Chris was quoted on June 2, 2008, in Crain’s Chicago Business for an article about how the economy is impacting the wedding industry. However, we’re fortunate to have great clients who continue to get married despite the high price of gas. Thank you! Click here to check out the article if you’d like.
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!”
Chris was fantastic. He immediately became part of the family. No one knew he was the photographer. Best of all, our pictures are breathtaking…. They capture each expression, each emotion. Our friends and families all say they are the best photographs they have ever seen. Chris will be part of us forever.
— Long Island, NY (married in Chicago, December 2007)
Chicago-based Ocken Photographer Chris has long been a political junkie, and he’s pleased to be on the run with the presidential candidates once again.
Although Chris covered Bill Clinton’s campaigns in the 1990s for the Associated Press, this time around, he’s chasing Mike Huckabee — a continuation of a project he started in graduate school.
Much has changed since then, as you’ll note from Chris’s 1998 photo of Huckabee campaigning for governor during a boat trip down the Arkansas River (above), which contrasts quite starkly with his photo of a much-thinner Huckabee amidst the microphones on his 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign bus (below).
More pictures coming soon… as long as Huckabee keeps performing well.
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