5 Tips for Working from Home – Covid 19

5 Tips for Working from Home – Covid 19

Amid times of uncertainties, many of us are working from home, who may have never worked from home before. This can be quite bewildering and difficult at times, especially if you have kids home from school and a partner also working from home.

I am currently juggling with 5 adults working from home, routine, structure and self-care have never been more important than now.

Here are my 5 top tips for working from home :

Maintain a routine 

We are creatures of habit, a routine is really important for our mental health. Set an alarm. You want to avoid having lie-ins. Get up and get dressed, do not spend the day in your PJs. I know how easy that can be, trust me! I have definitely found putting on my makeup and smart casual dress code has really helped with my mindset when working from home. If you are homeschooling too, set up a timetable for the kids, remembering to schedule playtime for them. Our kids need routine as much as we do and making a visual timetable for them is a fun task to all get involved in. I have found a timetable has been really useful for us when needing to share the same space. Booking in time to use a quite space for conference calls so we are not all needing that same space at once.

Exercise

Our daily steps are definitely going to suffer whilst we are in lockdown. Schedule time to do some yoga, go for a walk (remember to adhere to social distancing), look up youtube videos for at-home exercise routines.  Joe Wickes is live on youtube daily at 9 am for Pe with Joe. Such a brilliant idea for our kids and no reason why you cannot join in too.

Virtual Coffee Mornings

How lucky are we to have the technology to connect with friends, family and work colleagues by Zoom, and Skype (among the many apps out there). Use this technology to have a virtual coffee morning. I have been holding weekly Zoom calls with my network ladies, and it’s been such fun, we have a giggle and still manage some networking lol.

Dedicated workspace

This is really important. Do not be tempted to set up your home office from the comfort of your bed or sofa, seriously! Find a space, whether it is the kitchen table or pop a table/desk in your bedroom if need be, having dedicated space is so important for a positive mindset. Take time to make it feel special, layout your makeshift desk with a candle, favorite mug, and a notepad for example. Pop a plant or some cheery flowers on your “desk” too. Remember to charge laptops/iPads the night before so you are all ready to go in the morning.

Take breaks

Don’t forget to take breaks, schedule in coffee breaks and a lunch break, as you would in your day job. A great time to all get together over a cuppa away from your work set up as well. This is your time to grab some vitamin D, sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. Read a magazine or book, do stay away from your computer though.

Finally, this is temporary. Please do not get stressed. I hope you have found my 5 tips helpful and do share any tips you have in the comments

Stay safe, stay inside, protect our NHS

Y2Squared – Personal Branding Shoot

Y2Squared – Personal Branding Shoot

Last year I traveled back to Hong Kong where I used to live, visit friends and photograph some previous clients of mine. Angela is a good friend of mine and a client. She is an entrepreneur, running several businesses. From a semi-precious jewellery company, Y2 Squared and a playgroup EEK. Opposite ends of the spectrum so she needed a set of images to represent both companies.

Location was really important, we needed to find somewhere with lots of colour as well as a backdrop that was minimalistic.

We chose Stanley Market as our location as it offered all of the above, with a vibrant yellow wall just perfect for EEK. Angela’s brand colours for EEK are primary colours. The blue and yellow backdrops were just perfect.

 

Personal Brand Photograpy

 

 

As well as location, choosing outfits for Angela to wear had to be taken into account for both businesses. We discussed bringing in colour and pattern for the playgroup brand photos and keeping things much simpler for the jewellery business.

Angela also required product shots for Y2Squared, a mix of lifestyle and simple product shots showcasing the jewellery.

 

Personal Brand Photography

Personal Brand Photography

 

As you can see, one location can offer such a diverse set of images. When booking your personal branding shoot, take some time researching locations and ask your photographer too, they will know some great locations to shoot in too.

Personal Branding Shoot – Menovibrant

Personal Branding Shoot – Menovibrant

Personal Branding Photography

I had the great pleasure of photographing Nona’s Personal Branding for her new business venture MenoVibrant. MenoVibrant is a healthy lifestyle website aimed at helping women going through the menopause with tips on exercise and healthy eating. I for one cannot wait for Nona to launch her website as I am that woman!

Personal Branding Photography

As well as MenoVibarnt, Nona runs a non for profit running club near Peterborough, Sawtry Walk to Run. Her love for running came about when Nona started her weight loss journey 3 years ago. She put a shout out on a local Facebook forum looking for other likeminded women who wanted to start running. She was inundated with other women just like herself who wanted to tone up, start running for health reason. Over 30 women turned up! And thats how the running club was born.

Personal Branding Photography

Nona really is such an inspiration and I wanted to make sure her massive personality and love for life came through in her images. Nona needed a mix of images for her different hats she wears. We chose several locations to fit the brief as well as outfits that were on brand and show Nona’s bright and cheery personality.

Personal Branding Photography

To help Nona prepare for her Personal Branding session I sent her my free guide “Planning for your Personal Branding Shoot”. This free guide is sent to all my clients when they book a session with me. 14 pages full of tips on what props to bring, location ideas, what to wear and so much more.

At the time of writing this post, Nona’s website is still under construction but do keep checking back as I know it goes live very soon.

 

Bristol Balloon Fiesta – A Photographers View

Bristol Balloon Fiesta – A Photographers View

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

 

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. It is held on the second weekend in August for 4 days and is the highlight of every Bristolians calender. This was my first year attending as press and I was bursting with excitement to attend my first 6 am ascent. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas this year and the scheduled morning ascent on Friday 9th was not going ahead and was rescheduled for Thursday morning.

I set my alarm for 3 am and left the house at 3.45am for the drive to Bristol Ashton Court to collect my press pass. I was not going to miss what was likely to be the only assent for the whole weekend. When I eventually arrived on site ( the one-way system is a nightmare and I missed my turning soo many times!!) the atmosphere was electric. The excitement on the balloon field was so infectious and I felt like a kid on Christmas morning!

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The field looks very unimpressive when I first arrived, a field of deflated balloons and land rovers everywhere. Whispers are heard double guessing if the balloons will be given the all-clear to fly. The announcer comes over the speakers to let us know a decision has been made. Coloured smoke will fill the air with the board’s decision. Red is a no go, Amber for tethering only and Green for an assent. Silence hangs over the field waiting for the smoke. Its a green and we have lift off! The noise of the burners and air inflating the balloons has to be the most thrilling noise you will hear at a balloon fiesta. The smell of the burners, watching the deflated balloons come to life is magical.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

 

The first balloon to take off was the Thatchers Cider hot air balloon. All around me balloons start to fill the air. The shaped balloons are the highlight of the weekend and this year a go fund me page was set up to bring Darth Vader back to Bristol, and he came! I had so much fun and was so thrilled to see my first ascent. Hopefully next year I will have the opportunity to take a flight at the 2020 Bristol Balloon fiesta. There is so much more to see at the fiesta than the hot air balloons. Unfortunately, at the time I was there the funfair was not open so I have no images, and to be honest I was so excited to see the balloons I forget to see what else was happening! There are food stalls, clothing stalls, lots of activities for the kids, a big wheel, craft tent, BBC Bristol and so much more.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

I highly recommend visiting the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. It is a feast for the eyes, lots to do for all ages. Next year’s event takes place on August 6th-9th, 2020. Pop it in your calendar, you will not be disappointed.

NB: Please note all photos and words are my own, I was not paid to attend this event, I received a press pass on behalf of Bristol Bloggers

 

 

 

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The Roman Baths Spa

The Roman Baths Spa

 

I have lived in Somerset for 3 years now, and when we lived in Bath, The Roman Baths I visited a couple of times but had never been to the torchlit nights they have on in the Summer. Last week I was invited by Socialight App to attend a torchlit night at The Roman Baths. We were so lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful summer evening.

The Roman Baths sit in the heart of the City of Bath a World Heritage Site, the natural hot springs are the only ones in Great Britain. Although you cannot bath in them today you can walk on the original pavements and take in the atmosphere of this stunning religious spa. The main entrance and reception is a sight to behold on its own. Beautiful domed ceiling and glittering chandeliers greet you. This is a newer addition to the Roman Spa added around 1700 -1800. Collect your free audio and make your way around the museum which includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artifacts. As you come out of the museum you will enter the top-level looking down on the baths which are situated below street level.

Statues of Roman Emperors look down at the baths keeping a watchful eye. You can see the iconic Bath Abbey when looking at the above photo. What I love about the baths are the local Roman men and women who wander around in character telling their stories and answering your questions. I met the local stonemasons. This is a lovely way to bring the Spa and museum alive and perfect for children to visit.

You may ask why is the water green?

The familiar green hue of the pool is not the result of mystery, but algae, caused by the water’s exposure to the open air. In Roman times, the pool was roofed over, its waters were much clearer. A periodic clean of the Roman Baths involves draining the natural thermal water and brushing the floor to remove algae. It is believed if you drink the spa water it will cure your ailments. At the end of your visit do try a cup at the fountain on your way out.

 

For me, the magic is when the torches are lit. The stone glows in the torchlight and a wave of tranquility envelopes the baths as people sit quietly taking in the historic site whilst sipping on champagne from the bar. The golden light and enhanced reflections in the green waters are magical.

On leaving the Roman Baths why not stop for dinner and cocktails in the Pump Room, or a High Tea before you pop in. A favourite for me is sitting outside The Roman Baths kitchen in the morning with a coffee on Abbey Church Yard listening to the busker’s and people watching.

Please note this experience was gifted to me by Socialight App. All photos and opinions are my own.

The Roman Baths

The Pump Room

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