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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 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 awesome banter.

Some people ask if I ever shoot in a studio.  The answer is no.

Studio work is beautiful but it simply is not for me.  Long before photography I had an office job and it didn’t take long to realize that I felt equivalent to a bird who got it’s wings clipped and thrown into a cage.  Boy I feel horrible for those birds. :(

My thoughts are – Why on earth would I want to be cooped up in a room when I could potentially be outside exploring?!  This planet is wonderful.  So many neat places to go and see, and I feel lucky to have chosen a job that allows me to do just that!

I had a engagement shoot in Joshua Tree.  The couple, Chelsea & Jeff, got engaged there exactly one month before so I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to do the pictures.  It’s only a couple hours outside of LA and I had never been, so we headed up early to do some climbing and scouting.

Like a giant playground!

Despite her stoutness, my dog Sammie was very impressive on the rocks.  Like a mountain goat/hippo.

The boys play rough.

The moon came out early to say hi!

Testing light in Pioneer Town.  Chelsea & Jeff’s engagement photos coming SOON!  I can’t wait to share them!

Hands down, I would choose to shoot outside instead of a studio any day. :D

  • Bells - March 5, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t even wait to see the rest!

  • Lori Lyon - March 5, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    These are beautiful photos and I cannot wait to see the J & C photos.
    Mother of the bride.

  • [...] Chelsea & Jeff’s engagement pictures were taken in the wonderfully fantastical place that is Joshua Tree!  It was my first time there and you can see some other pictures here. [...]

  • Tiffany Reis - March 6, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Beautiful, amazing photos! Well done! you can see their love and how fun of a couple they are in these!!!!

Blogging. Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. Tumblr. LinkedIn. . . .

I think Social Media is one of the greatest things ever.  With the internet you have, AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, the possibility of reaching hundreds, thousands, MILLIONS of people with your message.  Isn’t that AMAZING?!

Here are 7 Social Media tips based on my experience:

1. Don’t start a blog, Facebook Page, or Twitter account until you are ready to engage and keep “feeding the beast.”   If people notice that you aren’t making updates, they often unfollow.  Having a Facebook or Twitter icon on your website is pointless if those social networks are being neglected.  What does that say about your business?

2. Be personal.  People like the idea that they are actually reaching and talking to someone . . . to YOU.  Respond to as many questions and comments as possible.  This can be time consuming and it is something I personally continue to work on. :)

3. Be selective with where your information is going.  If things seem too automated, you lose sincerity.  Services like Hootsuite (which I use) make it easy to blast out information to different social networks.  Hootsuite is great because you can choose which social network you want to post to.  For example, if I want to share a link to my latest blog post, I can choose to share it across all my social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) because I’d like to expose it to as many people as possible.  But if I’m having a personal conversation via Twitter, posting that to Facebook is useless and creates noise.  What is someone going to think when they see something like “@leslielejandro Definitely.  Let’s do it!” on Facebook?  They have no idea what you are talking about, let alone what the “@” might mean.

4. Reduce noise.  When making a post (anything from blogging, to posting a photo, to a Twitter update), make sure it’s your BEST and not just passable because you want to put something out there.  Put out information with intention. All of it is part of your branding and it matters…a lot.

5. Pay attention to when you have the most readers.  This way you can post with optimal timing.  I seem to get the most readers on Monday and Tuesday morning.  Fridays are slow, and I don’t ever blog on Saturday or Sunday.  It is different for everyone.  For a website or blog, you can use a free service like Google Analytics to track your readership.

6. Quality, not quantity.  “I want 100,000 followers.”  Follower count is meaningless unless a good chunk of those 100,000 people are engaging and talking about your business.  People can follow or unfollow you with one click of a button.  The more important question is: Are they actually engaging in your material?  Do they read it, comment on it, re-post it, and share it with their friends?  Those are the kind of followers you want, and 10 kinds of those followers is infinitely better than 100,000 followers who don’t even read what you put out there.

7. Last but not least, be polished!  Now a days, the internet is your first impression as a person, as a business.  Polished grammar and the way you speak is of utmost importance.  TyPinG LiKe ThiS, sppeling tings wroong, having bad grammar, or forgetting punctuation looks horribly unprofessional (my mother drilled this into my head since I came out of the womb).  Take the time to double check everything and minimize mistakes.

I hope this might help some of you!

P.S. Feel free to share this blog post using the Facebook or Twitter buttons below.;)

  • Lindalauj - March 2, 2012 - 11:13 am

    LoL… wHy dO pPl LikE to TypE liKe tHiS? o_O
    Anyway, good point. I have a friend who is starting out & I keep telling her to update & keep her readers entertain because as a reader & a blog follower myself. I would love to see updates every now & then.

  • Yuwei - March 2, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    Hi Christine!

    Great tips and well said! I just started my own blog and it is a lot of WORK! Good thing I really enjoy it! Hope all is well.

    Cheers!
    Yuwei

  • [...] are some additional tips for using Social [...]

Girls are like monkeys.  We like to pick, remove, brush off, and adjust things.

We want you to look pretty.  We want you to look perfect.

Some guys love it and some guys hate it (like my dad).  Every time I pick something off him he says I’m always looking for something wrong.  It cracks me up!

If you are a guy who hates when your girl primps you, know that it’s all out of love . . .

 

A few weeks ago I stepped into Amir Magal‘s photo studio (with my good friend Jay) to do a “Tribal Session.”

I always love watching other photographers at work.  Amir and his team really take time to connect with you before they start photographing.  They might ask you to take a few deep breaths, massage you, crack your joints . . . and then after that Amir will paint on some tribal art.:)

If interested, contact him for a shoot!  It’s a ton of fun!

  • Keisha J. - March 1, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    These are AWESOME!
    The koolness about these are the blue-black finish with the with muted but vibrant colors. The neon sea blue is EXPLOSIVE!
    I especially <3 the 4th image of you and your good friend in mid-air! Sooooo much fun a free rhythm in that image.

  • Margot Landen - March 1, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    its a good look for you!

  • Dave Baez - March 2, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    This is so rad. You know the coolest people. Loved seeing the Rev. Micheal Bernard Beckwith getting tribal.

  • Christine C. - March 5, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    You’re one of the coolest I know Dave!

  • Amir - March 23, 2012 - 12:39 am

    Thank for your review of Tribal Sessions. So glad you are doing what you are doing supporting the Artists.

    Amir Magal

Recently I went to the Esperanza Resort in Cabo, Mexico to photograph a President’s Club retreat.

The events were amazing but my favorite part was taking beach portraits of the attending couples.  They all seemed to have A LOT of fun!  Photoshoots tend to be extra fun when you have your friends there. :)

As all 20 couples were lounging by the pool having cocktails, I grabbed them pair by pair to do a quick photo session on the beach.

It was particularly fun for me because a lot of these couples haven’t had professional pictures taken in years.  You take a lot of pictures when you are engaged, getting married, having babies, etc., but after 10,15, 20 years of being married, sometimes you forget to make the time to do things like that. ;)

I took a lot of color photos but I’d like to share some in B&W.

Simple. Classic.  Timeless.

I love this inbetween shot of Craig & Sara.  Lots of teasing from the others!

 Life should always have some playfulness.

 

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