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‘Trust your instincts’

Photographer Rohan Shrestha believes he is still learning, experimenting.

entertainment Updated: Jul 19, 2011 17:21 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

Celebrity and fashion photographer Rohan Shrestha started his career by assisting father-photographer Rakesh Shrestha. He was 16 then. Ten years on, after completing a private course in photography, he says he has an eye for good frames and that the profession is in his genes.

Rohan says, “With technological advances and competition, no one can ever afford to feel that they know it all. I am still learning, experimenting and trying new things. I am a budding photographer.” Besides shooting celebs, Rohan has also dabbled in travel photography. For people wanting to make a name in this profession, Rohan advises, “Trust your instincts. Never be afraid to experiment and do what you think works for you.”

Abhay Deol

‘Photographer’s dream’
I’ve worked quite a bit with this girl and she’s a photographer’s dream. She blends into shots very easily, has a wonderful attitude and no-hang-ups at all. This image was shot at a Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. It was a hectic shoot but Sonakshi delivered time and time again. One of my favorite portraits ever.

‘The perfect host’
I met fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee at his store in Kolkata and I was surprised to find that he was such a down-to-earth guy. He was very chilled out and the perfect host. This image had him portraying his line for Couture Week. Shooting in ambient light is always fun and with Sabya and Preeti Dhata (model), we nailed the shot in no time. In fact, Sabya gave everyone gifts after the shoot!

‘He is very sorted’
This shot signifies Abhay Deol, his character, films and distinct attitude towards life. He’s very sorted and his ideas are very interesting. Having worked with him quite a few times, I have shot him in different characters, and it’s always a completely different shoot. You give Abhay a prop and he’d just do something completely crazy and different with it, unlike anything you’ve seen before.

‘He is receptive’
My career took off with an editorial cover with Ranbir. He is an amazing guy and very easy to work with. It is easy to tune in with him about my vision for the pictures since he is very receptive. This shot was a vintage set, with Ranbir in a very Sherlock Holmes mould. I used an experimental film lighting technique, which I hadn’t worked with before. The hustle and bustle of people on the set did not deter Ranbir, and he delivered five perfect frames.

‘She is a perfect muse’
I was lucky enough to shoot Lisa during my struggling days. She took a chance with me and thanks to Michelle Malkani’s styling, we ended up with some beautiful pictures. A beautiful person inside and out, Lisa is the perfect muse for about every fashion photographer working in this country at the moment.

First Published: Jul 19, 2011 14:18 IST