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 

Apparently today's date numerology is a good reason to get married...I say why not ;-).

A single frame, that I am permitted to share, of today's very intimate and private ceremony.


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I am so thrilled to report that an image from Lauren and Darryl's wedding was selected as the winner in the category "Reportage and Documentary" by Tamron South Africa. 

This is what the judges had to say about my image:  

"..it just has a lovely feel, a story of a celebration. The gentleman is unaware of the camera, the chance lighting given by the sparklers isolates him perfectly in the scene, combined with the bokeh with its speckled highlights, the image is naturally framed perfectly. There is also some digital noise present, which in such low light is reminiscent of film grain which I like, it adds to the impact and timeless choice the photographer has made to present this in monochrome. A great example of Reportage in that the photographer has reacted quickly to a fleeting chance to grab a great shot in what are technically challenging circumstances, well done Andrea."

Excuse me for a bit while I go pop some bubbly!

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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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