Husaini Mustapha

'Melancholy' by Husaini Mustapha.

I’ve definitely passed my 5 year anniversary of being on Instagram. I’ve changed my username probably around the same number of times as the number of years I’ve been on it. When I first started Instagram, the scene back then was very different. The number of followers and likes didn't matter as much, and Instagram celebrities were not as prominent as they are now. I was in 6th form back then, my first time living abroad and documented a mixture of selfies, floral and landscape photos while I was in Melbourne. I became intrigued with photo editing and experimented on a large number of editing apps like Juxtaposer, Textedit, Blender and Phoster. I had a folder on my iPhone4 for just editing apps and would spend an average of 2 hours to edit a photo to post on my Instagram. I've always loved art and pretty things, my major has always been Biology and photo editing was an escape for me to express my creativity. I got to follow lots of Instagram accounts that would inspire my feed. Back then everyone was super friendly and helpful, I'd get tips from the creative strangers I follow and this became one of the best things about Instagram. 

I remember one of the first ever creative Instagram user that I followed was Azrief Syahmie who was ingenious and thankfully even generous to share his favorite editing apps. I also discovered Amal K from The Bohemian Brighties through Instagram. Initially I was a fan of her feed a few years ago and amazingly got to meet her in person sometime later. Making friends on Instagram is definitely one of the greatest things about the social media platform. I've always loved making interactions with people on Instagram. I get to meet users that have similar interests with, share my experiences with them and learn from them as well. Being honest and having good intentions have always been important to me, and thankfully it has brought me amazing opportunities to meet equally amazing people online.

'Melancholy' by Husaini Mustapha.

I started to become interested in photography a little later. I had my first photo-shoot with Bruneian Photographer Ezra Pilpus of The Thieving Souls. He uploaded a throwback of the shoot around a year or two years ago and caught the attention of a Malaysian photographer, Husaini Mustapha. He was a student back then and I was amazed by his work. I quickly became his fan and we got to follow each other on Instagram. A little later we became friends on Facebook. Once I graduated from the UK, I visited Malaysia more frequently. Finally this year, after few failed attempts to meet, we finally got to work together. 

The day of our shoot was our first time meeting in person. Husaini is very friendly and since we are similar-aged friends, we got on really well pretty quickly. I had Zhafir to accompany me and sort of become my PA too haha! He helped kept my make-up in check and made sure I didn't trip anywhere. It was amazingly easy to work with Husaini. He made me feel comfortable and gave me good directions. I asked him about how I should express myself for the shoot and he told me he wanted me to feel melancholic. I've watched way too much Korean Dramas for my own good and channeled my inner Song Hye Kyo. He took quick shots and showed them to me. We tried different spots and we were done within the hour? I really can't remember but it was definitely quick. A few months later here I am, with the results of the shoot. I am incredibly happy and I really believe Husaini is beyond talented. He captured more than my appearance. The photos turned out more than just beautiful, and I felt beautiful not because of how I looked, but because of the feelings and sentiments he captured along with the fine details in his photos. It was really worth the wait.

Without further ado, here are the rest of the photos by Husaini.


Photography by Husaini Mustapha

I can't express enough how thankful I am for the opportunity to shoot with Husaini. Aside from his obvious talents and good eye, he's down-to-earth and is a supportive human being. To read more about him, check out his recent feature on Ink written by Denise Lee called "Insta Crush: Up Close With Husaini Mustapha". To see more of his work, you can head on to his Instagram account @husainimustapha. If you're interested to contact him, you can reach him by e-mail at

Hope you loved this post as much as I do. Thank you Husaini for everything. Wishing you all the best in you future endeavors! Have a wonderful week ahead everyone!

With Love,




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