9 year-old Ocken starts her career…

Bob’s 9 year-old daughter, Maddy, assisted her dad and Jenn at a bridal shoot last week in northern Michigan. Jamie Anne (the bride) had a great time flirting with Maddy’s camera. At one point Maddy had such great confidence to ask her aunt Jennifer to move out of the way. Below is a sample of her work from the shoot, and

one was displayed as an 8×10 at the wedding. We are so proud of our little Maddy!

SAVE THE DATE!! not really … but check this out!

Ocken Photography Rocks! Is there any denying the talent over there? Just look at this save the date….AMAZING!  This is exactly what I wanted and I have been thrilled with the outcome of everything thus far.  I know my guest will enjoy this “Save the Date” reminder and post it up somewhere special for everyone to admire.  Thanks Ocken Photography, I am soooo excited about my upcoming bridals and wedding!
Jessica Snyder , bride -to-be!


Coffee table Guestbook now available at OP!

Ocken Photography can custom design your guest book with your engagement and bridal portraits for guest to admire as they sign a special note to you on your wedding day!! Sign in pages can be made to fit your needs and you get to choose your favorites photographs to add to your keepsake coffeetable guest book! What a great heirloom to pass along!

Robert Ocken Sr.

We lost a very important person in our lives. Our dad was our rock and he will be missed.

Robert James Ocken Sr., husband and beloved father of five, passed away May 23, 2010, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, due to complications from heart surgery. He was 67.

Born March 2, 1943, in Evanston (Chicago), Illinois, Robert—or Bob, as he was known to friends—lost his father as a young man, before he had even graduated Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne, which he did in 1961. He began college at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, and for a time made his living as a disc jockey, but then enlisted in the Air Force in 1964. He married Kathleen Duesel on March 28 of that year in Arcola, IN.

Initially stationed in Salina, Kansas, Bob’s Air Force service eventually moved his growing family to Guam in 1966, and there son Thomas David Ocken joined older brothers Robert James Jr. and John Martin, who had been born in Kansas. Bob served as an inventory specialist, ordering supplies to repair B-52 bombers being used in the Vietnam War.

The family returned to the United States in 1968, and moved to Missouri, where Bob was stationed at Whiteman AFB. He left the Air Force and returned to Fort Wayne in 1969, where son Christopher Michael was born, as well as daughter Jennifer Lynn. He applied his military know-how to a new career as a warehouse floor and operations manager, first for American Hoist in Fort Wayne, and later for Carter Precision and Atlantic Machine Tools in Houston, Texas, as well as Flexible Metal in Atlanta, Georgia.

But Fort Wayne was always his home, and he and Kathleen returned in 2001. Throughout his life, Bob was known for his easy laugh and his penchant for woodworking and home renovations, as well as for keeping everything he might possibly someday need in the basement. He loved to travel and will be remembered as always ready for an adventure with his children—whether on the golf course, through Texas and northern Mexico by VW van, or putting together a bridal show in Baton Rouge.

Preceded in death by his father, John (Jack) Ocken, and mother, Bernice Ketter Ocken, Bob is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his two brothers, Jack Ocken of Roanoke, IN, and Tom Ocken of Albuquerque, NM; his sister, Mary Ocken Hess of Roanoke, IN; and his five children, Bob Jr., John, Tom, Chris, and Jennifer, as well as 13 grandchildren.

Puerto Rico, Valentine’s Day & a wedding!

A special CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to Stacy and Ian! They got married!

Stacy and Ian decided on Friday the 12th to get married on Valentine’s Day in Puerto Rico. The second best part of the whole deal … they took Jenn with them! We found out on Friday, Jenn was on a flight to Puerto Rico on Saturday and the Wedding was at 4:00pm on Sunday! What a perfect Valentine’s weekend! Here are the pictures to prove it.

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Rachel & Kenny Hebert – It was awesome experience!

“From the very beginning Jenn and the team at Ocken Photography were just as excited about our upcoming wedding as we were! Their evident excitement made them so much fun to work with. Throughout the engagement session, creation of our save the dates, bridal portrait session, and all of the wedding festivities Kenny and I always commented on how easy and effortless it was working with Jenn and the team. But fun and ease aside, the quality of our photos and albums were unparalleled. Jenn is not just a wedding photographer, she is an artist and this is obvious in the beautiful memories that she captures! We strongly recommend Ocken Photography to anyone seeking not just a photographer, but a team who will make your entire wedding experience more enjoyable.”

Rachel Gates Hebert & Kenny Hebert  – Scared Heart Academy

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