Employee Highlight – Kim McLees
We are proud of our employees and the pride and care they take producing your orders and want to share their stories with you.
Each month we highlight one of our employees and the department they work in! You will get a look behind-the-scenes here at the lab, and get to know one of our own a little bit better.
Kim McLees – Color Correction Department
At H&H, we are well known for our outstanding quality and consistency of color…it is one of our fortes. This does not happen by chance and this month’s employee highlight featuring Kim McLees, a Color Correction Department team member, will help you understand why!
Q: What is your job title/position?
I am one of the team members in the Color Correction Department. I basically do quality control, in keeping the photographs to our standard of color and density. I look at the photograph as it comes in, and see if I can take it to the best potential it has. If there is more than one image, my goal is to make sure that they are consistent and the best that they can be. I strive to make them look how I would want my photographs to look…the best they can.
Q: How long have you worked for H&H?
I have worked for H&H for 26 years. I started out printing small prints on an optical printer, then I learned to color call 6 months later. I worked in the custom department, color calling and printing on an enlarger that printed up to 60″ prints. I then started color calling and printing for the polie printer, the album department and the digital press department when they first started out. I now color call for all departments, and still print occasionally for the polie. I have recently learned to assemble for School, Sports and Events department in dye sub! Just an all-around gal!
Q: What did you do prior to working for H&H? How do those skills help you with what you do now?
My job before H&H was housekeeping at Ramada Inn on 87th and I-435. Nothing exciting there! I graduated from a junior college in Nebraska, with an associate of arts degree. I love all things having to do with art, especially photography. After graduating in 1989, I had a few various jobs, and then in 1991 I started at H&H…still love it!
Q: How big is the staff/team that you work with?
The team I work with in color call is a total of 9 people, including nights and weekend shifts. I do think of my “team” as being a whole lot bigger, since I work in many different departments, but color call is 9 gals I enjoy working with, for sure!
Q: How has the company changed in the last ten years?
How has H&H changed in the last 10 years is kind of hard to pin down, having been here so long…but I will say the whole streamlining of the way we work compared to 26 years ago is unbelievable! We had so many unnecessary departments and steps. It went from taking a week or more to get an order out, to taking a day or two! Amazing! I am also impressed with the many products we offer now.
Q: What is it that you love about your job? Or how do you measure a job “well done” in a given day?
The thing I love about my job, is how many people can say they look at pictures all day for a living? I love looking at pictures! The greatest thing about it, is that they are from all over the world! In one given day, you can see a wedding in Portugal, to a baby being baptized in Greece, to a vacation in Iceland! There have been so many amazing photographs come through before my eyes.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time, hobbies, interests etc.
Ok, you ask about me…I LOVE to take photographs. I love to look around and capture the small things people usually pass right on by without even seeing. I love capturing textures, especially with black and white images.
I love to create many things with my hands…from gardens, to jewelry, to paintings, welding metal and making things out of wood. I also love the outdoors…camping, hiking, exploring, bird watching or just porch sitting! (Usually all of these with a camera in hand)
Q: Tell me a little bit about your personal life, family etc.
I have two wonderful parents who, until they moved away to take care of my paternal grandmother 15 years ago, lived here. My father was a photographer for Bendix (Allied Signal/Honeywell) and freelanced doing weddings for the great Ted Haub. This is how I got introduced to the lab…coming with him to drop off the film at the wonderfully smelling place called H&H. I absolutely LOVED the smell of the film, developer and lacquer spray! My mother was a full-time homemaker, who also was a foster mother to a total of 59 foster babies over the course of 30 years (one at a time)… some coming straight from the hospital, either until they were adopted, or went back to their homes. This is one of the most admirable jobs I have ever known. We were all touched by every single child. Not a one wasn’t loved by us unconditionally.
I also have one sister who is 2 1/2 years younger than I. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, who is a pastor. They have a daughter, Emily, who will be 13 in July! She is my heart!
My sister and I have always been very close, but last year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After having to go through a double mastectomy, a full hysterectomy, then reconstruction, I see what it means when people say, “it’s the hard times that bring you closer together”.
I am also lucky in the fact that I have found a mate to spend life with, Rick, who loves almost all the same things that I do. He helps me when I get creative blocks. We really do complete each other in all ways. I am super lucky to have him in my life. We enjoy exploring places and creating things together, but mainly enjoy each other’s company.