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 

In general, I'm not so good with change (I have a tendency to find a comfort zone and to cling to it for dear life).


It was with this in mind I first agreed to present RE.INVENT with Dror, since public speaking is very much outside my comfort zone.


So, you will understand why I was equally nervous (as I was excited) for RE.INVENT, which was convened at The Forum Homini Hotel, yesterday.


Previewing the participants' websites and blogs beforehand did not help the jitters, as I knew we had some serious talent and amazing photographers lined up for the workshop.

 
We had such an amazing group in attendance, along with gorgeous models, which were a picture of perfection, Gen worked her little butt off to achieve the images the attendees were striving for.

 
I can't wait to check out the blogs to see what images were captured yesterday. ...and, if anything, I hope that the participants have picked up, that Dror and I attempt to get picture-perfect photos straight out of camera and use PS/Lightroom purely as a an enhancer.


For the first time ever, I  can say I took the least amount of shots on the day, as I was more occupied with questions from the photographers themselves.
Naturally, no post without a pic, so here you are - Just one photograph, which I took demonstrating a point to one of the participants.


 

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The first one developed ......in Lightroom. Yes, I discovered a few tips and also tried my hand at Lightroom.

 

For all those that attended:

Canon 5D | 24-70 2.8
Settings: Aperture Priority, f 4.5, Iso 400, WB Manual.

Processing: Those gradient things taught by Dror and conservative tweaking of sliders in Lightroom (So conservative that I can not, for the life of me remember). No presets used. 

 

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In the second, I used the same image and played around with the "darker side"

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Jeanette:

Love the darker treatment on the second one.
Thanks for a wonderful day, I learnt a huge amount, and it was fabulous to finally meet you IRL!

(02.24.10 @ 03:49 PM)
Andrea:

I would have to say "Ditto" on that, it was really nice to meet everyone!

(02.24.10 @ 06:20 PM)
zee:

I will definitely be there for the next workshop. "I hope there is going to be one"

(02.25.10 @ 09:57 AM)
Kat Forsyth:

Thank you so much, Andrea! I could have stayed there all day asking questions. And it was great to meet you after all these years of blog stalking! :-)

(02.25.10 @ 11:48 AM)
Mandy:

Thanks so much for sharing so much with us on Tuesday, you really did answer all the questions we wanted to know. I had a Great time. Thanks again

(02.25.10 @ 04:40 PM)
Kim:

Thnaks for an awesome workshop. As a new photographer, I really felt so intimidated to be amongst such talented phtographers. I am still mulling over sending my images, thanks again I really learnt so much from everyone.

(03.01.10 @ 08:55 PM)
Kim:

Ah I love this one .

(03.01.10 @ 09:08 PM)
Gavin Blok:

Thank you Andrea for an awesome workshop – It was fantastic!

(03.01.10 @ 09:59 PM)
Joretha:

I enjoy'd the workshop so much. You realy must consider doing it again, you've realy got no worries about speaking in public. I believe you and Dror impressed us all with skill as well as giving info. I in turn, I was anxious showing my work to such wonderful photographers!

(03.16.10 @ 10:19 AM)
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This entire week I have been steaming ahead with my workshop presentation and, I'm pleased to announce, it's finally done and dusted.   I have been up all hours, morning and night, trying to get it together for this coming Tuesday, so I'm chuffed to have finalised it in good time. 

 

 
As a result of these self-imposed extracurriculars, my obligations to the blog have gone somewhat astray and, although I promised Nancy and Paul their wedding would be posted this week, I quite simply just didn't manage any blog-time, at all.

 


In the meantime, however, I did eke out this sneak and I assure you I'll go through your pics over the weekend, so I can post something on Monday. Promise.

 

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I had been checking the weather forecast all week in an attempt to gauge whether it would rain at the weekend.

 

Those of you not residing in Gauteng will be oblivious to the fact that for the past four/five weeks or so, we have had rain virtually every single day.


Well, Saturday at Diane's and Trent's wedding, we had rain; not normal rain, but, true highveld thunderstorms with lightning bolts and all the extras.

 

During the creatives session, Trent miraculously escaped being struck by a flash of lightning - not really, but, the way he dashed down the hill leaving his new wife behind, one would have thought the electric bolt must have just missed his left foot. ;-)


The skies held on until the shoot was done, we got our crackers and Trent made it out in one piece!

 

From the laughs we had on the golfcart, right through to the gorgeous lattern release at the reception, the whole day turned out beautifully. Thank you Diane. Thank you Trent.

 

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No Photoshop magic, the sky was that dark. Straight out of camera and sharpened in Photoshop. 

 

 

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The lovely lattern release shot in pitch darkness, sans flash at Iso 4000. 

 

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Stella:

Awesomenesss!!! Love all of them, especially the windy veil :)

(02.06.10 @ 09:10 AM)
Diane:

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! You guys were just awesome ! We had so much fun on the hill! Dont think Trent will ever live his scardie cat moment down!!! cant wait for the album!!! xxx

(02.06.10 @ 10:59 AM)
Ursula:

WOW! Awesome post Andrea - thank you for an awesome shoot :) Thanks Diane and Trent, you guys were fantastic!

(02.07.10 @ 09:35 AM)
Kav:

Congratulations Di and Trent. Truly magical photos xx

(02.08.10 @ 11:52 AM)
Paul Pearce:

Absolutely stunning Andrea !
Inspirational as always.

(02.10.10 @ 12:07 PM)
Camilla Photography:

Love their stormy looking formals. Really beautiful!

(02.13.10 @ 12:46 AM)
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I have mentioned it before and will mention it again: I personally adore small weddings. For me, it's the understated, discreet moments of a wedding that take my breath away.


Kim and Dale set up a long table on the lawns of Toadbury Hall, under the plane trees overlooking the lake; a truly breath-taking setting experienced by a select-few people closest to both of them.


The weather played along, Kim's dad cried on cue and both said I do - quite simply, a day that won't easily be forgotten!

Thank you both for the honour.


 
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I also have to add that the steak at Toadbury Hall was one of the most juiciest and mouth watering steaks I have had in a long time, ten out of ten!

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Dale and Kim:

YAY!!!
You are truly amazing! Thank you to both you and Ursula for making our day so memorable and thank you for the brief glimpse of what awaits us...
Lots of love
xxx

(01.25.10 @ 10:07 PM)
Ursula:

Thank you Kim and Dale for a very special day, we had so much fun. Love the post Andrea, very beautiful.

(01.26.10 @ 09:22 AM)
Marian McFarlane:

Dear Kim and Dale
What a stunning wedding you both look amazing and I believe you all had a wonderful day! You are a very special, beautiful couple be blessed!
Love Marian and Garth

(01.27.10 @ 09:18 AM)
Helen:

I love the brides decor, the colours are just too beautiful!

(01.27.10 @ 01:30 PM)
Mandy:

I love the last image, looked like a stunning wedding.

(01.28.10 @ 11:49 AM)
Liz:

Looking at your blog has become the highlight of my week! (yes...I know I have become the follower of a marauding crawling toddler....) but you never cease to post the most amazing pictures that just capture the most astonishingly succint detail!!!You're a legend.
Beautiful decor!

(01.28.10 @ 12:12 PM)
Camilla Photography:

The ones of her by the window are gorgeous!

(02.13.10 @ 12:47 AM)
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Gosh, Friday already! Our first week back and it's all systems go, back to the grindstone, dropping off kids at school, traffic, deadlines and all the things which make me want it to be the holidays again.

 

It's been a bit quiet on the blog for the last few days. If the truth be told, we're flat-out editing in a bid to finish those outstanding 2009 jobs interrupted by the Christmas holidays.

 

Enough whining and waffeling - time for a wedding post;

 

On what felt like the hottest day of 2009, we headed up to Bela Bela over the New Year to witness the marriage of Leanne and Andrew.


It was a real scorcher of a day and during the ceremony I honestly thought Ursula and I were going to spontaneously combust ;-).


Surprisingly, the heat was no bother for the Bride & Groom; Leanne looked absolutely stunning and Andrew was looking rather dazzling in his sand-coloured suit.

 

What an amazing day to be a part of!  Thank you so much for choosing me.  I enjoyed every minute of it!  Oh, and the spectacular blue moon we witnessed was just the cherry ontop!

 

A bit more than I had planned to post, but there were such cute, short guests (i.e. kids) that unintentially hi-jacked the spotlight.

 

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How cute are the african beaded warthog table numbers? 

 

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For a change I thought I would post some pictures of the groom getting ready, we have ignored the grooms for a bit! Picures by Ursula

 

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Andrew's niece, who I think really wanted to marry her uncle.

 

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A midget guest in awe of the African Zulu dancers hired to entertained guests. (Picture by Ursula)

 

 

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I am now fully qualified and accredited to say "Once in a blue moon" you get a wedding like this. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ursula:

Beautiful post Andrea!! Thank you Leanne and Andrew for a wonderful day, (I did survive the heat although it didn't look I was going to on the day :)). All the best.

(01.18.10 @ 12:37 PM)
Marissa:

Just Beautiful!

(01.18.10 @ 01:07 PM)
Amanda:

The most magnificent setting and so amazing to see how it has been captured. I look forward to more

(01.19.10 @ 12:58 PM)
Leanne:

Thanks guys for really adding something special to our day. We had such fun on our "game drive"! Andrea thank you for being so relaxed and calm :-) You were a gem! The pictures are amazing too ;-)

(01.19.10 @ 01:10 PM)
Julie Gallagher:

oh my word! These are the most mazing photos I have ever seen! I am so proud to have helped out in such a small way in what must have been the most amazing wedding - I can't even begin to think of which is my best photo so far! leanne you look so beautiful!

(01.19.10 @ 01:15 PM)
Stella:

Love the one with the flare...lovely Andrea!

(01.26.10 @ 08:23 AM)
Jennifer Allsop:

Leanne,
What a wonderful day & what a beautiful bride!
See you again on the 4th
Jennifer x

(01.29.10 @ 12:05 PM)
Greg Benjamin:

Truly amazing pics, WOW!

(02.02.10 @ 05:41 PM)
elizabeth:

You take beautiful pictures, i am 15 years old and i really want to be a photographer and your photos really inspire me.

(02.22.10 @ 09:06 PM)
Melanie Wessels:

Gorgeous! Love the soft blue sky

(06.30.10 @ 10:04 AM)
Hendrien Grove:

Looking for a wedding photgrapher for Saturday 9 April. Will get married on a farm, in a small little town called Lady Grey... Are you available and could you send through pricelist please?

(02.10.11 @ 11:02 AM)
Jane:

Andrea I love your work, that 2nd last photo with the baby is so cute!

(04.09.11 @ 11:23 AM)
Tania Musgrove:

I am planning a wedding for my boss. Angela Gahagan. She is getting married at Thandaka Lodge too. I love your work. Id like to arrange a meeting between Angela and yourself once evening after work. Are you JHB based. She lives in Bryanston, would this be convenient for you.
Email is best for me as I have my Blackberry with me 24/7.
I look forward to hearing from you Andrea.
Rgds, Tania

(06.20.11 @ 02:49 PM)
chaitra stephen:

Dear Andrea! this here is Chaitra from India..........ur photographs just moved me...........photography is just hobby now..mother of two wanna make it profession one day.............u stand an inspiration .............would love to here from you.......

cheers.........
chaitra Stephen

(10.14.12 @ 09:47 AM)
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