Born and raised in Toronto, photographer Paul Sunga — better known as Paul S. — knew his career would be in photography since his teenage years. He also, somehow, knew Hong Kong would be his home: After spending a mere weekend here in 2011, he quickly made up his mind to pack his bags and relocate to the 852, where he would dedicate all of his efforts (and savings) into pursuing his dreams of becoming a successful fashion photographer.
Through passion and dedication, topped off with a friendly and fun-loving personality, Sunga has quickly built a reputation for himself in just a few years’ time, and is now one of the most sought after photographers in the city, frequently spotted hanging out with and snapping photos of some of the most well-known models in Hong Kong.
He’s also mindful of giving back to society: When he’s not busy taking photos for brands such as Tom Ford, Dior, Prada and Marc Jacobs, Sunga takes the time to plan and host his annual ‘Worth It’ charity campaign, through which he sets up photography exhibitions to raise funds for different charitable organisations in Hong Kong. Read on to learn more about Sunga as he answers our signature questionnaire.
Name: Paul Sunga (a.k.a. Paul S)
Occupation: Fashion/beauty/lifestyle photographer
I say daily affirmations: I am smart, successful, rich, kind, talented, worth it, loved and sexy.
Golden Griddle as a bus boy in Brampton. That didn’t last long.
White wine or vodka soda on Fridays and a green juice on Sundays. :P
Does a golf cart count?
The view and location.
Both, I love waking up early, but I have a hard time sleeping. All my ideas come at night.
FaceTime – my niece who lives in Florida updates me on the regular with her exciting 5-year-old life.
Having an IT diploma.
Extremely high rent.
Amanpulo or Maldives. Anyone need a photographer for their next trip? HMU.
I try to cook when I’m not lazy or have the time. Lately I’ve been cooking a lot of salmon with veggies.
Camera gear dying.
Pizza and beer on a Friday night.
Someone with hustle and heart.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air intro.
A book store like Taschen to get inspiration.
The city of opportunity.
Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
I can cook to survive but I would love to take a crash culinary course.
Smiling from ear to ear.