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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.

My mom would always nag me to tidy up when people came over.  I get it, but I don’t fully believe in it (sorry Ma).

The reality is, I’m not perfect and sometimes, my place will have things laying around.  If someone judges me based on that, chances are I wouldn’t want to be friends with them, and they shouldn’t be coming over anyway.

There is something beautiful and comforting about a messy room.

I shot some of Mallory & Kobe‘s photos at the W Hotel where they were staying (they flew in from Hong Kong).  Mallory asked if she should clean up the room and I said absolutely not. :)

Actually, I can’t imagine anything more tedious than a perfect person. – Hugh Mackay

For years friends have told me that I need to visit Bali . . . that my soul would be awakened once I saw it.

They were right.  The locals are conscious and mindful as are the visitors it attracts.  Awareness is put into everything  – from praying, to eating, to harvesting, to taking care of one’s surroundings.

Some photos from my recent trip.

Can you imagine waking up to this every morning?

Our morning routine consisted of walking through the rice fields.  My favorite part of the day.

I met Nyoman while walking back to our villa one day.  He offered me a coconut and for the remainder of the trip, I stopped by everyday to hang out with him and his cat “Kitty.”

The food is a dream come true.  All fresh and organic.

My dad and I used to travel a lot together when I was young.  I was just going to to write that we haven’t had the opportunity to travel together in recent years but that’s not true.  The opportunity is always there if you want it, you just have to choose to make it happen.  Boy am I glad we did.  I love him so much.

I like the guy on his cell phone.

Monkey Forest.

One of my BFFs Arsen happened to be in Bali at the same time so we met up!  I love this pic.  He looks terrified, and for good reason.  Some of those monkeys are punks!

This guy might look like he’s smiling, but right after I snapped this he growled and lunged at me.

Sari Organik restaurant is an awesome spot for lunch.  Heads up – it’s an 800 meter walk through the rice fields so I wouldn’t recommend going if you are tired or starving.

Arsen’s mommy was smart and hired a scooter to drive her up!

The walk is gorgeous though.

Yummmmmmmmmm.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Dad advising me how to compose a shot.

He gave some pretty good tips. ;)

Lake Batur.

Uluwatu Temple.

My “visit-a-temple” get up.

Making dad try a shot of wheat grass.  Hahaha!

Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort.

The Ayana Resort is really nice but instead of showing a bunch of pictures, I will only post one.  They emboss their freaking tissue.  Someone takes the time to hand emboss something you are going to blow boogers into.

My masterpiece!  Not really.  I was just perfecting someone else’s.

Thanks to my sis for giving me a pedi before I left!

After visiting, I have decided that Bali is a spectacular place to get married.  I had the chance to do some location scouting so if anyone is considering getting married there and would like venue suggestions, feel free to contact me.  I have some recommendations. :)

  • Brandi - June 21, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Bali, and this just makes me want it THAT MUCH MORE!! Looks so amazing! Great photos, Christine!

  • Jessica - June 21, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Absolutely beautiful… and you know I especially appreciate the animal photos. First you inspired us to go to Bora Bora (if CC loves it, it must be amazing!)… now Bali?! Our travel calendars are filling up because of your inspiration :)

  • Amanda - June 21, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Love your pictures! What camera do you like to carry around for traveling?

  • Tam - June 21, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    Magical memories on the Island of the Gods…From rice paddies to the majestic coastline….intriguing temples and the gentle cast and crew that makes it rich in culture and unforgetable silhouette of scenery..
    So glad you are sharing it with us all..we adore Bali!
    Thanks Christine!

  • Lydia - June 21, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    What a gorgeous, spiritually calming place! Putting it on my list of places to visit. Thank you for sharing your experience at such a beautiful place.

    Also, from what I understand, primates smile generally out of fear. Maybe that’s why people sometimes laugh uncontrollably when they are on roller coaster rides :P

  • Diane - June 21, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    thank you, it was great being part of sharing this experience with you

  • Sylvia - June 22, 2012 - 2:52 am

    I was thinking that Phil and I might not be able to take a honeymoon after our wedding because of budget concerns but geez, Christine! I think you might have changed my mind. Bali was the first place that came up when we discussed where we would want to go and these pics definitely make it a tough decision to go anywhere else. Amazing!

  • […] Thanks dad, for taking this picture!  It was taken during our trip to Bali.  […]

  • […] took a trip recently with my dad to Bali.  I walked into his room one evening.  He had fallen asleep.  Tom & Jerry was on the tv.  I […]

  • Globerunaway - November 7, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Wonderful pictures of Jimbaran Love it. You are really skilled in photography :)

    http://thegloberunaway.blogspot.fr/2012/11/bali-jimbaran_6.html

  • Clariza | Allianz SG - July 13, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    I had a pleasant time reading your article on your visit to Bali. Am glad that both of you and your dad have enjoyed the whole adventure! I am planning to bring my brother in Ubud on September 1-8 this year. We are traveling from Singapore. I might go to the places your have mentioned. It looks very fascinating to me and I got curious. I just hope that it is going to be a sunny day that time.

I shared photos from Julie Benz & Rich Orosco’s rehearsal dinner recently, and now I am very excited to share pictures from their wedding at the Sowden House!

You can see some of their wedding photos published in US Weekly here.

I love capturing anticipation.  I always get nervous and excited for the bride!

Rich always has the cutest smile, but nothing beats this smile.

The gorgeous bridesmaids dresses are by Theia.

This has to be one of my favorite portraits.  Posing for pictures isn’t that torturous, is it?

The food and drinks were photographed by my fabulous second shooter Carla Choy.

Julie & Rich – I love you guys.  Thank you for letting me a part of your celebration!

  • JT - June 19, 2012 - 11:38 am

    LOVEEEE!

  • Lydia - June 19, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    Really beautifully captured!

  • Eric - June 24, 2012 - 3:26 am

    Amazing ! U don’t have a lot of pic with Charisma ?

  • […] Photos Courtesy of Jen & Chris Creed Photography, Ever Whim Photographs, Patrick Moyer Weddings, Jarvie Digital Photography, and Christine Chang Photography […]

  • Abbey - July 24, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Hi! I Love your photos and blog. I was wondering if you happen to know who made the bridesmaids dresses for Julie and Rich’s wedding? Thanks for your time.

    Abbey

  • kyprilli rania - February 1, 2013 - 9:33 am

    hi!i would like to know who made the bridesmaids dresses!thank you.

  • Carla - March 9, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    The sparkly dresses are made by Theia!

  • […]  Photos Courtesy of Jen & Chris Creed Photography, Ever Whim Photographs, Patrick Moyer Weddings, Jarvie Digital Photography, and Christine Chang Photography […]

  • […] – Getting published in US Weekly.  It’s fun to pick up a copy from the grocery store when I know my work will be in there!  More photos from Julie Benz & Rich Orosco’s wedding here. […]

  • James - January 30, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Nice pictures! The food looks amazing! Do you know who the caterers were please?

    James

Dear Dad,

You make me laugh like no one else can. You watch Tom & Jerry. You prance around in your underwear.

You fly down to LA to see me when I am sad. You don’t let much bother you. You are kind. You are calm.

You see the true beauty in things. You are passionate about work. You do what makes you happy.

You love history. You travel the world. You enjoy yourself wherever you are.

You still call me your little girl.

I love that we think the same things are funny, that we appreciate art in the same way, and our unspoken comfort.

I feel like the luckiest girl on this planet. You’ll never know the extent of my gratitude for having you in my life. Thank you for all that you do, and for teaching me how to live a graceful, adventurous, humorous life.

I love you.

Growing up, my mom would always be hard on my sister and I in terms of anything we did.  It wasn’t always easy to hear what she had to say, but through the years I came to understand her message loud and clear:  Always try your best.

A lot of times when we would come home with report cards, she would say “A-?  Why not A+? (literally).”  It wasn’t about an A- not being good enough, but it was her way of saying well did you try your best?  We had a conversation about this recently and I can laugh now looking back at it.  I said, “Hey Ma, remember when…?.”  She said she would make comments like that because she didn’t see us study much, at least not like her generation studied when they grew up.

She was right.  Although an A- isn’t a bad grade by any means, I honestly didn’t try my best.  I could have gotten an A or A+ if I really wanted to (with some classes . . . classes like Physics are a whole ‘nother story).

Always try your best.  These are words I make a strong effort to live by.  You can’t always control the outcome of situations, however, the things you choose to do and how you do them are ultimately the things that define you.

If you put 100% into your work, your marriage, your family, or ANYTHING you do, you will be one happy person.  Is it still possible that you struggle with money, things don’t work out with your partner, or your family continues to do the things that drive you nuts?  Absolutely.  It is very possible.  However, trying your best makes possible for a lot of fantastic things to happen in your life, and you will feel wonderful about the one thing you do have control over: YOURSELF and how you perform/deal with things.

If you try your best, you will have no regrets.  If you put 100% into a relationship and it didn’t work out, you’ll be at peace knowing that you did everything you could.  That person wasn’t right for you but there is comfort in knowing that in order to make possible having the relationship of your dreams, that is exactly what you have to do.  You have to put out your best.:)

And although you can’t control the outcome of things, on the contrary, when you try your best, you tend to become this giant MAGNET.  Often times, what goes hand-in-hand with trying your best is authenticity.  People take notice.  When I was fifteen I worked at Macy’s in the gift wrap department.  Sometimes I would hear people in line whisper, “I want her to do the wrapping,” and then point to me.  I don’t think I’m the best gift wrapper but what I think they saw, was that compared to the others working next to me, I tried my best to be efficient and do a good job.  Nowadays I still try and continue that same work ethic.  What makes it even easier is that photography is something I am truly passionate about!  I care a lot about my art, my work, and often spend an absurd amount of hours editing photos to make sure they are perfect (in my eyes).  I can be crazy compulsive but it seems to be doing me some sort of good.  Shrug.

I could give a hundred other examples like why I drive across town to get my car washed, but I’ll refrain from making this too repetitive and wordy (sometimes I just like to talk/type and now is one of those times).  If you want to share a story or want to hear me blabber on more, feel free to email me or leave it in the comment section below. :)

  • rachel - June 13, 2012 - 6:59 am

    Thank you for sharing this story..I’m a teacher and nowadays I find myself feeling bored about my job but then I don’t want to quit because I still want it and I know I would miss teaching. Your post is really insipiring. Thank you!

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