Evan Robert Ocken

Ocken Photography is proud to announce a new addition to our family.  Chris Ocken and Jessica Royer Ocken delivered their first child on November 22, 2008.  And look, he is already trying to frame pictures by looking through his fingers!

Definitely “A Stem Above” –
Erin and Tony’s Wedding!

Erin Foster (owner of A Stem Above) and Tony Olszewski tied the knot in Chicago in May 2008, and it was an awesome celebration from the beginning to end. The priest was a life-long friend and made the ceremony something to remember. The speeches brought tears to everyone’s eyes—especially the bride and groom! The cake was beautiful, and Erin and her team from A Stem Above rocked the house on the reception decor. It felt like there were 10,000 candles at the reception, and the flowers gave such life to the space, which was part of the old Marshall Field’s building downtown.

Working with Erin on weddings for the past few years has been a treat, and to be a part of her day was a special honor. Erin and Tony, we wish you all the best in all your adventures together as husband and wife!

Erin and Tony’s Wedding Celebration

A Stem Above

Erin and Tony\'s wedding day

OP Chicago in the news

Chris was quoted on June 2, 2008, in Crain’s Chicago Business for an article about how the economy is impacting the wedding industry. However, we’re fortunate to have great clients who continue to get married despite the high price of gas. Thank you! Click here to check out the article if you’d like.

Marion Davis & Harry Jacob, MD

Marion and Harry Waving

Chris was fantastic. He immediately became part of the family. No one knew he was the photographer. Best of all, our pictures are breathtaking…. They capture each expression, each emotion. Our friends and families all say they are the best photographs they have ever seen. Chris will be part of us forever.

— Long Island, NY (married in Chicago, December 2007)

Ocken Photography on the Campaign Trail

Chicago-based Ocken Photographer Chris has long been a political junkie, and he’s pleased to be on the run with the presidential candidates once again.

Although Chris covered Bill Clinton’s campaigns in the 1990s for the Associated Press, this time around, he’s chasing Mike Huckabee — a continuation of a project he started in graduate school.

Much has changed since then, as you’ll note from Chris’s 1998 photo of Huckabee campaigning for governor during a boat trip down the Arkansas River (above), which contrasts quite starkly with his photo of a much-thinner Huckabee amidst the microphones on his 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign bus (below).

More pictures coming soon… as long as Huckabee keeps performing well.

Out of the Box Bridal Show

Attention Chicago Area brides to be! Join us for a fun, relaxed afternoon that will actually help in the planning of your wedding. And mix and mingle with an intimate assortment of Chicago’s hippest wedding vendors—in a crazy cool location—without fighting a crowd of thousands!

Out of the Box Bridal show at Catalyst Ranch
on Sunday, October 21, 2007 from 12pm to 4pm.
For more information visit the Out of the Box Bridal site – http://www.outoftheboxbridal.com/


Janet Lefley & Dan Applebaum

The artist’s book is really beautiful! It is a great collection of some of the really special moments from our wedding. We’re already enjoying looking through it.

— Winnetka, Illinois, married June 2007