Leonard’s is looking for 2016-2017 Senior Ambassadors!

Leonard’s Senior Ambassador Program 

Do you want a truly unique senior photography experience? Apply to be a Leonard’s Senior Ambassador!

What’s it all about?

Become a student representative for Leonard’s and receive an exclusive, innovative, and rewarding senior portrait experience. All of our Ambassadors will have a boutique photo session with one of our top photographers. Refer your friends and reap the rewards! You can receive specialty products, discounts, and free items!

It’s your time to shine!

Comment below for details!

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Stop for Cuteness! Scary Cuteness…

Once in a while, you just need a blog post about adorable animals. It’s good for the mind. That being said, it is more interesting to talk about animals that lure you in with cuteness but then turn crazy! This list of animals are like the animal kingdom version of Snapped.  So without further ado, let’s look at these cute little psychos. 

We’ll begin with the Blue-Ringed Octopus. These little cuties grow to just 5-7 inches. They are a grey/beige color while swimming octopusbut once agitated, they develop 50-60 blue rings that shine with color, warning whatever, or whoever, has disturbed them to back up! They float around sandy, shallow parts of water off the shores of Australia and the western Indo-Pacific. They seem cute, beautiful even if you see them floating around, but watch your step! These little guys will bite and their tiny mouth can inject enough poison to paralyze and kill a grown adult male in minutes. Worst part? No known antidote.

This next little guy hit my radar when a video went viral of a Slow loris eating a rice ball! His big eyes and slow movements make you want to squeeze him like your favorite teddy bear and never let him go! However, don’t let the extreme cuteness fslow lorisool you! The Slow loris is one of the only poisonous mammals in the world. They have a poison gland on their elbows and they’ll lick the substance and mix it with their saliva which activates the poison. They will also rub the poison on their fur to ensure their safety.


Are you dying yet? There’s more! When you hear Pufferfish, you may think of the little guy in the tank on Finding Nemo. puffer fish While the movie is accurate in the visual representation of the Pufferfush, it leaves out the darker side…These guys will bob along with their smiling fish faces until threatened. They then use their ability to suck in large amounts of water to blow up to several times their normal size. This coupled with their spiky outsides make them impossible for prey to eat. But, the icing on the cake is there is enough toxin in one Pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote.

I hope this helped break up the monotony of your day! Here are some honorable mentions that may not be poisonous, but are still deadly:


This Moose  They are very large and aggressive, particularly when guarding their young.moose

This Giant Anteater whose claws can disembowel a human in one swift motion.anteater

Senior Pictures: Wear Your Personality!

Leonard’s has a huge Senior Photography branch. It is fun for me because I get to go to a ton of the shoots and get a glimpse of people’s personalities. Part of capturing that personality is the clothing these students wear. The way we dress and present ourselves tells the world around us something about us. If you dress very causally, you may be more laid back, or if you like some of your shots to be in your prom dress or a suit, you may be more formal and appreciate a classic look.

The thing I find interesting is how similar the fashion can be! This could just be that people have very similar tastes, or it could be that people like to play it safe.  We live in a time where being eclectic is celebrated. Combat boots, black lipstick, flowy tops, high waisted jeans, a throwback to the fashion of past generations. All of this is in style, which is exciting! When I come across someone with their own look, I take note and find a way to show off their pictures because they tend to look so confident in their photos! This may be because they feel like they are truly being themselves. Here are a few examples:022 038 646

So Seniors (or Juniors who are soon to be seniors), all I ask is that you wear what makes you feel the best about yourself! And it is okay if your look is outside the box. Your fashion can show your personality, so when it comes to your style: Be loud. Be daring. Be bold.

Senior Spotlight: Valeria

This week we are happy to announce that our Senior Spotlight is Valeria from West Orange High School! This bright senior will be graduating with honors this year. She is on the lacrosse team and a member of the National Honors Society. Upon graduating from high school, Valeria plans to attend college where she will study business and communications. When asked if a picture is truly worth a thousand words, Valeria said, “Yes, of course!” Keep up the great work!


Senior Spotlight: Sara

This week we are pleased to announce that our Senior Spotlight is Sara from Mount Dora High School. Upon graduating high school in the spring, this awesome senior hopes to attend the University of Central Florida where she will study criminal psychology. When asked if a photo is truly worth a thousand words, Sara said, “Yes! A picture captures a moment in time that can never be repeated.” Keep up the great work, Sara!


The Leonard’s Bindery: Always Lending a Hand

This month Leonard’s is pleased to highlight one of the most important departments within Leonard’s Photography, the Bindery. The Leonard’s Bindery is responsible for assembling all of the school calendars, yearbooks, senior focus books, and memory books that come through the building. It is a department with no real off-season that depends on teamwork. They always lend a hand when one needs it, something founder Leonard R. Tucker Sr. would certainly praise. The Bindery is one department where Leonard R. Tucker Sr., or as they called him, Mr. T’s legacy lives on. His influence is still felt heavily within the Bindery and among the team.

During the busiest parts of the year, this incredible team can work on up to three yearbooks a day. “Without teamwork there wouldn’t be much progress,” says Rose Wallace.  With each machine requiring at least three employees, teamwork is a must. This is an extremely physical job that requires attention to detail. The Bindery has five awesome year-round employees, Rose, Marie, Wendy, Cheryl, and Tommy. They have been with Leonard’s for a combined total of 110 years! “Everyone in our Bindery department has over 20 years at Leonard’s! It is easy to be confident in their abilities knowing that they have “seen it all.” No two days are the same in this department and they work very well together as a team. We produce half a million books annually, plus all sorts of brochures and promotional items,” says Randy Sellers, Director of Operations.


Love it or Leave it: Colored Denim

This week’s Love it or Leave it trend is colored denim! We are seeing some wild hues of jeans lately. Many celebrities have already embraced this growing trend. Colored denim is a great way to add a splash of color to an awesome spring/summer look. How do you feel about vibrant colored jeans? Should we embrace color or kick it to the curb?Let us know what you think!


Senior Spotlight: Alyssa

This week we are excited to announce that our Senior Spotlight is Alyssa from Oviedo High School! This awesome senior will be graduating with honors this year. She is a member of the BETA Club and the National Honor Society. Alyssa’s most challenging undertaking thus far has been taking AP courses. “I persevered by studying every single night!” she told us. Upon graduating from high school, Alyssa plans to attend college where she will study architecture or engineering. She is most looking forward to college life and meeting new people. When asked if a picture is really worth a thousand words, Alyssa said, “Yes!” Way to go, Alyssa!


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.