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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.

Joy + Billy.  <3

Rengstorff House, Mountain View.

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The wedding details sum up Joy & Billy’s outlook on life:  Simple + Fun + Delicious.

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I’m a fan of any party that entails a boba station.

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Billy and his friends have a special bond.  I’m jealous.

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Teeny dress malfunction.  Mom was there to save the day with needle and thread!

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Seesters.  They’re all getting married this year!  Mom and pops are happy.

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First look.

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Billy was on a strict diet for the wedding.  The first thing I said when I saw him was, “You look great Billy!  Did you lose weight?.”  He replied, “Do you know how long I haven’t had something white to eat?  I’m going to town on the buffet tonight.”

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Congrats Joy & Billy!

Someone asked me recently what they should talk about during their wedding speech.

Through the weddings I have photographed I’ve heard hundreds of speeches and there is indeed a formula that works well.  I base these tips on bride & groom + crowd response.

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1.  Keep it short.  Recommended speech time is 3-5 minutes tops.  No one wants to sit there and listen to what seems like a history lecture.  People want to eat, drink, and party.

2.  It’s not about you.  You are up there giving a speech but this day is about the bride and groom.  Don’t talk too much about yourself.

3.  If you have notes, hand write them.  There is something that feels very sincere when it is handwritten.  Phones and ipads are chunky and not flattering.

4.  Keep everything you say relevant to acknowledging whoever you are acknowledging.  If you tell a story, it should tie into the purpose of your speech.  When grading our papers, my English professor in college would always write the words, “So what?” after a sentence if we didn’t somehow tie it back around to making a point.  “I met Sally for the first time coming out of econ class at UCLA.  She was wearing a purple floral jumper.”  What’s the point of you sharing this piece of information?  Don’t forget the “so what.”

5.  Be authentic.  YOU CANNOT GO WRONG IF YOU ARE AUTHENTIC WHEN YOU SPEAK.  You may be nervous, you may be stuttering, you may have ugly crying face, but people can tell when you mean what you say.  People respond to that.  Being authentic and having an unpolished speech is 100 times better than a polished speech that lacks soul and authenticity.  Your goal is not to be funny or perfect.  It is to acknowledge a person and the impact they have had on your life.

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I truly think one of the saddest things is not being able to feel like you can be yourself.  I lived like that for a long time and slowly died on the inside.  That is why I always surround myself with people who accept me just as I am and love every one of my quirks.

My favorite part about going to Burning Man is that it provides an environment where you don’t have to THINK before you do something.  I don’t have to think about what I wear and if I look appropriate.  I can change in public and no one can care less.  I can hug a stranger and 10 out of 10 times they will smile and lovingly hug back.  Judgements are dropped and you feel how NATURAL it feels to be a kid again.  It is literally an adult playground.

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This year I really learned to let go of expectations and have fun.  I can’t fully explain it but I feel abundant and lighter.  Like all possibilities are right at my fingertips.  Right there – I can feel it!

I’m on the road for another week traveling back to SF and then Kauai for a couple shoots.  Grateful for all these adventures!

I’m in the Bay Area spending time with fam.  How comforting it feels to wind down at home after the crazy wedding season.  I can play with my nephew and do other fun suburban things, like go to Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Full disclosure:  I will be in sweatpants the next 4 days.

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