Jenn Ocken Photographers | About

We love love! It's really as simple as that ... 

Some times is hard to contain my excitement as the business owner of Jenn Ocken Photography, when you meet you will know why! I am humbled by the amount of love, trust, and gratitude our clients give us for our talent and hard work here at JOP. The blessing comes from the joyful fact that your JOP team truly loves what we are doing and have a blast working together. 

As the owner of JOP, I can sincerely say I have an outstanding and committed team. The two lead photographers, Josh and James, have been with JOP since I moved to Baton Rouge in 2007. I have also been blessed by the teachers at the LSU Art & Design department who consistently send me creative, talented students to mentor. These interns have become my office managers, my editors, my assistants, and my lead photographers, as well as my friends (... well more like my family). 

Much like a family we depend on each other’s talent, creative inspiration, critiques, and encouragement to be better and reach our every evolving creative goals, both professional and personal. Together you can find us hanging out at tailgates, parades, exhibits, or at one of the famous Holiday Hump Day Parties. We are in each others weddings; w eat dinner together, we encourage one another, we help fix things, bounce ideas off each other and we laugh ALOT together. We know we can rely on each other, so yeah it's definitely a family here at JOP!

And my favorite part of being apart of this family is the joy we have working together! We truly have a blast CAPTURING the fine art of life, because, together, we love to CELEBRATE the fine art of life! 


The JOP Family

Jenn Jessica • Rebecca • Josh  James • Mariah • Emily • Taylor • Eddie • Little Bob 


Jenn Ocken - Lead Photographer

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"Let yourself be silently drawn to the pull of what you really love" - Rumi

I believe that there is more LOVE in this world than the negativity, pain, and sadness we often see in the news. There is daily evidence of HOPE for us to experience. The joys of family, the good company of friends, and the blessed happenings of our days are all a part of a Divine plan forever unfolding before us. I know I can fill my life with the experience of HOPE and LOVE, whether it is my own or that of those who choose me to document their most celebrated and grateful moments with the people they LOVE.

I seek to find the blessings expressed by the excitement of a loud laugh, the endearing eyes of peace that can hit your soul, those sweet tears of joy welling up inside before they hit the cheeks, the closed eyes of a cherished embrace, the sweet look that says “I am exactly where I want to be always,” and that moment right before the lips touch and you can see God’s light shining through, blessing the kiss. These are all moments that remind me that His amazing plan is forever unfolding.

It is LOVE that I choose to surround myself with daily. This LOVE is the fine art of life. And I can to tell you that I have a blast capturing it. My HOPE is that I have many opportunities to use this LOVE to tell your stories. I enjoy capturing it in my photographs, creating heirloom worthy presentations, so we are reminded that archived within your family’s treasures is this experience of LOVE that demonstrates the Creator’s peace.

I believe LOVE is always available, and it has an amazing story to tell us.

I have been a fine art photographer for 10 years now! I love live music (huge blues fan) and southern art.  I focus on being "in" relationships and tend to gravitate towards those who have a strong value in being kind and enjoying life as a gift.  I have a huge family! I have four awesome older brothers, each of whom is blessed to have married an amazing woman. As a result, I have 14 AWESOME nieces and nephews!! Two of my brothers are also professional photographers, and we have so much fun shooting together!

I love the beach A LOT! My favorite sound is of the waves, and my favorite happening is the change from winter to spring.  Also, I have two amazing pups, Eddie & Little Bob, who go everywhere with me.  I love sweet tea, being out on a boat, and my time with God. I also practice holistic remedies, love a good hour in the sauna, and am a trained emotional holistic healer. My favorite exercise is laughing out loud!

My dream is that, for one day, absolutely no one is a victim of a hate crime, violence, or bullying, so we can experience the purest joy of love, even if it is just for one day. I think it might just catch on, because it would be such a great feeling!


Josh Mott - Lead Photographer
"Our hands and minds, legs and mouths, eyes and ears, arms and feet were all made with purpose, and though you may never find that exact purpose, it is your obligation to yourself and God to search for it, and to search endlessly for a perfection that, though you will never achieve it, you MUST seek. This is faith. This is spirituality."

We all have our different visions of the world around us, and we all have our own means of sharing our views, ideas, and passions with everyone around us. Some folks draw and paint. Others write poems and extensive novels, while others compose music. For me it's photography. When I have a statement to make, when I find what attracts me, when the "decisive moment" occurs and I respond to the environment around me, I turn to my camera. Over the years photography has taught me to slow down and observe what is around me, rather than drifting through my day to day life.

In the words of master photographer Dorothea Lange, " The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” I feel this is one of the biggest gifts photography has given me.

My wife Brittany and I live in Lacombe, LA where we are happily raising our son, Holton, as well as our wide array of pets (currently 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 turtles, with plans to add a group of chickens and a goat in the near future). I have one brother who is ten years younger than me, a plethora of cousins, and a small group of close friends who are more like family.

I tend to come across as quiet and reserved until you get to know me, then I never stop talking (just ask Jenn).  In my free time I like being outdoors, taking long drives (like multi-state roadtrips) and exploring new places, crafting custom furniture, and watching my young son grow every day. Side note: this summer I may or may not experiment with my own homemade Muscadine wine.......

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Josh is awesome to be around. His wit and sense of spirit makes most moments with him full of laughter. His one-liners get me every time. I mean we can be working and he is seriously focused on his subject anticipating and moving into the perfect position for the next ... then in passing, out of the blue he delivers a line that makes you chuckle and he never misses a step and nails the shot! He is one of those people that remind you that life should be fun! 

I enjoy Josh's appreciation for life! You can see it most in his love for his family and it reflects so intimately in his photography.  I respect his ability to balance his time between his family and his career. Josh has been with the JOP team since 2008 and I am so grateful he blesses our clients with his awesome talent and great spirit!

My favorite quote by Josh while working on one of our first shoots together way back when: "Jenn, I am more than just eye candy!" Yes you are, Josh Mott, and you prove that to me every time we work together! THANKS! 


James Peck - Lead Photographer

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"My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport." -Steve McCurry

James Peck is a commercial/portrait photographer based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  James received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University in the Summer of 2008.  Since then he has photographed Weddings, Portraits, Events and Fine Art Images. Still an avid event and portrait photographer James was drawn to the light, lines and details found in Architectural Photography and began focusing his creativity through this field.

More about James via Jenn:

James has been shooting for Jenn Ocken Photography since I moved to Baton Rouge in 2007.  I reached out to Tom Neff, director of the LSU fine art photography department in search of interns and second shooters. James was the first person to give me a call. When we met and I checked out his portfolio I knew he was my second shooter immediately.  I was that impressed by his style and the emotion he captured in his imagesNow years later after his graduation from LSU he has ventured in to cinematography and fortunately has stayed a part of the JOP team.

Not only is he a talented experienced photographer; he is a kind soul and gem to be around. He has been shooting weddings for JOP more since 2008 and understands the value of staying calm and brings peace to the day. Staying in line with the JOP standard of custom service, he is available to chat on the phone or with clients to make them feel comfortable about how the day will be captured and the timeline of events happening throughout the day. He also values the natural flow of the day, capturing reactions and emotions, telling a true documentary story of your celebration. His polite courteous manner allows his subject to feel at ease while in front of his camera. I love sharing James’ talent with JOP clients, as well as, receiving his set of pictures to share with them.


Meet Jenn's two brothers - Bob Ocken and Chris Ocken

So yes Jenn comes from a family of photographers. Out of five siblings three of them are professional photographers and have combined experience of over 30 years in the industry. Her oldest brother Bob started Ocken Photography in Little Rock, AR shortly after he graduated college. He was a free lance photographer following at the time Governor of Arkansas, President Bill Clinton as he plans his run for the White House. Saying OK to shooting a wedding as long as I can tell the story of your day! And that's where the Ocken Photography documenting style of wedding was born. Jenn learned so much from working with Bob at his Little Rock office for the four years of her career. Chris also another free lancer photographer, has also been photographing a well-know politician, Gov. Mike Huckabee for the past 20 years and traveling with him to Israel yearly! Chris is now a photographer in Chicago and also available for weddings and portraits. 

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