I had the pleasure of interviewing another awesome team member, Marilyn Morris. Marilyn is major part of the Retouching Department in the Lab at Leonard’s. She has been with Leonard’s for just over fifteen years and has witnessed the changes the advancement of technology has brought to the industry. “The possibilities are now endless,” says Marilyn. “Marilyn pays such close attention to detail,” Ali states. Marilyn is also an incredible team player through her work in the Customer Service Department as the Spanish Interpreter. She is also relied heavily upon during the Senior Season. “Our main focus is to get the Senior Photos out as soon as possible,” she says. “Working as a team is vital. Honestly, we are more than a team. We are like family,” Marilyn states. Check out my full interview with Marilyn!

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What is your name?

Marilyn Morris

 

Which department do you work in?

Retouching Department

 

What are some of your daily tasks?

I retouch images for our High School Senior portraits, Cap and Gowns, and Faculty. Basic digital retouching involves removing blemishes and flaws. Extensive retouching is done for our seniors and faculty, (i.e.: removing darkness from under eyes, whitening teeth, removing braces and smoothing out wrinkles). I am also the Spanish Interpreter for our Customer Service Department.

 

How do you contribute to the Leonard’s team?

I retouch many images throughout the day and finish each task with quality and efficiency.

 

How long have you been with the Company?

Fifteen years.

 

How has retouching changed while you have been with Leonard’s?

Back in the day we used to retouch manually with paints and dyes on negatives and prints, where as now every single image is digitally retouched through Photoshop.

 

Here at Leonard’s we capture memories! What is one memory you are glad you captured through photography?

Leonard’s took many sample pictures of me throughout the years which adds up to a lot of “freebies.” My husband made a collage of my pictures and they are displayed in his five foot locker at the fire station. I think there is room for more!

 

What are three words that best describe you?

Honest, Considerate and Ambitious

 

Do you have any special talents?

I have a few! I am bilingual. I speak both English and Spanish fluently. I also love to cook Spanish food (thanks to my Mother!). I can also twirl a baton and make fashion jewelry.

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would like to learn how to make a culinary dish and show it on the Food Network! It would be my masterpiece or masterplate! I would also like to learn how to create and design my own Signature Label for my jewelry, but for now, one project at a time!

 

If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?

Any one of the chefs on Food Network, but if I had the choice it would definitely be Emeril Lagasse, BAM!

 

What is the best part of waking up?

Well first, COFFEE!!! The second best part of waking up is living life to the fullest.

 

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Yes, I think images have stronger messages than words.

 

 

 

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12,500 Schools and Counting: Leonard’s Jim Klein After 25 Years on the Job

A year on the job for Leonard’s photographer Jim Klein includes 70 overnight trips, 500 schools visited, and 10,000 students photographed. It sounds exhausting to the average worker, but Jim wouldn’t have it any other way. “I definitely like my job” he says of the job he’s held with Leonard’s since 1989. After being on the job for nearly 25 years, “I’ve done it all,” Jim says. “Seniors, underclassmen, groups, candids, sports, formals… I’ve had fun as a photographer.”

Jim has been having fun as photographer since he was 13 years old, when he first started seriously practicing with a camera. He grew up moving from base to base with his US Air Force father, and later followed in those military footsteps. Jim served in the US Army for ten years from 1979-89. His passion for photography and love of travel made being a school photographer an easy career choice when he retired from the Army.

“I’ve never minded travel,” he says, but for Jim, the best part of his job is working with the students. “The kids are great,” he says. “It’s easy because they listen and take direction… They want good pictures, too. It all keeps you happy.”

When we asked him what he thought about parents having increased access to digital photography equipment, Jim was quick to dismiss concerns. “Yes, technology has changed and the customer expects to get their photos sooner, but families will always want a professional portrait with a nice background to watch their students grow up.” He believes the foundation of school photography is providing the highest quality photo at an affordable price: “It’s what we’ve always set out to do at Leonard’s.”

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Love it or Leave it: Quilted Jackets!

Fall is here and the temperature is starting to (finally) drop, which means it is now jacket season! One trend that has been hitting the runways and fashion magazines is quilted jackets. I know what you’re thinking: the puffy jackets? Well, this winter staple has surely undergone a much needed makeover! We now see quilted jackets in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Honestly, we are kind of diggin’ this look! What do you think? Is the puffy jacket comeback a big ol’ mistake? Or will you be rockin’ a quilted jacket this season?

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(Photos courtesy of Teen Vogue!)

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Senior Spotlight: Risha

This week we are so extremely proud to announce that our Senior Spotlight is Risha from University High School! This awesome senior will be graduating with an IB diploma and receiving Summa Cum Laude for her incredible GPA of 5.3488. Risha is ranked fifth in her class and is a member of the National Honors Society, the National Art Honors Society, the Beta Club, National English Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, and the Ecology Club. She has volunteered over 300 hours of community service some of which came from volunteering at an orphanage in Zambia, Africa.

 

Risha was born in London, lived in Zambia until the age of twelve, and then moved to the U.S. She has a very diverse cultural background. This multi-lingual student speaks English, Gujarati, Ndebele, and Latin. “My cultural background gives me a more global perspective in my studies,” she says. Risha has also been fortunate to have very inspirational people in her life. The most inspiring being her parents. “They continue to inspire me each day to become the person I am through the values they have instilled in me, the role models they have been for me, and for all of their guidance,” Risha says.

 

Upon graduating from high school, Risha will be attending college. She is currently applying to UCF, UF, Rollins, Brown, and Stanford. Risha plans to complete her undergraduate program and then furthering her education with a Master’s program. “I am most looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life and being able to develop an identity for myself,” Risha says. She is also looking forward to finding a career path that is right for her. Risha’s most challenging undertaking thus far has been her move from Africa to the U.S. “This was a challenge because of the cultural barriers. However, I persevered very well as I was able to adapt quickly and simply combine what I have learned from the past with the new future that was waiting for me,” she eloquently states.

 

When asked if a picture is worth a thousand words, Risha says, “I believe a picture is truly worth a thousand words, especially because I myself am an artist and with every picture a story is revealed. The expressions, emotions, the subject matter, each component of the picture have a story and when everything is combined, a single picture is truly worth more than a thousand words.” Congrats Risha! We are so proud of your accomplishments and we know you will go very far!!

 

 

 

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Employee Spotlight: Getting to Know The Leonard’s Team!

I was so fortunate to be able to interview Lynn Snipes from the School Relations Department. Lynn is an incredible part of our team! She is in constant contact with our customers, schools, sales representatives, photographers and staff. It’s clear that she loves to help and we at Leonard’s certainly appreciate all of her hard work. It is amazing to work with people as genuine as Lynn!

 

Check out my interview with Lynn!

-AK

 

Which department do you work in?

School Relations Department

 

What are some of your daily tasks?

Entering school contracts, scheduling picture days, assisting sales and school representatives, as well as, photographers and customers.

 

How do you contribute to our customer service team?

I really love helping people.  The majority of people we speak with have a problem.  It’s great to be able to say “how can I help you” and know that Leonard’s will support me.

 

Here at Leonard’s we capture memories! What is one memory you are glad you captured through photography?

Walking my, now 22 year old college graduate, daughter into Kindergarten.

 

What are three words that best describe you?

Dependable, Honest, Loyal

 

Do you have any special talents?

Discernment

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

This is embarrassing, but I wish I knew how to take great photos!

 

If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?

Jesus Christ (although confident one day we will meet)

 

What is the best part of waking up?

Being with the people I love that love me back.

 

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

YES.  Just take a look at a photograph of someone you’ve loved and lost.

 

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Oct 24
1:30pm

Leonard’s Customer Service is the Core of Their Success

Leonard’s Photography is very proud of the outstanding photos it captures and the wide variety of products it offers. Customers will look at their photos and cherish them, remembering that Leonard’s took those images. However, it is the quality of the Customer Service Dept. that is truly memorable, according to Ali Knoll. She is tied closely to this department.

“A good Customer Service Department is everything from efficient sales representatives to friendly customer service team members, going out of their way to ensure a customer’s satisfaction,” says Ali. “In my opinion, this is what really sets us apart from our competitors. Not only have we preserved the traditional values of the industry while embracing new and innovative technology and technique, but we truly value our customers and we are willing to do whatever is takes to guarantee their satisfaction.”

As far as skill set and personality of your typical Leonard’s employee, Ali classifies her fellow staff members as all being extremely personable, determined, hard-working, trustworthy, and most importantly, genuine. “Anyone of us can tell you just how much we truly care about our customers’ needs,” says Ali. “And you just can’t fake that!”

 

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Love it or Leave it: Ombré Lip Color

This year, we have seen the Ombré look all over the runways, whether it is hair, clothing, or accessories. Now the Ombré trend has finally taken over the makeup world! Ombré lips have become quite popular. This fashion-forward look pairs well with bright eye makeup and a subtle application of blush. Personally, I think we are digging this look. What do you think? Do you love this chic lip trend or do you think the Ombré craze has run it’s course?

-AK

 

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Oct 22
1:30pm

Weekly Recap!

Happy Friday everyone! We hope your week was great! Ours was busy, as usual! We have Meg from the Senior Department sitting in the front office with Angela. She is doing a great job! (Which is awesome because our volume is so much higher this year!)

Our photo booth will be at two awesome events this weekend: The Flagler College Parents Weekend and the Halla Galla presented by The Junior Service League of St. Augustine. If you will be at either of these wonderful events, please feel free to stop by and say hello! (And of course get your photos taken!!)

Are you on Instagram? We are!!! It is so fun! We have been taking photos of our staff and other random Leonard’s awesomeness and posting it on our Instagram account! Definitely check it out! We might even follow you back! (leonards_photo)

We hope you all enjoy your weekend!

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Senior Spotlight: Emily

We are so proud to announce that this week’s Senior Spotlight is Emily from North Port High School! Emily will be graduating with honors this spring. She is a member of her schools National Technical Honor Society. She often volunteers at the middle school and with her Honor Society. Emily has participated in an internship at a preschool as well as helps out at her Church’s Sunday School.

This awesome senior is extremely dedicated to her school work. “I study everyday,” she says. Her most challenging undertaking thus far has been her struggle with reading. After pushing herself for three years, she passed her standardized tests. Emily has also been fortunate enough to have an influential teacher in her life. “Mrs. Glass inspired me to work with children.” Upon graduating high school, Emily will be attending SCF in Venice for Early Childhood Education. “I want to own my own preschool!” Emily says. She is most looking forward to beginning her career. When asked if a photo is truly worth a thousand words, Emily says, “Yes! There are so many different emotions and feelings in the picture that.” Congrats Emily! We know you will go far!

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Employee Spotlight: Getting to know the Leonard’s Team!

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the fabulous Regan Canada from our School Relations Department! Regan is a huge part of our team. I remember back when I first started with Leonard’s and was learning the ropes, Regan would answer any question I needed help with (and there were a lot)! She is incredibly helpful to our customers, schools and staff! We are lucky to have such an awesome team member.

 

Check out my interview with Regan!

-AK

 

1.      What is your name?

Regan Canada

 

2.      Which department do you work in?

School Relations

 

3.      What are some of your daily tasks?

Entering contracts, putting together schedules, and helping to provide our schools with the best customer service possible.

 

4.      How do you contribute to the Leonard’s team?

Our department makes sure our schools, photographers, and sale representatives, have all the necessary tools to ensure we have great picture days!

 

5.      Here at Leonard’s we capture memories! What is one memory you are glad you captured through photography?

All the pictures of my sister’s recent wedding! The friends and family that were involved in that special day are some of the best moments to have captured in photos.

 

6.      What are three words that best describe you?

Creative, Friendly, and Organized

 

7.      Do you have any special talents?

I paint in my spare time so I like to think that is a special talent!

 

8.      If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play an instrument, guitar or piano would be great!

 

9.      If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?

Salvador Dali, I can only imagine what it would be like to have a conversation with him!

 

10.  What is the best part of waking up?

Knowing that I am starting a new day with new possibilities!

 

11.  Is a picture worth a thousand words?

A picture is worth more than a thousand words, it’s a moment in time in which we can not relive, but we can always look at a picture and think fondly of that time.

 

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