Websites, Puppies & Carpet Wetting

by Naomi on February 26, 2012

in Blogging, Bulletin Board, Studio

OV&P Professional Digital Imaging Website

Hi everyone, I hope 2012 is off to a fabulous start for you all. We’ve hit the ground running, hence the few blog posts and general silence around the blogosphere – apologies to my blogging friends!

Apart from being absorbed in a significant project to help save the rhino (which is progressing at speed, so more on that soon), we’ve consolidated the branding on our photography and videography business, to bring the outdoor (Outdoor Video & Photographic) and studio (OV&P Studio) aspects under one umbrella. This included creating a brand new website at

Once again, I must offer a huge High Five to WordPress for being so brilliant!

Above is a screen shot showing the top part of the front page of our site, designed as a blog with the help of the awesome Thesis theme and the Exhibit skin for Thesis. We chose the blog format to keep things vibrant and allow Dave especially to share photographic advice and photography tips, together with straight-talking industry commentary. If you’re keen to stay informed, please subscribe πŸ™‚

A genius WordPress plugin, CataBlog, works a treat to display our galleries, from African wildlife, commercial and corporate work, interiors and architecture, to modeling portfolios, family and location photo shoots, product and advertising photography, as well as a sample album of our portfolio.

To give you an indication of the modelling portfolios we shoot, the following photo features stunning model Christina (who is based in London) with our puppy Storm:

Studio Photo of Model with Puppy

Christina & Storm

At a mere few months old, he’s already in the limelight! After a recent party we threw for Dave’s birthday, where Storm was the centre of attention (apart from Dave, of course ;-)), one of our friends adopted two of his siblings. You can expect photo’s of them all having a ball together before long, but here are some to show you how rapidly he’s growing – fast enough to give Quest a run for his money soon:

Storm, the Golden Retriever puppy

Storm - plotting his next pounce on Quest

Quest, the German Shepherd Dog

Quest - fascinated by his baby brother

It’s not all roses; the scent of the carpets that is. House training is slow and we’ve already steam-cleaned once, wall to wall, with more to follow! Still, one look at this smile and how can you be cross?

Naomi Estment with Golden Retriever puppy

Hopeless attempt at scolding Storm for carpet wetting

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Shrewsday February 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

So glad life is full of event and that Storm is settling in nicely, Naomi πŸ™‚ Love that picture of Christina with Storm!


Naomi February 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

Thanks so much, Kate! Christina was an absolute treat to photograph and it was her idea to include Storm in the shoot – we had a ball πŸ˜€


Lisa Purdon February 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

Storm is growing SO fast!!! He’s gorgeous!!! xxx


Naomi February 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

THANKS, Lisa! Big lick of appreciation from Storm πŸ˜€ You’re SO right…I’m counting the days until he’s too big to pick up and savouring every second in the meantime!


nrhatch February 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Beautiful pup! Glad all is well. {{hugs}}


Naomi February 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thank you, Nancy!! I hope all is well your side too and will be over ASAP to your blog to soak up some inspiration…missing it in the meantime! Big hug back to you, and a nibble from Storm πŸ™‚


[email protected] March 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

Naomi – Yes, notices of your new posts have not been coming…. I shall re-subscribe. Had to do the same thing with a few others, I discovered. There’s been a long silence and you have some great news.

I “liked” your OV&P, but I don’t spend a lot of time on FB. May have to subscribe differently since I do like to stay up with your forward strides. Wow.

How is La Femme de Feline accepting Storm? Is her nose a little offside these days?


Naomi March 3, 2012 at 6:54 am

Lovely to hear from you, Amy πŸ™‚ Thank you for being in touch and for liking our FB page – much appreciated!

So sad to share (as per previous posts) that our beloved Jina disappeared mid-December, and has not returned. That was six weeks after her first 7 day excursion, where to we have no idea. Heart-breaking as it’s been, this is partly why we decided to get Storm, as Quest was appearing more and more lonely. Our love and prayers remain with jina, but the boys are having a ball together, which is healing in its own way, bringing boundless energy to our home πŸ™‚ Big hug to you and so sorry for my silence on the blogs. Life has been extremely full, but I’ll catch up as soon as possible! XO


Tammy March 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Look at how Storm is growing! Love the photo of you scolding him. It doesn’t do any good in my house either.


Naomi March 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

It’s quite mind-boggling, Tammy! Glad to hear it’s not only me…still battling with the house training πŸ˜€


Anne March 22, 2012 at 4:56 am

I love this blog. I was amazed by the photos. I love your dogs, so cute.


Naomi March 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

Thank you, Anne – much appreciated πŸ™‚


Paula Tohline Calhoun March 22, 2012 at 10:38 am

Hi Naomi! Just to draw your attention to my post this past Monday:

You have been nominated – because you deserve it. i’ve missed seeing your posts in my in-box, and the chance to look at your wonderful eye-candy. There are a few of my recent photos on that same post. Do you think I am improving? πŸ˜†


Naomi March 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

THANKS a ton, Paula…you’re a darling! Loved your post and it’s wonderful to see more of your lovely photography…so glad you’re enjoying it and definitly improving! πŸ˜€ big hug from SA, Naomi


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