Kiera Lau (Charlotte) and Dustin Erikstrup (Ethan) Garden Wedding (our ‘bride and groom’) where published on the Chicag Style Weddings Blog pages, couldn’t be more excited!
Another of our brides, Anne Stover and her new husband Andrew Ruder, made it into Chicago Social Brides! We had a great time traveling with them to their Ludington, Michigan wedding. The couple was married in a gorgeous small church and had a beautiful barn reception. Anne and Andrew’s wedding photograph featured on page 356 in the “Hitched in Chicago” section of the Spring 2013 issue! I just love how many photos we are getting into magazines for our newest friends! (we posted the photo in color and full crop) Enjoy.
When not working with brides, we really like to join forces with great partners like The Left Bank Jewelry, a wonderful little wedding boutique on Webster in Lincoln Park. Susan Metropoulos has a great collection that includes just about every bridal accessory you might dream of—and probably some you haven’t! And all with a wonderful French flair. Check out her lovely ad, featuring an Ocken Photography photo, in the current CS Brides on page 275. Then finish the job by paying her a visit, and heck—why not check in with us too? We’d love to take some photographs for you as well!
Our bride Kristin Mays and her new husband Louis Levine view the wonderful skyline, wait a minute, they aren’t even looking! Kristin and Louis had this wedding photograph featured on page 335 in the “Marketplace” section of the Spring 2013 issue of CS Brides! I just love how many photos we are getting into magazines for our newest friends! We added a second photo just because we could. Enjoy.
Put a little spring in your step — it’s time for the first dance! Be sure to check out page 418 (digital page 420) of the latest Chicago Style Weddings magazine to see our photograph sprawled out all over. This shot is one of my favorites and was taken at the Wilder Mansion outside Chicago. Click here to see if your wedding date is open.
Yet again, Chris Ocken was quoted in Chicago Style Weddings magazine on page 396 (398 in the digital version) in a story about top photography trends this year. “It’s essential to make photos viewable on iPhone and iPads and to allow brides access to smaller versions of their images for Facebook, Twitter, and emailing,” Chris said. “In our immediate society, brides and everyone else have come to expect quick and easy access to images from just about anywhere.”
Who knew Chris was so quotable? That could even be him on the cover. (It’s not.) Click here to see if your wedding date is open.
Chicago Style Weddings talked with Chris for an article in their current issue about how to hire a photographer. It’s on page 376 (378 in the digital version). “It is also very important that a couple know what style they want — traditional, journalistic, commercial, or a style that combines several elements, like my own fine art documentary approach,” Chris explains in the story. At Ocken Photography we pride ourselves on letting your day unfold while we make wonderful photographs without getting in your way. Click here to see if your wedding date is open.
Ocken Photography is known for our documentary photography approach to weddings, and Chris recently spoke with Chicago Style Weddings magazine about just that. He’s quoted on page 392 (394 of the digital version) of the most recent issue in an article about photojournalism and photographic trends. Chris explained his approach as a “more documentary, realistic style” that really showcases the bride and groom’s style “rather than setting up shots and doing lots of post-production work. Most all of my brides appreciate not ‘seeing’ me much during the day as I work unobtrusively to capture the emotion and setting of what’s happening around me,” he said.
Each of the Ocken siblings works according to these general guidelines, so you’re bound to be pleased — and maybe even surprised — by the moments we capture when you don’t even know we’re there. Kind of like Batman… Click here to see if your wedding date is open.
We are very fortunate to have Becca Fess (of the fantastic footwear) and perfect gentleman Lucas Cooper featured in Chicago Style Wedding’s Newest Newlywed section on page 382 (384 in the digital version). We think they’re by far the best-looking couple on the page! Click here to see if your wedding date is open.
We are very fortunate to have the lovely Ana Montelongo and dashing Scott McCarty featured in the Chicago Style Wedding’s Newest Newlywed section on page 378 (380 in the digital version). I just love the way they are touching noses. Totally makes the photo! Click here to see if your wedding date is open.
Chicago Style Weddings caught up with Chris recently to talk about the pressures brides feel as they prepare for their weddings. You can find the article in the latest issue of the magazine on page 381 (383 in the digital version), but here’s a highlight from Chris on the pressure of creating (and sticking to) a photography budget. “These images are really one of the few things you get to keep after the wedding. Don’t worry about the extra $500 — hire the photographer you feel is going to do the best job for you.”
All the Ocken siblings stand by that advice. (And it’s a big moment when they all agree, people!) Photographs are forever. Click here to see if your wedding date is open.