History Lesson: Leonard’s Photography Today!

Well, we have made it to the final part of the current decade. A whole lot was going on during this period. Although we lost our beloved Ruth Tucker in 2007 and then Leonard Tucker Sr. in 2011, Leonard’s continuously made incredible advancements and achieve amazing accomplishments. In 2006, we installed our second High Speed Digital Photo Printer to handle our increased volume. This is where Leonard’s really begins to focus on the high school senior market. By 2008, we had installed a brand new CTP System from Screen USA. This system generates 300 medium format aluminum printing plates per day. The pressroom and pre-press departments benefit from this increase in efficiency.

 

We also gained a wonderful addition to the Leonard’s sales team. In 2008, Dan Bell joined the team as our Vice President of Sales. Dan came with over thirty years of experience in our market. His resume includes working with Olan Mills and Josten’s as National Sales Managers.

 

By 2009, Leonard’s is the fastest growing business in the state of Florida for High School Seniors; an accomplishment achieved two years in a row. We continued to grow in the High School Senior market at a much faster rate than anyone in our region through 2010. After the passing of Leonard R. Tucker Sr. in 2011, the company was left in the good hands of left  his children and grandchildren.

 

What is happening in the world of Leonard’s in 2012, you ask? Well, over the past few years we have converted our video department from analog to 100% digital. Leonard’s is now completely free of all photo, litho film and video tape. A huge advancement considering we started out using glass plates in 1900 and then progressed to film in the 1920’s. Hence our saying: Leonard’s- From Glass Plate to Solid Slate!™

-AK

 

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

This week I interviewed a truly awesome team member: Brendan Chamberlain! Brendan is a real go-getter! He is one of our photographers in the Northern Florida region. He is always willing to lend a helping hand. Not only is does he photograph our school children and high schoolers, but he is one of our senior photographers! Check out our full interview! (We share a birthday! I swear that wasn’t the reason I chose him! Although he is a pretty cool guy and it is probably because we do share a birthday!)

-AK

 

 

 What is your name?

Brendan Chamberlain

 

 Which department do you work in?

Photographer

 

 We are some of your daily tasks?

Taking pictures of students, loading and unloading equipment, driving, and some paper work.

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

The moments right after my daughters were born!

 

 What are three words that best describe you?

1. Caring, 2.Adventurous 3.Outgoing

 Do you have any special talents?

I like to act, I am good with tools, I roller-blade, ran a marathon once, I am ambidextrous, an artistic, I can juggle (not great).

 

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

I have a few things. 1. I would love to learn a second language (Italian) 2. Play the trumpet like Miles Davis. 3. Sing well.

 

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

My father, he passed away in Sept. 2001 and I would love to see him again. I miss him!

 

 What is the best part of waking up?

Knowing that I have the day to do what I want, perhaps it’s spending the day with my family, or maybe I get to work on a painting, or going to the beach to work on my skim boarding. But the best part of waking up is knowing that I have Tracy, Emily and Riley in my life.

 

 Is a picture worth a thousand words?

I prefer my pictures to be worth one word…”WOW”

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Leonard’s Style Report: Flatforms

Flatforms! We have seen them everywhere! They have become this season’s hottest shoe. Designers and celebrities have embraced the magic of flatforms. They are extremely versatile and they come in a variety of styles, patterns, and colors. They represent the best of flats and platforms, making them this season’s must-have shoe. Will you be making a statement in flatforms this season?

-AK

 

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Love it or Leave it: Big Hoops

In the eighties, big hoop earrings were all the craze. We have begun to see a big hoop comeback. Designers like Emporio Armani and The Trend at Balmain have accessorized their runway models with some awesome supersized hoops. Honestly, we think it all depends on the earring. What do you think? Are you going big or going home?

-AK

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History Lessons: Leonard’s At the Start of the New Millennium!

Happy Thursday everyone! This week I am focusing our History Lesson on the time period of 2000-2005. At the start of this decade there were fears that the computers would not shift correctly into the new millennium. This was known as the ‘Y2K’ scare. It was a major relief when very few issues actually occurred. It was also during this time that Potter-mania began! (I just had to put that in here! Who doesn’t love Harry Potter?!)

 

Leonard’s experienced a great push in technological advancements during the first part of this decade! In early 2000, we replaced one of our four-color Offset presses with a new five color and we installed a new film processor to handle the increase in capacity of our Lab. We also installed our second AGFA (Package Print Lab) System. By 2003, we replaced one of our four-color Offset presses with a new model. This increased the maximum capacity on one shift to 80 million pages per year. (Whoa!)

 

In 2004, we installed our first high speed Digital Photo Printer. By this point, film was completely phased out and we were 100% digital. This was a major shift in how our Lab operated. We then purchased a photo packaging system to work with this new printing technology which yielded 450 packages per hour. (Double WHOA!) By the end of 2005, we installed our first Indigo Digital Offset printing press. This is used for printing yearbooks, photo proofs, price lists, brochures, business cards, etc. This machine prints 4,000 unique pages per hour! By this point in time, Len Tucker, our President, is the architect of our own proprietary digital camera software-LensCam™. This program was a necessary addition to fulfill our growing needs, especially when the software available on the market could not meet them.

-AK

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

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the awesome Rhonda Reagin of our Senior Department. Rhonda is such an incredible team member! She is always there to help when you need it and she can get more done in one day than anyone I know. Rhonda is always so helpful to our customers and we are so lucky to have her on board!

-AK

Check out the full interview!

 

What is your name? 

Rhonda Reagin

Which department do you work in? 

Seniors

What are some of your daily tasks? 

Assisting customers, processing orders, any task to do with seniors depending on the time of year.

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

I can’t pinpoint one, I love old family photos. Being able to see my parents and grandparents when they were young.

What are three words that best describe you? 

Independent, resourceful, realistic.

Do you have any special talents?

I don’t know if you could call it a talent but I love taking outdoor photos.  We live on a small lake/large pond, it gives me access to a large variety of water birds and other wildlife that I wouldn’t have otherwise.  You just have to be quick or you miss them.

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

I’d like to be able to communicate with my dogs, they have a lot of explaining to do……you said anything!

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

Joe Strummer or Banksy.

What is the best part of waking up? 

It takes me a couple of hours to actually wake up but coffee w/ York Peppermint creamer helps.

 

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

I think so! You’re capturing a specific moment in time that will never happen again and some of those moments cannot be described by words alone.

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Leonard’s Style Report: Graphic Prints

This spring graphic prints have taken the fashion world by storm. Whether they are on denim, leggings, t-shirts, blazers, or coats, graphic prints are the trend of the moment. Designers are tapping into prints and shapes of the past and we love it! Graphic prints are fun, fresh, and just what we need this season. Our favorites are the geometric patterns and mixed materials. Graphic prints pair best with jewel-toned extras and simple accessories. Ultimately, you want to make a statement so go graphic this spring!

-AK

 

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Love it or Leave it: Feathers and Fringe

Today’s love it or leave it trend is accessorizing with feathers and fringe. We see feathers and fringe everywhere nowadays and sometimes in the same looks. The key to accessorizing with feathers or fringe and looking great is avoiding overkill. No one wants to look like a flapper on any day other than Halloween. Fringe looks best when it is the only accent in a look. As for feathers, less is always more! I wouldn’t get too carried away with either. Honestly, we kind of dig these looks when they are on their own. Not too big of a fan of feathers and fringe together. What do you think? Do you love these accents or hate them?

-AK

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History Lesson: The Nineties!

This week I am happy to be writing about a decade I know very well. As a member of generation y, this decade is one I hold near and dear to my heart. I mean after all, this was the decade in which our beloved cell phones came into existence! And Friends! You can’t forget about those nineties sitcoms. But I digress! Most notably, the 1990’s was a decade that experienced incredible innovations in digital technology. It was a time that we at Leonard’s are very proud of. Below is a little timeline of some of our monumental moments of the nineties!

 

1990- Leonard’s installs our second full color printing press which allows us to print over 130 million full color copiers per year!

 

1992- Leonard’s purchases it’s first of two new long roll film scanners from Kodak. This scanner came with the ability to scan film with hundreds of images via the aid of a film drive. Unfortunately, it was delivered with the film drive inoperable! Our current President, Leonard Tucker Jr., wrote a script for the program in order to make it work. This gave Kodak the ability to place this and future models in dozens of labs across the U.S and aid in the birth of Digital photographic input. (Wow!)

 

1994- Leonard’s purchases it’s first of three 11 inch wide Digital printers from Kodak. This gave us the ability to print digital composites and streamline processes.

 

1996- Leonard’s purchases its first CTP (Computer to Plate) Platesetter. This device phased out the litho camera technology that was used for the past three decades.

 

1996- Conversion of yearbooks to computer design begins. Randy Sellers creates templates for panel flowing via a database and writes the Apple Script code to drive QuarkXPress page layout software.

 

1997- Leonard’s celebrates 50 years in School Photography!!

 

1999- Leonard’s purchases it’s first of two Print Package Lab systems for AGFA. This greatly streamlined our photographic lab with four main pieces of equipments:

1. Sun Server

2. The film edit station

3. Film printer with the ability to read film density and color for better accuracy

4. Photo Packaging System that had the ability to cut and insert photos per order into an envelope and apply customer labels.

 

 

I’d like to thank Randy Sellers, our Director of Operations, for all of his help with this week’s History Lesson. Check out some photos of our founders, Ruth and Leonard, in the nineties!

-AK

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

This week I decided to pull out an older interview I conducted back in the spring. It was with Mimi from our Photographic Lab! She is a hard worker who always brings a smile to everyone’s face. Mimi is truly a wonderful person and we are so happy to have her with us each season. Check out our interview!

 

-AK

 

 

What is your name?

Mimi

 

Which department do you work in?

Quality Control

 

What are some of your daily tasks?

I check for damages to paper, color, and packages. I also retouch photos.

 

 

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

The birth of my first grandchild!

 

 

     What are three words that best describe you?

Reliable, Sociable, Nurturing

 

 

Do you have any special talents?

Gardening! I recently landscaped my front yard and was so thrilled with my accomplishment!

 

 

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

To play golf. I think it would be relaxing and a fun (and maybe frustrating) way to exercise.

 

 

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

John F. Kennedy. He was my first presidential vote. Oh, and Derek Jeter because he is my favorite Yankee baseball player!

 

 

What is the best part of waking up?

When I have time to sit outside with a cup of coffee watching the sunrise over the lake.

 

 

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Not too long ago I came upon a box with old pictures and yes, it was worth a thousand words!

 

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