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 

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

(09.18.08 @ 06:59 PM)

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)


(09.18.08 @ 07:32 PM)

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

(09.18.08 @ 09:15 PM)

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!!!"


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 ...

(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)

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

(09.02.08 @ 02:09 PM)

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

(09.02.08 @ 02:39 PM)

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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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)

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)

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

(08.12.08 @ 08:47 PM)

...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)

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)

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

(08.13.08 @ 09:36 PM)

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)

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

(08.15.08 @ 02:49 PM)

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)

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)

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

(07.28.08 @ 07:00 PM)

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

(07.28.08 @ 07:10 PM)

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


(07.30.08 @ 07:58 PM)

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!
Ursula's bestest workfriend :-)

(08.04.08 @ 01:10 PM)
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Terms such as The world's leading-edge photographer and IT Queen will never be thrown my way, as I am what marketers refer to as a "late adaptor".


I have noticed that there is an international trend for wedding photographers to showcase their images in the form of a slideshow, but ignored this. Being the "laggard" I am, I was a little sceptical about these slideshows. First of all, you need sound and bandwidth in order for them to fulfil their purpose, which not everyone has.

Secondly, most of us stalk sites during working hours (pretending to work), so generally the sound is muted, so as not to blow our cover.  Andrea demonstrates the secret Stalkerazzi sign..... It takes one to know one :-)


Consequently, slideshows were not really on the must-have agenda, until the "late developer" received a gift in the form of slideshow software. After seeing one of my weddings in slideshow format, with sound and bandwith, I was almost reduced to tears. So, hold on to your chairs ladies and gentlemen, the "laggard" has arrived!


Not only have I created a slideshow (the easy part) , I have also figured out how to...here comes a big four-letter IT word ....fttp-up the damn thing (the harder part, which took me days to figure out).


Note before viewing.   In order to make these things LIVE, you have to obtain a "hosting site" in order to store files and since this inaugural slideshow was/is more of an experiment, I just signed up for the first free one I could find... hence the annoying little ad at the top. Please ignore it. And ...drumroll........here it is.



You may have to copy and paste the url, as the link through does not always work. Wait for the slideshow to load before you press play, otherwise you get stops where it needs to loadup.

You can see it loading on the long bottom grey bar. Fellow stalkerazzi....this one needs sound so save it for home.



You may have to copy and paste the url, as the link through does not always work. Wait for the slideshow to load before you press play, otherwise you get stops where it needs to loadup.
You can see it loading on the long bottom grey bar. Fellow stalkerazzi....this one needs sound so save it for home.

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Wow, stunning stunning stunning! I always wanted to see more of this wedding! I'm also always sceptical of slideshows because often they take ages to load, but yours didn't at all. I'm also still vaguely sad that we never got to look at Helderfontein, because they were closed for the first half of January, and FH was going to be in Cape Town after they opened until Feb, and we really needed to make a venue decision before that. But it looks so beautiful!

Good job, and a great way to see more pics!

(07.07.08 @ 06:19 AM)

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OM freaking G!!!!!!!!!!!

You can't be serious!!!!!!!! I mean to look at a handful of pics on the blog is a TREAT!!! WHOA!!!!!!!! Gorgeous!......To look at these slide from you is (#$@!$#!@$#%# Heaven!!) ....How on earth do you and BPC narrow them down....I would have posted ALL of them on the blog if it was me......I knew you had GREAT PICS! But damn!!! I have never seen such slide like this that has all amazing pics...Most have a good number but the others are OK...All of these pics are fantastic!!!

I have been reduced to tears..the holy spirit has come upon me and they are not even my pics...I am beyond speechless!!!! OMFG!!!

IT queen you might not be....but photography genius I bow down!! I really just need to stop before I continue embarrassing myself....I can't even articulate what I am feeling! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! For feeding my addiction and I am confident I speak on behalf of your stalkerrazzis' lurkers and all.....Andrea for President...(US that is ha ha ha)

On a funny note....Wordpress spell check does not like the word stalkerrazzi...the suggested word is DEERSTALKER ha ha ha I guess the fact that I wake up at odd hours of the night to stalk your blog means Wordpress is onto me..I am sure this is what real deerstalkers do....ha ha ha

(07.07.08 @ 07:14 AM)
Rean Kriel:

Hi Andrea

Brilliant as usual.


(07.07.08 @ 07:56 PM)

Oh man, I just watched it again! Even more moving the second time. Gooorgeous!

(07.07.08 @ 09:43 PM)

I have just watched the video. And you are a GENIUS !!! The photo's are stunning. I'm in awe of your talent, my friend...

(07.09.08 @ 10:59 AM)

hi there, your link its not working anymore, maybe ask the company that did your website just to host it in one of the folders of the site.
that way your "cap" on the free site wont run out.
but im pretty sure your blog being wordpress, you can load it here aswell?

(07.11.08 @ 11:30 AM)

Thanks for the alert Mandy, will see if I managed to do what you sugest over the weekend...the mere thought of doing web stuff makes me sip another drop of chardonnay...it's suicide hour I am allowed!

In an attempt to avoid any hosting web programming this weekend..I found if you just type the linkin it works.


(07.11.08 @ 03:40 PM)

Wordpress would not let me type in the rest of my comment...no more space to type...and I did try scoll down :-).
So here is the second bit..wordpress, looked into it, I can't, not with the version I have.
But will try find my website bits...if the site is down Monday you know why

(07.11.08 @ 03:48 PM)
Mario Sales:

What can I say, just looved it. Grown men don't cry but then again I'm still a boy, so it's allowed. Great work Andrea. My favourite the slice out of the cake- pricless and original. Well done.

(07.13.08 @ 10:08 PM)
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