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

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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.

I like you Carla Choy.

I like you because you are always at the right place at the right time.

I like you because you encourage me to pull to the side of the road when there is something peeeerty to photograph.

I like you because you like adventure.

I like you because you like to dance with me in my kitchen.

I like you because you love food, and you take excellent pictures of your food.

I like you because whenever we are indecisive about what to order, you order one thing and I order another, and then we share.

The jelly to my pb, the truffle to my mac and cheese . . .

I like you Carla Choy.

(For those who don’t know, Carla shoots most of my weddings with me):)

  • Carla - July 23, 2012 - 11:17 am

    I like you too, Christine Chang!

  • teri - July 23, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    I like you both! *hug*

  • Ekta Rengwal - July 23, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    I really love ur work…its really amazing how u capture moments in ur own style….just love ur style..

    I was searching for some inspiration for my project related to “mood swings of a girl”
    and this is really helpful……a girl like Carla Choy. can surely bring joy and comfort to any ones’s life……great writting…..
    thanks for the post…

Amy & James are fun. Their kids are fun too.  I fell in love with them earlier this year when I took their engagement pictures!

Here are some pictures from their wedding at Firestone Winery in Santa Barbara!

Getting ready with her daughter Maddie.

James & his son Griffin.

The Ceremony.

Maddie walked mom down the aisle.  <3

Live Facebook updates . . . very important.

Amy is hilarious.  I could barely get this beer out of her hand for portraits.

Clearly this was the boys’ idea.  Haha.

Dinner in the barrel room, Hogwart’s style.

I love B&W shots like these.  They feel timeless.  I can imagine a future Amy showing her grandchildren these pictures.

  • Karolina - July 19, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    Your blog makes me wanna be a photographer really bad! Weddings are always fun and full of emotions, and being part of their laughs and magical moments should really feel awesome! Great work! Best of luck!

  • Paula Wiwuga - mother of the bride - July 19, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    Beautiful pictures – thanks for your artistry!

  • Amy Kazanegras - November 6, 2012 - 12:12 am

    Thanks for capturing my wedding exactly how I wanted remember it!!!! To say you are amazing is an understatement.
    -Amy Kazanegras

Do you worry about what other people think about your hair?  The car you drive?  Whether your joke was funny?  Humans constantly search for approval and if we don’t have it, we think we are nobody.  There is a saying that humans can go longer without food and water than approval (aka attention from others).

Letting go of what other people think in recent years has given me a personal freedom that is immeasurable.  I seriously feel like I have superhero powers!

Btw, if I were a superhero, I would be Kung-Fu Panda.

Before I elaborate, let’s be real.  I still care to some degree what other people think.  We all do.  If not, I would be running around the street naked.

Whether you want people to like you or hate you, everything you do is based on what others will think and who you are in this world.

I used to care A LOT what other people thought of me.  I let it define who I was.

It was to the point where if someone tried to sell me something I would feel bad and purchase it, even if I had no need for it.  Or I would lie and say, “I’ll think about it,” without any intention of ever going back.  I would say yes to going on dates or make stupid excuses because I felt bad turning people down.  I lost confidence if someone made fun of the way I did something.  If someone didn’t like my photography, I thought I sucked.  Caring what other people think seriously ruled my life.

Then it hit me.  Whether it is positive or negative, is there any truth to what other people think?  If someone says, “You’re ugly,” is that true?  All it is is a thought coming from a person’s brain based on their own story.  Something meaningless.  The only thing that makes it true is if I agree with it.  Same goes if it’s a positive statement.  If someone says, “You’re beautiful,” that is also meaningless.  You can appreciate the compliment but it doesn’t define who you are.  Everyone has his or her own view.  The only person’s I really care about is my own.

Now, when people ask me something, I am able to give direct answers, so much that sometimes people are shocked at the answer.  People are so used to excuses that when they hear honest directness, it sounds weird.  I’m sitting next to one of my best friends right now and she said, “Hey, do you want to join this book club?.”  I said, “No, I can’t commit to it right now.”  Then I caught myself and said, “Actually I meant, I don’t want to commit to it right now.”  Because the truth is – if it was something I really wanted, I would make time for it.  But it’s not.  So the answer is no, I don’t want to.  Of course she knows me well and is never offended.  But sometimes people do get offended and you know what?  I think it’s funny.

Another thing I have done is eliminate the word “try” from my vocabulary.  When someone says, “I’ll try to make it,” they are lying.  They feel bad for saying no.  Your friend is having a party.  Will you be going?  The answer is a simple yes or no.  Commit to it.

If you are being authentic, not everyone is going to like you and that’s ok.  It’s actually the best thing in this world because not only do you get to be YOU, but you make room for the amazing people who do love you…for YOU.

  • Jenny - July 18, 2012 - 11:40 am

    I know you don’t care what I think, but this is an awesome post!! ;) LOVE it, and it’s so true.

    I totally still struggle with this one sometimes: “if someone tried to sell me something, I would feel bad and purchase it, even if I had zero need for it.” But I think I’ve gotten better at saying “no”!

  • Krystal - July 18, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    CC, I want to be like you when I grow up ! You speak the truth and I love it , so refreshing and I really think I need to stop caring so much and focus on myself and what I want and need . Letting other people have so much influence in your life and decissions is a dangerous path to be on and for me it is time to blaze a new trail . Thank for posting this, I needed this today and you just lit the fire under my lazy ass! Thank you for being so open and sharing yourself , you make the world a little bit brighter with your beautiful light and energy !

  • Laura - July 18, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    This is a awesome post! Needed this today! Your awesome CC!

  • Lydia - July 18, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Amen! It’s so awesome and inspiring to just put up this post like that.

    I’ve been working towards that but I’m still learning that not only is it okay to just be myself but that it’s GREAT to be able to just…be.

    Slowly but surely, I’m getting there…! :D

    Thanks for being so inspiring and honest!

  • Amy - July 18, 2012 - 10:21 pm

    Way to put yourself out there. This is a great lesson that I work on all the time, thanks for putting into words!

Putting Vaseline on your lens filter is an old photography technique to create a soft, vintage look.  Watch the video to see how to use this technique!

 Standard photo without Vaseline:

 With Vaseline:

  • May - August 26, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    Love the very simple technique!

    Oh, as I was looking for your technique to add to my essay – I’ve credited you on the tip and the two photos above: I hope that’s ok!

    I admire what you do! (:

  • warly cunanan - September 23, 2012 - 6:27 am

    very well said.. its nice..thanks

  • Jim - October 3, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! Thanks Christine :-)

  • Glenda - September 3, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Nice but how do you get it off without gunking your camera up? Is this worth the risk of getting in parts it shouldn’t be?

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.  -Albert Einstein

When I was a kid I loved to poke my finger into cake frosting and eat it.  One evening (think I was around 4 years old), I was in the kitchen and saw on the counter some green frosting.  Big ‘ol scoop with my finger and into my mouth it went.

Turns out it was wasabi.

The aftermath involved crying, choking, burning pain, and my mom lifting me over the sink to vomit.  Good times.

One of the best ways to learn, grow, and be SUCCESSFUL, is to fail.  To experience mistakes.  I love the mistakes I’ve made because they have brought me to where I am today.

With photography, I have made business mistakes and technical mistakes.  I’ve had unhappy clients.  When that happens, you do what you can do and then move forward.  It’s a true blessing because it is presenting you with the perfect opportunity to grow.

Don’t be afraid to fail.  There are and will always be things out of your control.  Try new things.  It’s means you are taking action and getting to where you need to be. :)

  • Lydia - July 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Thanks Christine for sharing this inspirational and encouraging post! It’s EXACTLY what I need at this very moment. The chart is also a very good reminder that oftentimes the path to success is not as straightforward as most people think. Thanks again! :)

  • Rose - July 17, 2012 - 8:22 am

    It’s sooooo true and right on Christine!

  • Amy - July 18, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    I love this! It reminds me of a great quote from my favorite movie, Cameron Crow’s Elizbethtown… “You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling” – Claire Colburn

    good stuff!

  • salwa - September 9, 2012 - 11:40 am

    Woow this words touch my heart you are so amazing,really when i read this words i felt like u are talk to me thank you so much christine <3

  • Audrey - October 23, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. When your clients were unhappy with their photos, how did you handle it? Did you apologize that it did not meet their expectations and attempted to find a middle ground to appease them? Everyone makes mistakes and some photographers make mistakes too, e.g. forgetting to bring a zoom on while shooting a wedding, in those cases, do you recommend apologizing?

    Thanks!

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