Christine Chang Photography Blog » Recent work, Photo Tips, & Random Rants by Christine Chang.

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  • Christine Chang

    Destination Wedding Photographer. Adventurer. Ninja.

    Lover of brussel sprouts, chubby dogs, and Disneyland.

    My interest in photography began in middle school. I would set up a 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 useless banter.

Wedding Photography Tip: Photographing Guests

A lot of my friends who have gotten married say that their photographer did a great job, but there weren’t enough photos of the guests on their wedding day.  As a photographer, it is important to remember that guests are part of the celebration and a big part of the story.

4 great ways to photograph guests in candid moments:

1.  Guests arriving to the ceremony. –  Having photos of guests arriving to the ceremony adds anticipation when storytelling.

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2.  Photos of guests enjoying the details of the wedding – The bride & groom (let’s be honest, probably just the bride) put in a lot of effort putting together the crafty details of the wedding.  Besides simply taking photos OF the details, take pictures of guest reactions when they see them.  The bride will appreciate this very much and give herself a high five for all her hard work.

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3.  Cocktail Hour – is a great time to photograph all the guests.  Lighting is usually better at cocktail hour than at the reception.  Plus guests will be SUPER happy because it is the moment they get to hit up the bar.  My second shooter takes photos of all the guests during cocktail hour while I am with the bride & groom taking formal portraits.

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4. Guest reactions during formal events – Someone laughing, crying, or presently engaged?  Capture that shit!

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Basically, don’t forget to capture things that the bride & groom don’t get to see on their actual wedding day.  Give them a pleasant surprise when they look through their wedding photos for the very first time.

Bel Air Bay Club Wedding: Jenny + Daniel Patrick

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Bel Air Bay Club.

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P.S.  The above photos are from their “formal” wedding day.  Jenny & Daniel actually got married two years ago.  They decided one day that they wanted to get married so they went to the courthouse the next morning to make it official.  It was SUPER romantic!  I feel lucky that I got to be there for that too.  Photos from their courthouse wedding here.

What Jessica Taught Me

I’ve always been social but I never knew how to make a true friend until my mid-twenties.

Jess is my best friend.

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I truly believe we were destined to meet.  12 years ago, on the first day I arrived at the UCLA dorm, people kept coming up to me and said, “Omg you look like Jessica!.”  I was like, “Who is this Jessica girl?!”

Jessica was always very different from me.  She was sensitive and liked corny things.  I made fun of her because of it.

She always tried to be close to me.  This made me uncomfortable.  I kept her at a familiar distance.  We went through all the motions of being BFFs but there was an unspoken wall.  Things were just how they were.  Shrug.  I didn’t like the deep stuff.

5 years later, my life hit a pivotal changing point.  She said 7 words to me.

I don’t remember exactly what caused her to express this but I’ll never forget it.  She looked at me with her big brown eyes that usually have a “ding!” sparkle, except this time they were clearly upset.  Upset at me.  She said, “You’re being stingy with your love…”

You. Are. Being. Stingy. With. Your. Love.

The words turned on all the gadget doos in my system.  This is why I have all the relationships that I do.  I didn’t know how to truly give and receive love because I didn’t know how to be vulnerable.

It was a pattern I had since I was a kid – something I never fully understood.  I knew I wanted close relationships; I just didn’t have anyone to teach me what it meant to be emotionally intelligent, open up, and co-create something.

When I had “the” talk with Jess she said, “For all these years I wondered why you wouldn’t open up to me, but (playful smile on her face)… I knew I wasn’t going to give up on you.”

This is the biggest lesson I’ve ever learned.  It’s because of Jess that I know how to have the kind of relationships that make life beautiful.  You get what you give.  I never want to be stingy with my love.

Thank you Jess, for saving me.

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  • Jess, the BFF - April 11, 2014 - 9:55 am

    This is so touching. I love you. Thank you for your openness and vulnerability with me. Your committment to growth amazes me. You inspire me everyday. (And way to make a mushy girl cry first thing in the morning!!)

  • Cynthia - April 11, 2014 - 10:52 am

    Wow, you guys DO look alike!

    Wonderful lesson, sounds life-changing :o)

  • Lydia - April 11, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Hmmm…definitely food for thought! Need to start asking what kind of relationships I want with people…Thanks!

  • Maria - April 11, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    I can relate to this. Beyond. Belief. Just so immensely!! This is the most important blog post I’ve ever read. I hope I can someday fully experience the freedom of giving and receiving love!

  • Michelle - April 12, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Just beautiful. I teared up reading it. xo

  • teri - April 12, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    *tearing up*….very…very…sweet. A true friend for telling you how it was and a sweet soul you have for receiving the message.

Girls Trip To Joshua Tree

A recent weekend trip to Joshua Tree with my girlfriends Carla, Meli, and Janet.

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Janet’s new lover.

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Playing photo shoot.

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Meli.

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Carla.

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This golden retriever (named Jessie) is the sweetest dog of all time.  The fam just adopted another pup.  Jessie was a good sport.  “Mama, don’t forget to play with me!”

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HUNGRAAAAAY.

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Fighting in the back seat like siblings.

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Rule #1 for going to the desert – Look cute.

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The boulder was unstable.  I was scared.  Janet had to carry me down.

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Prepping for a timed portrait of the 4 of us.

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Usually we have a remote that can fire the shutter but we forgot it, so our only option was the camera timer which only gives you 2 seconds from the moment you press the shutter.  I was not very good at rushing over in 2 seconds.  Kept tripping on things.

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Carla insisted she could be quicker.  She pressed it and then did a moonwalk back slidey thing to be in the shot.

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Success!

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  • melissa - April 8, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    I love them!

  • Ivy - April 8, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    I love you girls! <3

  • John - April 8, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    Your camera also has a 10 sec delay.

  • Garden gazer - April 21, 2014 - 11:42 am

    You all look stunning! Love the natural setting. Good Luck to you All!

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