nature and wildlife photography and videography

Groenvlei Sunrise shot by OV&P

Welcoming 2024

Happy New Year to you and yours! As we wave goodbye to 2023 and embrace the promise of 2024 there’s a buzz in the air – a sense of vibrant possibilities and new adventures waiting to be captured. May it be a brilliant year for us all.

At Outdoor Video & Photographic, we’re reflecting with gratitude on the exciting journey of 2023. It was a whirlwind of creativity, technical advancement and lots photo and video shoots, including ground based and aerial, in our studio and on location.

Heartfelt THANK YOU to all our valued clients. Every shoot held highlights for us, too many to mention, but here are a few short videos to share a glimpse and to spark ideas for you to promote your products and services in compelling ways.

To start with, our Aerial Videography Showreel incorporates some of the stunning properties that we’ve filmed and photographed:

A few of these showcase the exceptional work of Rouan Theart at LTA Architects, such as this super cool restaurant in Paarl:

We loved creating a series of videos for Cape Aqua, to help promote their bottled spring water, one of the purest on the market:

It was a ton of fun to capture unique, high vibe exercise classes for DS Bungee Fitness, featuring their fabulous team and studio:

We were privileged to film the R/V Roger Revelle departing from Cape Town for Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego:

And closer to home, we’ve been capturing the impressive progress of construction here at the visionary Devonbosch development where our studio is based. Stay tuned for our time lapse video on completion, but here’s a taste of building in progress:

In addition to many other wonderful shoots, we had the great pleasure of creating a special portfolio of images and videos for Knysna Tourism. The feature pic at the top of this post was taken on a sunrise shoot there. Watch this space for more about that!

Stepping into 2024, we’re filled with anticipation as new adventures beckon. To all our clients, associates, family, friends and fellow adventurers out there, here’s to a fantastic 2024. Let’s make it an amazing year to remember – one frame at a time.

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 😀