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 

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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Some may call me biased, but there is no doubt in my mind about the fact that I have super cool clients.
What you can't tell from the photo's is that Lohan is one of the sweetest guys I have met and that Anri painstakingly decorated every inch, and I mean every inch, of Avianto herself.

I know, I've been ridiculously slow about getting these up, but I've really been battling to format a 'blurb' that actually describes their beautiful day. The only words that spring to mind are classic glamour.
I will put aside my editorial inadequacies, which has delayed this post by a couple of days, accept defeat and finally post these...

Avianto-Decor 5d.jpg



















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Gorgeous imagery Andrea! Love the textures with the walls

(04.05.10 @ 10:13 AM)

Gorgeous!!! LOVE the second bridal photograph, classic and beautiful!

(04.05.10 @ 01:11 PM)


(04.05.10 @ 04:24 PM)
Ursula Tocik:

Thank you Anri and Lohan for a wonderful day.... Thank you Andrea for an awesome shoot....
Love the post.... awesome.... as always....!

(04.05.10 @ 09:36 PM)

Wow! Great job... I can't wait to see all the photos. Thank you for making our wedding day extra special and capturing all our beautiful memories on our special day!

(04.06.10 @ 09:50 AM)

STUNNING, cannot wait to see the rest!

(04.06.10 @ 09:14 PM)
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As much as I love and cherish the daily dose of constant mayhem my boys churn out; be it through giggling, loud laughter, chattering, whining and fisticuffs, I also really value MY time - those rare occasions in the course of the evening, when I'm alone and all is quiet and calm.  My time.


It's during this time that I can actually sit in front of my PC, in total peace, going through moments, editing images and getting lost in thought.


Here is one I stumbled on, from last nights editing session.


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Eileen :

Stunning. I wish I had more "my Time" :)

(03.26.10 @ 10:00 AM)
Andrea Carlyle:

Me too!......Or that I could keep my eyes open a little later!

(03.26.10 @ 04:50 PM)

Amazing pic Andrea.... Also wish I had more 'me time' :)

(03.28.10 @ 08:47 AM)

Oh wow! Another amazing photo, incredible!

(03.31.10 @ 06:44 PM)
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Another fleeting second captured, which I once again failed to see during my selection for the Blog. It's funny how, when going about the editing process, I eventually get to see all those small moments that do not always immediately catch my eye for the Blog. I seem to be in too much of a hurry when scanning through about 4,000 thumbnail images; missing small, magical instants like this.


I suppose your wedding day is very much like this: so fast, so exciting, so filled with nerves and emotion, it's all over in the blink of an eye. Given the helter-skelter of any marriage day, I reckon you would also tend to miss some of the seemingly lesser significant moments.




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Kim and Dale:

WOW!!! This is absolutely beautiful! xxx

(03.16.10 @ 09:08 PM)

So cute!

(03.17.10 @ 12:57 PM)

Aaaahhh...just gorgeous!

(03.31.10 @ 08:47 AM)
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Having shot over a hundred weddings, it's strange I have never photographed a ceremony at Avianto, which does seem to be one of the more popular Gauteng venues.

Every wedding is, of course, different and I love that.

I love the different personalities and circumstances of the day and the genuinely nice people I get to meet.  This one involved many, many emotional and tearful moments throughout the day.  There was also plenty of laughter to make up for the tears; the mother of the bride being locked in the bathroom; a petal-obsessed flower girl; an ancient Landy; a fun-loving and relaxed couple and a bride looking ever so graceful walking up a muddy hill. . . just so her selfish photographer could capture an image with the moody sky.

Thank you, both of you - we had a grand time.



















 There she is, an angelic flowergirl very serious about her role on the day...the petals had no chance.












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Gorgeous pics!!!

(03.12.10 @ 10:50 AM)

Absolutely beautiful images! Love the lavender field

(03.13.10 @ 05:03 PM)

I also love the lavendar field, together with the last one. Wow!

(03.15.10 @ 06:53 AM)

I only saw the halo above the angel now...how apt!

(03.15.10 @ 07:01 AM)

Gorgeous as always! This was a beautiful wedding with such wonderful people...you captured Nahtalie's loving nature so well, Andrea

(03.19.10 @ 08:07 AM)
Saranne Lourens:

Stunning stunning stunning. Nahts, you looked amazing and Win ever so handsome. Love you both

(03.19.10 @ 03:32 PM)
Bill & Sandy:

Fantastic photos, that capture the happy occasion so well ..........

(03.21.10 @ 02:36 PM)
Nahtalie and Winston:

I love them! Thanks so much to both of you for capturing all of what was so special to us. I cannot wait to see the rest. From the moment I saw your pics I knew that I wanted you to be behind that lens and finally here we are :) Thank you, thank you, thank you x I thought those "special" pics taken while my mom was locked in the bathroom would be here too :) My sister would kill me! Ha Ha Ha!!

(03.24.10 @ 05:09 PM)
Winsotn and Nahtalie:

Oh and by the way, my shoes didn't stand a chance after that photo shoot! When I got back from honeymoon I had such a chuckle when I saw the state they were in. ANYTHING for these pics though!

(03.24.10 @ 05:12 PM)

WOW! WOW! WOW! they are absolutely stunning....nats, you look amazing! the love that we saw on the wedding day has been captured beautifully in the photo's! xxxx

(03.24.10 @ 05:33 PM)
Andrea Carlyle:

I am so glad you like them. Sorry about them shoes, R.I.P.

"My sister would kill me" was the exact thought train that prevented me from posting them.
I do not recall that she was fully dressed?? Or quite looking her best feminine-self, whilst at her rescue mission trying to bash the toilet door open, trying desperately to save the distressed mother of the bride. ;-)

(03.24.10 @ 06:38 PM)

What a laugh!!! Definately not fully clothed but you still HAVE TO give them to me. I'll whip them out one day when it can work to my advantage :) Aaahh, sisterly love.

(03.25.10 @ 04:04 PM)
Laura: Sister of the Bride:

Yes, quite right you two!!! I would kill you both.
Although the the name "Fat pants" has become quite famous now!! He,Hee! A hysterical moment i will never forget. Oh my sussie! These pictures brought me to tears when I saw them. You look exquisite. Andrea, you have captured Nahtalie and Winston perfectly. What a talent you are!!

(03.26.10 @ 04:49 PM)
Jacqui Pratt:

Wow... an amazing couple, a beautiful day and a fantastic wedding! Thank you for inviting us to share it with you. Your pics serve as the proof of a wonderful future togeter.

(03.30.10 @ 10:52 AM)
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