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 

Sitting in the safari vehicle after the ceremony, Louise and I overheard Saul's and Edwina's conversation, and this is how it went: "I wonder where he (the game ranger) is taking us?"  To which Saul replied in his lilting, Irish accent "It doesn't matter where we go, my love , as long as I'm with you".

Both Louise and I looked at each other with goofy smiles and sighed.  .  . Yep, it couldn't be more idyllic than this.

Edwina and Saul, who are both from Northern Ireland, opted for a rather unconventional nuptials - a hush-hush ceremony that took place on a hilltop, overlooking the Madikwe Reserve. 

For the most part, wedding ceremonies can be a bit of a whirlwind, so the bride and groom usually don't get to spend much time with each other.   This, however, was the complete opposite, as they took in every single moment together, soaking up the African bush - a perfect celebration of their love. 


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How gorgeous is that chocolate porcupine cake? Created by Madikwe Sous Chef, Jaco Roux. 


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Seldom, if not never, have I (along with my assistant) ever been greeted by the groom at the venue reception, brandishing alcoholic beverages, which he then insists we gulp down for good measure.   But then again, David and Eloise are not your average couple.

An enchanted bushveld forest with bunting galore; a horse-drawn carriage; a walk down the 'aisle' with your father at your side, enclosed in a grove of trees.  David, standing at the wooden-framed arch adorned with flowers, gazing lovingly as you approached.  My word, what an exquisite location for a ceremony!

The neighbouring fields of Silver Sixpence, which we traipsed through in pursuit of the dwindling rays of daylight, also provided a perfect backdrop for some breath-taking golden hour portraits.   

Thank you David and Eloise - It. Was. Epic.




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As you can well imagine, the summer season is a pretty frantic time for us wedding photographers.  Weekends frequently occupy a host of weddings dotted around the country and although I always strive to keep this blog updated with my latest work, my highest priority is keeping up to speed with upcoming weddings.  Into the bargain, this is typically combined with shouldering a mountain of editing that comes with each preceding ceremony.


That said, I wanted to take a little time out on these cooler and (somewhat) quieter days to check in with some of the events that I have been sharing on my Facebook page.   So, stand back and prepare yourself for a mammoth blog update ;-).


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Frankfurt, the city dubbed "Mainhattan" after the skyscrapers dominating the skyline and the river Main flowing through its centre. 

48 hours between my arrival and departure back to Johannesburg, gave me just enough time to get some snapshots of this beautiful 2,000-year-old German city.


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Weddings do not take place under perfect studio conditions and so, as a photographer, you pretty much have to make it work with what is handed to you on the day: rain, time restrictions,etc, you name it.

On some very rare occasions, however, you do get great light in a kitchen, with black granite splash backs. 

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