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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.

Jeanne & Ricky met in college when they worked at California Pizza Kitchen.  I was so excited when they wanted to do their photos there!  Sentiment + Food = :D!

Life should always be playful.  When is the last time you ran or skipped somewhere?

Ricky said that Jeanne used to always grab his butt when he was punching in orders.  Hahaha.

I was worried the drink was going to spill!  That would have been really funny, actually.

Part of the shoot entailed sitting down for lunch.  Nom nom nom!

Guess what movie this is from. Just guess…

I LOVE this picture.  All goodness.

Afterwards we stuffed our faces we went to the beach!

Babo the bear is sentimental to them.  Ricky gave it to Jeanne when they were in college.  I know they look young but that was about 10 years ago!

Flower petals . . . great for throwing.

Better yet, throwing AT each other.

Congrats Jeanne & Ricky!  Can’t wait for the wedding in September. :)

  • Jana Mierke-Haring - July 26, 2012 - 11:06 am

    You are a great photographer, it makes me happy to see all pictures…

  • Maria - July 26, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    I really enjoyed these photos. Sooooo much personality and a lot of sentimentalism. Perfect.

  • Lamiya Jabbar - July 27, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Really these two are the cutest! you caught their excitement and love perfectly!

There are many routes you can go with photography.  There is nature photography, family photography, studio portraits, street photography, travel, architecture, weddings, events . . . the list goes on and on.

Ever been to a restaurant and you are overwhelmed by the menu because they offer hundreds of dishes?  It’s pretty much a given that the food is only going to be ok.  If you are craving a corn dog, chances are it will taste better from a place that only sells corn dogs compared to a restaurant that sells corn dogs plus a bunch of other dishes.  The narrower your focus, the better you become at that one thing.

Btw, I love corn dogs.

Specialize and stick to what you are good at.  I’m good at working with people, exploring, and I have an intuitive sense for candid moments.  Destination wedding photography suits me perfectly, not to mention that I love the heck out of it!  Now if you ask me to shoot architecture or something in studio, you might be asking for some disastrous results.  That requires looking at lines, reflectivity, working with strobes . . . Eep!  Not my thing.

Focusing creates space for you to do the work that you love and attract more ideal clients in that area.  Unless you really need to take a project for financial reasons, I wouldn’t invest too much time into something that you don’t want to do in the long run.

For those who are looking to hire a photographer, really look at their portfolio and see what they are good at before inquiring.  That will give you the best results.

  • Lydia - July 25, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Mmmmm….corn dog~! Disneyland’s corn dogs are the best!

    Thanks for the tip! :D

  • Christine C. - July 25, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Disney’s corn dogs ARE the best. :)

  • vk fernandez - July 28, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    thank you for the tips… it helps me :)

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!

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