expats | shanghai china | xavi and qiawen

i first met xavi in his restaurant during happy hour. my friend and i overheard two cute guys speak spanish to one another a few tables behind us. excitedly and a bit jalapeno-margarita-induced, i said hola in my best spanish accent as i walked to the wc. they both smiled and said hola back. that ignited a five-hour-long rendevouz over tapas and jalapeno margaritas. tk eventually joined our gathering and was excited to practice his spanish. and i was even more excited to listen to tim speak spanish.

asi que muy sexy!!! 

it is also where i learned about xavi’s girlfriend, qiawen. once upon a time in barcelona, spain, qiawen and xavi met and it was instantly tanta pasion. qiawen was an expat of xavi’s country of spain. they eventually moved back to qiawen’s country of china where they adopted their fur-daughter, nina! qiawen is in finance and xavi manages the restaurant where we first met.

i was so excited to photograph these two in their studio apartment in xuhui. they were playful, passionate and obviously very comfortable in front of the camera. a few things stood out to me: they communicate in three languages and their travel magnet collection is intensely inspiring.

we finished the session with beers, snacks and a group of expat friends who went out for pizza. so many cultures, so much love.

gracias a mi amigo por dejarme entrar en su casa para fotografiar a su amor!

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