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Blogging Date to Diarise

It’s a red letter day: June 15, 2011 – at least for bloggers, and more specifically those who would like to grow their readership and maximize their marketing efforts.


Our wonderful friend Michelle Salater, who has grown her own (Copy Doodle) and other blogs to phenomenal levels of success, is hosting a free webinar on June 15, 2011 at 1pm ET / 10am PT or 7pm here in Johannesburg.

With Copy Doodle recently listed #17 on Technorati’s 100 Best Small Business Blogs, Michelle is well qualified to advise. We have also witnessed the growth of the elite Hills of Africa Travel blog, which she has developed and manages for another special friend of ours, Sandy Salle, CEO. One of the powerful things, among others, that Michelle achieves is to attract media and key influencers via the blogs.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to learn from her first hand via her free webinar, which you can sign up for here: How to Increase Profits and Exposure with a Business Blog. During the webinar, you’ll get an exclusive sneak peek of Love Your Blog, her “new step-by-step system that will show you how to create a business blog that pulls prospects into your sales funnel, saving you time, money, and headaches”.

Despite mine being to date a personal blog, Michelle inspires me to explore improving it, if only to share photography and ideas with a wider audience. I’ll be joining her for sure to find out more, so please stay tuned for something fresh soon 🙂

P.S. While photographing our lovely friend Juanita in our studio, Jina hopped up and settled on the laptop – in her favourite position, right across the touch pad 😀


P.P.S. Just in case you’re wondering how the screen is so legible and clear of reflected light, it’s with the help of a little Photoshop magic (sorry, purists ;-)). Of course, I had to select the Wordpress sign up page, being such a big fan of this fabulous platform! Continue reading

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Introducing our new websites!

Wow, there’s some impressive free website building software on the net these days. I decided to get with the program last week, choosing www.wix.com for our studio site, mainly because it’s photographer friendly. And – how essential is this, ladies? – colour codes perfectly with our branding, which is the brainchild of my super talented stepson, Michael. Apart from a technical hitch which has proved most frustrating, creating the website was astonishingly simple. All ‘click, drag and drop’ with no programming required.

A little background info: OV&P Studio is a division of our company Outdoor Video & Photographic. Based here in Johannesburg, we’ve reopened the studio which we ran for a number of years, specializing in modeling portfolios for the likes of Figures Models SA. More details and a selection of images, including our product portfolio, are available on the website. Here’s a preview, starting with the Home page, which features my stunning stepdaughter, Terri-Lee:

OV&P STUDIO Website – Home Page

OV&P STUDIO Website – About Us Page

OV&P STUDIO Website – Modelling Portfolio

OV&P STUDIO Website – Specials Page

OV&P STUDIO Website – Product Portfolio

OV&P STUDIO Website – Studio Page

OV&P STUDIO Website – Contact Us Page

To view the portfolios and animation, please visit the site: www.ovpstudio.com.
Big thanks and credit to www.wix.com! Terri-Lee chose another major player in free website software, namely www.yola.com, for her site: http://terrisinteriors.yolasite.com/. Take a look! She offers fabulous interior decorating, based in Port Elizabeth.


Strangely enough we were simultaneously struck by a similar inspiration, only to discover it afterwards. Perhaps something’s going on in our collective consciousness . . . do you have a new website to share too? Continue reading

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There comes a time in everyone’s life…

when they’re forced to part with their favourite pair of jeans. Or for that matter, a preferred profile pic.

The former happened to me on Friday. Crouching down to cuddle our puppies, that trendy little tear on my left thigh screeched South. What is it about guys and demolition? Dave couldn’t resist adding his signature:


The devastation moved me to write a ditty:


Oh, the things we’ve done,
Places we’ve been,
Times we’ve shared,
People we’ve seen

Through it all,
you held me tight,
Tossing you out
doesn’t feel right

Makes me wonder
if the summer line
has a new pair
that will be mine

What the hell,
sorry for you
Out with the Old,
in with the New.

Heartless I know, but when it comes to clothes there’s always retail therapy to help you get over them. Profile pics, on the other hand, are a bit harder to replace. At least with ‘newer’ versions. Make that impossible. Unless of course you cheat and use an ‘older’ one. We just don’t get any younger. Still, they have a way of wearing out. Starting to look jaded, if only from overuse.

In any case, you know how one thing leads to another? The fabulous Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way wrote a post last week about clearing out: Give Your Stuff Away Day ~ 9/25. Then my jeans took their leave, and a friend’s daughter pointed out on Facebook that she needed a new pic. Often it takes the next generation to get us into gear. Thanks Lara 🙂

It’s certainly the way with us. My stepson was the one who introduced us to FB. It’s proved pretty useful, so thanks Michael 🙂 With the impetuousness of youth, he went right ahead and created Dave’s profile. It sat around for ages, until we finally decided to get with the program. That was about eighteen months ago and, horror of outdated horrors, we haven’t changed our profile pics since.

That old story about the mechanic who takes forever to fix his own car? As professional photographers, we’re guilty as charged. So we set our studio up yesterday and snapped a few shots. This is the one we chose of Dave:

I haven’t confessed it before, but I have a fetish. Few things give me greater pleasure than providing a client with their favourite photo. All the better if they use it online. Let’s face it, today’s hippest accessory is the professional profile pic. Ask any social media guru. As for offline branding, I’d go with a sensational pair of jeans. When your photograph can’t speak for you, at least they can do the talking:

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Outdoor Video & Photographic

At last…Dave & I are thrilled to report that the official website for our company, Outdoor Video & Photographic, is finally up and running again! If you’re interested, please take a look here: http://www.ovandp.co.za 🙂 It features a fair representation … Continue reading

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Effective action requires direction.

LIONESS - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
LIONESS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight” – Jim Rohn

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu Continue reading

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