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Ocken Photography

Chicago , IL
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Chicago, IL US 60622 (map)

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312-970-0225

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ABOUT US

Our approach is simple: We document your day. We are there for you, and we do what we can to help your celebration go smoothly—all the while capturing spontaneous, natural moments among... Read more
Our approach is simple: We document your day. We are there for you, and we do what we can to help your celebration go smoothly—all the while capturing spontaneous, natural moments among family and friends as the day unfolds.

We reach beyond photojournalism to tell your wedding story in fine art images, each infused with the unique atmosphere, emotion and personality of your event. We consider it an honor to be part of your most celebrated day, and urge you to simply wrap yourself in the moment—only later will you realize your most beautiful memories have been preserved in photographs. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
We can do most enhanced techniques, but we are mostly a documentary photography firm, we like to create classic, timeless photographs
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
As a working journalist, I can photograph in any lighting conditions. From the very very dark, to the the brightest sunny day.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We photography exclusively in digital format.
How many photographers do you work with?
We have three lead photographers and two associate photographers. You know your photographer the day of our first meeting.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No, we want to the best possible job for you and limit ourselves to only one event per day. And rarely do we shoot more than one wedding per weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We have several backups in place, but it should be known that we have never missed and event.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We bring much more equipment than we need. However, we only bring camera and flashes with us, not a huge setup. Our goal it to photograph the event and not to be noticed.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Always, the worse thing that can happen for us is to not be able to shoot because of broken equipment. We always bring backups.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
We have a set charge for a specific number of hours, then and hourly charge after that.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
We are there for you on your day, so we can extend or come early as you need. There is an hourly charge for anything over the agreed upon amount, but we make sure you understand that before we extend the hours.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Traditionally at weddings the client provides a meal because we don't like to be 'away' from the bride. Which means we usually don't take a break per-say. We do take small sections of downtime, but only when the occasion calls for it.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes, we have been all over the world photographing weddings. Traveling to shoot photographs is one of our favorite things. Remember, it's better to have your photos in town than half way around the world. So take us with you!
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
We generally have the enhanced proofs online for you to view and share around 10 days after your wedding. We really like to beat you back from your honeymoon.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
We put the edited and enhanced proofs online for you, then your get the high resolution files via download in JPG format. The files are large enough for you to print whatever size you wish.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Any product we give the client is theirs to keep forever.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, we offer usage rights. Which gives you the right to print anything you wish for as long as you wish. The only thing you can't to do is profit from the images by selling them to ads or magazines or anything like that.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, we try hard to get our photos listed and published. If you are not comfortable with this, you may easily opt out.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, our basic package includes a copy of the high resolution edited and enhanced files.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Of course, photos online is the best and easiest way to share your memories with family and friends.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We have classic and contemporary albums for you to choose from. Also, we are happy to find new and unusual ways to display your photos if you choose.
When will the client get the final album?
The album process takes about one month. This may seem long, but we want to make sure you have input and like the way the album is going to look before we print it.

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Ren
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Bob Ocken is the only photographer i would use for any event.
Bob Ocken is the only photographer i would use for any event.
Bob Ocken is the only photographer i would use for any event. Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Bob was an amazing photographer. He took amazing pictures..so many that I'm still having trouble deciding which ones to put on my walls. I am not a big fan of the "cheesy" photos, which is one of the reasons I love Bob. He did such a amazing job on engagement and bridal portraits and family photos and pics throughout my wedding night...but what he also manages to catch are the intimate, real moments. He has a knack for taking beautiful photos when you don't realize...and many of these shots are my favorites.
Bob was so easy and fun to work with.....highly recommend using him!!!
Bob was an amazing photographer. He took amazing pictures..so many that I'm still having trouble deciding which ones to Read more...
Bob was an amazing photographer. He took amazing pictures..so many that I'm still having trouble deciding which ones to put on my walls. I am not a big fan of the "cheesy" photos, which is one of the reasons I love Bob. He did such a amazing job on engagement and bridal portraits and family photos and pics throughout my wedding night...but what he also manages to catch are the intimate, real moments. He has a knack for taking beautiful photos when you don't realize...and many of these shots are my favorites.
Bob was so easy and fun to work with.....highly recommend using him!!! Read less
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Janis
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Bob Ocken is absolutely the kind of photographer/artist you want working on your wedding. He will make sure to capture everything that is important to you on your special day. He is extremely professional, knows how engrained he needs to be in the festivities, and our guests enjoyed his presence. He does amazing engagement sessions, as well!
Bob Ocken is absolutely the kind of photographer/artist you want working on your wedding. He will make sure to capture Read more...
Bob Ocken is absolutely the kind of photographer/artist you want working on your wedding. He will make sure to capture everything that is important to you on your special day. He is extremely professional, knows how engrained he needs to be in the festivities, and our guests enjoyed his presence. He does amazing engagement sessions, as well! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
We requested simple straight forward photography to document the day. We weren't into angled shots or pictures of my shoes and the like that are so popular. Bob and his assistant did a great job of listening, getting the pictures we wanted, and taking a few of those other trendy photos that we thought we didn't want. Turns out I am very glad he took those pictures as well, many of them ended up in our wedding album.
We requested simple straight forward photography to document the day. We weren't into angled shots or pictures of my shoes Read more...
We requested simple straight forward photography to document the day. We weren't into angled shots or pictures of my shoes and the like that are so popular. Bob and his assistant did a great job of listening, getting the pictures we wanted, and taking a few of those other trendy photos that we thought we didn't want. Turns out I am very glad he took those pictures as well, many of them ended up in our wedding album. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I am so happy that Chris Ocken was a part of our special day. He is such a great guy and knows how to handle pushy wedding families. He put me at ease with his sense of humor and knowing Chris was behind the camera meant that was one less thing I had to worry about. He worked seamlessly with our coordinator allowing all of our special moments to be captured perfectly. He was perfect!!!
I am so happy that Chris Ocken was a part of our special day. He is such a great guy and knows how to handle pushy wedding Read more...
I am so happy that Chris Ocken was a part of our special day. He is such a great guy and knows how to handle pushy wedding families. He put me at ease with his sense of humor and knowing Chris was behind the camera meant that was one less thing I had to worry about. He worked seamlessly with our coordinator allowing all of our special moments to be captured perfectly. He was perfect!!! Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Bob is an incredibly talented photographer who produced a beautiful set of images, giving us exactly what we wanted and more. He is extremely creative, professional, dependable, and an overall pleasure to be around. As soon as our initial meeting began, I knew Bob was a perfect fit. He was clear and efficient, guided us throughout the entire process, and the end result was better than I could have imagined. Thank you Bob!
Bob is an incredibly talented photographer who produced a beautiful set of images, giving us exactly what we wanted and Read more...
Bob is an incredibly talented photographer who produced a beautiful set of images, giving us exactly what we wanted and more. He is extremely creative, professional, dependable, and an overall pleasure to be around. As soon as our initial meeting began, I knew Bob was a perfect fit. He was clear and efficient, guided us throughout the entire process, and the end result was better than I could have imagined. Thank you Bob! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Chris was very professional. He captured every moment of our wedding day. I am more than happy with the quality of images he delivered. I would recommend his services to anyone who wants an exceptional photographer with a creative eye for their wedding or special event.
Chris was very professional. He captured every moment of our wedding day. I am more than happy with the quality of images Read more...
Chris was very professional. He captured every moment of our wedding day. I am more than happy with the quality of images he delivered. I would recommend his services to anyone who wants an exceptional photographer with a creative eye for their wedding or special event. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Chris is fun, personable, creative, professional and awesome at what he does. He was more knowledgable than our wedding planner at informing us of what to expect and providing direction in regards to the big day and how it would flow. No fake smiles when working with Chris. It was so fun looking at our pictures for the first time. He captured moments that we will remember forever, and was never "in your face". We are very happy with Ocken Photography.
Chris is fun, personable, creative, professional and awesome at what he does. He was more knowledgable than our wedding Read more...
Chris is fun, personable, creative, professional and awesome at what he does. He was more knowledgable than our wedding planner at informing us of what to expect and providing direction in regards to the big day and how it would flow. No fake smiles when working with Chris. It was so fun looking at our pictures for the first time. He captured moments that we will remember forever, and was never "in your face". We are very happy with Ocken Photography. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
12/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Chris and Mona were beyond amazing for our wedding! My whole family and new family loved them! And we will be using them again!!
Chris and Mona were beyond amazing for our wedding! My whole family and new family loved them! And we will be using them Read more...
Chris and Mona were beyond amazing for our wedding! My whole family and new family loved them! And we will be using them again!! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Chris was amazing to work with! He was so fun and energetic and my wedding party and family loved him! I've been in weddings before where the photographer makes you take millions of pictures and we often got bored, however, Chris knew exactly what he was shooting for and once he got it, we were done! Our pictures turned out phenomenal, two months later my husband and I are still looking at them daily! We had a blast and will definitely be recommending Ocken Photography to all of our friends and family.
Chris was amazing to work with! He was so fun and energetic and my wedding party and family loved him! I've been in Read more...
Chris was amazing to work with! He was so fun and energetic and my wedding party and family loved him! I've been in weddings before where the photographer makes you take millions of pictures and we often got bored, however, Chris knew exactly what he was shooting for and once he got it, we were done! Our pictures turned out phenomenal, two months later my husband and I are still looking at them daily! We had a blast and will definitely be recommending Ocken Photography to all of our friends and family. Read less
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Ocken Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank Abby! You are the best... I was in Fort Wayne over new years, and every time we went out to eat I was SURE I was going to see you or someone in your family!
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Cait
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Chris provided so much more than awesome photos at our wedding. His energy and helpfulness and humor added something so special and memorable to our day. He really got to know us and understood our unique view of what we wanted at our wedding. Hopefully if he is not ridiculously famous and expensive in the future, we will have him take awesomely zany family photos for us.
Chris provided so much more than awesome photos at our wedding. His energy and helpfulness and humor added something so Read more...
Chris provided so much more than awesome photos at our wedding. His energy and helpfulness and humor added something so special and memorable to our day. He really got to know us and understood our unique view of what we wanted at our wedding. Hopefully if he is not ridiculously famous and expensive in the future, we will have him take awesomely zany family photos for us. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Working with Chris from Ocken Photography was a true joy. He was with us through our special day every step of the way, even helping coordinate logistics as we moved from location to location to snap the perfect photos. Chris's warm personality and easy-going attitude helped created a relaxed, fun atmosphere the day of our event. My husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with how our photos turned out after the wedding. I loved pouring through them and seeing how he captured each special step of the day. The images are stunning and something we will cherish forever. You will love working with Chris. I highly recommend him for his fantastic personality, professionalism and beautiful work.
Working with Chris from Ocken Photography was a true joy. He was with us through our special day every step of the way, Read more...
Working with Chris from Ocken Photography was a true joy. He was with us through our special day every step of the way, even helping coordinate logistics as we moved from location to location to snap the perfect photos. Chris's warm personality and easy-going attitude helped created a relaxed, fun atmosphere the day of our event. My husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with how our photos turned out after the wedding. I loved pouring through them and seeing how he captured each special step of the day. The images are stunning and something we will cherish forever. You will love working with Chris. I highly recommend him for his fantastic personality, professionalism and beautiful work. Read less
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Joanna
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Out of all the decision made regarding my wedding, the one I feel best about was hiring Chris Ocken. After a very comfortable first meeting, followed by a truly enjoyable engagement session, we felt great about having Chris shoot our wedding day. His assistant, Mona, was also fantastic. I couldn't be happier with the resulting pictures - they capture the day perfectly, from shots of our vows to people getting down on the dance floor. Chris truly cares about telling your story and capturing all the best moments of your wedding, and that shines through in the beautiful photos we have. I would not hesitate to recommend Ocken Photography to anyone - in fact, I already have!
Out of all the decision made regarding my wedding, the one I feel best about was hiring Chris Ocken. After a very Read more...
Out of all the decision made regarding my wedding, the one I feel best about was hiring Chris Ocken. After a very comfortable first meeting, followed by a truly enjoyable engagement session, we felt great about having Chris shoot our wedding day. His assistant, Mona, was also fantastic. I couldn't be happier with the resulting pictures - they capture the day perfectly, from shots of our vows to people getting down on the dance floor. Chris truly cares about telling your story and capturing all the best moments of your wedding, and that shines through in the beautiful photos we have. I would not hesitate to recommend Ocken Photography to anyone - in fact, I already have! Read less
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Ocken Photography responded with the following comments:

Thanks Joanna! I really appreciate the kind words. I cannot WAIT to show you the albums!
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Diane
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
I had an out of state wedding last summer. I was having trouble finding a photographer who could meet all my needs. I needed flexibility, a willingness to travel, and someone who understood that while I preferred a photo journalistic style, my parents really wanted more traditional pictures. How lucky I was to find Chris! He was budget friendly and took the most amazing photos. He managed to make everyone happy by shooting in a variety of styles. He had an equally awesome assistant and between the two of them, not a moment was missed. I keep getting compliments on my wedding photos. He made my husband and I look like we belonged in a magazine.
I had an out of state wedding last summer. I was having trouble finding a photographer who could meet all my needs. I Read more...
I had an out of state wedding last summer. I was having trouble finding a photographer who could meet all my needs. I needed flexibility, a willingness to travel, and someone who understood that while I preferred a photo journalistic style, my parents really wanted more traditional pictures. How lucky I was to find Chris! He was budget friendly and took the most amazing photos. He managed to make everyone happy by shooting in a variety of styles. He had an equally awesome assistant and between the two of them, not a moment was missed. I keep getting compliments on my wedding photos. He made my husband and I look like we belonged in a magazine. Read less
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intimid83
Wedding:
6/30/2007
5.0/5.0
Ocken Photography came highly recommended and did an AMAZING job at our wedding. They were both professional and fun and made the day last forever with wonderful pictures. I would not hesitate to recommend them to a friend or anyone looking for a great photography experience.
Ocken Photography came highly recommended and did an AMAZING job at our wedding. They were both professional and fun and Read more...
Ocken Photography came highly recommended and did an AMAZING job at our wedding. They were both professional and fun and made the day last forever with wonderful pictures. I would not hesitate to recommend them to a friend or anyone looking for a great photography experience. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
7/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Chris is an amazing photographer, extremely down to earth, and lovely to work with. He and Leigh did a wonderful job with our wedding reception.
Chris is an amazing photographer, extremely down to earth, and lovely to work with. He and Leigh did a wonderful job with Read more...
Chris is an amazing photographer, extremely down to earth, and lovely to work with. He and Leigh did a wonderful job with our wedding reception. Read less
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jhoney
Wedding:
5/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Absolutely the best photographer in Chicago!!
Chris really made our day special and everyone loved him. Especially since he had to play along at first and pretend to be our long time friend so not to give up the surprise.
I will refer Chris to everyone I know.
Absolutely the best photographer in Chicago!!
Chris really made our day special and everyone loved him. Especially Read more...
Absolutely the best photographer in Chicago!!
Chris really made our day special and everyone loved him. Especially since he had to play along at first and pretend to be our long time friend so not to give up the surprise.
I will refer Chris to everyone I know. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
I could not be happier with Ocken Photography. Not only were they easy to work with and EXTREMELY responsive, but the photos from my wedding were absolutely gorgeous. Chris captured so many special moments that when I look through the shots from the day, it's like reliving it all over again. I truly could not have asked for a better photographer, and I highly recommend Chris and Ocken Photography!
I could not be happier with Ocken Photography. Not only were they easy to work with and EXTREMELY responsive, but the Read more...
I could not be happier with Ocken Photography. Not only were they easy to work with and EXTREMELY responsive, but the photos from my wedding were absolutely gorgeous. Chris captured so many special moments that when I look through the shots from the day, it's like reliving it all over again. I truly could not have asked for a better photographer, and I highly recommend Chris and Ocken Photography! Read less
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Josh
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
We utilized Ocken Photography's services for our wedding and could not have been more pleased. Chris and team were extremely responsive and flexible to our requests. Most importantly the quality of work and ultimately the wedding album turned out great. We would, and have, recomended Ocken Photography to friends and family. Compared to some horror stories from other friends' weddings we feel very lucky to have been referred to them ourselves. Trish & Josh
We utilized Ocken Photography's services for our wedding and could not have been more pleased. Chris and team were Read more...
We utilized Ocken Photography's services for our wedding and could not have been more pleased. Chris and team were extremely responsive and flexible to our requests. Most importantly the quality of work and ultimately the wedding album turned out great. We would, and have, recomended Ocken Photography to friends and family. Compared to some horror stories from other friends' weddings we feel very lucky to have been referred to them ourselves. Trish & Josh Read less
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Angelina
Wedding:
8/23/2008
5.0/5.0
Ocken Photography were amazing. They are creative, thorough, professional and friendly! All our guests enjoyed having them photograph our wedding and the outcome was a gorgeous montage of the day. I highly recommend them to any couple...espeically if you want quality and creativity!
Ocken Photography were amazing. They are creative, thorough, professional and friendly! All our guests enjoyed having them Read more...
Ocken Photography were amazing. They are creative, thorough, professional and friendly! All our guests enjoyed having them photograph our wedding and the outcome was a gorgeous montage of the day. I highly recommend them to any couple...espeically if you want quality and creativity! Read less
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Rupal
Wedding:
7/5/2008
5.0/5.0
We picked Chris Ocken to photograph our wedding because we personally clicked with him when we met him --and I thought it would be really important to have someone that we would get along well with since we would be spending so much of our day in close proximity to him. Chris is fun, sweet, and fun-loving and it was a pleasure to spend our day chatting with him. Our whole bridal party really enjoyed him. I wanted pictures in front of the Planetarium, and we took cabs there and had them wait for us...unfortunately his cabbie decided NOT to wait--and drove off with half of Chris' equipment! He was unphased! He continued to take amazing photos at our wedding and had his wife bring him his 'backup' equipment. He was an amazing sport and our pictures were exactly the type I was looking for. I would recommend him highly to anyone!
We picked Chris Ocken to photograph our wedding because we personally clicked with him when we met him --and I thought it Read more...
We picked Chris Ocken to photograph our wedding because we personally clicked with him when we met him --and I thought it would be really important to have someone that we would get along well with since we would be spending so much of our day in close proximity to him. Chris is fun, sweet, and fun-loving and it was a pleasure to spend our day chatting with him. Our whole bridal party really enjoyed him. I wanted pictures in front of the Planetarium, and we took cabs there and had them wait for us...unfortunately his cabbie decided NOT to wait--and drove off with half of Chris' equipment! He was unphased! He continued to take amazing photos at our wedding and had his wife bring him his 'backup' equipment. He was an amazing sport and our pictures were exactly the type I was looking for. I would recommend him highly to anyone! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Jenn Ocken at Ocken Photography is an amazing photographer! We have the most beautiful and artsy pictures from our wedding!
Jenn Ocken at Ocken Photography is an amazing photographer! We have the most beautiful and artsy pictures from our Read more...
Jenn Ocken at Ocken Photography is an amazing photographer! We have the most beautiful and artsy pictures from our wedding! Read less
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amontelo
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Chris Ocken and his assistants were amazing!!! Chris did our engagement photos and they were so amazing with the entire Chicago skyline in the background. It was also so FUN to work with him because he has such a great sense of humor and his laugh is contagious! Scott and I felt so relaxed, comfortable, and natural with him. Based on the great engagement photos, we immediately booked Ocken for our wedding. He was so accommodating and flexible. He brought Leigh, an awesome assistant who took many "artsy" pics and Mona, his wonderful intern. We took pics getting ready and all over the city. The results were better than I could have ever imagined and all the pics were ready for us to view and purchase online by the time we came home from our honeymoon. My husband and I enjoyed Ocken so much that Scott actually already said he can wait for us renew our vows so we can work with Chris again! We highly recommend Ocken!
Chris Ocken and his assistants were amazing!!! Chris did our engagement photos and they were so amazing with the entire Read more...
Chris Ocken and his assistants were amazing!!! Chris did our engagement photos and they were so amazing with the entire Chicago skyline in the background. It was also so FUN to work with him because he has such a great sense of humor and his laugh is contagious! Scott and I felt so relaxed, comfortable, and natural with him. Based on the great engagement photos, we immediately booked Ocken for our wedding. He was so accommodating and flexible. He brought Leigh, an awesome assistant who took many "artsy" pics and Mona, his wonderful intern. We took pics getting ready and all over the city. The results were better than I could have ever imagined and all the pics were ready for us to view and purchase online by the time we came home from our honeymoon. My husband and I enjoyed Ocken so much that Scott actually already said he can wait for us renew our vows so we can work with Chris again! We highly recommend Ocken! Read less
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lewasielewski
Wedding:
7/24/2010
4.8/5.0
I feel guilty for not rating the service a 5 because for many reasons, under normal circumstances I wouldn't have been able to have this service. I contacted Ocken with an inquiry about having a bridal portrait taken; through email -- my preferred means of contact because I can always go back and review what "we" have agreed upon -- Ocken was very obliging, and eventually the portrait session turned into a couple of hours of actually photographing the ceremony and doing some city shots for a really affordable price -- one that I believe was normally only a fraction of the typical costs for Ocken's services. I do know that Ocken was on the high end for photography services, but the amount that we had been quoted was what I assumed I would spend for a bridal portrait {based on research}. I do know, too, that Mr. Ocken did have another event that evening, so a late morning/early afternoon wedding that was also short allowed him the opportunity to do two jobs in one day. Unfortunately the morning of our wedding was the day after some of the worst rain in the area in years and much of the city was flooded and difficult to navigate. We arrived downtown 10-15 minutes later than we planned -- lost time for us, which I fully understand! Because of the weather we also ultimately left the city 30 minutes early {because of the limo driver's schedule} and we lost another 30 minutes of photo time -- again, outside of Ocken's control, but frustrating as the bride especially since with the earlier loss, it represented a total loss of about 1/3 of the time we had contracted and paid for. I really wanted to do an hour in the city and an hour at home, and through the course of email that was changed to just downtown -- I agreed, more is the pity. I can only blame myself for not having the shots I really wanted. Mr. Ocken took hundreds of photos but most of them are pretty much variations on the same. The quality of the photos is excellent -- no problems with clarity or brightness. Mr. Ocken was extremely amiable in person. Unfortunately, I just don't have the bridal portrait that I was hoping to have. I guess my best advice is know well what you really want from a photographer and hold that vendor to those expectations.

Endnote: having received a copy of the review, Chris Ocken contacted me in fewer than 24 hours in an email, apologized that I was not completely satisfied, and offered me some additional time in my home to insure that I had exactly the pictures I wanted. A true gentleman who graciously extended his service. With that kind of work ethic, I would highly recommend him.
I feel guilty for not rating the service a 5 because for many reasons, under normal circumstances I wouldn't have been Read more...
I feel guilty for not rating the service a 5 because for many reasons, under normal circumstances I wouldn't have been able to have this service. I contacted Ocken with an inquiry about having a bridal portrait taken; through email -- my preferred means of contact because I can always go back and review what "we" have agreed upon -- Ocken was very obliging, and eventually the portrait session turned into a couple of hours of actually photographing the ceremony and doing some city shots for a really affordable price -- one that I believe was normally only a fraction of the typical costs for Ocken's services. I do know that Ocken was on the high end for photography services, but the amount that we had been quoted was what I assumed I would spend for a bridal portrait {based on research}. I do know, too, that Mr. Ocken did have another event that evening, so a late morning/early afternoon wedding that was also short allowed him the opportunity to do two jobs in one day. Unfortunately the morning of our wedding was the day after some of the worst rain in the area in years and much of the city was flooded and difficult to navigate. We arrived downtown 10-15 minutes later than we planned -- lost time for us, which I fully understand! Because of the weather we also ultimately left the city 30 minutes early {because of the limo driver's schedule} and we lost another 30 minutes of photo time -- again, outside of Ocken's control, but frustrating as the bride especially since with the earlier loss, it represented a total loss of about 1/3 of the time we had contracted and paid for. I really wanted to do an hour in the city and an hour at home, and through the course of email that was changed to just downtown -- I agreed, more is the pity. I can only blame myself for not having the shots I really wanted. Mr. Ocken took hundreds of photos but most of them are pretty much variations on the same. The quality of the photos is excellent -- no problems with clarity or brightness. Mr. Ocken was extremely amiable in person. Unfortunately, I just don't have the bridal portrait that I was hoping to have. I guess my best advice is know well what you really want from a photographer and hold that vendor to those expectations.

Endnote: having received a copy of the review, Chris Ocken contacted me in fewer than 24 hours in an email, apologized that I was not completely satisfied, and offered me some additional time in my home to insure that I had exactly the pictures I wanted. A true gentleman who graciously extended his service. With that kind of work ethic, I would highly recommend him. Read less
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Kargol1
Wedding:
6/12/2010
4.6/5.0
Chris and his photographers were great to be around. Chris is like having my own family with me, he made us feel that comfortable. He was clicking away but not in our face making us pose. Once the pictures were given to us to look back at, I made my husband sit and look through them all. The photos told us the story of our wedding all over again. I lived through it and looking at the photos I was able to watch my wedding day as well. Great experience!
Chris and his photographers were great to be around. Chris is like having my own family with me, he made us feel that Read more...
Chris and his photographers were great to be around. Chris is like having my own family with me, he made us feel that comfortable. He was clicking away but not in our face making us pose. Once the pictures were given to us to look back at, I made my husband sit and look through them all. The photos told us the story of our wedding all over again. I lived through it and looking at the photos I was able to watch my wedding day as well. Great experience! Read less
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lauren
Wedding:
5/29/2010
4.6/5.0
AMAZING. Chris and Jessica were so easy and fun to work with for our wedding! The engagement photo shoot, as well as the wedding photos, surpassed our expectations as well as everyone who has seen them. Everything was beautifully shot with a creative perspective. Our friends and family can't stop raving about the capture of our wedding day. They both have such an easy personality that makes it so un-awkward and comfortable. They're always smiling, joking and laughing, but never loose the professionalism. If there's one photographer to go with in Chigao, I'd choose Chris Ocken every time.
AMAZING. Chris and Jessica were so easy and fun to work with for our wedding! The engagement photo shoot, as well as the Read more...
AMAZING. Chris and Jessica were so easy and fun to work with for our wedding! The engagement photo shoot, as well as the wedding photos, surpassed our expectations as well as everyone who has seen them. Everything was beautifully shot with a creative perspective. Our friends and family can't stop raving about the capture of our wedding day. They both have such an easy personality that makes it so un-awkward and comfortable. They're always smiling, joking and laughing, but never loose the professionalism. If there's one photographer to go with in Chigao, I'd choose Chris Ocken every time. Read less
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gha
Wedding:
1/17/2004
4.6/5.0
We really loved Chris Ocken! He and his 2nd shooter were a great team and made everyone around them feel comfortable. They're just nice, great guys and overall, very talented in what they do. Very respectful, thoughtful and sweet. They captured some lovely moments and provided some artistic shots of our wedding, which were wonderful. On the whole, we were very happy with their artistry.

The only issue we had was the editing. Most of the photos taken raw were dark. I think they only offered 10-15 edited images of the 300-350 images we were given. We also had to pay another $1500 for rights to the images. They were very willing to work with us when we expressed our unhappiness with how dark all our images were. I think for what most photographers provide these days, we didn't get much bang for our buck in retrospect. Overall, I would highly recommend them if they got those kinks ironed out!
We really loved Chris Ocken! He and his 2nd shooter were a great team and made everyone around them feel comfortable. Read more...
We really loved Chris Ocken! He and his 2nd shooter were a great team and made everyone around them feel comfortable. They're just nice, great guys and overall, very talented in what they do. Very respectful, thoughtful and sweet. They captured some lovely moments and provided some artistic shots of our wedding, which were wonderful. On the whole, we were very happy with their artistry.

The only issue we had was the editing. Most of the photos taken raw were dark. I think they only offered 10-15 edited images of the 300-350 images we were given. We also had to pay another $1500 for rights to the images. They were very willing to work with us when we expressed our unhappiness with how dark all our images were. I think for what most photographers provide these days, we didn't get much bang for our buck in retrospect. Overall, I would highly recommend them if they got those kinks ironed out! Read less
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dina
Wedding:
5/28/2006
0.7/5.0
I know that some others have found Ocken to provide decent photography but I had the opposite experience. He seems like a nice guy but is very flaky and didn't take our wedding day seriously. He admitted he was tired but that's no reason we should pay the price for poor photography. Chris Ocken of Ocken photography missed taking pictures of our entire ceremony in what can simply be described as unprofessional negligence. He said he was tired b/c he had worked a previous wedding the night before (imagine saying that to the bride) and then proceeded to miss capturing the entire ceremony -- the rings exchanged, first kiss, etc. to the point where the priest actually stopped the ceremony and asked why he wasn't taking pictures. To think that this is what we remember our priest saying to us during our ceremony. Not only do we not have pictures of our most important moments (the other pix were of the worst quality too -- feet cut off, pictures were dark i.e., inappropriate lighting, among other amateur errors), but he actually became a bad part of the ceremony itself. His wife came in the guise of serving as his "assistant" but I didn't see her do anything and they both sat around leaning against the wall drinking during most of our reception as opposed to taking pictures. Unbelievable. Do not risk hiring him. He may have done good photography for some, but he's definitely selective about when he's "on."
I know that some others have found Ocken to provide decent photography but I had the opposite experience. He seems like a Read more...
I know that some others have found Ocken to provide decent photography but I had the opposite experience. He seems like a nice guy but is very flaky and didn't take our wedding day seriously. He admitted he was tired but that's no reason we should pay the price for poor photography. Chris Ocken of Ocken photography missed taking pictures of our entire ceremony in what can simply be described as unprofessional negligence. He said he was tired b/c he had worked a previous wedding the night before (imagine saying that to the bride) and then proceeded to miss capturing the entire ceremony -- the rings exchanged, first kiss, etc. to the point where the priest actually stopped the ceremony and asked why he wasn't taking pictures. To think that this is what we remember our priest saying to us during our ceremony. Not only do we not have pictures of our most important moments (the other pix were of the worst quality too -- feet cut off, pictures were dark i.e., inappropriate lighting, among other amateur errors), but he actually became a bad part of the ceremony itself. His wife came in the guise of serving as his "assistant" but I didn't see her do anything and they both sat around leaning against the wall drinking during most of our reception as opposed to taking pictures. Unbelievable. Do not risk hiring him. He may have done good photography for some, but he's definitely selective about when he's "on." Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.5/5.0
Most reviews here are glowing, although I had the exact experience with Ocken photography, similar to that that Dina did (another poor review). However, I used Bob Ocken for my wedding photography instead of Chris (reviewed quite often here over the others at the company). Bob was very unprofessional. Bob did not take any photographs at the ceremony that were not blurry, but he did manage to take 362 (yes that many) photos of one of my bridesmaids before the wedding. It was a terrible experience and I was glad to have had a friend attend the wedding who took many professional shots that made up for the lack of service I received from Ocken photography. However, that friend was not getting paid, and while I did not have to pay Ocken photography for additional copies of photos I did not want, I do not feel like it was worth the money to have taken the chance.
Most reviews here are glowing, although I had the exact experience with Ocken photography, similar to that that Dina did Read more...
Most reviews here are glowing, although I had the exact experience with Ocken photography, similar to that that Dina did (another poor review). However, I used Bob Ocken for my wedding photography instead of Chris (reviewed quite often here over the others at the company). Bob was very unprofessional. Bob did not take any photographs at the ceremony that were not blurry, but he did manage to take 362 (yes that many) photos of one of my bridesmaids before the wedding. It was a terrible experience and I was glad to have had a friend attend the wedding who took many professional shots that made up for the lack of service I received from Ocken photography. However, that friend was not getting paid, and while I did not have to pay Ocken photography for additional copies of photos I did not want, I do not feel like it was worth the money to have taken the chance. Read less
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