nature and wildlife photography and videography

Dave & Naomi Estment on a Filming Project

Year in Review

Wow, it’s been a weird year, and how quickly it’s come and gone! Given our collective global challenges, we are especially grateful to all of our wonderful clients, associates, suppliers, family and friends for your support. THANK YOU!

It’s been so fulfilling to have inspiring work to co-create, including online education content, individual and business promotional videos, aerial and time lapse photos and videos (we were capturing an extensive solar installation on a warehouse roof in the pic above), personal branding and modelling portfolios, and even coverage of some special live events.

Another highlight has been teaching photography and videography online and in person. Dave has also been innovating in our studio, in between us hiring it out, combining creativity and tech to showcase products, as you can see here:

We’ve also had amazing trips with our cameras in hand, from the magnificent flowers in Namaqualand to the breath-taking bushveld at Welgevonden game reserve, where Dave went with his brother Mike, and shot this short video:

Be sure to watch if you love nature and wildlife, and don’t miss the exceptional footage of a Lilac Breasted Roller flitting in and out of its nest in a tree, or the majesty of lions, elephants and other game that never fails to stir the soul.

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And contact us if you have personal or professional photography or videography requirements. We’d love to help. In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful Festive Season and New Year! May 2022 bring you abundant fulfilment, happiness and success.

Happy Rescue Pup Playing in a Park

Fun Pet Videos

On a lighter than usual note, let’s explore some of the aspects that can contribute to fun pet videos, starting with playful pets! If you’re anything like us, you’re quite possibly a dog lover, who appreciates how instinctively they live in the moment and enjoy life to the full. Storm (our Golden Retriever) and Sky (our rescue pup) take this to the next level at our favourite local park.

It’s expansive and beautiful, including open grassy fields, shade-dappled forest sections, a sparkling river and irresistible dams. Well, to Storm especially. He adores playing in water, not to mention any mud puddle that crosses his path, no matter how shallow and the messier the better! We plan our walk, or run in their case, to reach a big dam near the end of it, so that he can splash into the deep water and get a good wash before leaping into the back of our car. Sky is more circumspect, following his older brother a bit more cautiously, but always having his ears perked high with curiosity and eagerness to share in Storm’s unbridled joy.

Capturing this exuberant energy is the key to shooting fun pet videos, which can be made more interesting for your friends and followers when you also feature here and there in the footage, as I do in the above video, interacting with our dogs. Adding a light-hearted, royalty-free music track can add to the fun factor, together with editing your footage into a creative series of short, varied clips that alternate wider positioning shots with tighter ones where your pet is zoomed in close to the camera.

It’s worth setting up your shots for best effect, as Dave and I did by collaborating on the fly. I called our boys to me and held them for a few seconds while Dave got the GoPro camera ready. Then I let them go as he called them to him, resulting in the clips you can see above where they charged straight for the camera and then swerved past it at the last moment. What obliging little stars!

Dave & Naomi Estment's Dogs Storm & Sky

This took a minimal amount of time to shoot, edit and format to a practical size, in the natural course of a laid-back Sunday. It was super fun to share with family and friends via WhatsApp and social media. Few things in life bring smiles to our faces as swiftly as seeing pets having a blast being themselves. We humans can learn a whole lot from them, don’t you think?

If you’d like to lean more about shooting your own pet videos, feel free to post a question in the comments below 😀

Dave & Naomi Estment - Dec 2018

New Year & Birthday Celebrations

Happy New Year from us and ours to you and yours! May 2019 bring all you wish for and more. In addition to a freshly clean slate to explore new adventures, we celebrate something specific in January. It’s the anniversary month of founding our business and this month Outdoor Video & Photographic turns 18 years old. Cheers to voting and drinking rights!

We’re especially grateful to have wrapped up 2018 and started 2019 with wildlife photo and video shoots on magnificent game farms. If you’ve followed our blog, you’ll likely know that Dave and I share a particular passion for this, and perhaps also that it’s one of the main genres that motivated us to launch OV&P and to keep infusing pleasure and fun into our lives by doing what we love and loving what we do. Here’s a sneak peek into some of the exceptional wildlife photos that Dave has enjoyed shooting recently:

Male Lion photographed by Dave Estment of OV&P

Male Lion photographed by Dave Estment of OV&P

Rhino close up in mud photographed by Dave Estment

Rhino in mud bath photographed by Dave Estment

Over the years, our OV&P work has aligned more strongly with our extensive corporate experience and we specialise in helping blue chip organisations and entrepreneurial businesses maximise the power of their marketing via expert ground and aerial photography and videography. Dave’s technical skills and mechanical engineering background combine with his passion for leading edge technology to keep Outdoor Video & Photographic at the forefront of aerial drone photography and videography advancements.

This led to some significant corporate and commercial projects in 2018 that commanded much of Dave’s focus and expertise, including epic ground, aerial and time lapse photos and footage. My primary goal for 2018 was to create and publish the video-based content for my suite of 7 transformational online courses. That included maintaining my award winning blog at and taking a sabbatical from this award winning OV&P blog for most of 2018 – in case you’ve noticed it’s been quiet around here 😉

My courses are geared to help visionary women entrepreneurs boost their online presence via brilliant personal branding photos and videos. They contribute a brand new dimension to the products and services that we offer. If you’d like a juicy taste, sign up for my free course at Also, stay tuned for fresh blog content coming your way here to share insight and inspiration about how pro photography and videography can benefit you and your business in 2019!