Randy Sellers-Leonard’s Photography: A Way of Life

 

For Randy Sellers, Director of Operations of Leonard’s Photography, working at the three generation family-run business has been a way of life. Randy’s mother, Linda Black, recalls her son “cutting his teeth bagging pictures.” By the time Randy was ten he was doing every odd job presented to him.

 

“I have worked here for 33 years,” Randy says while thinking back to when he started. Throughout this time he has acquired an incredible wealth of knowledge. “The fact that I started so young doing every job imaginable was really good training for me,” he continues. “It gives you an appreciation of how the entire process works.”

 

Randy is proud to be living the legacy of his grandfather Leonard R. Tucker Sr., the founder of Leonard’s. “My grandfather was a self-taught engineer who had to quit school in the 9th grade because he had to start earning money for the family during the depression,” Randy says. “He was the ultimate “do-it-yourselfer”-like putting together a photo processor by figuring out the parts needed and going to the hardware store to buy them and put it all together.” Randy says this is a concept that still describes the genetics of the vertically integrated company. “We just figure out what needs to be done and do a lot of it on our own. Whether its clerical work, customer service, data entry, computer programming, marketing, web design and programming, it’s all done here. We even have a full time auto mechanic who fixes all of our vehicles.”

 

Leonard’s has 80 year round employees working in the headquarter building in St. Augustine, Florida. This numbers grows to as many as 150 during peak seasons. Randy’s role as the Director of Operations ensures that he will never have the same kind of day twice. “There is always something different going one that forces you to think on your feet a lot,” Randy states. “And that’s what makes it fun.”

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

 

This month, Marketing Coordinator, Ali Knoll interviewed one of Leonard’s awesome photographers from the Northern Florida region, Brendan Chamberlain. Brendan is a real go-getter! He is always willing to lend a helping hand. Not only does he photograph our students during the fall and spring seasons, but he is one of our senior photographers as well! “Brendan strives for excellence and takes pride in his work. He interacts well with the seniors and their parents while ensuring a memorable experience,” Ralph Smith, Leonard’s Photo Equipment Manager.

 

Check out the full interview!

 

 

We are some of your daily tasks?

 

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

 

 

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

 

 All of the moments after my daughters were born!

 

 

 What are three words that best describe you?

 

 Caring, Adventurous, Outgoing

 

 

 Do you have any special talents?

 

I like to act, good with tools, I can roller-blade, and I ran a marathon once. I am ambidextrous, artistic, and 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, working 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: Rockin’ Pastels

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This summer it is all about pastels! Pastels are super feminine and flirty and they pair best with a neutral color pallet. If you’re super brave, go for an entirely pastel look! We especially love pastel dresses, skirts, and skinnies. Adding pops of color are also great with a pastel look. However, our favorite look is pairing a pastel dress with some fresh white accents!

-AK

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Questions? Comments?  Feel free to contact us at socialmedia@leonards.com

History Lesson: The Sixties

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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.

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Leonard’s Style Report: Summer Booties

Who doesn’t love a great pair of booties? It doesn’t have to be cold out to rock some super trendy booties. Short boots are always adorable and can add a little edge to your look. They are extremely comfortable and they now come in a wide variety of styles. You can wear them with almost anything! Check out some of our favorites!

-AK

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