March of Dimes – Signature’s Chefs Auction!

March Of Dimes celebrating the 1st Signature Chef’s auction, paying tribute to the excellent chefs, restaurants and caterers in the Capital Area. Funds raised will support March of Dimes programs in research, community services, education, and advocacy. At this year’s event we will honor Lois Holden, First Lady of Baton Rouge.

Ocken Photography is proud to be photographing the event and photography services will be apart of the silent auction!

Date: Wednesday
November 4, 2009

Location: Baton Rouge Marriott
5500 Hilton Avenue
Phone: (225) 924-5000

Doors open at 6:30pm

Event ends at 10:30pm


Fleur Du Jour’s Grand Opening in Downtown

Jenn Ocken Photography invites you to Fleur Du Jour’s grand opening! Check out Lani’s latest Holiday Decor designs for 2009 season and check out her new space in downtown Baton Rouge!!

Thursday October 29, 2009 Open House 12-5 pm Cocktails 5-8 pm

640 Main Street Suite 105 Downtown Baton Rouge


Greystone Country Club: What a great location!

Jenn and Marie just had a great photo shoot out at Greystone Country Club! Thanks so much to the staff for keeping the club house and pavilion open on a Monday so we can utilize wonderful setting sun light to capture great images around the grounds. This is a great location for your upcoming wedding and holiday parties! You will be seeing these images very soon in their brochures and on the website.

Thanks again Jodi, Susan, Ron Jennifer and Ronnie.


Reminiscing inspires gratitude …

This post will have no photographs or will it be promoting any specials or giving you an up-to-date on the latest happenings for Ocken Photography. Today this post is dedicated to two people that mean so much to me. I have so much gratitude for my brothers, Bob and Chris and with reminiscing this morning came an inspiration for expression.

“I have decided to dedicate my creative passion to telling peoples’ stories. Everyday is precious and everyday is a blessing, any minute I am holding my camera I want to be capturing the fine art of life. I dedicate my life to it and everyday I will celebrate it.”

One of my affirmation from when I lived in Chicago. January 2003

As a young documentary photographer I was inspired by two amazing mentors. Their critiques and guidance are not only driven by their devotion to the camera but by the love for their little sister. Everyday I am grateful for the encouragement, the heartache, the forgiveness, and the love we incur as family of photographers. Everyday I am a better photographer because of these two men. I am grateful for the passion and respect for photography these two have and instilled in me.

Bob & Chris, I love you both and thank you for everything.

peace & blessings . jenn

*Surprise* Meeting at the Beach!

For Jenn and Mitsy Murphy (long time client and now a good friend), the connection at the beach yesterday was a serendipitous turn of events! The day started with a “Hey, how are you doing?” phone message from Jenn. Mitsy called back to reschedule their lunch plans for Jenn’s birthday because the whole family went to the beach on a spontaneous get-away! Coincidently, Jenn was on her way to the exact same beach… with cameras in hand (as always). Mitsy was floored. What are the odds? And like Jenn and her cameras, Mitsy had packed all her white shirts, khaki pants for boys, and her daughter’s sweet summer dress.  So, after Jenn’s scheduled appointment she headed over to make some wonderful pictures of the Murphys.

“Every day I am reminded of how sweet life is,” says Jenn.”This was a perfect unexpected evening with good friends.”


Growing Up!

Jenn says thanks to Lani, Nick, and Lawson for allowing her to visit and document the now9-month-old Lawson in the comfort of his own home. Jenn was blessed to be one of the first people to meet Lawson when he was born last September in Baton Rouge. She documented him at just one day old in the hospital.

“It is wonderful to watch children grow up,” says Jenn.



Details, Details & More Details

Joy and Scott’s wedding was just amazing at White Oaks Plantation. Check out how we can capture the details of the day, even as your story unfolds. The flowers and decor in these photos was designed by Fleur Du Jour in Baton Rouge, LA.


Brad and Kristen

Thanks so much to Brad and Kristen for taking your Sunday afternoon and running around Baton Rouge with me to capture your engagement portraits. I am super excited for your wedding in October!!



Outside Pictures Are More FUN!

“Jenn! It was such a lovely day and Lucas told me again that he likes you and
never wants to do his pictures ‘on the inside’ again. : )  I’ve never been
more excited to see the pictures — but I’m having fun imagining them in the
– Lani Laugar


Traveling and Family Time

Through all her travels this past month Jenn found some time to catch up with family and friends. Meet the ever-growing Evan Robert, Chris and Jessica’s son! You met him a few months ago as a newborn, and here he is with my Great Aunt Monie, who lives in Des Plaines, IL. She is kickin’ it at 93 years old — the oldest member of our family, and Evan is the youngest. “It was refreshing to share some time with family while hanging out in Chicago to shoot a wedding,” says Jenn.