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Leonard’s Senior Studios: Senior Photography in the Old City

Senior year is one of the most exciting times in a student’s life! We are proud to offer our seniors a unique experience with highly skilled photographers as well as an exceptional line of products. Leonard’s photographs around 30,000 seniors each season and has four studios in the state of Florida: Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Saint Augustine. Each studio is different in its own way. This week the spotlight is on the Saint Augustine studio!

 

This season we will be offering a few new features at our Saint Augustine studio. These features include several innovative grey vogue background, cutting-edge fashion lighting, and the brand new Vintage Loft! We have an incredible team of photographers at each location. The group at the Saint Augustine studio has been photographing together for over five years. This happens to be one of their favorite times of year because of the amount of creativity that surrounds senior photography. Their interaction with the seniors always leads to amazing shots that make for lasting memories!

 

History Lesson: The Eighties and the Big Move!

The 1980s was a decade of great social, economical, and technological advancement. It was during this decade that Leonard’s Photography made the “Big Move” from our humble St. George Street location to our present location on San Marco! For a short time Leonard’s continued to utilize the St. George location for film processing until it was eventually moved over permanently in 1983.

 

At this point, we were still bagging all of our photos by hand. It was an extremely tedious process that required the use of many employees. Leonard’s was operating almost twenty-four hours a day with second and third shifts. A few of our wonderful team members up in the lab began working for Leonard’s during this time. Susan Winman, the Photographic Lab Supervisor, joined the team during the Big Move. She was brought on to help Linda with film processing at the St. George location!

Leonard’s Photographic Lab —Team Work and A Strong Family Bond

Leonard’s Photography is a family owned and operated company that has been in business for over sixty years. While it is true that strong family ties exist within the Tucker family itself, similar family bonds resonate throughout the entire company, especially within the Photographic Lab. “We have all worked together for so long. We work well together. We are a very good team,” says Debbie Bates, the Photographic Printing and Digital Editing Supervisor. Debbie has been with Leonard’s since 1987. “When I first started we had film. Some of the photo printing was done in the dark rooms and we had to physically move the film by hand,” Debbie states. Since then, there have been incredible advancements in technology and the lab has worked together as a team to transition into the digital age.

 

 “At Leonard’s we believe our advantage is the people on our team. With an average employee tenure of over 17 years, we have a strong family bond amongst us that is second to none! We have such a diverse line of products and services we offer, so the fact that we are all in one location, working together as a team, helps the process go smoothly. I couldn’t be more proud of our fantastic group!” says Randy Sellers, Director of Operations. With team members that have been with Leonard’s for over thirty years, such as Susan Winman, the Photographic Lab Supervisor, and Britt George, the Photographic Packaging and Finishing Supervisor, it is no wonder that the lab operates as smoothly as it does. Both Susan and Britt attribute Leonard’s success to organization, an efficient work flow, and most importantly, team work.

Leonard’s Style Report: Spikes and Studs

One trend that will never go out of style is the addition of spikes and/or studs to any article of clothing or accessory. This season we have seen some pretty amazing looks adorned with spikes and studs. Countless designers have transformed look after look with these bold adornments. One of the more popular ways of rocking this trend is wearing them on collars and accessories. Our favorite? Spikes and studs embellishing leather! Will you be showing off your inner rocker with some spikes and studs this year?

 

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Love it or Leave it: Sweatshirt Mania!

This season we have seen some serious attention-getting sweaters. Everything from sports team inspired looks to wacky says and prints. They’re super comfy and stylish at the same time. While some of the sweaters we have seen this season were just plain insane, we did love sweaters that packed a big and bold punch! What do you think? Will you be rockin’ a sweet sweatshirt this season?

 

 

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Senior Focus: Senior Year Won’t Be Ruff with Leonard’s!

 One of the most important props our seniors bring is their pets! Let’s face it, pets aren’t just pets anymore. Our pets are family (trust me, I know!)! At our studios, we encourage our seniors to bring whatever it is that truly represents them best. This includes their pets (of all varieties, we’ve seen it all!). Our aim is to capture outstanding photos that spotlight our seniors and show them off! So don’t leave Fido at home this year!

 

History Lesson: The Seventies!

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 (flyers, order forms, etc.). However, one of the most important advancements we made during the seventies was the creation of our Yearbook division. In 1977, we produced our first school yearbook!!

Employee Spotlight: Getting to Know Our 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!

 

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

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Love it or Leave it: Rompers

While it is certainly true that rompers are somewhat of the quintessential summer item, few people are still sitting on the fence with this trend. Rompers are definitely versatile! They can be super playful and chic at the same time. But can a romper be worn by many body types? Some say there is a romper for every body type. All in all, the question of the day is, whether or not we should love this flirty look or leave the onesie inspired rompers as children’s play clothes?

 

Tell us what you think!

 

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