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  • Christine Chang

    Wedding Photographer. Adventurer. Ninja.

    Lover of brussels sprouts, chubby dogs, and theme parks.

    My interest in photography began in grade school. I would set up my "portrait studio” in the living room by hanging a bed sheet and shining house lamps toward it. Fast forward 20 years and today I am living my dream as a worldwide photographer based in Los Angeles.

    Here you will find some of my recent work along with adventures, personal growth, and other random banter.

The other night I hosted a fireside chat at my home (minus the fire…because I don’t have a fireplace…) with relationship coach Bryan Reeves. The topic was “Love, Sex, & Making Magic In Relationships.”  Course description:

Why are intimate relationships so challenging? Why do our partners seem uniquely designed to trigger our insecurities, emotional pain and fears? How can awareness – or ignorance – of masculine-feminine dynamics completely change your relationship experience (gay or hetero)? Join relationship coach and blogger Bryan Reeves (Good Men Project, Raw Attraction Magazine, Sexy Conscious Awake, etc.) and discover simple yet profound distinctions that can forever change how you experience your intimate attractions. You’ll learn the 3 Essential C’s of a successful long-term relationship; why masculine and feminine energies behave differently in intimacy and how to use the pain that relationships often trigger for your own massive growth and evolution.

The man/woman ratio was almost the same. We listened to Bryan speak and everyone was so into it that it went until 2am!

I’ve always had the notion that men don’t care to talk about feelings, which, in previous relationships, was interpreted as they don’t care about me. “Oh we’re fighting and you want to leave?!.” Quite the opposite actually. Bryan’s talk made it clear how the masculine/feminine dynamics work, and explained what 99% of all our relationship fights are really about. Everyone in the audience felt like saying, “Doh!!!.”  It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.

What I found most fascinating that evening was how EAGER the men were to have a safe space to talk about their feelings. After the workshop concluded, ALL the men (and only the men) continued to crowd around Bryan asking questions and sharing experiences in current and past relationships. I did a little eavesdropping (hehe) and heard things like, “It took me two years…TWO YEARS to get over my ex!” and “Man, we gotta do this is again. When is your next workshop?!”

The WOMEN went to the kitchen to eat, and the MEN wanted to keep on talking…

The men were also the ones who showed up to the workshop with notebooks, which I thought was adorable. It’s so attractive when people have the courage to learn and better themselves.

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Men are often much more sensitive than females, and the other night showed they simply want a safe space to talk about it. I found it fascinating (and heartwarming) to watch.

If you’re interested in this kind of stuff, check out Bryan’s site for more info. I will be hosting another fireside chat (minus the fire of course) with him on July 30th.

I had some time off so thought, “Hm, what should I do?.”  More specifically I asked, “What is something I’ve always wanted to do?.”  The first thing that came to mind was dogsledding.  “Is that ridiculous?” (yes, I often have conversations with myself).

For fun I looked up plane tickets and they were dirt cheap (even for last minute!), so I took it as a sign that I had to go.  “Do it for you,” my gut told me.  I got out my American Express, pushed a few keys, and (eeeeep!) booked it.

Shortly after I was talking to my friend Zach and he said, “What?  You’re going to Alaska without me?  I’ve always wanted to go!.”  I sent him my itinerary and said, “Come if you want!”  Before I knew it I was on a plane to Juneau with one of my favorite people sitting next to me.

Below are some (ok, a lot) of photos from the trip.  Zach is into photography as well, so any photos of me were taken by him.  :)

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The cute town of Juneau.

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When in Rome…  If you are in Juneau, make sure to eat at Tracy’s King Crab Shack!

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The next set of photos are from dogsledding.  I did this portion of the trip alone.  It was really special to me.

Helicopter ride (it was my first time in a heli!) over Mendenhall Glacier.  I felt like a little kid!

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He let me honk the horn.  Did you know helicopters had horns?

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See those tiny specks at the bottom of the photo?  That’s where we landed.  Home to 250+ Siberian huskies!

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This guy says, “It’s go time!.”

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I met back up with Zach and our next stop was Haines, which was one of my favorite places we visited!

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I always wanted to stay in a yurt.

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 I am so thankful Zach came!  He is the perfect balance of pushing me to be more adventurous while at the same time being extremely patient.  Traveling with someone is such an intimate thing.  Things are easy with Zach.  We can be side-by-side quiet for hours.  He, too, has a love for photography.  He loves to drive and I love being the passenger.  Most importantly, we can walk around in our underwear and neither of us could care less.

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The wildlife in Alaska is out of this world.  We saw eagles, bears (just sitting on the side of the road), porcupines, and all sorts of other cool critters!

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Met this couple when pulling over on the side of the road.  They drove up to Alaska from Arizona in their camper.

“Honey, get your beautiful blue eyes over here!  She wants to take a picture of us!.”

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After Haines we hit the road to drive through the summit into Canada.

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You better believe I dipped those fries into the soft serve.

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We stayed at Sky High Wilderness Ranch in Whitehorse.  They offer a bunch of actives including horseback riding, dogsledding (during the winter), and viewing the Aurora Borealis (also during winter).

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Husky puppies galore!  I didn’t want to leave.

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Our quaint little cabin.  No running water or electricity but one of the coziest places I’ve ever stayed!  I love wood burning fires, propane lamps, and putting in the effort to heat your own bath water.  <3

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Driving through the White Pass back into Alaska.  I love these touristy photos.  More specifically, taking pictures of tourists taking touristy photos!

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Irises in bloom in Skagway.

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Putting our cars on the ferry back to Juneau.

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We met this guy in the cafeteria.  Him and his wife are from the small town of Haines.  He said they were in Juneau getting an ultrasound.

“27 weeks.  It’s a boy.”

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We also met Sebastian who is from Germany.  After university he decided to save up and spend a year traveling.  He shipped his van from Germany to Argentina and has been on a MEGA road trip for the last 8 months up to Alaska!

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Zach said, “Can you stand still?  I just want a regular picture.”  Nooooooope!

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At first glance I seriously thought this was a moose, but it was just an old Great Dane crossing the street.

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Whale watching with Captain Nick!  I met Nick on Couchsurfing.com and he was an amazing host while we were in town.  Thanks Nick!

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Humpbacks are solitude creates (unless it’s a mom traveling with her calf), but once in a while they join forces to bubble net feed.  The leader (usually female), will sing at  pitch that will freeze the fish, and then all the whales make a circular “curtain” of bubbles to trap and push them upwards.  The whales follow the fish and breach the surface with open mouths.  Nom nom nom!  Apparently they also all take turns so everyone gets their fair share of food.  Whales are so smart.  They’re my favorite!

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What an incredible journey.  Alaska is one of my favorite places I’ve ever traveled and photographed!  I got to do so many cool things (SO many firsts), but you know what my favorite part about the whole thing was?

I did it for myself.

Vicky + Dan.

San Francisco Engagement Session – Union Square & The Embarcadero.

Hanging out with Vicky & Dan makes me happy.  Things are simple and easy between them.  Can you tell?  :)

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They had to step in something really sticky for me to get this shot.  I said, “I think it’s juice.”  Dan said, “Let’s hope so.”

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I like observing how couples hold hands.  I think it says a lot.

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Pastry break.  We will have MANY of these when we go to Paris for their wedding (YES!  We’re going to Paris!).

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At their hotel where we did an outfit change (and fooled around).

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Uber-ing to the Embarcadero.

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I love doing engagement sessions because I get to discover a couple’s dynamic and the faces they make that are unique to them, and only them.

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Stay tuned for my adventures with Dan & Vicky on their wedding day!  Paris in the Fall?  I die!!

My last workshop on Branding + Marketing happened to be all women, and there is just something different about that dynamic in a business environment.  I love it.

Thank you to to these contributors for helping make the day awesome:

Diana Reed and Alicia Cho for assisting (they took all the lovely photos in this post).

Diviana Alchemy for the amazing Raw Rainbow Cookies.

April Kawaoka for the custom necklaces.

The Camera Scarf for the fun Giveaway!

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I have loved goodie bags since attending parties in grade school. It’s fun receiving them, but what I really love is giving them!

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Before the workshop we sent out an email asking each attendee for a nickname/alter ego.  Then we had them stamped onto these custom necklaces by April Kawaoka!

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The other gift?  “YOU GET A SELFIE STICK!  YOU GET A SELFIE STICK!  EVEEEERYOOOONE GETS A SELFIE STIIIIICK!!!”

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Apparently they take a lot of concentration to figure out how to use.

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Thanks to these amazing women for coming to my workshop and inspiring me!  The next one will be announced in June!

  • Sj - June 8, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    It would be so awesome if you have on in July in Cali… I’d so love to meet you and attend your workshop :’D

  • sony verma - June 10, 2015 - 3:25 am

    Oh Christine, you are my favourite…you are everything i want to be! Wish i could attend your workshops.

I was at an art and musical festival over the weekend and attended a workshop on masculine versus feminine energy.  The speaker Bryan Reeves asked us to pair up with someone of the opposite sex.  I looked over and made eye contact with the guy closest to me.

He was in his 40’s. Techy.  Wore a fleece pullover.  Bald.  Someone I wouldn’t ever think to stop and connect with.

During the exercise, we were to face one another and lock eyes.  The men were asked to breath and stay present no matter what the female did.  This goes with the idea that men tend to run from intimacy or anything that might spark emotional discomfort.

I didn’t do anything except look at him.

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His eyes seemed pretty glazed over at first, like he was just following instruction to stay grounded and not move.  I realized he was doing this because of my energy.  I was giving him a “don’t fuck with me” energy, one I often carry in my day-to-day life.

A minute or so in he gave me a smirk.

I SEE YOU.

I couldn’t help but raise my eyebrows.

Then his eyes softened, pupils dilated.

WHAT. DO. YOU. NEED?  I. AM. HERE.

My eyes started blinking and all I could think was, “Oh no…”

We were supposed to keep our eyes locked but my head collapsed down as the tears poured out.  I blinked a few times to compose myself, took a deep breath, and looked back up.  His eyes were still locked on me, but teary as well.

We never spoke but I heard him loud and clear.

I GOT YOU.

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