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 

Any man who can write a blues song for his bride, together with a flapping frog dance, is either totally bonkers or a total keeper.  In this case, I think it is quite obviously the latter.

So today, I am going to rock your little socks off with our first wedding of the season; that of the super-cool couple, James and Tenielle. The story of a 6 and a 10 that fell hopelessly in love ,-).

What I loved most of all about their wedding day, apart from the awesome gang of family and friends that surrounded Tenielle and James, was how expressive and emotional they both are.

It has been a while since I posted one of my own weddings, so I am a little giddy at selecting,  {insert warning} so this post is likely to be prolonged. Perhaps a little too long, but, that's what you get when your bride, Tenielle, is a blond look-alike of Audrey Hepburn. (Don't you think?)

And drumroll, finally a few of my favorite frames from the day.

As always, these and a few more images are on my Facebook page. To the FB novices;  you need to "Like" Andrea Carlyle Photography in order to leave comments.





How cute is the fortune cookie dressed in the tux!



I played around in Photoshop and created a new B&W conversion that I would like to call my Vintage Hepburn.



The garter (and cheese sandwich) bearer.



















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Kim Haw:

How absolutely stunning! Thank you so very much Teneille and James will be more than thrilled with the photos! Love love them, especially the cheese sandwich garter bearer!

(09.13.11 @ 07:21 PM)
Jeanette Verster:

Absolutely gorgeous!! LOVE St Johns, it's just such a stunning place to take photos.

(09.13.11 @ 08:29 PM)

Amazing post Andrea!! What a gorgeous couple and it looks like such a fun wedding...LOVE the church arrival shot!

(09.14.11 @ 07:16 AM)

Oh WOW! Awesome pictures!

(09.14.11 @ 12:38 PM)

These are so beautiful. I love the black & white action you created too

(09.15.11 @ 09:31 AM)

OMW! What a way to start the new season - absolutely stunning and full of Andreaness :-)

(09.19.11 @ 09:28 AM)
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A touch of vintage and a hint of classic.   Then, added to this, you suffuse a mixture of mojos and Hollywood glam in the heart of an urban city and, hey presto, this was the backdrop to Sarika's and Nico's gorgeous wedding day.  I realise, that nothing in life is really perfect, but honestly, this wedding was very close.

It is going to be a short post from my side as Dror has, more than eloquently, described this beautiful wedding on his blog.

Just a quick one before I post the images.  

I was a little inspired by the fact that Sarika "rocked that Marilyn vibe", so before I processed their photos for the blog, I tinkered with Photoshop in an attempt to create a timeless B&W action that would match the same old starlit, glitzy Hollywood feel.

Thank you Sarika & Nico - it was awesome!

....and Thank.You.Dror.










Oh, and before I forget, those that prefer FB to blogs here is the FB post.

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Jeanette Verster:

Gorgeous!! LOVE the last image, and the softness of the bridal portraits

(08.18.11 @ 08:00 PM)

Beautiful!!!That last image is wonderful

(08.19.11 @ 07:43 AM)
Paul Pearce:

Stunning shots and what I love the most it feels so real if you know what I mean. It does not look like it was over done in any way. Stunning !!

(08.26.11 @ 12:47 PM)
Gena D:

beautiful details shots ... adore the sun and poppies one... and of course the last one!!!

(09.04.11 @ 09:03 AM)
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"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.



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









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

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

(08.09.11 @ 09:51 AM)

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.

(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!








How awesome is the doughnut wedding cake!
























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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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.




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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