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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.

There have been many things I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

I hate using that word – “want.” It implies that something is out of your control, or not attainable.

This year has been the year of checking things off my bucket list. I’m writing this at 4:00am from my hotel in Palau, Micronesia (*cheeeeck!).:)I’ve wanted to come here since my mom told me about it 16 years ago. 16 years ago! Yesterday I took an aerial tour of the islands and today I will be going on my first snorkel/dive tour. Micronesia is home to some of the best diving in the world!

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16 years. Anytime I ask myself why I haven’t done something, the answer is always an excuse. “I don’t have the money right now” (or if I had the money, I figured I should save it for something more practical), “I’ll wait until someone else wants to go so we can go together,” and “I just went to Alaska, I don’t deserve to go on another trip.”

Those were my excuses.

My busy wedding season is about to start (Fall is always the busiest time of year for me). I had a couple weeks off and the financial resources, so I got over my bullshit excuses and booked it. Eeep! I CHOOSE to go to Micronesia!

Anytime I do something like this for myself, life really ZINGS! I think it’s not only important to take care of yourself, but to learn to treat yourself well. It’s like being your own best lover.

What is something you’ve always wanted to do, and why haven’t you pulled the trigger?

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P.S. Follow my travel adventures on Instagram! @cchangphoto

  • Fonzie Shickich - July 26, 2015 - 10:41 am

    Micronesia is so beautiful and timeless all in a world on it’s own. While the rest of the planet relies on what’s the latest news, trends and gossips from CNN to E News Celebrity Gossips, places like Micronesia stands alone still untouched and hidden like emeralds in the skies at night reflecting over the calm pacific sea yet untouched and unknown by any human contact. It is truly a blessing and an honor to be from here, and for a traveling visitor will be forever etched in their minds and hearts, with imaginary sands on their feet at any given moment with just a single thought. To visit anywhere in the world traveling makes one appreciate culture and life in their own content and existence, and makes one feel loved and comfortable at home sweet home no matter where they are from. The journey of traveling is half the fun, meeting so many people from all walks of life is the true experience that will be unforgettable forever and ever. Every single person is the real local celebrity cuz there’ll never be anyone just like he/she forever. To capture that moment with a camera or even kodak memory in our minds is the eye on the prize. Your works you’ve posted here is Barnone. What an amazing lifetime journey that only thousands of us could ever dream, and even a single picture will surely speak to someone and thus saving their life knowing WOW you made my day! I’ve been dreaming about this and you *snap* caught it on film. Thanku! This picture was made for me and i am forever lost in this paradise happy and free. Please keep up your good works and Jah bless you Christine!!!

Inspiration is very important to me. It is what fuels my energy, my life force.

With work I have to love what I do or else I don’t produce great results. With relationships, I look for someone who inspires me 100%. It is a crucial component.

When I realized this, I asked myself 2 questions:

1. WHAT DO I LOOK AND FEEL LIKE WHEN I AM INSPIRED?

When I inspired, I stand up straight and my chin is up. I giggle at just about everything. I read a lot. I write a lot. Ideas are shooting at me from left to right. My photos become more creative. I’m lighter. I’m happy.

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2. WHAT MAKES ME FEEL THIS WAY?

Traveling, new photography projects, being outdoors or in a well-lit uncluttered well designed space, hanging with people who are passionate about what they do, creative people, curious people, emotionally intelligent people, people who want to better themselves, people who take action.

It became clear the things I should be focusing on. Your emotional guidance system is extremely intelligent. It knows what’s up before your brain does. If something feels good, I keep doing more of it. If something feels bad, I stop (or if I have to do it, I find out what’s making it feel bad and change it around).

Inspiration fuels me. What fuels YOU?

I took a quick weekend trip to Sedona with some friends to decompress. We rented a sweet house off Airbnb, chilled in the hot tub, cooked family dinners, and hiked to amazing views.  Next time I hope to have more time in such a magical place.

Thanks to my bestie Fallon for snapping some shots of me! :)

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  • Ropuia hlondo - July 8, 2015 - 1:13 pm

    Wonderful

Elain & Kevin <3

Rancho del Cielo

Malibu, CA

Elain & Kevin (aka Elain) knew exactly what they (she) wanted for their (her) wedding day.  A simple, elegant, and clean style +  blue skies. 😉  It was STORMING days leading up to the wedding (yes, it rains in LA 0.05% of the time), but lo and behold, the storm ended the MORNING of the wedding and we got crisp blue skies!

Photos from their beautiful wedding at Rancho del Cielo in Malibu.

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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.

  • Luis - June 30, 2015 - 9:13 am

    I’d love to participate in the chat..
    warm regards
    Luis Guzman

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