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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 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 awesome banter.

A few shots from my last branding workshop in LA.  Thanks for the photos Michel Pinto!

I will be holding this workshop in NYC this fall.  Details to come!

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Future workshops will not be dog friendly, mainly because THIS (my) dog was not being friendly!  She let it be known she was queen of the castle.  Sausage stays home next time.

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Me with some of the girls.  Our “corporate” pose.

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  • Nadeena - July 22, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    can’t wait for you workshop in NYC. but question..is it only for wedding photographers? I do portraits…I’m hoping it applies.

  • Christine C. - July 24, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Hi Nadeena! Not at all. I realized after hosting this workshop several times that it actually applies to all creative individuals with their own business. I’ve had jewelry and clothing designers attend. Branding + Marketing is constant work for all of us. Looking forward to planning NYC in the fall (after these crazy wedding months are over). :)

After college I decided to move to NYC.  I remember descending into the city looking down at the twinkling lights.  It was like the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland but better.  This was real.

Something powerful happens when you realize you get to make choices.

You get to be responsible for YOU.  You can eat whatever you want (pancakes for dinner? don’t mind if I do!), live wherever you want (hello NYC), and do whatever the heck makes you happy (I am going to be a photographer – YES!).

I was staring at my dog yesterday and she reminded me how awesome it is to have these choices.  I adopted her 7 years ago.  I was going through a transition and thought to myself - I could get a dog.  Whoa, wait a minute.  I COULD GET A DOG.  We were allowed to have every other kind of animal growing up including rats (they were named Freckles & Minnie), but not dogs.  My mom thought they were too high maintenance.

I get to have a dog and she’s all . . . mine.  Being an adult is cool.

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  • Sarah O Scoma - July 22, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Love this

I originally met Cordell & Tamara in Italy while photographing Jess & Jan’s wedding, but shortly after I learned that they are also BFFs with my friend Mike!  I love those “It’s a small world” moments.

Long story short, that’s how I made it to this wedding as a guest.  Since I wasn’t working (party time!) I decided to go analog and practice shooting film.

It’s kind of nerve racking not having digital.  I nearly had a whack attack at the airport when I forgot to take the film rolls out of my bag before they went through the X-ray machine.  Eep.

What I learned:

1.  I suck at manual focus.

2.  I’m much more artistic when I shoot film.

3.  I like themed parties way too much.

4.  Richard Photo Lab is awesome.

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The theme of the wedding was “Animal Elegant.”  Guests were given permission to freely interpret, as long as what they wore fit somewhere within “Animal” and “Elegant.”

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Thanks to Jessie for snapping this pic of me!  I had so much flippin’ fun.  More pics from the weekend to come!kakaw

JUST DIVE IN AND DO IT.

It’s a good quality, except when it’s not.  If you want long term success, you must build a solid foundation.

At the start of my photography career, I could have prepared myself better by assisting for other photographers.  I never did that – I just dove in.  Making mistakes helped me learn VERY quickly, but these mistakes affected other people.  Some of them could have been avoided.

If you want to start a business, I recommend taking the time to build skill and reputation.  In this digital age we want immediate results.  My mother reminds me that I am still building my reputation.  I watched my parents build two biotech companies that each took 10 solid years to establish.  After 7 years of being a photographer I continue to work on my skill, promote myself, and grow.  Each wedding, each lead, each celebrity that I photograph will gradually move me forward.  I may not be an overnight sensation like Justin Bieber but I feel great about what I have to offer.  The end result is confidence and long term success.

I know I have built something good.

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P.S. My next photography workshop on Branding + Marketing is on July 20th.  To reserve your seat:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christine-chang-photography-branding-workshop-tickets-12229644195

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