Mad Love. Crazy Stripes: Hyku
Sapphire haired, Hyku Desasto is another mum I've been stalking on social media for some time. I've followed her small and cool to big brand photography work through mutual friends and I was over the moon when I found out she has a son.
Her colourful and off-the-wall style makes her a perfect Gap 'crazy stripes' model and her gorgeous family, including her husband, Jess, son, Vittorio (8) and even her parents, who also live in Dubai, nailed their festive colourful looks at the Citywalk graffiti walls shoot.
Hyku's definitely one to watch. As well as a busy commercial photography studio, her talent and personal style has also got her noticed by a few urban brands who have sought use of her image and story in in regional campaigns recently.
Originally from the Philippines, the family now lives in Discovery Gardens, where she finds peaceful escape from her busy 'work hard, party hard' professional schedule.
Here she is in her colourful, creative, busy mum glory...
Photos by DW Studios
"Last year, we were at Georgia experiencing the family's first white christmas. My father had a big operation this year so we won't be able to travel. We'll keep it simple, have our traditional Noche Buena by midnight with ham and cheese and for lunch, we'll have a mix of the English and Filipino culture by having turkey and roasted pork on our table and invite some of our family and friends to come." - Hyku
"I grew up with photography. My father was a journalist, cameraman, segment writer, reporter, you name, he's done it. When I was younger, he would always bring me to his shoots and editing sessions which exposed me to the career path that I have now.
"I used to work as a portraits photographer when I first arrived in Dubai. Then I moved on as a freelance photographer. It was hard in the beginning as I didn't know anyone in the industry but all I could think of was there was only way but up and no looking back that helped be my drive to work harder. Fast forward to now, we have opened up our office and hired a team of photographers and videographers in our new team. We have a mantra of work hard, play hard. During the events season, it can really be hectic, but we make sure we always have time for fun and deliver all of our jobs on time with high quality." - Hyku
Photography by DW Studios.