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April 8, 2017

Before you go any further, it is of the utmost importance that you click this link. It explains exactly why I was super excited to cast Cynthia Pratama in my first editorial shoot of the year as fauxtographer - you know, among other things like her flawless porcelain skin* and dreamy street-minimalist wardrobe. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. I've been out of the photography game for the longest for tragic personal reasons, falling in with the "phonography" crew as result, so I'm sure you're wondering how the hell my trusty Samsung phone managed to pull all of this off.

Well, it didn't. I got myself a new baby, y'all, and his name is Tony Park.

Like most new celebrity couples who keep their whirlwind romance out of the public eye until they realise they're not relevant anymore and get caught swapping spit in the outdoor seating area of their local cafe, I've sheltered Tony since the day he landed in my loving hands right outside London's Canonbury station on the 19th of February around 17:00. Not nearly as clandestine as it sounds (sadly), I adopted him from a very loving home and picked him up between shows at LFW: his mother is one of my all-time favourite influencers and creative raison d'être since 2013. That he took most if not all of the photographs that helped earn her that title makes me want to cry, it's that inspiring. But can we have a moment for the clarity?

I don't even feel guilty for putting Jarvis** on blast like this with the comparison. Each orgiastic click of Tony's shutter produces crisp imagery like I've never known. Right now, the only thing keeping me from shooting editorials worthy of Conde Nast's stamp of approval is me. Not a shitty processor or grain at ISO400, just me and my imagination. And my bank account but let's not discuss how empty that is.

I feel like a brand new woman, and this liberation is spilling over into all aspects of my life so prepare for incoming 'extra' behaviour all year round, honey.


Model - Cynthia Pratama
Hair stylist, make-up artist - Drew Suleman
Creative director, photographer, stylist - Sum Yung Ho
Karina So Cynthia Pratama Ses Reveries Manchester Fashion Stylist London Editorial Commercial Leeds

*Random aside but skin has been a major buzzword for me lately because I recently came to the conclusion that it holds the key to my happiness in this life and all the ones that follow. Too dramatic? You clearly don't have adult acne.

**My old camera, keep up. He was my first DSLR, the ugly duckling in Canon's canon and a tragic smear on the face of photographic technology ever. His epitaph reads: He tried. Boy, did he try.


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