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)
Age: 36
Neighbourhood: Central
Occupation: Fashion/beauty/lifestyle photographer

27 Questions - Paul S

1. What is your life motto?

I say daily affirmations: I am smart, successful, rich, kind, talented, worth it, loved and sexy.

2. What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?

Truffle xiao long bao at Sohofama and all-you-can-eat dim sum at dragon-i.

3. What was your first job?

Golden Griddle as a bus boy in Brampton. That didn’t last long.

4. What is your drink of choice?

White wine or vodka soda on Fridays and a green juice on Sundays. :P

5. When was the last time you drove a car?

Does a golf cart count?

6. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?

The view and location.

7. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Both, I love waking up early, but I have a hard time sleeping. All my ideas come at night.

8. Which phone app could you not live without?

FaceTime – my niece who lives in Florida updates me on the regular with her exciting 5-year-old life.

9. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Acai bowls.

10. What is your biggest regret in life?

Having an IT diploma.

11. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?

Extremely high rent.

12. What is the top destination on your bucket list?

Amanpulo or Maldives. Anyone need a photographer for their next trip? HMU.

13. How often do you prepare your own meals?

I try to cook when I’m not lazy or have the time. Lately I’ve been cooking a lot of salmon with veggies.

14. What is your greatest fear?

Camera gear dying.

15. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Pizza and beer on a Friday night.

16. What is one movie everyone should see?
17. Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

Last year when I shot an exclusive cover with Marc Jacobs in NYC with Victoria Secret’s Kelsey Merritt. I only had two hours of sleep the night before due to jet lag, but the adrenaline rush was so surreal at the time. It just reminded me that hard work pays off.

“Last year when I shot an exclusive cover with Marc Jacobs in NYC with Victoria Secret’s Kelsey Merritt.”
18. What makes someone a real Hongkonger?

Someone with hustle and heart.

19. If you could invite any five people in the world to your dream dinner party, who would they be?

Oprah, Obama, Lindsay Lohan, Natalie P Tan, and James Cordon.

20. What is one song you know all the lyrics to?
21. Where do you go when you want to be alone?

A book store like Taschen to get inspiration.

22. If you had to describe Hong Kong in one sentence, what would it be?

The city of opportunity.

23. What is your favourite scent in the whole world?

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

24. Are you a good cook? What is your best dish?

I can cook to survive but I would love to take a crash culinary course.

25. What is your unique party trick?

Smiling from ear to ear.

26. Do you have a catch phrase?

Go live.

27. What is the last dream you remember waking up to?

I was having dinner with with Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowsk, we took a selfie and then I woke up. I immediately checked my phone and it wasn’t there.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.