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 

One thing I love about photographing weddings is the way you feel you've learned so much about a family, after only spending a few hours with them.

There are so many emotions, small dynamics and then the characteristics of people, which are revealed on a wedding day.


Nicky and Graham, who stay in Hong Kong, are such a lovely couple. Their family and friends were so warm and inviting - and some of them just plain ole crazy.


For the creatives, we took a drive a tad away from the actual venue and I am so glad we did - you just can not beat the highveld bush, scattered with giraffe and buck. 

I kid you not!   In the middle of our shoot, giraffe and buck decided to cross the road and it was such a lovely moment!

It felt almost like a movie set.  Oh, how I love South Africa!


Here are a few from their day and I am almost sure there will be a second post to this one.




Loved the antique necklace, which has been passed down in the family, even the box made with love & care.

I also have to mention that on the reverse side of the name tags Nicky had a personalised message for each and every guest









Both pictures (above) taken by my second shooter Paul.






Nicky apologies - I just had to post this I just love the expressions! 


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For the avid photographers: I usually have my WB on cloud as I find I get warmer colours. On this shot I played with my White Balance. To get the blue tone I set the WB to tungsten.






There it is, the giraffe crossing the road, you can also see him in the horizon in the previous image.




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Absolutely gorgeous work!! Love the colours in your photos, I'm going to try that cloud WB out for my next shoot.

(08.27.09 @ 09:12 AM)
Paul Pearce:

Wow Andrea !
One thing I love about working with you is I can take the same photo but how you post produce your work makes your work really stand out. Thanks for affording me the opportunity to work with you and to share a blessed wedding with Nicky & Graham. I got goose bumps in the service!!

(08.27.09 @ 09:17 AM)
Kat Forsyth:

Absolutely stunning! I don't know how you still outdo yourself on every wedding, but you do. And that giraffe was just so perfectly serendipitous.

(08.27.09 @ 11:19 AM)

Love Nicky's expressions - put a smile on my face for the day. Beautiful post!

(08.27.09 @ 12:55 PM)
Cyndi vdB:

MAGNIFICENT!!!!! These are just gorgeous Andrea!!!! WOW :-)

(08.27.09 @ 01:06 PM)

Thank you for all the comments!
@Paul, I hate to admit it but my photoshop skills & post production is really not that extensive, sharpen, vignette and sometimes I just pop the colours a little. I will actually do a post with a straight out of camera image & compare it to the "edited" version as I am getting quite a few emails asking what I do to my images in post production (and unfortunately I have no Photoshop magic to share!)

(08.27.09 @ 06:47 PM)

I love the fourth pic...the one with her Dad(?)...and as for the Giraffe...well....just glorious.You've captured tenderness, beauty.admiration and the "blue' shot is the epitomy of peaceful.Absolutely stunning.You're a star!

(08.27.09 @ 08:27 PM)

@Liz - it is her dad - I also love it.

(08.28.09 @ 07:11 AM)
Nicky Wood:

Wow Andrea!!! These photos are absolutely amazing. We just got back from honeymoon and were so excited to see them on the blog. You have really managed to capture special moments so beautifully. Graham and I loved having you and Paul there. Thanks again!

(09.01.09 @ 04:11 PM)
Rose Cloke:

we were at this very special wedding visiting from New Zealand and you have captured Nicky's character and the atmosphere very well, love the different effects.

(09.02.09 @ 02:10 AM)

These are really beautiful and do the wedding justice as it was a beautiful day from start to finish. Well done!

(09.02.09 @ 09:05 AM)
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I have been asked quite a few times whether I handover black & white images on the final disc.


Well, the answer is yes, I do.


Basically, I play around to see what B&W treatment suits the wedding I am editing and then run a conversion on nearly every image, so that you have a colour and monotone version of the same photograph.

I have just finished with Simone's & Willem's wedding and thought I would post my favourites, in what I will call my Chocolate Milk B&W treatment.


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Thank you for the beautiful photos Andrea, it was an honor to have you as our photographer!

(08.13.09 @ 07:55 AM)
Kat Forsyth:

Those do look delicious! Sorry, I saw the word chocolate... :-) But they do!

(08.13.09 @ 12:50 PM)
Paul Pearce:

I love the mood Andrea and the old car just anchors the shot.
High time you start to win a few awards.

(08.13.09 @ 05:05 PM)

Oh WOW!! Love the bottom Landscape one

(08.14.09 @ 01:15 PM)

do tigers drink choclate milk hehe, the boys are to cute, growing up fast, and love the treatment to the Photos, very cool.

(08.14.09 @ 04:49 PM)
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It was a freezing winter start, but, in the end, it all turned out perfect and once again we were blessed with a beautiful sky (and insert a beautiful couple!)


Catherine and Shaun's wedding was full of beautiful details and wonderful moments.  The speeches induced tears and whole lot of laughter.  The dancing was crazy.  The food was yummy.


Your day was perfect.  Nothing short of perfect and I'm honored to have shared it with you. Thank you for inviting me into your lives on your most special day.


I have much more images in this post as my morning has been chaos, I can not find my 5 minutes of uninterrupted peace (so that I can narrow it down) -  so just posted them all.




Catherine's mom handmade her beautiful dress.
























Love these two below, natural "belly" laughter and awesome sky - can't get better than that!





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Absolutely gorgeous, love the rich colours of the flowers

(07.16.09 @ 10:23 AM)
Kat Forsyth:

Well, as always, I love lots of photos, so long may your interrupted days continue! That sky in the last few is breathtaking! My personal fave is the one where they are reflected in the mirror behind them. Gorgeous!

(07.16.09 @ 01:12 PM)

I have never seen more beautiful wedding pictures. Every picture carries so much emotion. I have tears in my eyes right now! all the best Shaun and Cath! Bianca

(07.17.09 @ 04:32 PM)

absolutely fabulous!

(07.17.09 @ 05:29 PM)
Linda Kloeck - Catherine's mom:

These photographs are so beautiful and caputure just little segments of what was a lovely day. I am a very grateful mom to have such stunning children. Shaun is very precious to us, and makes a wonderful husband to Cath. If these are but a small start to the photographs, I am dying to see what the full portfolio looks like.

Andrea was amazing! When choosing a photographer you are concerned that the photographs will be perfect, as this is what you take away from your wedding. Already I can see that we have been truly blessed.

Thank you Andrea for sharing your God-given talent with us. We salute you!

(07.18.09 @ 03:45 PM)

Breath taking!!

(07.20.09 @ 12:25 PM)
louise temlett:

Julia and I love all the photos. Lin the dress is magnificent - it has worked so well. I love the little shoulder straps and bodice. Flowers are stunning. Where is the cake? And where is the mother of the bride?- Wally looks like a patriarch! Catherine you are stunning and a magnificent June Bride - go girl.

(07.22.09 @ 01:24 AM)

Accolades from the bride's mum, no less!! Now there's feather in your cap.

(07.22.09 @ 07:21 AM)

i always love your details Shots, so creative so perfect.

(07.22.09 @ 09:46 AM)
Paul Pearce:

Great pics once again!

(07.24.09 @ 08:53 AM)
Lee-Anne de Bruin -:

a friend who missed Cath and Shaun's occassion from Aus but now gets to share it though these beautiful pictures....

(08.31.09 @ 03:06 PM)
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Just finished Careen and Andrew's pictures, and I can not believe that I missed these when selecting for the blog.








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Kat Forsyth:

Those are stunning indeed.

(07.13.09 @ 12:04 PM)
Kim Ross-Kent:

Aaah, these are lovely! The more I see your beautiful work, the happier I am that you will be taking our photo's!

(07.14.09 @ 12:23 PM)

these are Lovely, i remeber seeing the first lot you posted.

(07.15.09 @ 03:51 PM)

Andrea, your really a huge inspiration to me. You photos are gorgeous!

(11.20.09 @ 12:48 PM)

Andrea, you've been a real inspiration to me! Thank you!!!

(11.20.09 @ 12:53 PM)
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Most of my regular blog readers know I do try to tell the story of a wedding with words as much as I do with images. 

On occasion, a certain couple comes along who defy my desire to use words and, instead, their emotion and story can be told solely with images. 

So, with no further ado, I give you Adam and Lorin. Their wedding was full of beautiful details, wonderful moments, good food and action packed jewish dancing.

I had huge 'selection' issues (nothing new) and just could not narrow it down any futher than this.




 Preparing for the Bedeken (veiling ceremony)



I love this one, during the Bedeken, Lorin looking at Adam.








With the next two images, I could not decide which one I preferred so just posted both.












Picture on the right taken by my second shooter Ursula. 

Lorin & Adam - thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding! It was such a blessing, Lorin I have your 2009 medal for being just THE most chilled bride!




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Kat Forsyth:

I love Shepstone Gardens! I wish I'd known about it when we got married. And I DID do my homework. Anyway, these are lovely. My favourite is the one where they're sitting on the stone steps. And I love the one with the little girl - great expression catch!

(06.27.09 @ 06:26 PM)

What a beautiful setting! Stunning photos, love the mood you captured

(06.28.09 @ 06:00 PM)
Paul Pearce:

Well done once again, i absolutly love the third one, the Bedeken.
I love the emotion and the mood in her eyes, it lives up to the old saying one can see into the soul through one's eyes. Great shots.

(06.30.09 @ 05:50 AM)

hello! wow... just back from honeymoon and great to get a sneak preview of the magic you have worked! look forward to seeing them all... (no pressure, i am still chilled!) :) thanks again to you and ursula.

(07.08.09 @ 09:59 AM)

Awsome pics- what a stunning day, thank you Lorin and Adam :)

(07.08.09 @ 04:19 PM)

Absolutely LOVE the orange tree and the play with focus! Stunning.

(07.18.09 @ 10:52 PM)
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