Brooks + Billy’s New Orleans Winter Wedding

It’s exciting to watch any couple begin the next chapter of their lives. The sparkle is never lost on us. However, when Holland Nader booked our photography services for her daughter’s wedding, none of us — not even the bride — new the extra layers that would be added to her celebration. You see, Brooks Nader is a Sports Illustrated model now married to William Haire. Her fame alone made the wedding very interesting, but after booking us, Brooks won the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search competition and was named 2020 model rookie of the year for the magazine, which added another level of intensity to the day.

We are all so excited for her. This was such an amazing boost to her career and, well, ours too!

We loved the challenge of photographing a high-profile event, and appreciated the trust she so delicately placed on our shoulders. All of this only increased our desire to do our absolute best with every aspect of the day.

Then, to add even more fun to the mix, Brooks decided to take a shot at a People magazine exclusive to announce her marriage to Billy. And days later, both The Knot.com and Brides.com jumped at the chance to showcase their celebration.

Based on experience, we knew how important it would be to pay attention to the details on this particular day, so we are grateful Brooks had hired Leslie Campbell to plan her wedding, and that it would feature the always-gorgeous florals from Billy Heroman. We worked to prepare, and to anticipate every possibility, but with every passing day, the pressure mounted. Not only would People magazine need photos, but more and more features were being added to the celebration — and all the images would need to be delivered the week immediately following the wedding!

But we didn’t panic. We never panic. Working closely with Brooks, we created a plan to make the edits, learned how she wanted the enhancements to look, and prioritized the delivery of the photos. A good majority of them were finished before the last candle from the reception was extinguished, and the world got their Brooks and Billy wedding celebration fix the very next day!

To do all this, we gathered a team of photographers and even our office manager to work on the photos almost in real time as the day progressed. We pulled Brooks away for a moment between events to approve the choices so we had a large group of photos ready to send before the reception ended. Our confidence in our team was cemented that evening, but none of this could have happened without Brooks’ amazing ability to make quick decisions — and quick changes. She completely reset the tone for her “reception look” with a new dress, hairstyle, and makeup — all without missing a single moment of her celebration. It was truly magical and worth the planning and hard work everyone put in.

High fives to all that made this evening such a grand success.

We first and foremost, we want to thank Brooks and Billy. But we also need to call out our team made up of Emily Green, Taylor Waston, and our office manager, Jessica Sarkar. They all showed up with their talents and brought their creativity, making them a force to be reckoned with! Everyone put on whatever hat was needed at the moment and worked instinctively together as if we could read each other’s minds. It was awe inspiring and at times a bit surreal, but nonetheless a total blast. We are very proud of the beautiful story we produced as the night unfolded. Everything seemed to go exactly right and we are all beaming and sincerely grateful for the team.

We also need to give a big shout out to the Nader and Haire families for keeping their wedding professionals local and trusting in what we all have built right here in southern Louisiana. It’s always an honor to work with such fine professionals, and we proved you do not need to bring anyone from the other LA to create an extremely magical and exceptional wedding celebration. Everyone that helped that evening was touched by your confidence in us and deeply honored to be a part of such a happy time in your life.

So THANK YOU, Brooks and Billy and your beautiful families. You gave us an opportunity to shine, and we truly love all that we did together. And thanks to any and all publications that took the time to feature this magical day. The Ocken Photography team is honored to have played a part in its success. Everything was truly picture perfect!

Fine Art Documentary Photography

We believe in the magic and emotion that makes your wedding special. Ocken Photography calls on years of award-winning experience to ensure all flows smoothly and beautiful photos are the result. Using photojournalists techniques, we preserve the moments and setting of your celebration to tell your story, giving you the freedom to shine as we document the wonders and details all around.

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Changes abound

You may have noticed, but we’ve made a few changes around here. We have updated the information (blog) side of our website to hopefully allow you quicker access to the information you need and want. We will be updating much more, as well as the most innovative technology for video chat identification and we look forward to hearing from you all! Thanks.

Senior Portraits – if only I was that trendy

The 2014 seniors are excited about their portraits from Ocken Photography and so are we. Bob have been busy making all the graduates look amazing in there pictures for them so share with their family and friends. Meet Madison, a member of St. Mary’s Academy, we are quite fond of her and her beautiful photographs.Wortsmith senior colage

In Loving Memory of George!

This photo was taken just a week before Anne’s most trusted friend, George, was laid to rest. Thanks to David, Rachel and Anna for letting Ocken Photography capturing this lasting memory of their beloved long time companion.

Doggie Heaven just got a little better!

Best Photographs for 2010

We are proud to publish our best wedding, portrait and commercial photography for 2010. The photographs are a mix of our all three of us, Bob, Chris and Jennifer, with some assistance thrown in for fun. This work comes from all over the world — Israel to northern Michigan. And yes, in hour hometowns of Chicago, Little Rock and Baton Rouge.

“A Pinch Of Lovely” Head Shots and Feature Article

Working with Krystal Bennet of A Pinch of Lovely is always a joyful experience! Here at Ocken Photography we follow her blog weekly and have fallen in love with her style and grace as she walks us all through the latest trends with her amazing designs. Krystal lives and works in Baton Rouge but lately we have seen her work all over the nation! We are excited for the great things to come her way this year and excited for many great opportunities to work with her.

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Photos taken by Jenn Ocken in Baton Rouge.

Promo Film – Thanks to Daniel Jones and Jesse Hiatt Band!

 

Huge thanks to Dan Jones at Films By Dan for his patience and dedication to excellence really gave us something to be proud to have out there as a face for Ocken Photography! And also to the Jesse Hiatt Band and Jesse’s song “I’m Ready.” We are really excited to have this original piece as a part of our promo! It expresses the upbeat excitement we have capturing photographs!

Both Dan’s cinematography and Jesse’s New Orleans style band are available for booking for your wedding celebration and events!

Also thanks to Lois Laurent, Danielle Laurent and James Huval and James Peck for also participating in creating such a wonderful promo!

Here are some stills from the day too! Enjoy!

Choosing the best time of day for your wedding!

Choosing the best time of day for your wedding photography can make all the different in creating a great set of photos from the engagement session to the wedding day. See the video below to to see how Ocken Photography’s experience with available light can use your wedding location to create a glow of light through our all your photos!

Synder Magee Wedding

What a great night under the Louisiana’s State Capitol view! Congrats to Jessica and Micah! Many wonderful days and comforting nights to you both!

Details:

Location: Louisiana State Museum / Florist: Fleur Du Jour / Cater: Heirloom Catering / Rentals: B&B Staffing / Videographer: CF Weddings