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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.

My grandparents fled to Vietnam when Japan invaded Guang Zhou, China during World War II.

My grandpa went first to get things settled.  He hopped on a boat from Hong Kong to Saigon to start their new life, and told my grandma to come meet him in a month.

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One month later my grandma got on a boat to leave China with their first child (my dad’s oldest brother).  When she arrived at Saigon Harbor, baby in hand, she looked around.  Her husband was nowhere in sight.

1939.  Scared.  Alone.  In a new country.  With baby.  And he didn’t show up.

My dad told me she held onto that until the day she died.  It turns out my grandpa was busy working, so he sent a stranger to pick her up from the dock.

My gramps wasn’t a bad guy.  He had a crazy work ethic, and I can’t imagine what it was like having to flee from your country in 1939 to simply SURVIVE.  But still, I cry when I tell that story.

When we were young my dad would come back from business trips.  My sister and I would be waiting in the airport terminal with my mom.  Sometimes we’d make silly signs that had his name on it, like the ones the drivers held up.  He’d come out of the gate and always be happy to see us.

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When I started driving (and after all the 9/11 airport security came into place), we’d start doing curbside pick ups instead. Sometimes I’d be late and my dad would get upset.  As a teenager I didn’t understand why it was such a big deal (“I’m just a little late, dad!”), but I get it now.

There’s nothing like arriving somewhere (anywhere!), and having someone standing there happy to see you.

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The greatest gift you can give someone, especially this day in age, is your time and presence.

I’m at LAX International Arrivals, not curbside, but inside the terminal, getting ready to pick up someone special.  I know this was a particularly hard trip for him.  As I watch people come out through immigration after a long flight, pushing carts stacked with suitcases, I can’t WAIT to see him walk through the doors and welcome him HOME.

For my birthday this year I went to visit an animal sanctuary in the Los Angeles valley called Animal Tracks.  It is home to some of the coolest exotic animals, and the best part is you get to pet and interact with them!

Unfortunately some of these animals have had a rough past, like Luke here, who was rescued from the Playboy mansion (Hugh has lots of exotic animals in his backyard).  Luke was bullied by the other monkeys in his cage.  It’s hard to see in this photo but the others bit off all the fingers on this right hand and what remains are little nubs.:(  Animals Tracks took him in and are now working to re-socializing him.

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I found Prince Charming!

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The wolves were very snuggly.

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We were allowed to touch and interact with most of the animals except Rosie the tarantula.  She was too delicate.  😛

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The sanctuary is also home to retired Hollywood dogs like Tanner who played Marley in Marley & Me!

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Besides my family, I’m lucky enough to have 5 besties who show up anytime, any day for me.  Fallon, Jessica, Carla, Apryl, & Mark (two are missing from this pic. Group photos can be a pain). It could be a fun activity like visiting an animal sanctuary, or picking up the phone at 2:00am because I’m having a breakdown.  Whatever it is, they ALWAYS show up, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

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P.S. I’m 33 now and the year has already been off to an amazing start.  The biggest life lesson I’ve learned up until now?  It’s amazing how effortless it is to feel at peace with everything in my life.

  • teri souz' - May 9, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Happy birthday, Christine! Hope your birthday was as wonderful and sweet as you! <3

Nicky & Justin having the CUTEST family of pitbulls.  When it came time for their engagement photos I asked if we could PLEASE incorporate the dogs into the pictures!

Kaden, Karma, & Kasha are the biggest snuggle balls and I had so much fun playing with them. Nicky & Justin are ok, too.

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Anyone who sleeps with their pets can empathize…

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When I was a kid we’d watch The Chipmunks and you know which one was my favorite?  Theodore.  Since then “the chubby one” has always my favorite, like Karma here. :)

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If any of my photos sum up Nicky & Justin in a nutshell, it would be this one.

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Flying sausage.

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If you are thinking about incorporating your dog into engagement or family photos, I HIGHLY recommend it.  They make everything more fun. :)

  • Krystal - May 4, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    God I love those two!!! And their pups… eeeeee! I miss all of them… especially Nicky!!! Shhhh don’t tell Justin!!! Are you photographing the wedding too???

One of the reasons I love living in LA is because of the style.  I feel like people here have a lot of individual, creative style.  It feels like being in the movie Zoolander (I even had a moment with Billy Zane that night – true story!).

Rosario Dawson and her business partner Abrima Erwiah launched their new fashion line Studio One Eighty Nine last week.  The festivities began at Opening Ceremony in West Hollywood and moved to a intimate rooftop dinner atop Petit Ermitage.  A few photos below.  So happy to be involved in such an incredible project!

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Impromptu acoustic set by Seal!

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