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Jenn Ocken rules! Not only did she spend an amazing weekend photographing the 24th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and visiting with her “blues family,” she was honored with the Blues Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award. “I was so honored and speechless,” Jenn says. “I just love the Blues Foundation and its mission. No matter how long blues artists have been in the music industry, they all benefit from the organization. I want to thank Joe and the Blues Foundation for such a great honor — and I will see you at the Blues Music Awards in May!”

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I just saw the first of the pictures, they are great! Thank you so much for all of your hard work, and especially your enthusiasm. It is was catching and comes through in your pictures — exactly what Kelly and I hoped to see. Thanks for making Kelly and Kevin’s new life together so memorable. You certainly have a gift and we all appreciate your talents and YOU.

— Nancy McGee, mother of the bride

Wow – I can’t even began to say how much fun I had shooting Kevin and Kelly’s wedding last night at Houmas House in Darrow, Louisiana. This was my first wedding of 2008, and we had a blast! I wish them both all the best, and it was an honor to be part of their celebration. To check out a few more pictures from their wedding celebration click here: Kelly & Kevin’s Sneak Peak

Planning a wedding in Baton Rouge?

Save the date for a fresh take on a bridal event… If you want to have some fun with your fiancé in the midst of planning your big day, join us as Out of the Box Bridal presents Baton Rouge’s first ever:

ENGAGING COCKTAIL PARTY, an evening designed with the BRIDE in mind.Mix and mingle with an intimate assortment of Baton Rouge’s hippest wedding vendors without fighting a crowd of thousands!

Where: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: FREE!
Out of the Box’s Engaging Cocktail Party is open to all engaged couples (and their entourages).

Pre-registering online is suggested so that you may skip the registration line the night of the event.RSVP at www.outoftheboxbridal.com, print out your ticket, and head straight in!

Also, visit our blog (http://ootbbr.blogspot.com) for the most recent happenings at Out of the Box Bridal. Leave us a comment or suggestion, as we’d love to hear from you. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there!

THANKS!

Thanks so much to all the clients who ordered personalized holiday cards this season! More than 2000 photo cards were ordered from Ocken Photography, and we had a particularly impressive response in the Baton Rouge market. These cards will be back next year, and remember that we can also design personalized thank you cards and note cards for use throughout the year!

I have appreciated working with all of you and wish you a safe Holiday Season. See you in 2008!

Mitsy Murphy

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I am totally blown away by your design and the photos for our Christmas card. You continue to make my heart smile!!

— Mitsy, Baton Rouge mom

Get ready with holiday cards

Before you know it, the holidays will be here, and Ocken Photography can help you get prepared. We are excited to introduce an exclusive collection of photo cards just for our clients.Each card features the Ocken Photography image of your choice — either one you already have, or one that will be taken in an upcoming portrait session or wedding celebration.These cards are great for holiday greetings, and they also make fun, personalized thank you cards; baby, engagement and graduation announcements; or invitations to any reason to celebrate. Keep the cards blank inside to use them as every day notes.

Click here to view Holiday/Thank you Card templates.

Don’t see quite the right thing? Custom-created cards are also available.
Click here to view Custom Photo Cards and check out our past work.

Contact Ocken Photography in your area for more information or a price quote.

Jonn Richardson Video

Another of Jenn Ocken’s passions is blues performers, and she spends quite a lot of time documenting their performances. She created this photo diary of guitarist Jonn Richardson’s last two years — since he won the Albert King Award in 2005. The award is given to the most promising guitarist at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN. Get more information about the blues at http://www.blues.org/.

Engagement in the Rain

Erin and Tony had the best attitudes when the rain came pouring down on us during their engagement portrait! Erin, owner of A Stem Above florists, knows that when it comes to wedding events, the show must go on — despite the weather — and she and her fiancé Tony agreed to be flexible. We escaped under scaffolding and the El tracks at Lake Street and State Street and photographed away. The available light of the city and reflected light from the rain and puddles lent a special glow to the atmosphere and allowed us to create a beautiful set of portraits. Thanks so much to Erin and Tony for their fearlessness when it came to getting a little wet. We had a great session.

Rachel Frazer

I LOVE them!!! I do not know how we will ever decide which ones to get. There are just so many I really love, I don’t know how I will ever choose. I can’t get over how much I love them. I can’t believe how wonderful the ones in the pool are too! I am already envisioning my wall in the kitchen.

— Rachel, Baton Rouge mom

Jennifer Jimenez and Tim Fisk are featured in Southern Bride. We photographed their wedding and if you missed the spread, we have it for you here. Click on the pages to view them bigger, and then again to view them extra jumbo size.

Jenn and Chris were FABULOUS!! They were so pleasant to work with throughout the entire planning process. The day of the wedding was chaotic, horrible weather, and quite a few unexpected events, but they made the most of it and we could not be any more pleased with the way our pictures turned out.
— Lake Forest, Illinois, married September 2006