KATHMANDU: Iris Studio stands apart from hordes of photo studios in the valley for specialising in photo-graphy and corporate identity branding. Sachin Yogol Shrestha, one of the founding members, says, “This is a partnership with four other members, where we are able to integrate our skills and offer a platform for artists to explore and experiment.”
Besides photography, the studio also offers services for post production, like making videos and documentaries.
Three members of the studio — Srijan Man Singh, Achyut Bhakta Shrestha and Prajwan Shrestha — specialise in photography, whereas Swarup Nhasiju and Sachin Yogol Shrestha are adept in graphic designing. Established in September 2011 at Sundhara, the comp-any has successfully made numerous portfolios and developed corporate identities. However, branding of Dhulikhel Mohatsav, photo shoot of Nepal Bangladesh Bank and cover photo shoot of Wave magazine hold much prominence, say the found-ers. Swarup informs, “Currently we’re busy working for Chitwan Jungle Society and branding of an art event.”
The team members claim to equip their studio with the latest technology, which are imported from India and other countries. “We have the latest 3D technology that enhances the quality of products and helps us achieve perfection in our work,” informs Sachin. Explaining how Iris is different from other photo studios, Swarup says, “Normally photo studios aren’t equipped with touch-up facility and designing, so customers have to search for another place to mend and alter the design. But in Iris Studio, we facilitate with post production and touch-up, which results in great products.” Apart from this, the studio also conducts guidance and interactive programmes with new artists and gives them a platform to implement their ideas.
Stating that photography business is still dominated by well-known photographers, Sachin says, “It’s a challenge to change the old mindset that the work of new photo-graphers or artists is not as good as that of veterans in the field. But our diligence is bearing fruit as our clients are beginning to warm up to our ideas, which has been a major motivating factor for us to provide quality service and come up with more
Pointing at the potential in the photography sector, he says, “Nepal offers a lot of opportunities to grow, but only if all artists join hands in revolutionising the sector with quality products.”
Their future plans are to provide quality and innovative services regarding photography, corporate identity development and production along with publishing fashion and art magazines. As part of their corporate social responsibility, they are conducting charity photo exhibition in Germany, the proceeds of which will be handed over to Early Childhood Development Centre — an organisation dedicated to helping the children of imprisoned parents in Nepal.