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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.

I was at a cafe in the small town of Gex, France and saw these two little girls sitting at the table next to us.

Their dynamic made me laugh.  Reminds me of growing up with my older sister.  The baby’s face says it all.

A lot of people say they don’t have time for things like they are complaining about it.  I don’t have time to work out, I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t have time to see my friends . . .

What are you doing with your time?   Nothing is impossible if you really want to do it.  I have entrepreneur friends who will work like mad men, be in meetings all day, go out later that evening, party until 4:00am, and then wake up at 6:00am to go to the gym the following day.

Doing that everyday would not be a healthy lifestyle but if fitness is important to you, you will find time to do it, even if it means sacrificing sleep.  For me, fitness is important but healthy sleep is more important.  If I had a long day like that I would choose to sleep.

Blogging is important to me, so I spend every Monday afternoon at a cafe writing blog posts.  It doesn’t matter what else is going on.  If Adam Levine asked me out on a Monday date I’d tell him that I’m busy because I have to blog.  Ok, that was a lie.  I would totally skip out on writing a blog post to go on a date with Adam Levine!  Priorities . . .

If hanging out with your friends is truly a priority, you can do it no matter how busy you are.  Some people hang out with their friends less once they are in a relationship.  Some love the new lifestyle, others complain about it.  My friends Kevin and Leslie have been married 9 years, have a 3 year old, and they are by far the most social people I know.  BBQ’s, parties, brunches, bike rides along the beach . . . I can’t keep up with them!  Their son Kaden comes out with them all the time and he’s friends with all of us too.  They choose to have this integrated lifestyle because friendship and doing social activities are important to them.

I view life in a similar way.  It’s about relationships, so spending time with friends, family, and clients (who usually become friends) is at the top of my list.  Being adventurous, traveling, and trying new things is also important to me, so a lot of times we’ll explore new things together.  Win/win.

The other night at the county fair.

If you ever catch yourself complaining that you don’t have time for something, ask yourself if it is the truth, or if it is just something that isn’t that important to you.

  • Alex - July 31, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    Love this and so true!!! And thanks for the eye candy! xo

  • Yas - July 31, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    This is just waht i need to read today :D

  • Lamiya Jabbar - July 31, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    This is what i needed to read too. Its hard for me to account for day and how time just slipped by. Terrible. Wonderful of you to share ;)

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. –Jim Rohn

I have found this to be very true.  Peer group is extremely important.  Think about it – Your lifestyle, your income, your weight, your interests . . . just about everything will be the average of the people you spend the most time with.

If you hang around a bunch of people who are fit and tell you it’s easy to lose weight, you’ll think it’s easy.  If you hang around a bunch of people who disregard what they eat, don’t regularly exercise, and bitch about how hard it is to stay in shape, then you’ll probably do the same.

If you surround yourself with successful people who go after what they want and make a lot of money, you see how easy it is.  They are walking examples.  If you hang around people who always complain that things aren’t working for them and that making money is hard, you too will find it hard, and will most likely not have the courage or work ethic to go after your dreams.

If you have friends who are in great relationships, you will probably be in one too, or at least you will be optimistic.  If most of your friends are in one bad relationship after another, communicate poorly, lie, aren’t honest with themselves, etc., you will probably be on that path as well, or cynical as to whether an amazing, healthy relationship even exists.

So give it some thought:

Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with? What do you like most about each of these individuals?

Who do you want to spend more time with?

Happy Monday everyone!  And Happy National Cheesecake Day (yes, apparently July 30th is National Cheesecake Day).

  • Keisha J - July 30, 2012 - 10:56 am

    You are one of my five people (well imaginary/indirectly cuz I don’t know you). You are AMAZING!

    Full of life and positive BOLD energy. You have inspired me (sometime last year) to pick up my camera and take images of what I want/what I love. Your photos are more than just “professional work” they are inspirational images of life, a beautiful look into your soul, and willpower to dream, think, dance, smile, and sing!

    Thank you for sharing your story with your fans! As I approch 30, I will no longer fear it or be ashamed of things not accomplished, instead I will begin my own tale; the way I ALWAYS imagined it. Thank you for giving me a burst of energy to see things differently again!

    <3
    Keisha J.

  • Lamiya Jabbar - July 30, 2012 - 11:34 am

    Its absolutely true. You become what you’re around. Btw I really wish there was an option on ur website to (facebook) Like your posts. :)

  • Valerie - July 31, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    This post has really touched my heart. Thank you sooo much. I will be reconsidering who I let in my life and try to be around more positive people. Thank you again!! :)

Sleepovers always make me feel warm and fuzzy. :)

  • Alex - July 27, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Gorgeous photos!! I love sleep overs too! hehe.

  • Lamiya Jabbar - July 27, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    Such warmth and comfort is radiating from ur photos <3 sleepovers & comfort food <3

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!

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