Hi! I'm Qing Fan , the photographer behind Qingster Photography.
In 2016, I achieved a "Silver with Distinction" in the Creative Portrait category of the NZIPP Iris Awards and a "Silver Award" in the Iris Awards Classic Portrait category.
Prior to being a full time photographer, I was trained as a Visual Artist & Fashion Designer and graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, before running my own fashion studio in Beijing and Shanghai, using the "Qingster" label .
In 2012, my husband Stephen and I decided to change our busy big city lifestyle and move back to Stephen's native New Zealand. We have started to really enjoy the peaceful Wairarapa life and the warm countryside-style small community.
My previous Arts Training in the use of light and composition has helped me a great deal within the Photographic Industry. I'm specializing now in Fine Art Portraiture and Wedding Photography.
I like to create stories from the images I work with and relate my projects' "real soul" to my camera. In Wedding events, I sometimes prefer to stay in the background and capture people's natural and relaxed moments, but I also know when to step in like a Director to get the required shots. And in my Portraiture work, I also combine these two approaches to guide the project into the story I'm imagining or to look my clients and I have imagined together. .
In my studio, I provide music for my clients to listen to as we work together, it often helps to create a relaxing and imaginative atmosphere for us both. In my style of Portraiture shoots, you don't have to look like a professional model, but with my guidance and styling expertise, and as we relax and start to have fun, your own natural beauty shines through and that is exactly what my images of you will show.
I treat my photo retouching work almost like "handcraft art". The unnatural and plastic look that I see sometimes has never appealed to me, so even though my image-refining approach takes a lot longer, at the end of the day, the final result is more real, and ultimately more touching as well.
Coming to my Studio for your photographic session (maybe with a make-over, maybe not) and enjoying our light refreshments, will be a fun and uplifting experience - especially if you bring a friend or family member with you.
I always have a Pre-shooting consultation before any shooting event, so let's meet (even just using Skype if we have to) and get to know each other a little bit first, then we could start to talk about your favorite colours, different ideas and in what sort of style you would like to be photographed.
If that sounds OK to you, why don't you drop me a line here?