We are proudly presenting to you, the ace photographer Irfan Ahson, who is the pioneer of modern photography techniques! Let’s look at his personal as well as professional side!
Please tell us about your background, education, family.
I am a Civil Engineer and hold an MS degree in Civil Engineering from University of Texas, Austin. Before that I did my schooling at Aitchison college and undergrad civil engineering from University of Engineering and Technology.
How did you step into this field?
It was a hobby while I was working in USA as a civil engineer. Gradually, the pics started looking better and better and I started doing it on the side to generate some extra income.
How do you as a photographer make sure that the thing, person or landscape you want to shoot looks the way you want it to?
I think I photograph the vision that I have in my head and not the person in front of me. You try to pose them or photograph the scene in the right light and at the right time to get closest to the vision you have in your head.
From your point of view, what makes a good picture?
If it’s a portrait, it should show the person in the best light, pose and angle. The image should actually give the audience a window in the personality of the subject as well. If it’s a landscape then lighting and composition matters a lot.
Since the photography techniques and equipment change quickly, it is important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times?
I am always on the look out to see what new gadgets, lighting equipment etc are being released and aspire to get the latest and greatest gear in my arsenal.
Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other hobby photographer?
The difference between a hobbyist and a professional is the ability to produce repeatable and consistent output as opposed to hit and trial method of work for most amateurs. Also, the ability to deliver the albums and videos etc in a timely manner.
Who influenced you the most? Is there any other photographer that you consider as a kind of idol?
Henri Cartier Bresson was my favourite photographer and he is considered as a father of photojournalism.
What, in your opinion, is most important to consider while shooting pictures?
The right lighting is the key and the most important ingredient in my eyes.
What are some of the greatest fears you think photographers face? Any suggestions to get rid of them?
The greatest fear that I feel is to become stagnant and to stop growing. Assuming that I know all that there is to know and learn. One should always strive to keep learning and growing.
In your free time, what kind of pictures do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid?
Street photography is my favourite type of pics to shoot.
What do you enjoy most about your profession?
The ability to be my own boss and the freedom to choose the people I want to work with is a blessing.
Any personal ambitions yet unattained?
I wanted a bigger and more commercial studio and it is on my bucket list.
Describe a typical day of yours?
A typical day begins by checking my social media inbox, doing breakfast and heading over to studio. Answering queries, doing some client meetings. A small get together with the team to discuss the on going projects and future strategy. Later on finishing any lined up shoots etc.
How do you maintain a balance between personal and professional life?
It is almost impossible in this field as when my kids are free on weekends, we are working to capture the leisure and fun moments of other people. This profession is cursed with respect to leading a normal family life, especially for wedding photographers.
What message would you like to give to your fans through the platform of Social Diary Magazine?
Believe in miracles but don’t depend on them. Work towards your goals and dreams every single day…till they all come true.