Top Five Picks with Glamour
By Shafiya Nawzer
Fashion photography is the definition of vibrance. All the glitz and glamour is influenced by thousands of famous fashion photographers. The fashion industry’s most successful photographers have a way of capturing the essence of culture and style and creating new worlds with their storytelling. They capture the beauty of clothes, people, and the locations surrounding them.
Hasaranga Pathirana is a skilled fashion photographer. He was born and raised in Colombo and went to school at Mahanama College. Although, he is still in his early 20s, he has already established himself as a leading fashion photographer in Sri Lanka. His ambition since childhood was to build his own business, utilising his very own abilities and talents.
He has built a reputation for portraiture work and photographed several well-known figures from a variety of fields. Hasaranga captures striking celebrity photographs and also shoots commercial and editorial work for both local and international businesses.
According to Hasaranga, he aims to become one of Sri Lanka’s leading entrepreneurs and take our local talent to the global stage. In addition, he is also the co-founder of an IT startup firm that will be launched in early 2022. One of his priorities is to assist everyone who wants to improve their photography skills and talents, as he believes that may thrive in this field.
“Reading fashion publications have always piqued my curiosity since I was a child. I had the opportunity to participate in Colombo Fashion Week in 2014, which was a significant turning point in my life. Observing the senior photographers’ work genuinely motivated me.
With the same enthusiasm, I began a nearly two-year training programme to prepare myself for a career in fashion photography. When I felt ready, I took part in covering Colombo Fashion Week in 2016 and went on to other shows such as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Swim Week Colombo, Miss Sri Lanka, Mrs. World, Miss Intercontinental, and many more,” Hasaranga said.
His fashion posts quickly caught people’s attention and provided him with an abundance of popularity. Hasaranga’s passion for photography evolved into a love for fashion photography and then it turned into a successful business. It’s perhaps his enthusiasm for photography that has helped him light his subject in the most flattering ways possible. He likes to experiment with vibrant colours and high contrast. This allows him to easily adapt to different locations, outfits, personalities, and models.
Explaining his view of fashion photography Hasaranga stated, “In my opinion Fashion photography is a mixture of art, uniqueness, creativity along with angles and effects that we use. It is the genre of photography that is devoted to displaying clothing and other fashion items. Further, the distinguishing feature and the common denominator in the enormous diversity of style, approach, and content is the fashion photograph’s intent to convey fashion or a fashionable lifestyle.”
We asked Hasaranga his top five tips to capture the perfect shots?
I believe if any photographer follows the below points, they can succeed in the industry.
Be patient – Take the desired amount on time for your shot
Research – Research well before the shoot
Focus – Stay focused on your target shot without being distracted
Do it willingly – Always be transparent and do your best in whatever shot you take
Final output – Have enough space to brainstorm the best pictures before the edits