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‘What it’s like working with Zari’ – Official photographer speaks out

Haruna Ssebagala poses for a picture with Zari Hassan in a plane. PHOTO CREDIT: ACCESS FILMS


Socialite Zari Hassan has given her social media followers reason to load data and pay OTT, what with her flawless pictures she feeds them on every other minute.

Zari is paid to look good, rich and perfect, and to maintain this, she hired a photographer who is supposed to follow her whenever she makes a public appearance or even take pictures of her children.

You must have been wondering how the socialite manages to rock all these looks. Well, these are not phone photos and this is the guy behind them.

As we chat, Haruna Ssebagala of Access Films is in Gaborone, Botswana where he opened a new studio and office. Surely, being Zari’s official photographer comes with quite some perks. Besides sending shouts out on her Instagram, Zari has supported Ssebagala’s business unconditionally.

“I am her personal photographer whenever she is in Uganda, and a lot of times I travel with her.”

His relationship with the socialite dates back to 2011 when he worked on her Introduction ceremony.


“I was working with Photo Artistic then. I managed to befriend Zari and her mum but after the event, we never talked for almost two years. Then in 2013 we met again through my good friend Zahara (her sister). That is when I landed the gig to be her official photographer.

What is it like working with Zari?

“I love working with Zari. She is a very straight person. It is the same case with other celebrities I work with. Just do what people want and you will work with them smoothly,” he advises.

Ssebagala is also Club Guvnor’s official photographer. His most memorable projects are; the recent visit of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Uganda where he worked with the president’s official photographer, and the MTN CEOs conference early this year.

At 29, Ssebagala has bought land in Entebbe, owns three company vehicles, and takes care of his family; mother and two siblings.

Read the full story here: LENSMEN – The guys behind those flawless celeb photos

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