Today is the day! Our team from Leonard’s will be participating in the Paws in the Sand Walk-A-Thon today at Butler Beach. The St. Augustine Human Society has teamed up with The Society for Advancement of Management from Flagler College to raise money to aid them in the prevention of pet overpopulation, the surrendering of pets to shelters, and the ultimate goal of ending pet euthanasia. We are all very excited. Even the dogs seem to be particularly animated this morning! I will be updating our Twitter (@LeonardsPhoto) during the whole event and I promise to post photos of our team on Monday. Here is the Walk-A-Thon’s website for anyone interested in checking it out: https://www.360fundraiser.com/124
We are certainly not the only team members at Leonard’s getting involved. Upon joining the Leonard’s family, I soon found out just how truly involved in the community we are. There are so many employees who are out in the community volunteering for various causes (Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Fight For A Cure, and The St. Francis House, to name a few). I am currently working on a full feature that will highlight these employees. It is so important to realize just how much we as a company are giving back to the community in terms of volunteer work and representation!
Well, I hope you all enjoy this beautiful Saturday! Wish us luck at the Walk-A-Thon!
This week was incredibly busy, to say the least, and I cannot believe it has almost come to an end! I thought it would be a good idea to use our Friday blog feature as a recap of the whole week.
Here was our week in a nut shell:
We were super excited to formally announce the recipients of the first annual Leonard R. Tucker scholarship! The press release gave a bio of each of our amazingSt. John’scounty seniors who received the scholarship. We also had a special feature highlighting some of the awesome themed photo shoots we do with our seniors. There was a special interview with the always fabulous Cindy Willey from our senior department. Not only that, you were all in for a treat yesterday with the ‘History Lesson’ I posted! It included a very special video celebrating the lives of Leonard and Ruth Tucker, the founders of Leonard’s.
This weekend there are a few things to look forward to:
- Tenoroc High School will be having their prom tomorrow night! We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe time. Prom is such awesome event for seniors!
- Leonard’s will have a team present at the 1st Annual Paws in the Sand Dog Walk-a-thon! The St. Augustine Humane Society has teamed up with The Society for Advancement of Management at Flagler College to raise money to aide them in the prevention of pet overpopulation, the surrendering of pets to shelters, and the ultimate goal of ending pet euthanasia. We are very excited for this walk-a-thon! Our team has been prepping all week. I will keep you all updated throughout the day. (I promise to even post photos of our adorable pups!) Please feel free check out the website for the Paws in the Sand Walk-a-thon! http://bit.ly/H2t0Lm
Hope you all have a great Friday!
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Being that I am such a history buff, working at Leonard’s is a real treat! You can only imagine how much history is involved with a family owned and operated company that has been around for over one hundred years. Just the thought of exploring this rich history is exciting! To actually chronicle this information is beyond words.
Each Thursday I will dedicate our blog to a history lesson of sorts. This week you guys will get to see a video that we are extremely proud of. It celebrates the lives of Leonard and Ruth Tucker, the founders of Leonard’s.
Here is a little bit of background information!
At the turn of the 20th century, photographic pioneer H.M. Tucker was using glass plates for his negatives. By 1947, Tucker’s son, Leonard R. Tucker Sr., was working with his wife Ruth to build a business providing photographic packages for schools. Since then, Leonard’s has continued to implement the latest photographic technologies, including digital capture and printing, to produce top quality, state-of-the-art images for our customers. We are now the largest school photography company and yearbook printer in Florida. We’ve seen some pretty significant changes in the technological processes that drive our industry, but we’ve never wavered from our commitment to customer-centered, personal service for each and every job.
(Much thanks to Claudia and Randy for supplying me with all of the background information I have obtained.)
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We thought it would be a great idea to try and start up a weekly feature that spotlights our incredible team members. For next few months we will be focusing on our customer service team. Once we get through all of these awesome folks we will introduce the lab team members! You have to remember, each employee here at Leonard’s plays an integral part of keeping us functioning as a well oiled machine. Therefore, every department will be spotlighted!
This week I interviewed Cindy in the Senior Department:
- What is your name?
- Which department do you work in?
The Seniors Department
- What are some of your daily tasks?
Processing the senior orders that come in nightly through our website as well as mail-in orders, speaking with parents & students regarding their senior portraits & orders, scheduling appointments for photo sessions and generally dealing with anything that has to do with seniors!
- How do you contribute to our customer service team?
Our senior dept. handles the majority of the calls that come in to our office regarding questions and/or concerns about senior pictures. We have over 20,000 seniors so we assist those students and parents daily with placing their orders and answering questions.
- Here at Leonard’s we capture memories! What is one memory you are glad you captured through photography?
It would have to be all the pictures I have of my four kids! I have tons of photo albums and memory cards.
- What are three words that best describe you?
Reliable, honest and friendly.
- Do you have any special talents?
Not really, but a lot of friends & family tell me I throw good parties!
- If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn how to work on cars and be my own mechanic.
- If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?
I think I would really like to meet Oprah Winfrey.
- What is the best part of waking up?
That I am alive and it’s a new day!
- Is a picture worth a thousand words?
Yes because once you take a picture, that snapshot in time is over with forever and cannot be repeated.
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Each year we photography approximately 24,000 seniors. Capturing the memories of senior year is what we do best. Here is one of our awesome seniors!
Visit our website for more information! www.leonards.com/seniors
Here at Leonard’s we decided it would be an awesome idea to start blogging. It is our way of staying connected with our students, parents, and community! Follow our blog for special insider information and updates. That being said, I will try my hardest to keep you all posted on what is going on here in the building as well as out and about!
Leonard’s Studios of St. Augustine, FL is proud to announce the recipients of the first annual Leonard R. Tucker, Sr. Scholarship. Founded in the 1900s by Leonard R. Tucker, Sr., and currently being run by his son, Leonard’s Studio is the largest school photography and yearbook printer in the Southeast. The Tucker family feels very strongly about supporting our local students in helping them make their dreams of professional careers in the photography, printing, and digital design fields a reality. With many qualified applicants, the following recipients were chosen to each receive a one time $1,000 scholarship to be used at the college of their choice. Awardees will be recognized at the April school board meeting, and again at each individual school’s Senior Award night.
Cheyenne Nix of Saint Augustine High School will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design as a graphic design and photography major. She has received many awards for her photography, earned the highest score given for her Advanced Placement Photography Portfolio, and is in consideration for the AICE Diploma award. Her passion for digital design has been fired by her involvement in the digital design academy and yearbook class. Her goal is to become a professional photographer and graphic designer.
Rachel Shirley of Pedro Menendez High School has been accepted to all four colleges that she applied to, and is making plans to attend Florida State University as a Psychology and Film Production major with a minor in Film Studies. She is in the fourth year of the school’s academically demanding International Baccalaureate Programme, as well as an avid leader in Menendez’s many clubs. She will be pursuing a career in film production.
Karissa Amrhein of St. Joseph Academy Catholic High School is planning to attend Flagler College and major in Fine Arts and Digital Media. She was the “go to” member of the yearbook staff, and has received praise for her outstanding journalistic wok. In addition, Marissa has inspired others with her outstanding character and participation in mentor activities. She is the member of three different academic honor societies, and plans to combine her love of art and animals for her future career.