Pro photographer, videographer and confidence on camera coach, co-owner of Outdoor Video & Photographic, 2014 SA Best Photographic Blog Winner, 2015 and 2016 Runner Up.

Powerful Portfolio Books

When you think about photo albums, all sorts of variations may come to mind, perhaps featuring weddings, personal photo shoots or family holidays, to name a few. But how about showcasing your company or your work projects in a powerful way? This is one of the specialist applications that we apply to portfolio books, ranging from high-end, leather-bound options with individual presentation boxes, to more affordable, quality versions, all of which can uniquely highlight who you are and what you do.

One of our esteemed clients, the Barrow Group, have capitalized on this opportunity to showcase their exceptional construction work, such as for their iconic Metropolis on Park building in Sandton, Johannesburg. Above is a sneak peek at the beautiful top-of-the-range photo book that we designed and delivered for them, along with 10 mid-range versions, all finished to exacting standards. As an example, these can offer the means to share an exquisite summary of the building in its reception area, as well as provide personal gifts for key stakeholders. Here is another pic, showing the personalized front cover with the Metropolis on Park logo.

We captured photos and footage from the start of the development, when blasting began, right through significant milestones to completion of this 13 story masterpiece, which is topped by penthouses. Photographing the fabulous launch party enhanced our scope of content with warm, engaging images of people enjoying themselves in and around the building, reflecting the exclusive luxury lifestyle that it offers. We created a similar series of unique portfolio books for Barrow’s phenomenal Katherine & West building in Sandton, which was voted the Coolest Building in Jozi. That featured some of the select installations of business tenants, in addition to captivating penthouse spreads. For both projects, we included breath-taking aerial perspectives using drone technology.

For years, we have used a similar A3 sized, leather-bound portfolio book to support the marketing of our company, Outdoor Video & Photographic. It features a double page spread for each of the primary genres of photography that we offer, including wildlife. This has served us brilliantly at countless introductory meetings, giving prospective clients an immediate idea of the quality and style of our work, and establishing common ground with those who share our passion for wildlife. If you fancy raising your marketing game with a powerful portfolio book, then feel free to contact us to discuss your options. We’d love to connect with you.

In the meantime, to find out more about the exceptional residential apartments available for sale and to rent at ‘Sandton’s Most Beautiful Address‘, please visit the Metropolis on Park website . . . and prepare to be enchanted!

Talent in Studio

There’s a special buzz here at OV&P when we have talented people in our studio – an excited sense of knowing that they will go far in their lives and achieve significant things. This is the feeling that I had recently, while photographing Daliso Masongo (pictured above and below), and also his sister Mwila Masongo a few weeks earlier.

Mwila scooped 3rd place in the Commercial Model of the Year category at the IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) convention in New York last month, on the basis of the modeling portfolio that I shot for her. To view some of the gorgeous images from her photo shoot, follow this link to my Facebook album: Mwila Masongo in Studio.

Daliso is currently a sports management student, in addition to being a model at Ice Models Johannesburg. He has a flair for acting too, which contributed great fun to his shoot. It was a treat to work with him (and have some help from Mwila who was in studio as well), as we planned how to combine outfits, backdrops, props and poses for his portfolio.

Daliso Masongo's Portfolio by Naomi Estment

Exceptionally tall and athletic, Daliso had some great ideas of his own, including action shots such as his leap into the air that you can see above. He put me through my paces, not only while shooting his photographs but also with regard to editing them afterwards because he jumped so high that his head was above the top of our backdrop!

All in all, we aimed to capture Daliso’s vibrant personality, as well as his model looks, and to include versatility in terms of expressions, postures, style and mood. For this reason, we also shot some photos outside, capturing a completely different atmosphere to the studio shots. The selection of images featured above share a sample of this. What do you think? Did we succeed in achieving our objective? We think so, but would love to know your feedback, so please leave a comment below to let us know ūüôā Thank you!

Amore' Vlok, 2017 IMTA Contestant, photographed by Naomi Estment

Modeling Portfolio Magic

Do you or someone you know need a professional talent or modeling portfolio? Or do you simply enjoy beautiful portraits? Either way, you’re in the right place! If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you’ll know that personal portfolios are a specialty of ours, that I particularly love to shoot. This time of year is always exciting too because models, actors, singers and dancers all over the world are preparing for the IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) convention, which takes place next month in New York.

International Model of the Year

I’ve recently had the privilege and pleasure of photographing three stunning contestants from Figures Models Randburg. Above is a photo of Amore’ Vlok, who won the Figures Models SA International Model of the Year award, including an all expenses paid trip to the convention. She wanted some versatility in her portfolio, including indoor and outdoor images, so we set up a special portable lighting scenario in our garden, which is adjacent to our studio. This made it super quick and easy to incorporate natural, shallow-depth-of-field shots, as well as co-ordinate changes of outfits and backdrops. Here are a few more photos from her shoot:

Modeling Portfolio of Amore' Vlok - by Naomi Estment

Capturing Personality

As you can see, Amore’ brought along a hat, which really suits her. This is something that I suggest clients do for their individual portfolios, so that we can try it out and include a few photos with a hat in their final selection. Without fail, I find that it helps to bring out personality and inject a bit of fun into the shoot. We generally include a mix of casual and more formal clothing, which we go through together in order to match different outfits, hairstyles and make-up with various backdrops, props and lighting arrangements.

Talented Young Stars

It was a treat to photograph Amore’, who brims with talent, both on camera and in person. She is fabulously tall, giving her a great advantage on the ramp as well. To see more of her photos, view my Facebook album Amore’ Vlok in Studio. While you’re there, have a look at the albums featuring modeling portfolios of two more gorgeous contestants: Mwila Masongo and Nicole Morgan:

2017 IMTA Contestants, photographed by Naomi Estment

Each has their own signature brand of beauty, which I’ve no doubt will shine in New York just as it does here in Johannesburg.

Please join me in wishing all three of these talented young stars everything of the best for their trip!

Dave and Naomi Estment - Co-owners of OV&P

View From The Top

Standing at the top of a 50m tower is definitely not your average angle on life, but all in a day’s work here at OV&P, as part of the ongoing capture of a 15-story construction project by our valued clients at FWJK. The skinny, temporary tower has been erected in Illovo, Johannesburg, in order to provide a platform for Dave to create a time lapse video that combines spectacular aerial perspectives shot from our drones with vibrant ground-based photos and videos.

I joined him under some duress last week, since our fabulous freelance cameraman, Chris (pictured below) who usually accompanies Dave up the tower, wasn’t available. Can’t pretend I wasn’t stressed . . . and frankly scared! It took longer to climb with me, thanks to stopping a few times for me to rest and reinforce my courage. Apart from moral support, two people are needed to carry kit and complete various tasks like downloading images, replacing memory cards, as well as setting up and repositioning the camera.

Cameraman Chris Duys on 50m Tower

The innovative time lapse setup – provided by Action Gear – utilises a GoPro camera mounted inside a mini, all-weather pelican case that includes a tailor-made cutout to accommodate the camera lens. A small solar panel is attached to the outside of the case, powering the camera battery to facilitate taking thousands of photos over extended periods, with intervals selected as required.

This can contribute a special element to an ongoing visual legacy that showcases great work. It is particularly powerful for long term, large scale projects that involve expansive perspectives – and height really helps for maximum impact. How about your legacy? A 50m tower is a rare exception to the rule, but what do you do to share the story of your work and how it serves your market? To discuss ways to do this via compelling, creative photos and videos, give us a call. We’re standing by to help.

2016 SA Best Photographic Blog

We Did It Again, Thank You

WOOHOO! So happy to share that our website is the 2016 SA Best Photographic Blog Runner Up! THANK YOU to each and every person who voted for us, as well as the organisers and judges of the SA Blog Awards. High Five also to Bernard and his team at Up Next Digital for our recent site revamp, and our OV&P team members who contributed to our blog during the course of last year.

SPECIAL¬†THANKS also to all¬†of our valued clients, some of whose projects feature in our articles, as well as our associates, suppliers, friends,¬†family . . . and of course YOU, our blog readers,¬†for collectively inspiring our articles here! These¬†also provide the content for our e-newsletters that go out to our extended network, which is something for you to consider if you’re not already doing it.

This is an effective way for us to¬†keep everyone in the loop about what’s happening at Outdoor Video & Photographic,¬†while also providing¬†insight and inspiration relating to photography and videography, including¬†tips on how you can harness these mediums to promote your company or career. Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions for topics you‚Äôd like us to cover. Thank you!

In the meantime, sincere CONGRATS¬†to the Orms Photographic Blog Orms Connect for winning our category in the SA Blog Awards, and to all the other winners and runners-up in their respective categories.¬† It’s an honour to be Runner Up again to Orms –¬†“The Best Online Camera Store in South Africa”,¬†which also incorporates a print room and framing, photo art, photo tours, photographers directory and a school of photography in Cape Town. We appreciate the way that they raise the bar for all of us in the contest.

Here’s to South African (and world-wide) blogging . . . may it continue to thrive in 2017!

 

 

Ubuntu Mass Ride at Yamaha SA

Ubuntu Mass Ride

The spirit of Ubuntu flourished last Sunday, when more than a thousand bikers came together at the iconic World of Yamaha concept store to participate in the impressive Ubuntu Mass Ride. Our OV&P team covered the event on behalf of Yamaha, using two aerial drones to capture multiple perspectives, as well as shooting ground video footage and impromptu interviews with participants.

It was inspiring to witness their passion for riding motorcycles and to hear them share why this is personally special to them, in addition to how it connects people across all cultures, ages, backgrounds, genders and walks of life. With so much revving in the background, a directional microphone was called for, in combination with one of our Panasonic DVX200 video cameras. Our DJI Osmo also came in handy for close-up shots between the bikes. Watch our video below for a taste of the high voltage energy of the day!

Yamaha Brand Ambassador, Alfred Matamela (a.k.a. King Donut), a legendary motorcycle rider and instructor from Soweto, organised the event, and a number of people there noted their gratitude to Yamaha SA for being gracious hosts and providing coffee and snacks for everyone – including riders from various clubs with a range of different motorbike brands, all equally welcome.

The pre-ride briefing and prayer focussed on gratitude for contributors to the event and of course safety for all the riders, also sharing details of the route to Westonaria and key traffic points to look out for. Then the throttles started twisting, turning up the volume as the eclectic procession of motorcycles headed out though the gates in the direction of the M1 highway.

Well done Yamaha and everyone else on this exceptional event. Bikers totally rock and so does the spirit of Ubuntu!