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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.

I’ve learned that to live a life you love, you have to be clear about your intentions.  You have to be clear on WHAT YOU WANT.

I always thought I’d be happier in a relationship.

Intentions

My first two relationships both lasted 3 years and while it was fun in the beginning, the remainder of the time felt like being tied to an anchor.  I did things just to make it work, and I wasn’t happy.

That is insane if you think about it.

WHY WOULD I CHOOSE SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T MAKE ME HAPPY?

What I realized was I wasn’t clear on was my intention.  My intention was to be in a relationship.  I met a guy who was nice and thought: being in a relationship equals happiness, right?

[insert long buzzer sound]

What my intention should have been was to be happy and fulfilled.  THAT is living the life I want whether it includes being in a relationship or not.  To be truthful, I feel just (if not more) fulfilled nurturing and spending time with my friends and family.

With anything, listening to your emotions is the best indicator to let you know if you’re on the right track.

Alignment is effortless.  Living in contradiction is exhausting.

Now I’m much more clear on what the purpose of being in a relationship would be for me.  Not to have someone around because I’m lonely, because I think I’m supposed to (c’mon, everyone is doing it!), or just to “make it work,” but because he’s funny, inspiring, supportive, empathetic, and lights up my life.  Anyone who doesn’t do that gets the boot.

It’s a good thing to consider now that the New Year is coming and a lot of us are setting goals with our work and personal lives.

What are your intentions? :)

I took some editorial shots recently for relationship coach Mark Groves.  I am also lucky to call him one of my best friends.  Hands down one of the most solid people I know.

The shoot turned out really well but it also makes me laugh.  I made him look like a bad ass ladie’s man when the real Mark is quite nerdy in real life (in a lovable way).

Check out his site for amazing advice on everything relationships!  He always calls me out on my sh*t and will do the same for you.

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Last night I went out with my girlfriends Carla and Apryl.  We went to dinner and movie.

It was cold outside.  Walking into the dim lit, wood floor restaurant felt cozy.  We sat at a high top communal table by the bar, threw our coats on a hook, and ordered everything that looked good on impulse.  The waiter came by and said, “Can I get you something to drink?.”  We said yes, and we’re ready to order food too!  Cauliflower truffle soup, oysters, corn fritters, meatballs, burrata arugula salad, a burger cooked medium, side of fries, and a glass of Malbec.  We finished everything over chatting about relationships, work, and holiday plans.  We ordered one more side of fries.

Macarons At The Movies

After we went to catch a movie.  A client had graciously given me a box of macarons from Lette (thanks Liz!) so I brought them to the theater.  The three of us took turns taking small bites of each to taste the different flavors, and then agreed who got to finish which.  Hazelnut was my favorite.

I have nights like this all the time which I call “just another night,” because it’s easy to become numb to things you’re used to having all the time.   Savoring a delicious meal with friends, sneaking goodies into a theater, watching a funny movie and laughing out loud…

It was a GOOD NIGHT.

Liz & Tim’s Wedding.

Electra Cruises.

Newport Beach, CA.

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They read their cards to each other back-to-back before turning around to do their first look.

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Happy flower girl loves her Uncle Tim.

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Off they go, back to their hotel and onto their honeymoon!

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  • Tamara - December 12, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    So incredibly sweet. Beautiful photos.

  • Gail Garrett - December 14, 2014 - 10:45 am

    I love the pictures. My daughter looks beautiful! Thank you so much! We will have memories forever, saved by these photographs!

There are 2 types of photographers:

1. The artist kind:  Hired for their art and creative skill.

2. The service kind:  Hired to do what they are told to do.

I’m particular about how I present the story of a wedding while also keeping in mind photos that are important to the client (i.e. photos of all the details, guests, etc.).  The average number of photos I deliver for a full day wedding is 600.  For engagement sessions it’s 50.  I choose and edit the photos.

But what if a client wants more?

One time I had a potential client ask if I could deliver a minimum of 1500 photos from their wedding day.  They said they had spoken to another photographer and he guaranteed them 1500.  If this was the beginning of my career and I really needed the money I would have.  You do what you gotta do to eat!  I was lucky that I was in a position that I could say no, so I politely declined.  If quantity was what they were looking for, there was a different photographer out there who was a better fit for them.

To me, the difference between a good photographer and a great photographer is the ability to creatively cull and tell a story.  Anyone can learn how to technically use a camera, take thousands of photos, and hand them over.  My feeling is – there’s no art in that.  It shows a lack of quality and confidence in your work.

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Most often when I hire people, I hire someone I trust.  For example, when I send something to my graphic designer I say, “Do whatever you think looks best.”  I’ve seen her work and know she is 100 times better at what she does than I am – that’s why I’m hiring her.  I also know that she cares and is anal as f*ck when it comes to doing a good job, similar to how I feel about photography.  She often says, “Forget other people, I am my own most difficult client!”

Everyone is different.  Some people like quantity and prefer to see all the photos the photographer takes.  Some don’t want to sift through thousands of photos and only want the best of the best.  If you are looking for a photographer, find one that delivers something you feel good about.

If you are a new photographer and aren’t sure how many photos you should deliver, think about what kind of photographer you want to be.  The artist kind, the service kind, or as I prefer to be – BOTH. :)  Whichever you decide to be, you will attract the right clients.

  • Cyril Thomas - December 9, 2014 - 11:57 pm

    Hi Christine,

    Wedding Photographs means moments to be captured, we don’t wanna miss any of those hence we click multiple pictures of one moments or a repeated shot…

    I like your concept of story making while clicking pictures. Can you throw some more light on that please…
    Thanks,
    Cyril

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