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I decided to enter 2017 with the view to really focus on my career and push for success. I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and watch others continue to have great successes and strive to try new things while I continued to plod. I’m determined to make 2017 my year for work and to expand my brand… but how?

Well I feel like my plans for expanding the Toby & Roo brand are on target – I’ve decided to try and focus on improving my video content, at least somewhat anyway and I am going to be speaking at BlogOn conference on how to monetise and grow instagram, but I really want to try and build my secondary idea which started out as “just for fun”, which is Yoda and the Babes on Instagram.

Yoda and the babes is essentially a fun account for pictures of my wrinkly pooch Yoda. He was getting oh-so-much love on my own IG page that I really felt he needed a place to shine and when I looked into it, instagram happens to LOVE dogs… pretty much like the entirety of the nation, but in pixelated glory. So, here I am with a few photos taken when Yoda was at his sweetest and wrinkliest, in summer and absolutely no idea how the hell to take a photo of a dog. Time to call in some pros, don’t you think?

This is something that I did when I first started my Toby & Roo Instagram account, to give me a few images that filled me with warmth and confidence in my brand, and as time went on I saw more and more of my favourite accounts doing the same thing – just look at the awe inspiring Mother Pukka, with all the photography she has done by mega talented Emily Gray. So professional photographer sounds like a good plan if I wanted to really get my arty-farty pants on with Yoda’s account and create a brand FROM and Instagram account, some totally new to me as Toby & Roo was a successful blog, long before it was an Instagram “sensation” (ahem, cringe).

Yet, where to go? I know wildlife photographers – I live in North Yorkshire, c’mon – but not pet specific and the last thing I want for my wrinkly beacon of monetary hope is a white studio background. I want fun in the wild and specifically natural captures of him playing with the children. The whole idea behind Yoda and the Babes was that dogs are wonderful for kids, born from Toby and Yoda’s instant bromance. So where to go?

Enter, with grand flare, Bidvine.

Bidvine is my new favourite way to search for a service online. It’s quick, easy and 100% effective. Essentially you submit your request and people with the service that you are searching for then contact you via whatever method you chose (email for me!). I submitted my request for a pet photographer and within an hour I’d had two submissions, with previous work details, fees, what they would be able to offer in specific detail… all with very little effort from me.

As a mother of three children, one of which is constantly demanding, a wife and a freelance business owner, time is a precious commodity to me – one that I struggle to put a price on. I’m pretty confident that we’re all in the same boat there though – no matter who you are, time is a precious thing and wasting it shifting through all sorts of potential photographers isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. The best thing about Bidvine for me, especially as Yoda and the Babes was supposed to be just a bit of fun, was that is was 100% free.

So regardless of what service you are looking for, leave the Yellow Pages out of it and head over to Bidvine to make sure you get the right pro for your job.

H 🙂 x

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