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  • Christine Chang

    Wedding Photographer. Adventurer. Ninja.

    Lover of brussel 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 awesome banter.

Eight years ago I was walking the streets of NYC and passed by a guy’s table.  On them were crappily hand painted wooden boxes.  Winter was approaching.  I remembered it being cold.

I forgot how our conversation got to this point but he looked at me and said, “I’m an artist, just like you.”

My initial reaction to the man’s comment was, “What?  I’m no artist.”

At that point in my life I wasn’t sure what the heck I was.  I got my Bachelors in International Development because it was important to my parents that I had some sort of degree.  I moved to NYC after college and was waiting tables at a restaurant while interning at a fashion agency.  I didn’t know what I was and just wanted someone to tell me.

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As the man stood next to his table it hit me - you can be whoever the hell you want.  You don’t need other people’s approval to be something, and anything anyone says to you is true only if you decide it true for yourself.  Up until that point I NEVER thought it was possible for me to be an artist.  I hadn’t given myself that option because I believed I had to do something more practical.

This guy was selling his boxes and to be honest, they looked like they were painted by a 4-year old.  But he was happy and confident.  He had decided for himself that he was an artist - a darn good one.

That was 8 years ago.

Today I proudly look at my work and say, “Yup, I am an artist.”

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  • Nadeena - August 20, 2014 - 8:51 am

    yay! I needed this today. Thank you.

When I was a kid my dad would bring me to the lab (he’s an organic chemist) late at night.  I would draw on the whiteboard for a while and eventually push the conference room chairs together so I could lay on them and sleep.

The office was always empty at that hour . . . All lights off except the little corner where my dad was working.

Me: “Why are we here this late?”

Dad: “Daddy has to work.”

Me: “No one else is working.”

Dad: “No one in the company cares as much as I do.”

25 years later, I find myself in my shared office space working nights til 3:00am.  It’s quiet . . . not a soul in site.  Lights off except my little corner.  Inn-N-Out as fuel.

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I get it now.

This is what happens when you love what you do.

  • SJ - August 13, 2014 - 11:42 am

    That’s true! Sometimes I’m caught at the studio I work for late at night… Since there’s been break ins where I live, my bosses installed cameras around and when they leave me, they lock the gates behind them to keep me safe… I’m usually last to leave since I’m finishing up wedding photos/wedding books. But I’m never exhausted.. I’m always eager to work.

I was coming home from an event one night and they gave us a bunch of fresh flowers to take home.  I decided to leave some of the flowers on my neighbor’s doorstep as a surprise.

Later that evening I heard their front door open and close.  Oooo, they must have seen the flowers!  I opened my door to peek out.  The flowers had been kicked aside.  The next day I told them I put the flowers at their doorstep.  They said, “Hahaha. OMG, we thought there was some creepy stalker in the building!”

It’s funny, we live in a world where being cynical is normal.  Often times when you do something nice for someone they think you’re up to something or hitting on them.

“Canadian guys are soooooo nice.”

This was a conversation I had with someone the other day.  They do have a reputation of being nice, but aren’t people supposed to be nice?

What ever happened to being NICE?

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  • Ka - August 11, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    How ungrateful of your neighbors? LOL JK

    I think that had you left a short note to them stating it was from you, the incident would have turned out much appreciated.

    I am a total cynic, though nice in a round about kind of way. I’m always looking out for my safety first.

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