbermann:

Hi Andrea! A friend of mine just stumbled across this post by chance, wow! was such a great surprise! LOVE the pics, and thank u for the kind words :) there are some truly phenomenal shots here! thank you!

(08.10.11 @ 07:01 AM)
Paul Pearce:

I just love that award winning shot of the bride sitting by her self with a bible, WOW

(08.26.11 @ 12:52 PM)
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I'm not sure why it is, when editing for the blog, that I'm actually more disposed towards the colour images.  In fact, on many occasions I have converted a shot to black & white, in an attempt to break my colour addiction, then only to switch it right back to colour.

 

 
It may be because of the time pressure of getting the images onto blog, or it could be a mind block from my side, a mind block that I have a feeling could have been imprinted a while back when I first started. At the time, years back, an in-joke did the rounds, where if you wanted to establish yourself as a "photojournalistic" wedding photographer then all you needed to do, was convert all your images to black & white, and...presto, you are a photojournalist wedding photographer.


 

That being said, once I have finished editing an entire wedding, and am viewing all the edited images in my final quality check, I begin to realise that I am actually very, very fond of black and white images, after all.


 

I have randomly selected some of my favourite black and white images from this wedding and posted a them onto my Facebook page.


Facebook! I hear some of you gasp?

Yes, people, I have finally come out of my dark cave and decided to join the rest of the world on Facebook. 


 

Just one from the B&W series here. You have to click through and "like"  me ;-) to see the rest.

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Oh! and finally, before I forget, my second shooter at this wedding was Stella. I have also included some of her crackers too!

 

 

 

 
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Seventeen Canons and one Nikon ,-) along with their respective owners, arrived in the early hours at the Moon and Sixpence, ready for RE.INVENT III.

 

This was the last RE.INVENT, so we aimed for a bigger and better photography workshop and that it definitely was - a veritable explosion of information, with lots to digest and re-assess.
 
I have honestly always believed that the success of a photography business constantly rides on how well a photographer does two things:  produce good images and run the venture passionately.


I, too, have learnt some invaluable bits in this particular regard, so I'll also be revising a few things on this side.


I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!


Upwards and onwards....{ Insert secret wave } ,-)

 

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When I awoke on the morning of Kath's and Carl's wedding day I almost shed tears, as there was a horrible misty drizzle - the type of rainfall that is usually confined to the UK, or Cape Town.   It was a continuous downpour of small measly drops, with no peak, no ebb, no thunder.   You know, the kind of rain you'll resign yourself to the fact that it will linger the entire day. I kept checking the skies in the hope that it would clear, but, to no avail.  Cloudy and overcast is OK - but please no rain.



As I arrived at Kath's home, her bridesmaids were doing exactly that; continuously scanning the gloomy heavens and providing Kath with optimistic forecasts, such as how a certain teeny-weeny gap of lighter raincloud was a definite sign that it would clear. It seems that all our hoping actually paid off, because just following the ceremony, the rainfall stopped and we had beautiful, fluffy clouds right on cue.  Perfect!



What a blast and what a bash!  There are so many amazing moments to share, so here's a small selection of my personal favourites.



Oh, actually, before I commit this post, I simply have to disclose something, which may even be helpful for other photographers who may read this blog.  Years back, through some obscure website, I read that when a couple kiss, the female, almost 90% of the time, tilts her head to the RIGHT, so ever since then, I've always applied this statistic at each of my weddings.  Please do not ask me where, or from which blog/website, I obtained this handy hint, as I can not even remember my children's' names at the best of times.


 
Anyway, during the ceremony, as I am anticipating "The Kiss", you will find me tilting my head to the right, in an attempt to mimic the brides position and work out the best possible point I should be at to capture the moment.


Well, I am about to reveal an important detail about Carl and Kath (enter drum roll),.... they do not fall into that 90% group, since Kath tilts her head to the LEFT. As you can imagine, this quirk entertained us throughout our portrait shoot, so there wasn't any need to say smile (or cheese), as I think Kath and Carl laughed throughout the entire exercise.



Before my ramblings come to a close, I have to say a HUGE thank you to Carl and Kath, for being so much fun to hang around with and allowing us to be part of this very special day.


 

 

 

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The groom usually throws on a suit and is ready to go. I found the next series quite amusing as you do not just throw on a white dress...It is quiet a process.

 

 

 

 

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First you need to find an entrance route.

 

 

 

 

 

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Then you need to navigate your way through with out smudging your make-up.

 

 

 

 

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Bride coming through........made it! 

 

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...and finally the looks of approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kath's dad just before she walked down the aisle.

 

 

 

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Kath Meyer:

What gorgeous photos - we love them! Thank you

(06.07.11 @ 12:24 PM)
Alana Meyer:

How gorgeous!! Kath, you looked simply stunning! :) Can't wait to see more!!!

(06.07.11 @ 01:08 PM)
Sharon:

Beautiful photos as always Andrea

(06.09.11 @ 08:28 PM)
patronella mukendi :

kindly send me a quotation for a wedding for 120 pack.date 14th december 2013.kind regards patronella

(08.20.13 @ 08:47 PM)
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