Tips for taking your own photos for social media

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Pennie Withers is a Commercial and Event Photographer working in the Thames Valley and London.  She helps businesses stand out from the crowd by enabling them to have professional photographs on their websites, marketing materials and social media.

In the second guest blog of a three-part series by professional photographer Pennie Withers, she provides you with some tips on taking your own photos for social media.

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Working with Pets

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This week we have a blog from Holly about the furry Virtual Angel, Reggie!

One of the joys of working from home is spending the day with my four-legged furry friend.  Reggie is a Brussels Griffon and I have to say there are days when I wonder if he is more cat than dog. However, since he came to live with us last year, he has had a huge impact on my working day.  We don’t have a garden, so he needs to go out for walks on a regular basis throughout the day.

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Why do you need professional photos on your website?

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Pennie Withers is a Commercial and Event Photographer working in the Thames Valley and London.  She helps businesses stand out from the crowd by enabling them to have professional photographs on their websites, marketing materials and social media.

In the first guest blog of a three-part series by professional photographer Pennie Withers, she talks about the importance of professional images for your business website.

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Welcome to 2017! Planning going well?

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9 January 2017 already – I can’t quite believe it myself?!

I had loads of plans for the Christmas/New Year holiday, although I wasn’t scheduled to have a complete break myself, apart from the usual bank holidays.  It was going to be my time to catch up on some tasks that appear to have been on my own to-do list for much longer than I would like and plan for 2017.

However, a family member admitted to hospital and the best laid plans are put to one side as family come first.  Thankfully, after an operation and great care by the NHS, my family member is home recovering and we are slowly getting back to normal.

Though I now seem to have an even longer list of things that I would like to do.  There seem to be three categories at present: “Must Do”; “Should Do”; “Will Do”! Continue reading “Welcome to 2017! Planning going well?”

Distance, no object?

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I read a blog this week titled ‘Location Is No Boundary For A Virtual Assistant, And I’m Proof! by Allison Christie, who is based in Shetland.  Allison, shares her thoughts on running her VA business Tick The List, and the peace and tranquility of Shetland.

It made me think more about my planned move to the South-West and my cottage by the sea! Continue reading “Distance, no object?”

Will I be replaced by a robot?

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I have seen a few news articles over the last year which talk about the rise of the robot and AI intelligence. A recent one from information-age.com asked ‘when will AI bots replace virtual assistants?’ – although they concluded this wouldn’t be happening any time soon! Continue reading “Will I be replaced by a robot?”

The Royal British Legion Poppy Walk

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On Sunday 17 July, Holly and I took part in the Royal British Legion Poppy Walk. Fundraising for charities is something that we are both passionate about, we first met while working for a charity based in Covent Garden.  We have previously raised money, as Virtual Angels and separately, for cancer charities and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RABF).  Our last outing was for the RABF, dressing up as Santa’s. Continue reading “The Royal British Legion Poppy Walk”

A snapshot of the life of a virtual assistant

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The past few weeks have been very hectic week for me while wearing my Virtual Angels hat.  In the last week I have finished working with one client on site, this was intended to be a part-time three week role that began in February!  Extended several times and taken because December and January were quiet, it became tricky for me to balance everything that was going on.  During the same period I signed up two more clients, one which also involves some on-site work, great news!  With balancing my long term clients, the new clients and running Virtual Angels, I certainly needed more hours in the day or maybe my own VA!   So as you can imagine, as virtual assistants we really do understand the need for support and the importance of being able to balance work and life, with delegation when required. Continue reading “A snapshot of the life of a virtual assistant”

Perspective!

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Perspective is a funny thing.  I recently went on holiday with my husband and whilst we were away, he decided he wanted to go for a run. He had forgotten to bring his sports armband which allows him to run listening to music from his phone, so he borrowed mine. A fairly unremarkable event in itself! Until he returned to our apartment and I noticed he was wearing it upside down.  He’d done this because it meant the headphone cable came out of the top of the case directly up to his ears rather coming out the bottom and curving up as it does when I wear it. It had just never occurred to me to wear it the other way around. It was a mini revelation! Continue reading “Perspective!”