Today we’d like to introduce you to CJ Howard.
Hi CJ, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I bought my first camera 12 years ago when my daughter, Kaylee, was born. I took a keen interest and self-taught myself photography and photoshop by watching YouTube tutorials and reading several articles.
I was really into landscape and nature photography. Portraits weren’t really my thing as I felt like I wasn’t good enough and was a very harsh critic of my work. I got bored with it, but my camera was down for a few years, and then my daughter joined competition gymnastics.
I knew my current camera was outdated and wasn’t a sports camera, so I upgraded. Then Covid happened, so once again the camera got put down.
After a year and when sports started happening again, I decided I would try my hand at other sports since my daughter’s competitions had been postponed until winter. I mentioned my idea to my close friend, Eric Adamski, who was also a novice photographer, and we decided to partner up.
Eric is also well known throughout the soccer and track community so we had great info on local tournaments and meets. While working one day, I was trying to come up with a business name. I knew I wanted to name my business after something that was well known in Richmond Hill and in May of 2021 Ogeechee Media Group was born.
It kind of made me chuckle when I realized the acronym was OMG. We have had the pleasure of photographing a lot of young talented athletes. We always strive to do better and challenge each to be the best at what we do.
We have since upgraded equipment to help us achieve getting the best image quality we can to ensure clients are happy and want us to come back.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road at all.
It seems everyone has cameras these days, whether it’s on their phone or they purchased a DSLR. That makes it really tough for us to sell. We approached that by finding ways to get better shots.
Our sales pitches were, sit back, enjoy your child’s game and let us capture the moment. That has worked out pretty well for us.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We specialize in sports photography, either during the game or staged.
We are sports enthusiasts and we feed off of each other’s knowledge of a particular sport. Since there are two of us we’re always challenging each other to do better and to find ways to help the business grow.
What makes me the proudest is when they call back. To me, that is the ultimate compliment. Although sports is our main specialty, we are venturing out into portrait and real estate photography.
So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
Smiling faces matter the most to us. That means we have successfully completed our job.
The clients are happy and it will likely lead to repeat customers. We know we can’t make everyone we encounter happy, but we treat every client the same and do everything we can to succeed in our mission.
- $40 per person per game 25-30 full-resolution digital files standard editing.
- $300 for the entire team and a few hundred full-resolution digital files. Standard editing.
- $350 portrait session. Full resolution digital files with standard editing. Artistic editing will cost more and will be case by case.
- Real estate depends on the size of the house.
- Website: https://cjhoward.smugmug.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ogeechee_media_group/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ogeechee-Media-Group-105135771745074/