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 

Whilst I definitely do not make it a habit to showcase a second-shooter's images on my blog, I quite simply couldn't resist these.

First off, they are much too cute not to post and, above all, I noticed Stella didn't either. Secondly, this post will buy me some time to do my write-up for the next wedding.




To be read in the whispered tones of David Attenborough:

There she is.  The innocent and endearingly wholesome flowergirl.  Yes, entirely discreet to the naked eye; merely observing the bride and groom cut the cake.  And then, remarkably, with no warning whatever, she then swiftly pounces on the unsuspecting cupcake and, without fear nor favour, it's over. The cupcake is devoured and no-one has noticed a thing.


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Thanks for posting theses, Andrea! It's funny what you miss when going through the images sometimes...love the David Attenborough write up :) You have a wonderful way with words on top of being a fabulously talented photographer!

(05.25.10 @ 07:45 AM)

What a laugh... I even did the voice in David Attenborough. This just finished me off! My precious little niece who got those chocolate fingers all over the maid of honours dress. Thanks Andrea or should I say Stella :)

(05.25.10 @ 12:55 PM)
Andrea Carlyle:

I can not take full credit for the wording either, as my written drafts are proofed and polished by DH extrodinaire.

(05.25.10 @ 02:47 PM)

Love it!

(05.27.10 @ 06:59 AM)

After taking the wrong turn far too many times, Stella and I finally found our location for the creatives.
Content with our discovery, we crossed our fingers in the hope it wouldn't rain and also crossed our toes hoping our bridal couple would be game for an off-site location.
There are really no words to describe how special and intimate their ceremony was. Outside on the lawn, it was a small, profound and beautiful exchange of vows, between two people before those most dearest to them.
After the ceremony, we realised our crossing of fingers was of no help (the toes worked though), as almost timed to perfection, the rain decided to join us for the creative portraits.
Given the cold and wet weather we faced, the fact Betty has a thing about dirty feet and this preposterous request made by the photographers, I have to say Thank you.  I really should get medals made...you guys deserved Gold!
Now, just before I post these, I really have to mention both Betty and Richard are adamant (in bold and I would have underlined it 10 times) they are very uncomfortable hate facing the camera. To this end, I present you, the viewers, with the images for you to decide!
Betty. Richard.  I say you guys rocked the camera - Northcliff hill will never be the same!.


















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Oh, they are sutnning!!! Can't choose a favourite, but love Betty's laugh :) Thank you Betty and Richard for indulging us, you were fabulous!

(05.17.10 @ 02:55 PM)

Oh, they are stunning Andrea! Can't choose a favourite, but love Betty's laugh :) Thank you Betty and Richard for indulging us, you were fabulous!!

(05.17.10 @ 02:57 PM)

Well, they sure look like professionals to me! Lovely, Lovely images!

(05.17.10 @ 07:50 PM)
Betty :

Well done ladies, this must be the first time I havent cringed when seeing pics of myself! We loved having you both there and a big thank you for being so awesome :) Love love love the pics

(05.18.10 @ 08:56 AM)
Jeanette Verster:

Oh these are incredible images!! Love the water tower!! I thought the place was fenced off

(05.18.10 @ 10:12 AM)

Absolutely stunning! They don't look camera shy to me ;-)

(05.18.10 @ 02:53 PM)
Paul Pearce:

Great work Andrea
Look at the bright side, rain = good luck for the couple and a stressful time for us.
Oh yes, the water tower will be fenced off, but then again we never under estimate dear Andrea!!
Is it true you have JZ's number on speed dial? Just pulling your leg. Once again you have out done yourself !

(05.19.10 @ 12:59 PM)

Love the tower pics - stunning!

(05.21.10 @ 08:18 AM)

That last image...just tells it all.The sky,the city in the background...it looks as if they are just on the edge... glorious.......as usual. love it!

(05.24.10 @ 04:45 PM)

Please send price packages for wedding

(01.26.13 @ 03:11 PM)
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Given the propensity for rain in Gauteng during the summer months, I always, without fail, keep a spare black umbrella in the car. An aesthetically pleasing umbrella, which can be used by the bridal couple during the photography session - should it rain.

Murphy's Law at the first wedding:  I needed the "pretty" umbrella, only to discover I had forgotten to retrieve it from Ursula's car the weekend beforehand.

Here is a sneak peak from Betty's and Richard's wedding (with the back-up midget umbrellas). The full post later this week.





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Jeanette Verster:

I really need to do that... but those bright ones are so so awesome!! Love them!

(05.12.10 @ 09:42 AM)

I agree those are so cute, the black umbrella would have been rather dull in comparisson

(05.12.10 @ 06:35 PM)

They worked better than the "pretty" umbrella - I need to get some :) Such a sweet shot...

(05.14.10 @ 11:31 AM)
Melanie Wessels:

Too Cute!!

(06.30.10 @ 09:50 AM)
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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:



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




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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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