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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Lovely, lovey! ;)

(09.29.08 @ 04:44 PM)

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

(09.29.08 @ 05:13 PM)

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)

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

(09.30.08 @ 04:41 AM)

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.
Liz and Grant

(09.30.08 @ 02:15 PM)

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)

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

(10.06.08 @ 11:40 AM)

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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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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The couple I met in March was not, by any means, the couple I had photographed this weekend, at The Cradle.
Cyndi had lost loads of weight since our initial meeting and dyed her hair blonde, plus Jeroen had grown a beard. You guys looked great and it helped that the both of you were so chilled the entire day! Cyndi had requested the "Dark Cloud Cradle" backdrop, but there wasn't a cloud in sight! My third wedding at the Cradle and I am glad to say that each wedding has had a different look and feel to it.
Also, a big THANK YOU to the both of you for allowing a third shooter, which meant that Sam accomplished her debut wedding. Enjoy Mauritius!
I am back to posting decor pics as my other idea of separate posts is not working. Sam & Belinda contributed to these!     The ceremony (above) was held under the tress.                
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Beautiful as usual! I particularly like the one in the road with the large branch overhead. And YAY for the return of the decor pics! You know how I love them :-)
I would also have requested the dark sky, but their pics are stuuuuning so they have no cause for complaint!

(08.27.08 @ 06:03 PM)

Eye candy for real!!!!!!!!!

WOW!!!!!!! you really amaze me by how many times you can shoot at the same location and still end up with different images

I love ALL of them....you made my day....

(08.27.08 @ 06:11 PM)

Katharine, you had me staring at my images trying, for the life of me, to find that road.
Took me a while to click, but that is actually Cyndi and Jeroen at the ceremony, "the road" is actually a hessian alternative to the red carpet!

(08.27.08 @ 07:08 PM)
Cyndi & Jeroen:

You have me crying here, Andrea!!! LOVE THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MORE MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ROCK even more than I thought :-)

C & J vdB
checking in from Mauritius LOL!!!

(08.27.08 @ 07:26 PM)

Cyndi, you have just made my day!!!

The last image looks like crap on the blog, but my favourite, and when you see the full res version, you will be blown away!! lotsa special pichas....ONLY problem, could not choose!!!!

(08.27.08 @ 07:44 PM)

*pisses self* OMG I totally see the guests now! It really looks like a long road! Ok, great ceremony picture, then! :P

(08.28.08 @ 12:34 PM)

WOW what a cracker. I missed the guests too the first time. Were you on the ground when you took that pic? The angle is very interesting. It's like you were lying down though I doubt thats what you did

(08.28.08 @ 10:53 PM)

Ok labelled, if my "PROstalkers" missed it, I doubt the novices will see it was a ceremony shot.

Anne I had to lie down, as I neeeded the branch to soften the flare...no one saw me, except the videographer.

(08.29.08 @ 03:58 AM)

Damn!! I'm good....I thought so but I was like NO way.....Now THAT is commitment

If I was the video guy I would totally be intimidated!

(08.29.08 @ 06:12 AM)

Oooh, am I a PROstalker? Love it!

(08.29.08 @ 05:43 PM)
Cyndi & Jeroen:

Just got the pics today.......... Have been crying for hours.....

THEY ARE MINDBLOWINGLY SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!! Andrea, you have confirmed my believe that you are a superstar :-)

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making two nerds look so bloody fantastic!


Cyndi & Jeroen

(09.13.08 @ 12:31 AM)

If that's what 'nerds' look like I would like to trade in my "superstar" startus for 'nerd' status.

I am so glad you like your pics!!

(09.13.08 @ 04:48 AM)
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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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