Just So Designs–Susan Ogar Photography is a Northborough-based studio specializing in children, families and high school senior portraiture.
Tell us about your background and how Just So Designs-Susan Ogar Photography came to be?
I’ve always loved art and design. I was 5 when I tried to create a photographic print from a slide in my family’s basement. When I was 13 I developed my first print in the darkroom and there was no turning back. It wasn’t a direct route, but the dream was there… In 2007, after a rewarding career in Marketing and Design, I decided to take the leap and follow my bliss. I had studied film photography and photojournalism in college and beyond and embraced the challenges of learning the the ins and outs of digital photography. Just So Designs-Susan Ogar Photography was born. My goal is to capture moments in the life of real people and create pieces of art that can be enjoyed for generations. I am a Board Member of the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts and love working with and learning from other photographers.
Light, Life, Beauty…. Often the little moments inspire me. A mother kissing her child to comfort her or a quite moment between a couple…those are what I love to capture in my work. Life inspires my photography and photography inspires my life.
What do you love about owning a small business?
I love that I can create something from soup to nuts and I love working with people. It’s funny, when I started in photography, I was doing mostly landscapes and artsy work. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to photograph people. Now, the people are my favorite part!
Why did you choose Northboro for your business location?
Northborough is my home. It just made sense.
We moved here 15 years ago from the city to raise our family in a smaller town with good schools and access to great locations. What we found was a rich local community filled with amazing shops, restaurants and, best of all, wonderful people.
Why do you feel that supporting local businesses is important?
I have always loved local businesses–even as a kid, growing up in Sudbury, I used to love to go to the local gourmet shop for cheese and candy, and later in Boston and Brookline. Local business is the heart of every community.
Being local and small, tell us what you feel is the most important element to customer service?
Personal contact and relationships are everything to a small business. I love when I receive good customer service and always strive to give my best to each client. I want people to LOVE not only their photos, but also their experience with Just So.
Favorite Customer Story: All of my clients come with a story. Two years ago, I started a special project Honoring Mothers of Children with Special or Different Needs. In doing the project, I have learned so much and met such amazing and strong women. The experience has changed the way I work with children and I am the one who is feels honored to work with such wonderful people.
My first job was: Mowing lawns with my brothers and working as a lighting assistant with a local wedding photographer.
My favorite movie is: Stand by Me.
I cannot live without: Sunshine and light.
Beach or mountains: I am a true Beach girl. My husband loves the mountains. So, now I love both….
The best advice I ever received is: The best things in life aren’t things.
A cause I care deeply about is: Education and Pediatric Cancer. Our family has recently become involved with the amazing Ty Louis Campbell Foundation http://www.thetlcfoundation.org (SuperTy).
Photo’s by Nicole Leblanc at Le Petite Studio