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 week's been a tortoise-and-hare affair. . . me the tortoise and the 7-day git, the large oversized rodent.  My earnest intention was to post these on Wednesday, but here I sit, Friday evening, armed with a well-earned glass of citrus-enhanced, oaken Chadonnay, quickly trying to get this post in before the week officially ends. So, finally, here are a few shots from last weeks wedding of Amori and Johan, held at Helderfontein Estate.  Despite the rainy start, it turned out to be a picture-perfect autumn day and everything was awesome!  (You saw how great the details were) Occasionally, just occasionally, you'll have couples knowing exactly what to do.  And Amori and Johan are, quite simply, one of those extraordinary couples. I've so many favourites - too many, in fact.   However, my BPPC (Blog Picha Post Consultant) has gone AWOL, so here's a few extra than I had planned to post.  Then again, you know about the serious "selection" problem I have. . . 'nuff said!
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Anne:

OK Did you just use a swahili word? I am so freaking impressed seriously.........FYI I am at my mums in NC and I left my party to stalk the blog....Totally worth it.......OMG the low lighting and compositions....WOW WOW WOW WOW SIL (sister in law) is also stalking with me and even though we are tipsy we are LOVING the pics.....

(05.18.08 @ 01:17 AM)
Sue:

Love the colours and the vine-covered backdrop - beautiful!

(05.18.08 @ 03:18 PM)
Kate:

Oh man, the ones with the red leaves are just too stunning. I really wanted to look at this venue, but they were closed till late January and we kind of needed to pick a place by early Jan...oh well! It looks gorgeous! As usual I love the first one by the window. I think those are my favourite kind of Bride shot.

(05.21.08 @ 04:02 PM)
andreac1:

Anne on the Swahili...DH usually proof reads my blog entries to ammend my apalling grammar and punctuation. He got a bit carried away on this post and added in a few words of his own...enter the Swahili part.

(05.22.08 @ 08:38 AM)
Amori:

oh my word!!! how awesome are these pictures! we love it! can't wait to see the rest...

don't know how to thank you, andrea!

(05.23.08 @ 09:51 AM)
andreac1:

Amori, you just did! Knowing you love them is Thank you enough

(07.07.08 @ 09:40 AM)
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I have been storing all the 'details' that I love into a folder. I was going to post these every now again, grouped by colour themes, I thought...and then came last weeks wedding where it all just matched the "Pink & Black" theme that it was just too easy to simply post from Amori & Johan's wedding! The theme 'Pink and Black'...their wedding pics in a couple of days.      
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Anne:

WOW gorgeous gorgeous details.....great taste for the bride....I am so envious of her Chivari chairs

Thanks for posting these! Very inspirational

(05.14.08 @ 04:02 AM)
Kate:

Oh my gosh, I was going to do something just like that for the seating cards - hanging with sparkly jewels. It just goes to show there are no original ideas left! I've also used a similar pattern for the borders of my placecards. I love these photos because they're so similar to my own wedding colours - except mine has crimson instead of pink. Thanks for posting them; I'd love to see more!

(05.14.08 @ 07:05 PM)
Lizanne:

Please please please could you let me know where the bride had her stationery done. Also were she got those beautiful boxes and napkins. I'm doing a black and white theme for my wedding and damask is just so over done. This is stunning.

(01.08.09 @ 09:54 AM)
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I have just met with a potential new client and realised that there are certain questions that seem to be repeated with each meeting. So I've decided to address some of them right bang-smack here.  That. . .  and the truth be told, I have not had a chance to look through the images I wanted to post this week - a green garden coming soon.  At a blog near you! Do you do 'formals'?  Yes, I do shoot formals.  I just do not post them, as I find them boring, although  necessary for the album.....and granny, but boring for the blog. Are you able to do Black & White and Sepia versions?  Yes, I can and I do put these onto the final CD. It just seems like my "colour obsession" is still with me, particularly when I select for the blog. Are you able to let us know if another couple is interested in our date?  I have learnt this is not feasible, as I only take on one (or, at most, two) weddings a month it is impossible to "flag" dates. Once I get a confirmed booking, or two, for particular month I then close off that month. The first deposit secures. After seeing my sample album many clients have commented that I should actually post some album layouts on the blog...first the details now the albums - Gawd, a demanding lot!! I am in a coffee shop as I post this so do not have access to my PC and am limited to what album is on my USB stick. I have to post now as I have already missed my Monday, Tuesday deadine, and if I wait until I get home you may never see a post so it is a case of NOW or never! So, here you are a couple of layouts from an album at hand. I have deliberately selected more sepia pages to illustrate that the "colour obsession" is not so strong with the albums. I promise to post another album in a couple of weeks time and then do so on a regular basis. To the real novices out, there these are double page spreads.                 
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Anne:

Holy Mother of God!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Andrea these are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Your album layouts and sepias are off the hook.....OMG I am so excited!!!!!!!!! I am so glad you posted these........Did I already say that I am excited? I am elated!! You are the most exciting thing about my wedding besides marrying my best friend.....I really can't wait!

(04.23.08 @ 07:27 PM)
Kate:

I think Anne is excited; did you notice? :P Yes, they are seriously stunning! I'm so glad you posted some sepia just so we can see the difference. I get your colour obsession, though - your colour pics are so gorgeous. These layouts are really beautiful. I'm running out of adjectives here!

(04.26.08 @ 12:27 PM)
Nicki H:

To all those who doubt Andrea's talents ... HIRE SOMEONE ELSE!!! I have seen Andrea's work in person and ALL of it is stunning. Not just the sepia or black and white stuff. In fact, the colour pics are the most gorgeous. VIVA ANDREA CARLYLE!!! I look forward to you shooting my wedding later this year :)

(04.27.08 @ 07:48 AM)
andreac1:

thanks ladies...people are seriously going to start to think I am paying you!!

(04.29.08 @ 08:27 AM)
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I would just like to start off by saying, that the couples who hire me ROCK!! I think I have the best clients, with brides willing to climb on ledges, walk through the veld and even walk in/on water, clothed in their designer white creations, and all in the name of photography. Annelise and Brett are another one of those arty couples, involved in film production. When it came to the creative portraits, Annelise said they were "game for anything", and even suggested a cliff...say no more! Their wedding was a small and elegant affair and the décor details will definitely make the décor post I have been threatening to post... watch this space. Annalise's dress, although very plain and simple, was designed by De Mil Studios (featured at SA Fashion Week). I just pray that they do not, by any remote chance, come across my blog and see where their creation ended up! I am beginning to sound like a broken record here, but another awesome day out, with an awesome couple, brilliant back-up shooter (yip, was lucky once again to have Dror join me) and to experience another special day that makes me think I am lucky to be me!         
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Anne:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic Ms. Carlyle.....they rock as usual.....the bride and groom are gorgeous too....compositons are superb! I can't wait to see the decor post.....

(04.15.08 @ 07:14 PM)
Kate:

I can never get enough of the silhouette near/in front of a window type shots that you do so beautifully! There's going to be a decor post?? Bring it on!

(04.15.08 @ 07:29 PM)
Michael Tree:

Hi Andrea

Lovely images, great composition for the 1st and 2nd one.

(04.21.08 @ 09:29 AM)

A friend mentioned that when I back-up shoot with her, she always has to 'prep' the clients about the second shooter at their wedding. Telling them that I'm inclined to get rather excitable and, when very excited, the arms tend to flap around as I attempt to string a sentence together. Plus almost trip over a rock in the process, as the light or position is just so "frikkin" awesome. She knows me, she warns her clients, so no problems there.

 

My clients usually meet me beforehand, so they know what they're in for! Last weekend was a little different, as I was second-shooting for Jules Morgan.  Whilst Jules and I have met in person and have had lots of email correspondences... she has never seen me photograph. So I had a harsh talking to myself before setting out. I reminded myself I was merely backing-up and that I was to remain as cool as a cucumber, professional and keep the arm-flapping under control.

 

It rained, we did the creatives, Busi and Peter were mingling with their guests...all was going well....I was under control ..... and then......it appeared... a rainbow. I had to have another one-to-one with myself... ("not your client Andrea, calm and collective PLEASE !"). Rainbow and lighting got even more intense....time for another talking-to...the rain had, by now, almost stopped and the sight before my eyes was killing me....Busi happened to walk past me at that exact moment, and then it all went pear-shaped. I ran towards Busi, arms flapping going on, incoherently I am sure, about the incredible light and rainbow, and hauled her out again to get these;

 

 

 wedding-johannesburg-01.jpg wedding-johannesburg-04.jpg wedding-johannesburg-02.jpg wedding-johannesburg-03.jpg I had a great time shooting with Jules; you can have a look at her website to see some more, and mabe get a glimpse of the groom, not just the rainbow!  www.julesmorganweddings.com. Thank you for the opportunity Jules! Busi and Peter if you do get to see this, thank you for allowing me to share this special day....I know you did not get the "pre-warning".

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Kate:

Stunning! Don't worry about having freaked out the bride...if I were her I would have been pissed if you DIDN'T get an awesome shot like that! I mean if a rainbow just hands itself to you, what are you going to do? :-)

(04.01.08 @ 04:04 PM)
Anne:

With pics like these I think arm flapping will be welcome by an bride you shoot.......These are stunning....the light is just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

#1 is just superb! nuff said

I love these......

(04.02.08 @ 06:42 AM)
Kate:

Where was the venue, by the way?

(04.02.08 @ 05:07 PM)
andreac1:

Good point Kate!....will just go into the admin side and ammend the heading, got carried away with that damn rainbow!

At the Cradle...I am dreading my next one there as we had the amazing yellow light and unbelievable blue overcast sky with Eva, the Rainbow with Busi...now we need something like the northern lights to keep up with the past two!

(04.02.08 @ 05:15 PM)
andreac1:

Ok Done! Thanx Kate, venue in the heading....please feel free to spot these things again.

(04.02.08 @ 05:21 PM)
Cyndi:

So Andrea, since we are going to be at The Cradle in August..... Can you arrange those Northern Lights for us?

I love these shots, the 1st one in particular. I am so looking forward to you flapping your arms at us!

(04.02.08 @ 07:26 PM)
Kate:

My pleasure :-) It's me, Katharine of the dreaded Halloween weekend, by the way - told you I was blog stalking!

It's gonna be hard to top these two Cradle weddings, I've got to say! Not to be a downer, but it's the price you pay when you set your standard so high!

(04.02.08 @ 08:52 PM)
andreac1:

Katerine, I realised it was you as the blog gives your email address I wasn't sure if you had your anorak on stalking in icognito, under the name of Kate so did not want to blow your cover and refered to you by the name you put.
Cyndi - Cradle in August...may even resort to buing a "northern lights" backdrop with fireworks in it. There is the erupting volcano one or a Hurricane come Tornado, ...just backdrops you understand so your hair won't get messed up!

(04.03.08 @ 04:48 AM)
Kate:

Well, I always use my "spare" gmail address for web postings etc, just in case they are visible, but of course it has my surname in it anyway! Kate I just use occasionally for online stuff - it's easier to type and for people to spell! I'm keen for those tornado shots, btw. :-)

(04.03.08 @ 08:13 AM)
Paul Pearce:

Andrea you are out doing yourself again and if you could only harness your "Photographic eye" and sell it you would easily become the next top 10 rated millionaires in the world along with Trump. You know just how to capture true romance, some people write romantic books you write them with spectacular images. I am looking forward to working with you later this year as your second shooter.

(04.10.08 @ 12:20 PM)
Busi:

Andrea! I really don't know how I missed the link to your site on Jules' note. I just saw these pictures now. I've told so many of my friends about the photographer with the flapping arms (remember the language as well :-). I'm so glad you spotted the rainbow...what a day...bright sunshine, rain clouds gathering, thunderstorm, rainbow and dark sky, horizon with a beautiful orange hue at dusk, all in one day. I think it's a good sign, don't you?? And, by the way, I'm reminded of a certain photographer whose was literally scraping the wet ground shooting away :-) It was indeed worth the few raindrops, and missing out on bubbly :-)

(04.11.08 @ 02:20 PM)
andreac1:

Thanks Paul, but that's the problem with passion, you're not really interested in the Moola! so Mr Trump is safe. I am not after his Cartel.
Busi I am glad to hear that you referred to me as the "scrapping and flapping" photographer vs. Sultry and sexy photographer!!

(04.11.08 @ 05:51 PM)
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