History Lesson: The Seventies!

When you think of the 70’s what comes to mind? I think of bell-bottoms, platform shoes, huge sideburns and the Watergate Scandal. While those are certainly aspects of the seventies, the most important features of this decade were the societal shifts and the advancements being made in architecture, technology, and science!

 

During this decade Leonard’s was still located on St. George Street in downtown Saint Augustine. We had just begun processing our own color prints which were being offered to our growing number of schools throughout the state. It was also during this time that we purchased off-set printing presses that allowed us to print all of our paperwork internally (i.e: flyers, order forms ect.). However, one of the most important advancements we made was the creation of our Yearbook division. In 1977, we produced our first school yearbook!!

 

Below are a collection of photos from the seventies!

-AK

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

I was so fortunate to be able to interview the wonderful Debora Brown!  Debora plays a significant role in the overall Leonard’s team. While her role is more behind the scenes, Debora certainly contributes to the success of the Leonard’s main office. “Deb is such an asset to our office staff.  She is very versatile and helps with everything from payroll to payables and receivables.  It is a good thing she is so organized, as she wears so many hats!” states Jean Tucker, Leonard’s Treasurer.

 

Check out the full interview!

 

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. I also 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 Launches New Senior Ambassador Program!

Leonard’s is proud to announce the launch of their new Senior Ambassador Program. This program will focus primarily on the rising class of 2014. The Senior Ambassador Program is essentially designed to hire seniors on as representatives of Leonard’s Photography. As a student representative for Leonard’s, Ambassadors will receive an exclusive, innovative, and rewarding senior portrait experience.

The Ambassadors will all go through a typical job application process and will be chosen based on merit. Upon completing the interview process, Leonard’s will select one or two Ambassadors per school. All Ambassadors will receive a free Vogue Session, Representative Cards, a Senior Proof Book, a Facebook Album, and a $50 photo credit for every three referrals that book an Ultimate or Vogue Session with Leonard’s. The Ambassadors will all be photographed by our most experienced senior photographers with the help of Leonard’s head photographer, Tom Addison. After much anticipation, Leonard’s is extremely excited to be launching this program.

 

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Love it or Leave it: Rockin’ Camo!

Upon several requests, I have dedicated today’s ‘Love it or Leave it’ to camo print clothing. This past year we saw a lot of modern military hitting the runways, so it was no surprise that camo would be included. We have also seen so many different styles of modern military hitting the runway, everything from stiff and sturdy shapes to camo print and cargo shorts. The question at hand is: will you be sporting some camo digs this season or leaving camo for the army surplus store? Let us know what you think!!

I never, EVER, thought I’d say it but….I think I’m lovin’ the camo this year!! Just remember, a little goes a long way with this print, so don’t over do it! Check out these super chic ways to stay fabulous in camo!

-AK

 

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Senior Spotlight: Christina

This week we are proud to announce that our Senior Spotlight is Christina from Orlando Christian Prep! This awesome senior is heavily involved in her community. She has participated in community works with Bithlo Buddies, Azalea Park, and worked as a volunteer for Sex Trafficking Awareness programs. Christina is also part of her school’s student council, yearbook staff, and a few of her school’s sports teams.

Christina brings several unique experiences to her studies. The most important of these experiences was her opportunity to live outside of the country. “I’ve experienced living in Canada and it has broadened my ability to interact with different cultures,” she says. Christina is very fortunate to have been influenced by an inspiration adult in her life: her abuela, which means “grandma” in Spanish. “My abuela has inspired me to pursue my dreams and goals and to never give up.”

Upon graduating from high school, Christina will be attending Valencia Community College for her Associates Degree where she will then transfer to UCF. She is most looking forward to traveling after graduation. Christina’s most challenging undertaking thus far has been all of the moving she did while growing up. “Moving from Miami to Vancouver and then back to Florida was a challenge,” Christina says. “I persevered by making the most of my experiences!” When asked is a picture is truly worth a thousand words, Christina says, “I believe it is! Pictures show so much without saying anything at all!” Way to go, Christina! We know you will go far in all of your future endeavors!

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History Lesson: The Sixties!

The sixties was an incredible decade for Leonard’s. In 1957, Leonard’s started offering color prints! During this time period, Leonard’s was sending color prints to Kodak for processing. Our founder, Leonard R. Tucker Sr., soon began adapting Kodak printers using techniques Kodak had never even heard of. They even sent engineers to visit Leonard’s in an attempt to seek out ideas on how to design such printers. By the 1970’s we were printing all of our color photos in-house!

 

Leonard Tucker Sr. also built all of the roll processors internally. During the summer months when school was out, the photographers would assist in building photo equipment and processors. The entire production took place in the old St. George location that was our home until 1984 when we eventually moved into our current location.

-AK

 

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Employee Spotlight: Natalie Morris

This week’s Employee Spotlight is Natalie from our Customer Service Department. I have actually interviewed Natalie before! However, I wanted to interview her again now that she has changed departments! Natalie is such an awesome customer service representative. She always does what it takes to ensure our customers are happy! We are so fortunate to have Natalie on our team!

-AK

 

Check out the full interview!

 

What is your name?

Natalie Morris

 

Which department do you work in?

Customer Service Department

What are some of your daily tasks?

Answering customer service phone calls and emails, assisting with the Senior Dept, and also lending a hand with data entry.

 

How do you contribute to our customer service team?

I try my best to help out in any area that needs my assistance.

 

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

Like any little child, my favorite place was going to Disney World. Its amazing to look back and see the excited, childish smile on my face and remember how happy I was to meet all the characters.

 

What are three words that best describe you?

Kind-hearted, Helpful, and Efficient

 

Do you have any special talents?

I don’t have many but I do know how to play the piano fairly well and I am also fluent in American Sign Language. I used to interpret at my church.

 

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

I think it would be so awesome if I knew how to sew well. Then I wouldn’t need to spend my money at the store for clothes!

 

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

Jennifer Lawrence. She is such an amazing actress who truly doesn’t care about stereotypes and is a great inspiring role model.

 

What is the best part of waking up?

Having the opportunity to help out people the best that I can and hopefully making their day a little brighter.

 

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

I truly believe so. You can explain what someone or something looks like with thousands of words but one picture can explain it all right there.

 

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Leonard’s Style Report: Denim on Denim

This spring we are saying goodbye to a fashion faux pas of the past: denim on denim! While this used to be a major no-no, denim on denim is making a huge come back this spring. A few of the favorite include denim jackets paired with denim shorts, denim vests over chambray shirts and denim skirts, cropped denim jackets, and white and patterned denim. We are definitely on board with all of these looks! Who doesn’t love a great denim combo?

-AK

 

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Love it or Leave it: Denim Vests

This winter we have seen denim vests all over the place! The vests of this season come in all different styles, patterns, and colors. They are best paired with a great pair of skinny jeans and can make any look rocker chic. Our favorites include cheetah, acid washed, and anything with studs. What do you think? Will you be hangin’ tough in this season’s vests?

-AK

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Senior Spotlight: Nathaniel

This week we are happy to announce that our Senior Spotlight is Nathaniel from Lake Mary High School! This senior has an incredible passion for music and enjoys cooking. He plays in the Lake Mary High School band and has been greatly influenced by his band teacher, Mr. Mitchell. “He has inspired me to be myself,” Nathaniel says. Upon graduating high school, Nathaniel plans to pursue cooking and his passion for music. When asked is a photo is truly worth a thousand words, Nathaniel says, “A picture can capture serene beauty that not even words can describe.” Way to go, Nathaniel! Keep up the great work!

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