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  • Christine Chang

    Wedding Photographer. Adventurer. Ninja.

    Lover of brussel 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 turned 30 this week.  Besides feeling awesome-r (hee hee), it’s given me a chance to reflect on the things I’m really grateful for.  Is it possible to be grateful for the opportunity to feel grateful? :)

The things that friends are willing (or actually WANT) to do always get me.  There are so many little things I want to write about here but I’ll just do an overview to save everyone from reading a novel.

Mark, Jessica, and Kevin planned a perfect, seamless day at Disneyland because WHERE ELSE WOULD A 30-YEAR OLD CELEBRATE HIS/HER BIRTHDAY?!  Mark & Jessica got engaged last year at the park and were able to whip out some fairy dust.  We had lunch at Club 33 (it’s an exclusive members club at the park and word on the street is there is a 12-year wait list), did not have to wait in ANY lines all day (they arranged for the same VIP tour that celebs get), got to drive the giant steamboat and toot the horn (!!!), and received VIP seating for the World of Color show.  On top of that we ate churros, pretzels, looked for hidden Mickeys, and all that usual good Disney stuff.  It was a GOOD DAY. :)

Carla threw me a dinner party and if there’s anything I know, it’s that Carla’s dinners are Awesome with a capital A.  She knows I tend to eat “healthy” (with the exception of the occasional sweet tooth) so she prepared a baked Moroccan chicken, cous cous, and a kale/brussel sprout salad.  In the end, all of that was canceled out by the decadent PEANUT BUTTER chocolate cake she made for dessert, specially made with Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted PB because she knows it’s my favorite.

I got to see some of my closest friends who I haven’t seen in a while and have quality conversation until 2:00am.  Now that’s the good stuff!

I have some really amazing people in my life.  I’m excited because I am heading up to the Bay Area in a bit to see my family, and you know that will be the icing on the cake!  I am way too lucky.

Dear new decade:  I am ready for ya!

I’m still amazed at the awesome photos that the iPhone can take.  How lucky we are to have such technology?!

Taken in my kitchen with the iPhone 4S.  Edited using the Instagram App.

P.S. When I post pictures that involve my hands, I often get asked what color the nail polish is.  O.P.I. – Mermaid’s Tears. ;)

  • Jamie - May 9, 2012 - 9:59 am

    I have to say I’m addicted to the iPhone camera as well, as sad as it may seem I have often ditched my DSLR (I should punish myself, but I promised myself and my DSLR that I would start using it again) but the iPhone camera has amazing DOF!

    BTW love your nail polish! It looks a lot like my favorite from Essie – Turquoise & Caicos :)

    Jeighmee K. Photography & Island Soapery

Dainee’s sister Kaity did an AMAZING job planning her bridal shower.  She contacted me far in advance and provided bullet point details about the event.  She was on top of it and I was so impressed!

I had my first role as MOH this year and it is not an easy job.  Kudos, Kaity.

Stylish group of girls. :)

The shower was held at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills.

Dainee and her sister Kaity.  There is always something very satisfying about a simple, classic, B&W portrait.

Bouchon’s brunch menu is insanely delicious.  Looking at these photos again makes me HUNGRY!

Dainee’s fiance Steve stopped by at the end to surprise her.  So sweet!

Girls are so thoughtful and crafty with presents.  I love it.

They will be honeymooning in Bora Bora (one of my favorite places on this planet!), so she received a lot of beachy gifts. :)

Steve even received some Speedos.  Ha!

Congratulations Dainee & Steve!  Best wishes for your wedding and beyond!

  • Ivy - May 4, 2012 - 10:36 am

    FYI, you should’ve posted a disclaimer at the top of this post:


    That is all.

I feel like the purpose to life is making a difference in someone else’s.  Often times it is tempting to make it about you but when it comes down to it, when it comes to what would I be thinking about if I were on my death bed, it would be about the kind of impact I had on other people.

When I chose to be a wedding photographer, I thought my contribution as a career would be simply geared toward my brides, grooms, and their families.  I thought – I get to provide them with awesome memories for the rest of their lives, and that’s pretty cool!

It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea that I have the possibility of inspiring others too.  As a by product of expressing myself and sharing work online, I started getting positive comments and emails.  I got asked to speak at a local middle school for Career Day.  I had a casting agent contact me about a documentary series – they were looking for passionate photojournalists.

You might not be aware of it, but you have an impact on other people ALL the time.  All the little things you do (and don’t do) contribute to other people’s lives.

Overall, I think if you do and share what is important to you, it’s good for you and it’s good for everyone else. :)

Receiving emails like this always make my day!:

Hi Christine (:

My name is Manelle. I personally just want to send you a message just to tell you how much you have truly inspired me. I am currently 15 years old and very clueless. I had no passion in life and what I wanted to be. I was lost and confused. One day I stumbled upon your blog and I was simply amazed. Right then and there, I knew I had a passion for photography. I never really thought I’d love it but you truly inspired me to go big and get out there! I want to be a successful wedding photographer like you. Although I am still a freshmen in high school I have made it my goal to make this a career. I want to do whatever it takes to make my dreams into a reality and a big part of it is all because of you. (: I simply want to thank you. I want to find happiness in what I do for a living just like you (: Best wishes in all that you do and never stop inspiring young individuals like me (: I really really really hope to hear from you.

xoxo Hugs and Kisses from Hawaii

At Emerson Middle School for Career Day.  The curiosity of the kids was refreshing.  Their questions were VERY simple and straightforward (I love that).  How much do you make?  How do people know about you?  What if someone doesn’t like their pictures?  It made me laugh.

I met with a casting director last week.  Being on the big screen has never been a goal of mine (minus my cameo in “The Fast & the Furious”, which I will discuss some other time … eek).  I didn’t respond to the calls at first because it wasn’t something I wanted to focus my time on.  “I’m not an actor,” I thought.  The last voice message said that they really wanted to meet with me and that they would send a rep to my place.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that things flow a lot easier (and more fantastical!) when you say YES.  So we met, it was great, and we will see what happens from here!

Share what you are passionate about.  Look at someone when you are having a conversation with them.  Show appreciation.  Flash a smile at a stranger.

What are some ways that you contribute to others?

  • CHRISTIAN SHENOUDA - April 30, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    AWESOME!! =)

  • TERI - May 1, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    absolutely perfect!

  • Sue - May 2, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    And you charge $7K to make that difference in someone else’s life. That’s not “contribution” — that’s selling your services.

    Don’t get me wrong, you’re a great photographer, but you’re not a saint.

  • Christine C. - May 2, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Hi Sue. Everyone is allowed to his/her own opinion and I thank you for yours. To me, contribution has nothing to do with money and there is nothing negative about someone hiring you if they want your services. Contribution is simply about sharing what you love to do. All the best.

  • Sue - May 2, 2012 - 11:10 pm

    Please. You’re not SHARING what you love to do, you are SELLING what you love to do, to the highest bidder, who can afford $7k for photography. And your blog is an advertisement.

    I never said there was anything negative about that — you were the one who used that word.

    And all the best to you too.

  • Carla - May 3, 2012 - 6:51 am

    I think it’s fair to say that what one does for a living is part of what you contribute to the world. If you’re an logistics manager you contribute order. If you’re a medical researcher you contribute information for new treatments. If you’re a writer maybe it’s ideas. Your actions change the world (even if it’s just a little bit) and Christine’s photos and sharing of photo knowledge change the world in a positive way.

  • Rose - May 3, 2012 - 10:37 am

    It’s a pity there will always someone that tries to turn something positive into something negative.

    Thank you Christine for your inspiration! I’m currently married and will never be in use of your services. However, reading your blog has taught me to be more positive. For that alone, I am very greateful.

    Keep up the good work!

 Anywhere in the world, I love metropolitan cities.

One day in London, so many things to do and see.  Top priority?  Food.  We basically ate our way through the city.

Afternoon tea.

I usually don’t miss my dog while traveling until I see one that reminds me of her.  This one was named Beans!

Chinatown = comfort food.

Simpsons in the Strand.  British cuisine at it’s finest.  Super cute and friendly staff!

Cheers to a fabulous (and gluttonous) day.

I love exploring new cities.  Thanks to Smelly Fox Photo for showing us around!

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