Meet our newest teammate, Yvonne!

Hello! My name is Yvonne Walker and I’m the newest voice you are hearing answer the calls here at PhotoLynx! I’m learning quickly, and am hoping to be able to answer all of your questions very soon. Thank you so much for all of your patience and understanding while I go through this learning process. I’m so happy to be here and to be a part of the PhotoLynx family, and am looking forward to getting to know our clients on a first name basis.

yvonne

I was born in raised in South West Florida. I moved to San Diego about 6 years ago, and like most people instantly fell in love with it out here. I am a mother of 2 wonderful children, and I work hard to give them the best life I possibly can! I take my job very seriously, y

I’m a bit of a dork, I love sci-fi and doing medieval reenactments in my spare time. I love learning anything I possibly can about computers and computer software, so I’m positive I will learn everything there is to learn that PhotoLynx offers quickly. I’m a movie/sitcom nut, and it’s something I love sharing with my children, and we try to go to the movies as often as we can.et still know how to have fun with it at the same time.

I love to read and I love to learn. I’m very much a people person, and try my hardest to find a personal connection with everyone I talk to. I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you and getting to know all of you better. Please feel free to call me anytime with any questions you may have, or just to say hi!

Users’ Group 2013

Spring marks one of our favorite times of the year, not only because it’s the beginning of a new year, but because it’s our PhotoLynx Users’ Group!  This year our Users’ Group was held at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Attendees    Meeting

The Users’ Group started out on Thursday with a FLOW workshop lead by one of our technicians, Joey.  It was a basic informational workshop on how our newest capture software works.  The afternoon was when our Users’ Group officially started and the guest speakers started.  We had a wonderful line up of guest speakers that proved to us once again there is always something new to learn.  We ended our first day with a retirement party for one of our legacy software’s, CamLynx.  Also, we revealed that we are retiring our current School Image Software only to be replaced and revamped by an even better version of School Image Software.  Look for the release closer to the fall season!

Flow

The second day of our Users’ Group started out with a bang with one of our very own, Tawnya, giving tips and tricks for our products.   She also gave our release schedule of all the up and coming new features to be done to our PhotoLynx Legacy Software and FLOW.  (Please contact us to receive a copy if you did not receive one at the Users’ Group)  After Tawnya, we had another variety of amazing guest speakers that gave us more insight and knowledge to add onto the day before.  After our morning speakers, we broke for lunch and began one of our favorite events, the Trigger Ideas.  The Trigger Ideas are designed to get brains going on new and exciting ideas that you as a school photographer can start implementing and offering to your clients.  We had quite a few great ideas that will hopefully draw in some new business for our photographers!  One thing we found very exciting this year at the Trigger Ideas was whistles and squawkers.  Not only did it get the energy going but it helped us to determine which ideas were the winners!  The second day of the User Group was finished with an amazing speaker from  Kodak, Ed Monahan.  (We also have copies of his PowerPoint if you wanted to receive a copy) We wrapped up our User Group with a hospitality suite to celebrate the retirement of CamLynx and to meet and greet with our clients.

PhotoLynx Booth

Friday night was the start of the SPAC trade show and our booth looked great!  We had a beautiful new banner that helped show everyone exactly where to come and find us.  We had a new laptop that helped us to showcase how great FLOW runs on Windows 8.  We also announced our Lynx Legacy award recipient, Gary Kranz.  Gary has been a great contributor to the school photography industry for over 30 years.

Kranz

Saturday was day two of the trade show and we again got to meet and greet with our existing clients and also meet some amazing new ones! This year we had a great new addition to our trade show booth, a 42” TV that was a wonderful for showcasing FLOW on a larger scale.  The last day of SPAC and the tradeshow wrapped up with a hospitality suite put on by one of our alliance companies, ImageQuix.

PhotoLynx Booth2

We had a great 2013 Users’ Group and we hope that we see everyone again next year with the addition of even more new users!

Users' Group Speakers

Joey Goes to Atlanta

I recently had welcomed a couple of customers to our home office. We spent two days training with our Flow® and ImageMatch© products. We went over as much as we could for the two days, and in the end they felt it was great learning opportunity and wanted more. So we decided on two days training over the last full week of July. They felt that Atlanta would be a central location for both businesses, along with their employees they also had two other companies that they worked with which would also benefit from learning more about our products. In the end we had about a dozen people gathered in a wonderful hotel just outside of Atlanta.

I left San Diego a little after 8:00 am, arriving in Atlanta around 6:00 pm local time. The flight was nice but crowded, so with very little elbow room I put on a set of head phones and then focused on preparing for the training ahead. After landing I was shuffled off to the hotel to meet those who had already arrived. We then went out to have dinner in order to continue to get to know each other. After dinner, we gathered back at the hotel began hammering out the final details of what we were going over the next couple days. Before we knew it, it was 2:00 am so we decided break off until the morning.

We gathered the next morning, after breakfast in the same room they just finished serving our breakfast in. We set up five laptops, paired up and went through 4 hours of learning how Flow® works. This gave everyone a chance to get some hands on experience while learning the program. After our dinner break we continued the seminar with a simulated “live” shoot. In this simulation, we created a new job, imported the data, created the camera cards, used the scanner to bring up the proper record, took pictures, added packages and finished with an export. By the end of the “live” shoot, we figured it was time to break for the day.

After another great breakfast we marched on covering ImageMatch©, ProServices© and ProComposites©. After a high level review of the products, I wanted to take the learning in a different direction. We spent the rest of the day doing a question and answer session. This allowed those who still had questions regarding the new areas to go further into how the program works. As well as, those who had been working with our programs a chance to get their questions answered.

After some group pictures and lots of “thank yous” it was off to the airport for the trip home. As I was flying back, I thought to myself what a wonderful experience it was and how I got to feel the warmth of true southern hospitality.

Courtney and Kalyn go on a field trip!

Recently Kalyn and Courtney made a day trip up to Los Angeles to assist School Portraits by Kranz in utilizing FLOW.  Kranz just started using FLOW and Kalyn and Courtney went to help out, see their workflow and to see FLOW in action. Kalyn and Courtney arrived in LA and helped Kranz bring in their photography equipment and watch them set up for their photo shoots.

Once everything had been brought in, the photography staff set up their computer, started FLOW and Kalyn and Courtney helped go over the FLOW workflow that Kranz was using. Kranz has a pretty basic workflow which includes: scanning a barcode, double checking the student data, photographing the student (tethered capture) and printing the ID card. Because they were scanning barcodes and shooting tethered Kalyn and Courtney went into the event triggers and had the image automatically assign to the student record to save time to have to manually assign images. Kranz was printing ID cards on location and it was a fast and simple shoot.

Kranz1

“This was a great learning tool to see how FLOW works out in the field and to see what the photographers we talk with are experiencing on their shoots.  This was a smaller school so it was a lot more mellow than most but really gave us a feel for what our client’s experience. Having to get up so early and head to LA for the shoot really gave me a feel for what these photographers go through.  After talking to the photographer and hearing her feedback on FLOW it was nice to know that our software gave her a feeling of ease for her high volume shoots.” – Courtney

“It’s always great to finally get to meet our clients face to face, I had a great time seeing the photographer in action and I have a new respect for the fast pace work flow these photographers have to deal with. It was also exciting to see the software that I work with every day in live action helping make everything more productive and efficient. The Kranz crew and a great work flow and were total pros with Flow by the end of it. I’m so thankful for the opportunity that was giving to me, I had a great time learned a ton and if given the chance I would absolutely to do it again.” – Kalyn

Bootcamp Wrap-Up 2012

Two of our team members recently attended a Bootcamp at the Alexis Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Tawnya and Courtney led a workshop to introduce our newest software, FLOW®.  This Bootcamp was for people that are interested in starting to photograph schools.

Bootcamp

Bootcamp Attendees

There was an array of talent, some were seasoned school photographer veterans and some were just getting into how to start up.  This was good for our newest team member, Courtney, to get acquainted with some new faces!

Tawnya

Tawnya presenting Flow®

A Note from Courtney

As a photographer, it was nice to go see our software in action.  I started off our first night by helping people see how FLOW® works hands on.  There were several green screen stations set up and the photographers took turns in a real world situation of photographing children.  I showed them how to use FLOW® as a capture, starting with a barcode scan.

Using Flow

Using Flow®

The second day was all hands on with FLOW®.  Tawnya walked everyone through a FLOW® job and I walked around getting acquainted with everyone and making sure they were up and running and answering questions if they got stuck.  After Tawnya was done, both her and I answered any additional questions and helped answer any workflow questions.

Video

Watching the PhotoLynx Video

After we were finished it was off to the airport!  It was a quick trip but really helped me to see how our software helps and works in the field and for other photographers.

Meet Courtney!

Hello! I am the newest team member at PhotoLynx. My name is Courtney and besides
working at PhotoLynx, I am a Portrait/Wedding Photographer. I recently graduated
from Brooks Institute of Photography where I earned my Bachelor’s in Professional
Photography with an emphasis on Portraiture. I also have an Associates degree in
Portrait/Wedding Photography.
I am originally from a small farming town in Minnesota and I have been in
California for just over three years. I never thought I would leave home until I found the
amazing opportunity to go to school at Brooks in Santa Barbara. I have found that I love San Diego the most out of all the places I’ve been in the state.
Besides my love of people photography I also love to take photographs of food!
I’m not a great product shooter but there’s something about a food shoot that is just so much fun.
I look forward to talking to you and helping you with your activations and talking
to you when I answer your calls!

If you would like to take a look at my work you can view it at:

http://www.courtneyjunephotography.com/ (Portrait/Wedding)
http://www.courtneyjunephotography.com/food/ (Food)

Fairwell…

I am SOOO incredibly excited about today being the first day of the rest of my life!!!  The possibilities are endless and each and every one of us has the ability to make our lives everything we dreamed of from right this minute forward!!!  A year ago, I had a complete shift in thinking that has resulted in realizing that I CAN have the life I have always wanted.  And it started with Tim McCain.  Just one year ago Tim sent all of us to a “Get Motivated” seminar, where the presenters were almost all older businessmen.  I admit that I grudgingly went, wondering what the heck any of them could possibly say that would relate to me – a mother of four who would rather be home making bread and quilts than work full time.  A few things struck me in a positive way and I felt that it had been a worthwhile field trip.  A few weeks later, Tim assigned all of us some required reading. I was not really excited, but  I downloaded the book and began to read.

I liked the first bit and decided to look up info on the author.  I was overjoyed and felt that Tim finally “got me” when I discovered that Leslie Householder, the Author of “The Jackrabbit Factor,” was a Christian, homeschooling mother of seven.  Now THIS was a motivator with whom I could actually relate!  I devoured this first book and then borrowed the follow up to it called “The Portal to Genius.”  I was hooked on the philosophy and concepts being taught – Visualize your future as if it was your present; believe that the how will find its way to you; and express gratitude every day for everything you have right now.   I even signed up and paid for a series of articles from the author and really studied each one, and began seeking more sources on the power of the mind when it comes to one’s success.

At this same time, I had decided that I had had it with an injury that I had been told was “irreversible, incurable and permanent” by numerous specialists.   I knew I had enough knowledge about alternative and natural healing to know where to look to find a better way.  I read a ton and I made some drastic changes, including going on a 100% raw-vegan diet and added LOTS of omega 3 oils to my diet.  Within 3 weeks, the pain was completely GONE and I had full range of motion back!  I had been told that I would never live another day in my life without pain and here I was PAIN-FREE for the first time in 4 ½ years!!!!

I HAD to share this with people and there HAD to be a way I could do this!!!  I had always wanted to do something in the field of alternative healing and had spent the last 20 years in self study in the field of whole-foods nutrition and alternative wellness.  I am raising my children on principles of natural wellness, so I know it works.  I also I knew from what I had been reading the Jackrabbit books that there was a way I could combine my passion for alternative healing and wellness into a profession. I wrote out a personal mission statement, began to visualize the life I had always wanted to live, signed up for school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and gave Photolynx my “one year notice.”

During that year, I launched “Loving Life Wellness,” a private health counseling practice and began building it one health goal at a time.  I am truly changing lives of individuals and families in my own community, state, country and world, one at a time by supporting them in discovering their own path to optimal health and wellness!  It is truly my passion!!

By focusing on families who have children with neurological and auto-immune issues, I see first hand the amazing rewards of what positive, permanent changes can do for these children to help them live happier, higher functioning lives that make them feel good about who they are and what they have the power within them to do!  The transformations are nothing short of awesome!

It is time to bid a bittersweet farewell to all of you!  I am truly going to miss my family here at Photolynx.  I have made friends with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life and every one of you has made a positive impact on my life.  I have learned so much about how a business that runs on a model of integrity can succeed.  I have seen company leaders lead by setting a vision and then getting out of the way.  I have experienced the type of work environment that I hope to emulate in my own wellness center with my own employees and business partners.  I have been truly transformed in a way I will never forget!!

So it is now that I give each of you a “virtual bear hug” and express deep gratitude for what you have added to my life and wish you a lifetime of happiness, health and optimal wellness!!!!

And now for the shameless marketing plug….

Let me help you reach YOUR unique goals for optimal health, wellness and happiness!!  Contact me and let’s talk about how you can let my passion for life help you rediscover yours and lead you to the life you have always wanted!!!  I am offering a FREE consultation to everyone at Photolynx as well as its customers.  I am also offering a complimentary massage to anyone who invests in my Platinum Lifetime Wellness program or refers a Platinum Lifetime Wellness client to me.

Kat McClanahan
Holistic Health Counselor
Loving Life Wellness
kat@lovinglifewellness.com
www.lovinglifewellness.com
619-249-2741

Meet Kalyn! She is the newest member of the PhotoLynx family…literally

 

Hi I’m the new Photolynx girl Kalyn Kelly, yes Tricia Kelly’s daughter. I’m the new voice your going to be hearing on the phones and I’m also the girl who is going to be doing all your activations, so please be nice and patient with me I’m trying to learn as quickly as possible.

 

I’m super excited to be part of this fun hard working team, and to help out and learn as much as I possibly can.

 

I grew up in a small town in the mountains of San Diego, and attended Julian High School, the same small town and school my mother (the money lady) grew-up in and attended. I grew up on a farm and was in 4-H my whole childhood (I took a hog to the fair every summer) where I learned how to work hard and get stuff done

 

I love the out doors and every sport under the sun (I’d rather play then watch). I took a highland dance (old traditional Scottish Dance) class for a while and loved, it but had to quit due to a bum knee.. I have 4 sisters and one brother whom I love all very dearly, I am the second youngest and by far the best one in the litter!

 

I love learning and expanding my horizons as much as I can. My last job was at Mom’s Pie House where I baked the best pies in town! I started out bussing and in less then a year I moved up the chain to server, cashier, opener-closer then on to baker, in the pie world that’s pretty darn fast. And now that I’m on the Photolynx team I’m going to work hard and do my best to be the best employee I possible can.

PhotoLynx, Inc. and ImageQuix, Inc. Announce Strategic Alliance

News Release –  For Immediate Release

For Additional Information Contact:

Paul Schulz
760-504-1941
Paul@PhotoLynx.com

PhotoLynx, Inc. and ImageQuix, Inc. Announce Strategic Alliance

 San Diego, CA – November 16, 2011 – With the release of PhotoLynx’ new software, FLOW, PhotoLynx, Inc. and ImageQuix, Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to provide full service installation and implementation of FLOW.  PhotoLynx’ newest software release, FLOW represents the next generation software for photographers photographing events, schools and sports. FLOW incorporates a brand-new designed interface, intuitive data and image matching methods, and many other features that improve usage and performance over its predecessor, CamLynx. FLOW is designed to efficiently associate data and images providing the photographer a new level of control over product offerings and the on-site photography process.

Tim McCain, Sr. vice Pres. of PhotoLynx, Inc. says, “We are in the very unique position to be truly full service. The addition of ImageQuix technology into FLOW will allow a photographer to capture the image, post it online, bring it back into FLOW and send it to print, all with just a few clicks. This is what has been missing over the past few years. We are excited to bring this relationship to market”

Mark Valente, President of ImagQuix, Inc. says, “I believe we have created a ‘Best-of-Both Worlds’ integration for the high volume photographer.  This system is so streamlined and efficient; it has leveled the playing field for the independent school photographer to compete with the major vendors. This is huge.”

PhotoLynx is a California corporation located in Julian, CA.

ImageQuix is a South Carolina corporation located in Greenville, SC

PhotoLynx, Inc. is a privately owned California corporation founded in 1988.  PhotoLynx, Inc. specializes in writing and supporting digital imaging software for the volume package photography market; school, sports & dances.

In addition to the professions’ leading digital imaging software, PhotoLynx, Inc. also works with individual companies to produce custom needed software.

ImageQuix is a privately owned South Carolina corporation founded in 1997.  ImageQuix specializes in the online sales and marketing of photos for professional photographers.  ImageQuix is networked with the industry’s leading digital imaging labs, providing a turnkey solution for direct fulfillment of online photo sales.

Intro for Joey Briese (the new member of the PhotoLynx)

 

If you have recently called the PhotoLynx home office you
may have noticed a new voice on the other end. I have just finished my first
month meeting and greeting a great group of customers. Well, just in case you
have called let me introduce myself, my name is Joey Briese and I’m the newest
member of PhotoLynx technical support team.

 

My “new” job here at PhotoLynx is somewhat taking my career
full circle. I have held various positions in software development for more
than 20 years. I started out doing tech support for what was then a small “mom
‘n pop” tax preparation software company, which is now the biggest. After doing
a couple seasons of support, I quickly discovered a knack and interest in
testing software. My career path continued to direct me in the software QA
testing field to a number of lead and managing roles.

 

By the start of the millennium I have had several changes in
my life most importantly, I got married. After a couple years of marriage, my
wife and I began thinking about expanding our family. We decided add to our
family by adopting two kids, a girl and a boy. Since their first day in their
new home our lives have been focused on loving, teaching and supporting them
through their development into young adults.

 

Over the last ten years of my life, I have had a number of wonderful
growing experiences both professionally, as well as personally. Along with the
additions to the family, I have also furthered my education by getting both a
BS in Computer Information Science and a BS in Business Management. I have also
been able to focus on two other passions I have working with kids and sports. I
have been able work those interests into coaching tennis at Ramona High School
and soccer at Julian
High School. I also
volunteer part of my summer working tickets & gates and with credentials
for the local stop on the women’s professional tennis tour.

 

All of which brigs me back to my position here at PhotoLynx.
From my first interview with Tim and staff here at PhotoLynx I became an instant
fan, not just of the software but more for the people and the environment. I
quickly could see how everyone is on board with making this truly a customer
first company. Over my first month here, I have spent many hours learning both
the industry and the program. As I continue to answer your calls over the
coming months, I look forward meeting you and helping you operate the program
and more importantly grow your business.
 

I truly look at life as a journey and this is my next step
in the journey of my life. I look forward to making this a long and productive step
in the journey.

 


Joey Briese

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