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

This month, Ali Knoll had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Lange of the Leonard’s Designer Yearbook Tech Team. Currently, yearbook season is moving full steam ahead. Leonard’s is fortunate to have an amazing yearbook staff! Each year they go above and beyond to help our school yearbook advisers. They do everything from answering technical support calls to holding yearbook workshops. Lisa is a major part of the Designer Yearbook team and Leonard’s is proud to have such an awesome employee helping their customers! Check out the full interview!

Which department do you work in?
Graphics Department and the Designer Yearbook Tech Team

What are some of your daily tasks?
I work on Designer Year Book Covers (DYB) – design & pre-flight, design and implement print and web materials for DYB, pe-flight & produce Designer Yearbooks, answering tech calls, and conducting DYB workshops.

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

What are three words that best describe you?
Determined, persistent, and always smiling!

Do you have any special talents?
Troubleshooting!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To play a musical instrument.

If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?
Tom Hanks – I think he must be an awesome person to know!

What is the best part of waking up?
Coffee!

Is a picture worth a thousand words?
Actually, it’s worth an infinite number of words, because every person who ever looks at an image can think of a different word to describe what they see.

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Leonard’s Style Report: Wedges

Now that it is summer, it is the perfect time to change up your style. Wedges are an amazing addition to any summer look. This season we see a lot wedges with different patterns, colors, and shapes. They are always fabulous and most importantly, a lot more comfortable and easier to walk in than traditional heels. Wedges pair well with skirts, dresses, and even a pair of shorts or skinnies with a nice top. Finish off your look with some bangles or a necklace and you’ll be the belle of the summer barbeques!!

-AK

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Love it or Leave it: Kickin’ It Old School

It is no surprise that trends from the 80’s and 90’s have made their way back into the hearts of our most beloved designers. Most recently, Michael Kors has released a super glam pair of high-tops decked out with studs and chains. This urban street style is definitely making a comeback. Michael Kors absolutely loves this trend. He pairs his high-tops with flirty dresses as well as jeans. We are still sitting on the fence with this look. Would you rock some blinged out 80’s high-tops? Or would this look better off left in the 80’s? Let us know what you think!

-AK

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Senior Focus: Seniors Love the Tampa Studio!

The spotlight is on our Tampa Studio! Last year the Tampa Studio had undergone some incredible renovations, both inside and out! The inside of the studio has several brand new sets and lighting, along with partitions which makes the entire photography experience amazing! Our outdoor area has some incredible new scenes for Environmental Photography as well.

 

This season, the Tampa Studio is offering our seniors a wide variety of scenes they can choose from. Our indoor scenes include the Vintage Loft, Soho Garage, Northern Light and Color Pop. Our Outdoor Environmental scenes now include Urban, Grunge, Swing, Graffiti, the Barn, and the Deck.

 

As the seasons come and go, we see so many students in the Tampa area coming into our studio because our studio offers a creative and personal experience. The Tampa studio has an awesome team of photographers that are from all over Tampa and the Sarasota area. They are a blend of veteran school photographers and fresh new faces. They have done a great job with the tremendous amount of growth they have experienced. We are so proud of our awesome team in Tampa!

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History Lesson: The Nineties Part 2!

As many of you know, Leonard’s experienced incredible innovations in digital technology during the nineties. Last month we discussed the first part of the decade. During the second half of the nineties, Leonard’s purchased its first CTP (Computer to Plate) plate setter. This device phased out the litho camera technology that was used for the past three decades. By 1996 we began the conversion of yearbooks to computer design. It was also during the time that Randy Sellers, Leonard’s Director of Operations, created templates for panel flowing via a database and wrote the Apple Script code to drive QuarkXPress page layout software. Then in 1997, Leonard’s celebrated 50 years in School Photography! To end out the decade, in 1999, Leonard’s purchased 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.

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

This month, Ali Knoll interviewed Natalie from the Customer Service Department. Natalie sits in Leonard’s front office and operates the switchboards and works with the Senior Department. Natalie is an awesome customer service representative. She does whatever it takes to ensure our customers are happy! “It is so important for our customers to have a positive interaction when they initially contact Leonard’s. We were excited to move Natalie into this position because she is helpful, upbeat, and our customers are her number one concern,” says Claudia Dencer, Director of School Relations and Marketing. We are  fortunate to have Natalie on our team!

 

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: Rockin’ Pastels

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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Love it or Leave it: Patchwork Denim

Patchwork denim has become quite the trend this year. To be perfectly honest, when I heard “patchwork denim” I think of the hideous matching outfits Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore to the American Music Awards back in 2001. It is definitely not for everyone, hence the reason this trend has made it onto our Love it or Leave it feature. The trick with patchwork denim is to not overdo it. It definitely makes a statement, so it is best paired with solids. What do you think? Do you love patchwork denim this season?

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Senior Focus: Getting Creative in Orlando!

Of our four studios, the Orlando Studio is definitely our busiest location. They are our Central Florida hub, servicing the largest number of High Schools. The group of photographers that works out of the Orlando Studio is truly an all-star team. They are an extremely close-knit group with many years of experience in the industry. They are incredibly efficient and creative!

 

This year the Orlando Studio is offering a wide variety of scenes our seniors can choose from. They include the Wall, Northern Light, the Urban scene, Color Pop, the Vintage Loft and Environmental. The Orlando Studio always produces unique and cutting edge senior portraits. We get some of our best photos from the studio in Orlando!

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History Lesson: The Nineties!

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 so we will be covering this time period this month and next month! During the early 90’s, we installed our second full color printing press which allowed us to print over 130 million full color copiers per year. We also purchased the 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 aided in the birth of digital photographic input. It was also during this decade that Leonard’s purchased it’s first of three 11 inch wide digital printers from Kodak. This gave us the ability to print digital composites and streamline processes!

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