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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.

What It’s All About

It started raining here in Rayong, Thailand.  Avril & Nick’s wedding is tomorrow and the ceremony is outdoors.

For most people, the first thought that comes to mind is Oh no, what are we going to do?!

One of the most important things I’ve learned in life is that most things are out of your control, but the key is that perspective is up to you.  You have 100% absolute, complete control right there.

Some of us went to town today.  Garrett, one of Nick’s best friends, seeing the weather, picked up a little something for the bride & groom.

In the end, a wedding is not about rain, the location, cake, linen color, flowers, or when things go differently than planned.

It’s not about the weather.  It’s about a best friend seeing umbrellas at the market and then picking them up for you.

It’s about celebrating with those who matter most.

Tomorrow, rain or shine, it’s going to be a good one . . .

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

  • Cindy - January 3, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    LOVE it. That’s definitely what it’s all about…

  • T - January 3, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    Wow! Truly inspiring! I need to learn from you!!!

  • Steven - January 4, 2012 - 4:51 am

    This is just one great example of why I am hooked on your blog :) Awesome!

  • Griff - January 16, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    Thanks for being so kind as to include me in your blog..I’m humbled to have such a small act receive such appreciation. I will be spending my 2012 remembering to dance in the rain no matter the intensity of the storm.

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  • Jessika - April 28, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    I feel inspired, thank you! Actually, I really enjoy that kind of weather!

Look out 2012!

2011 has been excellent for me – a big year of growth.  Besides shooting some kick ass weddings, I took a lot of time to focus on myself (because sometimes we can forget to do that).  I think that to live a fulfilling life . . . to live a life that you love, you have to take responsibility for yourself and put in the work.  You can’t expect things to come by chance or luck.  Your surroundings won’t change to give you what you want.  You have to create it, or at least be prepared to receive opportunity when it comes (this all sounds very Oprah-y, I know).

Everything in my life has fallen into place beautifully and it has never been more apparent than this last year.  Thank you to everyone and everything (and every PARTICLE) that has been a part of it!

I blog about photography quite a bit (you think?) so I thought it’ be nice to share some highlights of 2011 that aren’t just wedding pictures. :)  Here we go . . .

-Meeting new people who inspire me.

Chriselle Lim. This year I’ve begun working with Chriselle on her daily outfit blog posts. If you need ANY styling tips, be sure to visit her blog. It’s amazing!

Jana Williams. Photographer, business woman, and go-getter.  It’s quite magical when we work together. :)

J.G. Weaver and Bo Bilstrup of Onward Entertainment. So talented it’s insane. They did my promo video earlier this year. (Photo taken by a 3 year old, hence half of Jeremy’s face).


-My Travels – Some notable travels of 2011:

Cook Islands and New Zealand for Jay & Amy’s wedding.  I almost went alone but things aligned and I got an awesome travel companion and new friend – Mr. Kyle Tyacke!  You can read about how we ended up traveling together here.

Visiting Banff National Park.

Cancun for Phil & Erin’s wedding and experiencing an all-inclusive resort for the first time.  Those buffets are dangerous.

Discovering Dinosaur Point with Carla.  So happy we found this spot.  I stop here every single time I drive home to the Bay Area!

 -My Birthday.

The simple things is what life is all about. I love my friends.

-Proposals – This year I have begun photographing marriage proposals!  Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of one of them.  Jack & Tawny’s wedding will be next year in November. :)

-AwesomenessFest.  I attend this conference every year and it continues to blow me away.

-Visiting orphanages in Mexico with ChangeFire.  Some pics from the recent trip here.

-Discovering my alter ego.

Yes, the Kung Fu Panda.

Next year is going to be HUGE.  I put a lot of exciting things on my vision board and I’m looking forward to all of them happening (and more)!

Thank you so much if you are reading my blog right now, or if you have ever read it before.  It always lights me up when someone tells me they read my blog.  Seriously!! :D

Happy New Year everyone.

  • Chris - December 31, 2011 - 4:26 am

    You continually amaze me Christine…. big(ger) things in store for you…

  • Jana Williams - December 31, 2011 - 5:09 am

    I am so thankful for who you are, what you represent, how you inspire me and others around you. You are one of a kind Christine Chang!

  • Ivy - December 31, 2011 - 5:14 am

    Beautiful and inspiring! Cheers to another great year for you!

  • Marian - December 31, 2011 - 5:17 am

    This year has definitely been an amazing year for you. The videos you posted were touching and magical. You have an innate sense for photography, and I am very excited to see what it is that you have posted on your vision board!! Wishing you a splendid and magical new year Christine!!

  • Marian - December 31, 2011 - 5:18 am

    Btw, LOVE your alter ego.

  • freefalling - December 31, 2011 - 9:49 am

    I always read your blog.
    It’s ace.

  • teri - January 1, 2012 - 1:48 am

    Happy New Year, Christine! May good fortune always smile your way and you want for nothing *heart heart*!!!

  • T - January 3, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    I hate to admit but you’ve taught me so much about life, to be positive…Thank you!

Bangkok Day 1

Anywhere on the globe, I simply love big cities.   Bangkok has been splendid so far.

For destination weddings that are half way around the world (this is my furthest one yet!) I like to fly in early to adjust to the time difference.  I mean, can you imagine photographing a wedding as a zombie?!

The extra days also allow me to really bond with the bride, groom, and their friends and family!

On this trip, instead of staying at a hotel, we have apartments.  Feels homey. :)

I spent the first day wandering the city with the bride and her mom, finishing up the last of the wedding planning.

The FOOD.  It’s quite distracting, really.

Cute puppy with a cup.  Hey, it worked for me!

The turtle looks thrilled.

At night we met with Avril’s other half, Mr. Nick, for some food, drinks, and um, Thai nightlife. :)

I will continue exploring (and eating) my way through the city.  After New Years we will be heading to Rayong where the wedding will be!

  • Linda Lauj - December 28, 2011 - 3:19 am

    How cool will that be to spend New Year in Thailand… Looking forward to more pictures to come.

  • Matt Grist - December 28, 2011 - 3:19 am

    Wow. So colorful. Looking forward to more.

  • Margot Landen - December 28, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    You are truly extraordinary!!!

  • JT - December 28, 2011 - 9:21 pm

    LOVE!

  • carleigh - December 28, 2011 - 10:21 pm

    awesome! looks like so much fun christine!

  • Tam Ashworth - December 29, 2011 - 1:58 am

    So glad you get to capture Bangkok…Yay! Hope you are having / had a great time…I just got back to US not that long ago…happy new year… Huge hugs!

  • T - December 30, 2011 - 6:03 pm

    I’m sooooo jealous! Wish I were there!

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Bay Area Engagement Photography: Coyote Point

I just arrived in Bangkok.  Great thing about long flights is that there is A LOT of time to get some good old editing done. :)

Here are a few shots from Matt & June’s engagement photos taken at Coyote Point in Burlingame, CA. I grew up in this area but this was my first time doing a photo shoot here!  Isn’t it pretty?

Low tide gave us a lot of opportunity for running around and getting a little ca-razy!

I love how hard June is laughing here.  My theory: if a guy can make you laugh like this, you are good to go.

Piggy back rides . . . always a good time.

Thanks Matt & June, for being so cute, fun, and super laid back!  No surprise that their wedding will be in MAUI!  I love when people decide to do a destination wedding.  :)  :) :)

Sooooo . . . I’m in Thailand, it’s 3:00am, I am not tired, but I sure am HUNGRY.  I swear as soon as the clock strikes 6:00am I am RUNNING down to the breakfast buffet.  They better watch out.  RARRRR!!!!!  Nom nom nom nom nom!!

  • Teri - December 27, 2011 - 1:19 am

    wow, is he a ninja in disguise..that was a way high jump!!

  • June - December 28, 2011 - 9:46 am

    I love it. I LOVE it! I LOVE IT!! Thank you so much for the AWESOME photos!! :D

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