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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.

 

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.

 

“The unconscious obsession that we photographers have, is that wherever we go, we want to find the theme that we carry inside ourselves.” – Graciela Iturbide

  • michal - February 24, 2012 - 3:16 am

    whenever a photographer felt love in his/her heart, each n every scene they took definitely would be the masterpiece of that day!

  • Christine C. - March 2, 2012 - 12:27 am

    I agree Michal!

Recently I spent $600 on a freaking coat.  The purchase was made on whim.

For some people that is a lot to spend on a coat, for some it is little, and for others it is justifiable.  For me, it’s more than I usually spend on clothing.

Looking at myself in the fitting room, I liked it, but after seeing the price tag I wasn’t sure if I liked it enough.  So what actually made me buy the coat?

One of the friendly sales reps saw me and as he walked by he said, “You look like a world traveler…”

WORLD TRAVELER.  Those words shifted my thinking from “I’m not so sure…” to “YES!  This coat is AWESOME.”

I love traveling and I love adventures.  I identified with those words.  Now I felt inspired (and kind of like Indiana Jones) when I wore it.

When doing sales and branding for your own business, it is helpful to analyze how you operate when it comes to making purchases.  What was your last big purchase and why did you choose to buy it?

When brides choose a photographer, it’s because the photos/experience spark an emotion in them.  My brides and clients hire me for the same reason that I bought the coat.  I think about this most when doing things like choosing which of my photos to showcase on my website and blog.

I think – What would my ideal client identify with?

Overall I have come to learn that when it’s personal, when you make something YOU, that is when it stands out. :)

P.S. In case anyone is wondering, the coat is from Cop Copine‘s Winter 2011 Collection.

  • elaine - February 21, 2012 - 1:17 am

    loved this post!! :) and beautiful coat!

  • Ivy - February 21, 2012 - 4:54 am

    Sexy coat. I’m reminded of this TED Talk… “People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it.” http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html

  • Genie - February 21, 2012 - 6:45 am

    You look pseudo “with love from Russia” in that coat! In other words, you look amazing. I love how you mention that part of your job requires you to find out what is personal to your clients and showcase that in your work, a very unique and difficult skill to master I imagine…

    xoxo,
    Genie

  • Christine C. - March 2, 2012 - 12:28 am

    Thanks guys!! :)

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