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 

I am an emotional wreck! Over the past two weeks I have discovered I am not equipped psychologically for this wedding photography thing. Last week's wedding I brushed aside - it was a once-off and it won't happen again too soon, I thought. Well, enter Grant's and Elizabeth's ceremony.   I actually lost count of how many times I shed a tear. I write 'shed a tear' in an effort to downplay the situation, as in reality there were a fair few "pure sobbing" moments. I may need to get some Help! (Not sure if I am sending out the right message here? "Hire me - I'm an emotional wreck!")

 

Elizabeth and Grant: your day was one I will truly not forget; packed solid with uniqueness and sensitivity. Elizabeth is the type of person who has the most smallest detail covered and, for such an organised person, I must say the getting-ready part of the day was one that will go down as the most chilled and hassle-free. I am really at a loss for words here - this is about the sixth draft and I'm still unable to describe the day.

 

So my apologies to all and hopefully the images will cover my literary shortcomings. Oh well, if the photography side doesn't work out, I certainly see a market out there for a "wedding crier"

 

     

 

The bride and flowergirl arriving at the ceremony. 

   

 

The ceremony was held outside with a perfect sky.

 

 

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Sue:

Lovely, lovey! ;)

(09.29.08 @ 04:44 PM)
Anne:

Word! They are awesome! I love the tones you used for the bride descending pic

(09.29.08 @ 05:13 PM)
Katharine:

Hooray for detail shots! And the one next to the car is gooorgeous!

By the way, I think a photographer who can feel the emotions will capture them better. So don't stop the crying!

(09.29.08 @ 06:35 PM)
andreac1:

I am not sure about that Katherine, I find it difficult to see through the tears!

(09.30.08 @ 04:41 AM)
Jeanette:

What absolutely stunning photos!! I love the way you shot the ring!

(09.30.08 @ 02:07 PM)
Elizabeth and Grant:

Hi Andrea,

We are very excited!We have been checking in to see if you had posted anything...and obviously you were waiting for Argentina to do it....Thank you -the photos look amazing and you were such a star on the day!We still cannot believe what a perfect day it was and we could not have asked for anything more...even the sky came to the party!
We look forward to seeing the rest of the pics and thanks for being part of our celebration and the awesome day we had.
love
Liz and Grant
xxxx

(09.30.08 @ 02:15 PM)
Ana:

Wow, cannot wait to see the rest now...
It was a stunning wedding for a wonderful couple and an absolutely beautiful bride!

(09.30.08 @ 06:17 PM)
Natalia:

Your photos are absolutely stunning. A beautiful compliment to a wonderful wedding.

(10.06.08 @ 11:40 AM)
Debbie:

Fantastic!! What stunning photographs.Can't wait to see more. What a perfect day for a truely lovely couple.I love your unique angles to shots..WOW!!!

(10.07.08 @ 02:04 PM)
Isabel Correia:

Wow... how amazing, the photos truely reflect what an amazing wedding it was

(11.07.08 @ 09:33 AM)
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Tasteful, intimate, emotional and exceptional are the words which come to mind in describing Nicki's and Dave's wedding. The ceremony was nothing short of utterly beautiful, in a forest strung with crystals - and, not a dry eye in sight.   

 

It's especially great to see (and capture) such genuine and spur-of-the-moment emotions; shared between two people. (Sorry, Dave... I didn't mean to spill the beans on the tears, but let's face it - you had every single guest grabbing a Kleenex too).

 

The reception was a luxurious picnic on Toadbury Island - a unique little part of Toadbury Hall I never knew existed. Originally, I was a little annoyed with myself, tackling a wedding on my birthday weekend, but as it turned out, I couldn't have planned a better day out; doing what I love most, in great company with truly special people who clearly adore life to the full.

 

My second shooter. . . yep, you guessed it, the gaffer himself.  In fact, you can see Dror's version of events here; http://www.droreyal.co.za/blog/nicki-and-david-at-toadbury-hall/ You will also see the pic, which had intimidated me a little; added to which the comment implying I'll be posting "Killer Bee" images and, hence, the selection dilemma, plus delayed post! That's it.    It's official - blame Dror for the delay! (nothing like passing the buck)  

Just before Nicki left for the ceremony her sister read her a message from the UK, which had me in tears too!

 The couple prepared their own vows, hence the tears!        

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Jeanette:

Oh you're good! I love all the shots!

(09.18.08 @ 06:59 PM)
Katharine:

Oh wow wow wow! That long shot of the couple going up the slope with their shadows behind them - blow up and FRAMEABLE if ever I saw one! And the final one with the car is gooorgeous! Thanks for posting some details for us details fanatics :-)

(09.18.08 @ 07:05 PM)
Dror:

;)

(09.18.08 @ 07:32 PM)
budgetsavvybride:

you must find out and tell me where those gorgeous shoes are from!!! :)

(09.18.08 @ 09:15 PM)
andreac1:

They are gorgeous aren't they!! Woolies believe it or not!

(09.19.08 @ 03:36 AM)
Nicki & Dave:

Greetings from Mauritius!!!

Oh ... MY ... GOD!!! I just came in from a beautiful day in the sun and Dave opened up your page to check your blog (for the UMPTEENTH time!) and there they were :) We have no words to express how beautiful the pics are and how they are EXACTLY what we wanted!!! In the words of the fabulous Kylie Minouge "You're WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!"

Love

Nicki & Dave

(09.19.08 @ 11:30 AM)
Candice Smth:

Absolutely amazing pics. Congrats again guys.

(09.19.08 @ 11:49 AM)
Lauren Harrington:

Wow Andrea, these photo's are absolutely AMAZING!

It was such a beautiful day!

(09.19.08 @ 02:04 PM)
Nicki & Dave:

Can't stop staring at them ...
YOU'RE THE BEST!!!

(09.19.08 @ 02:07 PM)
Dad and Annie (Nicola's Dad):

we have just had a taste of the wedding photo's on looking at them we are actually at the wedding although we were not. We do not think that in our adult lives have we seen such truely beautiful photo's of 2 beautiful people. We can't wait to see the rest.

(09.20.08 @ 07:18 AM)
Jennifer:

Amazing pics - WOW

(09.24.08 @ 11:13 AM)
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A couple of months back, I was approached by Elra Rabe, the editor of an on-line magazine titled Konfetti, to submit some photos from three weddings she had seen on my blog. I am very thrilled Elra featured one of my efforts in the first edition, which was actually launched yesterday.  If, by chance, you fancy a sneak peek, it's on pages 44-47 of this link: http://www.konfetti.co.za/ Well done, Chris and Sue for being selected!
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Ursula:

Well done Andrea - you sound so surprised - I however am not - you are the best!!!!!

(09.02.08 @ 02:09 PM)
Katharine:

Skreee! How exciting for you! I agree with Ursula - you shouldn't be surprised. Congratulations!

(09.02.08 @ 02:39 PM)
Anne:

SWEEEET!!!!! My fav is on page 45

I love the compositions! Another brilliant wedding!

(09.02.08 @ 07:14 PM)
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I have learnt three things this week: One: Tree hugging is not all it's cracked up to be.  Two: A chicken sarmie can buy you a small exotic island (If you know how to barter) . And, three: Photographing the groom is so much fun!

 

I was once again honoured to get the opportunity to second-shoot with Dror Eyal this weekend, where I had to photograph Johan (the groom). Photographing the groom is something I have not done in a long, long time.

 

I then realised the groom actually gets very little limelight on this blog of mine, so I have decided to dedicate this post, to the groom - so, Johan this is your 5 minutes of fame.

 

Those of you who'd like to see how gorgeous Nicole looked, can click through to Dror's blog here,  http://www.droreyal.co.za/blog/. I don't doubt he is a bit behind with his Mauritius weddings, but am sure it will be there soon. BTW: I changed my logo for this post, so that it is a little more masculine! When Oliver saw this pic he said "That man is silly, he doesn't know how to do Incy, wincy spider properly"

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Anne:

OMG! What a cracker! WOW WOW WOW you also don't post a lot of B&W but and boy oh WOW!!!

I love all of them......AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!

(08.12.08 @ 05:56 PM)
Katharine:

Haha, I think the incy wincy spider one is the best! These are really gorgeous, Andrea - I hope the bride looks as good as her groom does!

(08.12.08 @ 06:44 PM)
Sue:

I love the "incy wincy spider" shot. So cool!

(08.12.08 @ 08:47 PM)
andreac1:

...and here is me loving the jacket(in the church) shot and the fan & groom shot..."Ching, Chong, Cha...Incy, wincy spider WINS!"

(08.12.08 @ 09:06 PM)
Nicki:

Beautiful ... one month till my big day with you involved and looking at these pics just makes me THAT much more excited!!!

(08.13.08 @ 04:45 PM)
Cyndi:

Oh goodness!!! These are brilliant, Andrea! We are counting the sleeps now - 9 to go!!! See you then!!!

(08.13.08 @ 09:36 PM)
Anne:

Well I'll be damn more Andrea Brides' coming from lurkdom I can only imagine your excitement with 9 days to go and 1 month to go...we should form a we love Andrea club!

(08.14.08 @ 10:16 PM)
Dror:

to be fair it was a smoked chicken sarmie from woolies ...

(08.15.08 @ 02:49 PM)
andreac1:

Indeed it was, but had I polished up on my negotiation skills I could have traded it for an Island in the Maldives!

(08.15.08 @ 03:44 PM)
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I received a call from my brother last week Thursday, enquiring what plans I had for the following Friday. . . because. . . he and Ursula were getting married.

 

Well, the original courthouse ceremony kinda transformed itself into a very cosy affair under the trees at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

 

Whipped together in just a week, but, really in essence, what it was all about was the sacred exchanging of vows in the presence of those closest to you in your life.

 

I, or should I say they, were very, very lucky to have Dror join us. I am not really sure if he was there as a guest or second-shooter, but I did not hear the end of it from the newlyweds, that wicked sense of humour and great images...it does not get better! (You can see what he snapped here www.droreyal.co.za/blog/ )

 

Congrats Mike and Ursula - here is a peak, as I know you're both yearning to see!

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Ursula now Tocik:

WOW!!! Andrea - I have been dying to have a sneak preview - and this has blown me away!!!
what a talent you have (and awfully nice you are part of the family too). You and Dror are sensational!!!!! Thank you so so so so so so much for making the day even more special. XX

(07.28.08 @ 02:28 PM)
Katharine:

I can't believe they managed to pull together a wedding in a WEEK, but good for them and they got your beautiful photos too! I love the glowing look they have! Lovely.

(07.28.08 @ 04:53 PM)
jenty:

Oh wow, that is stunning!!
Were the photos taken there? I LOVE the setting with the long grass

(07.28.08 @ 07:00 PM)
andreac1:

Yes, Jenty the pics were taken in the botanical gardens after the ceremony.

(07.28.08 @ 07:10 PM)
Anne:

WOW this are superb! I now think that their is a conspiracy against me...ISP issues

I love the pics....Your brother is a mega hottie and so is his wife.....gorgeous couple, gorgeous pics....I am so jealous...I love how they went intimate and she wore a brown dress....very cool...can't even image what the album will look like

STUNNING! STUNNING!

(07.30.08 @ 07:58 PM)
Lynette:

Stunning pics Andrea! Cant believe it turned out to be such a stunning day - suppose the pictures in the courthouse would've been a slight different color :-)

Can't wait to see all of them!
Regards
Ursula's bestest workfriend :-)

(08.04.08 @ 01:10 PM)
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