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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.

It depends on the person and the dress, but overall I am a big fan of wearing a veil on your wedding day.  When else do you get the opportunity to wear tulle on your head?

Veils are a fun accessory and look fabulous in photos.

  • Mindie Kniss - July 13, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    good question! it’s sometimes not what you’d expect either… I tried some on with my dress and everyone (including my mother which was a huge shock) agreed I should go without one. not at all what I was anticipating! =)

I was talking to a girlfriend yesterday about people who inspire me, and suddenly it dawned on me – Why don’t I reach out to these people?!

I love “Aha” moments.

I made a list of 10 entrepreneurs/visionaries/everyday people (we’re all everyday people, yeah?) who inspire me a great deal.  My goal is to:

BY THE END OF AUGUST, REACH OUT TO EVERY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE, MEET UP WITH THEM, GIVE THEM A HUG, AND SAY THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING ME TO THEIR FACE!!!

I understand that it can sound mildly creepy to be so forward about meeting people, some who I don’t know at all, but I promise I’m not a stalker.  Haha.  Only a person with gratitude, goals, and visions. :)

In no particular order (minus putting my parents first), these people are:

1. My mom and dad – This is a no brainer.  They came to this country not speaking English, worked their asses off, and built a very successful biotech company.

2. Tim Ferriss – Author of The 4-Hour Workweek. He probably has the biggest brain on this planet.

3. Johnny Earle – Quirky owner of Johnny Cupcakes clothing brand.  He’s the modern day Willy Wonka.

4. Michelle Phan – Created a wildly successful business by doing something simple – teaching girls how to do make-up via YouTube.

5. Kyle Cease – A hilarious guy with a positive message.  Lots of them, actually.  www.kylecease.com

6. Eckhart Tolle – The man, the legend.  www.eckharttolle.com

7. James Altucher – I seriously can’t get enough of his blog posts.

8. Joe Buissink – After decades of photographing weddings, this guy has not lost an ounce of enthusiasm.  www.joebuissink.com

9. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Founder of HitRECord, a true visionary bringing artists together!

10. Kevin & Leslie Alejandro – The most amazing couple!  Whenever I think of LOVE, I think of them.

*Deep breath.

That’s it.  There is more I’d like to say about each of these people but I’ll keep it short for now.

I know how to get in contact with some of these individuals (like mom and dad), but for others it will be a lot more challenging.  I’m not even sure where some of these people are located at the moment but I WILL do everything I can to make this work!  I will also keep everyone updated on my progress.

Hmm.  Wish me luck! :)

You can tell a lot about a person by looking at how they take care of their things!

Two of my favorite products to protect my camera equipment:

1. UV lens filter: Nowadays, UV filters are most commonly used as protection against lens damage. In the event that a camera is dropped, it is much cheaper to replace the UV filter than an expensive lens.  You can purchase them at your local camera store or on Amazon.  Be sure to get the right size for your lens!  I have the Hoya 77mm Pro 1 Ultraviolet (UV) Filter.

2. DeluxGear Lens Guard: This is a cushion that is placed on the end of your lens to protect it.  I got mine at a trade show.  You can see where they distribute them on their website.

I am thankful to have yoga as part my life.  It’s mind-blowing how powerful it is!

It keeps me strong and healthy, but not just in the physical sense.  In fact, the physical benefit is only a side effect of what it really does.

Thanks dad, for taking this picture!  It was taken during our trip to Bali:)

Yoga calms the mind and makes you a more conscious person.  When I regularly practice it, my mind is more quiet, I eat better, I sleep better, I work better, and life is a heck of a lot easier.  “Flexible body, flexible mind” is what they say.  I have found that to be 100% true!

For those who don’t have much interest in it, the reason is usually, “yoga is boring.”

That’s what makes it so hard.  It’s easier to do resistance training, acquire explosive cardiovascular strength, or build muscles at the gym, but the majority of people can’t quiet their brain for an hour or refrain from resisting while getting stretched.  I still have a hard time with it and sometimes feel compelled to drop f-bombs in class.

It’s hard, but that is where you develop true strength (both mentally and physically).  It will change your life.  If you can do an uncomfortable pretzel pose, not resist, and breathe calmly through it, you have just mastered so many other areas of your life.  It’s amazing.

This is one of my favorite videos.  See Arthur’s amazing story about how yoga changed his life!

Special thanks to Gigi at YogaWorks for being an awesome instructor! :)

  • eliesa - July 7, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    Wow! I looooove this! I’m a huge yogi, but a little blog post like this and the video sure hit home! Absolutely inspiring! Thanks for writing about this!

    LOVEe

  • Mathieu - July 7, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    yup yup yup. yoga is the beeeeeeez kneeeeeees

  • […] far as exercise, I do Vinyasa yoga at least two times per week (one of the best forms of exercise in my opinion – both mentally […]

There is just something different when it’s all girls. :)

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