Happy spring in Oak Park, IL. We can’t be out and about right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make memories and feel a little more normal. To that end, I’d love to offer Oak Park-area families a quick spring portrait session – done from a more-than-safe distance while you are on your porch or in your yard. Dress up in your holiday finest, or don’t change out of your yoga pants, totally up to you. Just click the link to choose a day and time that works for your family, and I’ll bring the camera! Can’t wait to see you safely from a social distance soon.
These sessions are free and open to everyone, as my goal is to give to the community and keep doing what I love while I’m not working. However, if you would like, you can make a donation via PayPal or Zelle/ChaseQuickpay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Venmo @Chris-Ocken
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We believe in the magic and emotion that makes your wedding special. Ocken Photography calls on years of award-winning experience to ensure all flows smoothly and beautiful photos are the result. Using photojournalists techniques, we preserve the moments and setting of your celebration to tell your story, giving you the freedom to shine as we document the wonders and details all around.
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The past is catching up to me, and I like it. Sometimes our past lives drift, become vivid memories – but with Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee (maybe) running for president, mine is resurfacing. Enjoy a look back with me during the months as I post photos over 10 years old. And enjoy looking forward with me, as I post work I do in the next months as these two make a go of it.
Bob Ocken picked up a camera for the first time in 1985 and thankfully, he hasn’t put in down since. A self-taught freelance photographer, he founded Ocken Photography in 1994 where, with his two siblings, opened offices in Little Rock and Chicago.
Bob is also an avid cyclist and father of four, living in Little Rock, Arkansas. He can often be seen riding a race, then photographing the next one (if, of course, he’s not carrying a camera during his race).
Bob is active in the his community. He volunteers his time and talents with many organizations, specifically CARTI, a cancer treatment center located in Arkansas. About the Photograph
While visiting and camping on scenic Petit Jean Mountain in Central Arkansas, Bob and his family were preparing for a hike towards Cedar Falls when the early morning light caught Bob’s eye. It was falling across the overlook near Mather Lodge, it was so wonderful, as you can see.
“Our challenge as photographers is to create depth in a photo,” Bob says. “In landscape photography, you cannot control anything. You have to be patient and wait for the perfect light. It was by luck, and joy, that I happened upon the perfect light that creates the so many layers in this majestic valley scene.”
On September 29, 2002, Sakiko Mito married Budi Tjoenawan at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. This was eventful from our perspective because they gave us a freedom we hadn’t experienced before. We shot mostly film, with a slight amount of digital mixed in, but we could do anything we wanted and they wanted us to push our boundaries and try very interesting and progressive (at the time) photographs. We used grain and blur to our advantage, we shot cross process and just about anything else you can think of, but mostly, we simply had a great time. The final results are something to be enjoyed by all. #experiencematters #tbt #ockenphotography
How long does it take to create great photographs? We say decades – and here’s way. Have you ever looked at a photo and said, wow, that’s a great pictures, but then just haven’t been able to define why? Well, that’s what takes decades, that ability to make the connections within photos that take a picture beyond just ‘good’, the ability to create a photos that are simply a joy to view. #experiencematters #ockenphoto #tbt
The 2014 seniors are excited about their portraits from Ocken Photography and so are we. Bob have been busy making all the graduates look amazing in there pictures for them so share with their family and friends. Meet Madison, a member of St. Mary’s Academy, we are quite fond of her and her beautiful photographs.
Mary Catherine, helped by her mother and cousins, worked to created a bit of photographic magic at the Wildwood Center for the Performing Arts. It was a wonderfully warm day and waiting for the late afternoon sun made the session all the more mystical. Mary Catherine and her fiance, Dr. Stephen Paulus, were married April 6 in Little Rock, Arkansas. We wish the couple many blessings as they start their new life together in Kansas City.
We started our southern wedding season a bit early this year — thank you! — with a wedding in Chicago and Dallas. Congratulations to Lauren and Rob, who were married at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Their reception was held at the beautiful Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens. The couple lives and works in Dallas, we look forward to working with them throughout the years.