Weekly Recap!

Good Afternoon Everyone! We hope you all enjoyed your week. We have been getting caught up and working on wrapping up the fall season. This is one of our favorite times of year. Aside from the holidays and cooler weather, we are working on new products, programs, and sprucing things up a bit. It’s a busy time but a fun time! We wish you all a Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend! Get out there and take some pictures!

-AK

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Local Family-Run Photography Company Stands the Test of Time

Leonard’s Photography is a multi-generational family enterprise that has been thriving in Saint Augustine for more than sixty years. Leonard’s photographs over 500,000 students annually from 700 schools and has a prominent senior portrait division comprised of 20,000 high school seniors. Leonard’s understands the importance of integrity and holds a high degree of pride. “We like to maintain our traditional core values of handling service on a personal basis, but we also make sure we communicate in a modernistic way,” says Claudia Dencer, Director of School Relations and Marketing. The company has truly stood the test of time and has proved that maintaining traditional values of service can lead to lasting success.

 

Founder, Leonard R. Tucker Sr., was a great visionary and extremely self-sufficient. The company started photographing school children in the late forties and at this time, Leonard R. Tucker Sr. operated all aspects of the business on his own. “My grandfather was very hands-on and that best describes the genetics of our vertically-integrated company that still exists today,” says Randy Sellers, Director of Operations. Today, Leonard’s is home to more than eighty full time employees in a state of the art Photographic Lab and Commercial Printing Facility. Leonard’s attributes their longevity to their incredible customer service, innovative and high quality products and a hard working and dedicated staff. They pride themselves on hiring truly great people. Everyone is important and special in some way. “The best part about working at Leonard’s is that we are a family who genuinely cares about one another,” says Metta Matuschke, Productions Coordinator. The entire team works diligently to contribute in creating innovative and high quality products. “Today, many people own their own camera, so you have to make sure you provide the customer with a quality product they cannot make on their own. It’s still a relationship business, so you have to focus on the little things and stay ahead of the game,” explains Leonard R. Tucker Jr., President of Leonard’s Photography.

 

Leonard’s 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 Department that is truly memorable. “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 Knoll, Marketing Coordinator. “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.”

 

Leonard’ is also prominent in the community.  Supporting local students has been an ongoing passion of the four-generation-run Tucker family operation. Leonard’s has hosted three interns from three different local schools participating in a six week program in association with their school’s Career Academies. Aside from interns, Leonard’s serves on the Academy Boards at Nease, Pedro Menendez and Creekside High Schools. This year alone they gave $3,000 in scholarships to St. Johns County rising seniors. Leonard’s also hosts countless field trips for digital design classes; they sit on the St. Johns Educational Foundation Advisory Board and sponsor their Arts Alive Fundraiser as well as provide for all of the photography needs of the Teacher of the Year Award including event photography and all of the photography for the nominees. “Ultimately, Leonard’s cares about its customers and cares about its reputation. We stress excellence and we strive every day to adhere to our motto of being the image of difference,” says Dan Bell, Vice President of Sales.

 

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Senior Spotlight: Lindsay

After a week off for the holidays, we are so excited to announce that this week’s Senior Spotlight is Lindsay from Ridgeview High School! This dedicated high school senior spends her time volunteering for school events and working at the Gingerbread Learning Center. Lindsay’s work at the learning center has helped her realize that she would love to work with children in the future. Upon graduating from high school, Lindsay plans on studying early childhood education. She is most looking forward to reaching her goals and ultimately becoming a teacher. Lindsay’s most challenging undertaking thus far has been juggling school, work, and her social life. “It was hard at first but I have found a happy medium!” she says. When asked if a photo is truly worth a thousand words, Lindsay says, “I believe so! You can totally find a story in every picture!” Way to go Lindsay! We know you will go far!

 

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Leonard’s Style Report: Red Hot Denim!

Red Alert! Red denim is taking over this winter! There is no better way to heat up your winter than with a pair of super trendy red denim pants. This look has been spotted all over the runways as well as on all of our favorite celebrities and fashionistas! Red denim can be paired with neutral solids, blazers, or even a stripped or patterned top. Just remember, only one statement piece per outfit. What do you think? Will you be rocking some red denim this winter?

-AK

 

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History Lesson: Photogenic!

This week I am posting one of my all-time favorite photos on our History Lesson feature. It is a photo from the early forties of our Vice President, Linda Black, as a baby! This photo is awesome. Part of the reason why I love it so much is because it looks as though she is adjusting the camera on the tri-pod. It just goes to show that photography is in the Tucker family’s blood! The love of photography has been passed down through the generations for over 100 years. It is beyond amazing!

-AK

 

 

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Weekly Recap!

Good Afternoon Everyone! Happy Friday! And Happy Black Friday to those who are taking advantage of those super sales today! We are currently having a little sale of our own right now. Our Senior Sale is happening right this very minute! We are offering up to 15% off of select packages through December 7th! (Just in time for the holidays, right?)

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did! (Is it possible to still be stuffed?) This time of year is so amazing! The weather, the food, and spending time with friends and family is what it is all about. We hope you are all taking tons of photos and capturing those memories! (It’s something Leonard’s lives by!)

It is back to business as usual on Monday! Our office will re-open at its regular ours. We hope all of our amazing employees got to enjoy this great little break. Well, enjoy the rest of your week/weekend and take some photos!

-AK

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Linda Black Reflects on Leonard R. Tucker Sr.—A Great Visionary

By the age of eight years old, Linda Black began working for her family-run business, Leonard’s Photography. At that time, the start up company location was a modest garage setting. Nothing in comparison to the 38,000 square foot building that Leonard’s now calls home.

 

In 1951, Linda assisted in the hand developed process the company used. This was a series of rocking baskets that constituted a “chemical to chemical to chemical” production line. This process was created by her father, Leonard, himself. “Leonard was a self-taught engineer,” Linda says. “Dad was a great visionary. He was very diligent too. He even built his own roll processor,” she explains. A great visionary he certainly was. Even Eastman Kodak sent engineers to visit Leonard’s Photography in an attempt to seek out ideas on how to design a printer from Leonard.

 

“Dad was never afraid of tackling things,” says Linda. She points out that this is a characteristic that still resonates through the company to this day. “He was always hands on and was heavily involved with the design and construction of our present location, which we moved into in 1983.”

 

In regards to leadership, Leonard had a hands-on approach, always rolling up his sleeves and heading a vertically integrated company. This approach has had a lasting impression on Leonard’s Photography. “Everybody pitched in right from the beginning, which is probably why our company has the same characteristics today,” Linda states.

 

Today, Linda still loves her job as Leonard’s Vice President. She continues to put out fires and take on whatever is needed to help make the day to day operations go as smoothly as possible. “You could consider me ‘semi-retired.’ However, I still enjoy coming to work. I have a lot in my head from working here so many years that I can share with others to help the cause,” she says. “One of the things we are most proud of is the fact that we retain 85 to 90 percent of our schools. Our philosophy towards customer service has been to always be willing to make it right. And that is the way it will always be.”

 

 

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

A few months ago I got to interview the wonderful Debora Brown! She has a more behind the scenes job than the rest of our Customer Service Department. Regardless, she still plays a significant role in the overall Leonard’s team as the right-hand woman to our Treasurer. We are so lucky to have her! Check out the full interview!

-AK

   What is your name?

Debora Brown

Which department do you work in?

I’m in a department all by myself!  I’m the bookkeeper.

What are some of your daily tasks?

Accounts payable, assist with payroll, post daily deposits, bank reconciliations, calculate school profits, etc.

How do you contribute to our customer service team?

I communicate with schools if they have a question concerning financials. However, I’m more “behind the scenes.”

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

Every memory is precious, and it’s hard to pick just one.  I’m glad I have photos of our wedding day (16 years ago).  It’s nice to look back and see all of our family and friends who shared our special day with us.  And then of course 7/28/08…the day our son became part of our family.

What are three words that best describe you?

Dependable, trustworthy, family-oriented

Do you have any special talents?

Not too many people know that I have a cosmetology license, but I think I’m pretty creative and would like to write children’s books, one day…

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

Dance, since it is definitely NOT a special talent that I possess!

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

Johnny Gruelle

What is the best part of waking up?

Coffee and spending as much time with my family as possible

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Yes, because no matter when the photo was taken, you can always go back to that special time in your life and smile!  (Or make fun of the goofy hairstyles and clothes they are wearing!)

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Leonard’s Style Guide: Chunky Heels

This week I would like to focus on an awesome trend that has become ever so popular: chunky heels! Chunky heels are great! They are super versatile and they add a touch of femininity to just about any look. Chunky heels can be worn with almost any outfit. However, they pair especially well with high-waisted skirts, shorts, a cropped pair of pants, and floral dresses.

Do you love chunky heels?! Share you thoughts!

-AK

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Weekly Recap!

Happy Friday Everyone! We can’t believe how fast this week went by! It’ll be Thanksgiving before you know it. Speaking of Thanksgiving, Leonard’s will be closed Wednesday, November 20th and we will re-open on Monday, November 26th. This will give all of our wonderful employees time off to spend with their loved ones. We are so thankful for our awesome team and all of our amazing customers! What are you thankful for this year?

Well, we hope you all have a great weekend! We will be open Monday and Tuesday of next week!

-AK

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PS: Congrats to our Senior Spotlight Cathrine from Frostproof High School!

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