In-House Faculty



“ When you choose your passion to be your profession, work becomes a way of life! ”

      Ashwini Abhyankar-Ghaisas is portrait photographer and leading short film maker. She holds a postgraduate degree in Fine arts (painting) and a diploma in photography. She is a trained film maker from the New York Film Academy, New York.
      As a director, her short films have won many accolades at International and national level film festivals. These include MIFF, JIFF, etc. Her specialty in portrait photography has resulted in completing several portfolio assignments including those of some of renowned personalities. She was awarded ‘Pu La Deshpande Smruti Puraskar’ for her achievements as young photographer.
      She has worked not only as a creative artist behind the camera but also in front of the camera as TV serial and film artiste, stage artiste, etc. She also has teaching experience in the field of photography. Costume designing and make-up artistry too have utmost contribution in her multifaceted career.
      It is her extensive experience in teaching photography that has lead in the formation of the strong foundation of the institute.



“ Had I put my heart and soul out on a canvas, it would look like a photograph ”

      Akshay is commercial photographer specializing in Portrait and Fashion photography. He holds a master’s degree in environmental science but photography was always his true calling. He pursued a diploma in photography from Fergusson College, Pune at a very young age. After taking formal education of the art, he got valuable guidance from the great photographer Late Mr. Gautam Rajadhyaksha while assisting the maestro.
      He started his career in commercial photography in 2006. Major part of his commercial work has been in Fashion, Portraits and Product photography.P. N. Gadgil jewelers, Ghodke Saraf jewelers are some of the famous names among his clients.
       Akshay has a substantial teaching experience of 9 years. He is proficient and experienced in syllabus designing, curriculum design, academic planning and management. He has thus played a crucial part in designing of the institute.



“ My work is reflection of who I am and sometimes of who I want to be.”

      Purva is a photojournalist and Documentary photographer. After completing her graduation in commerce, she acquired a Diploma in Photojournalism where she was trained under the able guidance of Mr. Fawzan Husain, one of India’s best Documentary photographers. She obtained her 1st documentary project from an international NGO, while she was still studying photography.
       As a photojournalist, she started her career with the Business India Magazine in Mumbai as staff photographer before starting off as a freelancer. She has worked for big names like OutLook Money magazine, Hindustan Times (Mumbai) and Pune Times on freelance assignments.
       Her personal projects have been published in magazines and newspapers. Her work has been exhibited in a group shows at the Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai and Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune. She is also a recipient of Jury Commendation at the prestigious Toto Awards for Photography in 2014.
       Apart from photography, Purva has keen interest in Film Making, Makeup& Hair artistry and Food Styling.



      Yogesh has been trained in handling studio equipment under the able guidance of Mr. Kumar Gokhale since 1999. While assisting Mr. Kumar Gokhale he got valuable knowledge in studio photography and designing. He assists other photographers like Mrs. Ashwini Abhyankar Ghaisas, Mr. Sanjay Khamkar and Mrs. Rajashree Pandharpure, as well.
      Yogesh makes sure that students learn how to handle equipment with utmost care and safety.

     Past Faculties



      Nikhil is an alumnus of MIT-WPU School of Photography with specialization in advertising and product photography. He was awarded “Student of the year 2015-16”.
      He has completed MBA in international Business which makes him understand the dynamics and statistics of photography business. He loves to share his experiences and knowledge with everyone.
      His interest lies in fashion, product, portrait and food photography.

What our students say

Testimonials From Students At MIT School Of Photography
Here is What Few Of Them Have Said !!!

  • "I am from the first batch of MITSOP. I was entering a new phase of life of photography. It seemed very difficult for me at first. But the support and guidance I received from the faculty of MITSOP made it very easy for me. I could rely on them for any difficulty or doubts I had. I was given step by step guidance. Starting with the Principal, HOD and Mentors I consider these three people "The Three Pillars" of my life. The environment at MITSOP is very friendly. You get to learn a lot."

    Saurabh Nakhale Batch: 2013-14
  • "My diploma course at MITSOP was literally life-changing. It was just the platform I needed to step up my photography. Under the guidance of the wonderful staff like Akshay Sir, Kumar Sir, and Ashwini ma'am, it was much easier to grasp the vastness of the technicalities as well the art. Everyone had some unique form of wisdom that they were "always" willing to share. It's just up to the receiver of how much he/she can receive and make use of all that. Beautiful and pleasant premises of the classroom as well as the studios. A one year journey that has made quite a mark on my career for which I'm extremely grateful."

    Aatish Shinde Batch: 2014-15
  • "Maharashtra Institute of Technology's School of Photography. The name itself is becoming a brand now, popularly known as MITSOP. I must say this institute has given us stupendous education in a very charming manner. Each and every session here was fruitful and full of joy. The quality education we got that too in such affordable fees is marvellous. Before joining the institute the thought of being a good photographer never came to mind. But should say, MITSOP.. The canvas from where incredible art flies out.."

    Mayur Babaladi Batch: 2015-16
  • "I can positively say that MITSOP has made me the better person. It has helped me in developing my positive attitude towards my photography, my passion and discover more about myself. I always fell that i am so lucky that I am a student of MITSOP. I learnt all the aspects of photography in detail over here. Our mentors, and staff are very carrying and interested in students well being."

    Sayali Mandlik Batch: 2013-14
  • "Learning in MITSOP was a great experience as the institute pays individual attention and also directs in understanding various aspects of photography. The institute motives in inculcating and utilising the appropriate mixture of creativity and professionalism. The institute gives a larger exposure to each and every student by organising exhibitions and and interactions with well known photographers from industry."

    Nikhil Kadam Batch: 2015-16
  • "MITSOP is not just a school or an institution...It is my family. The environment is friendly....The place where each and every aspect of photography is taught well... It shaped my carrier well... Now I can confidently stand up to any task I am assigned to do... Yes... It has been a game changer!"

    Pratik Kale Batch: 2013-14
  • "Everyone pursues a dream since childhood, however getting opportunity to live your dream is always special. Photography was always my passion and MITSOP provided a lifetime path to follow my dreams. Being part of 1st batch it will always be memorable for me. Life at MITSOP is fun. You learn in every second at MITSOP. I would always cherish my decision to pursue my dream & passion at MITSOP under the friendly guidance of all faculty of learned a lot."

    Surabhi Mishra Batch: 2013-14
  • "It is very hard to decide what you want in your life specially when you talk about dreams. Photography is everything for me but when I started I didn't knew who to follow my path ,not every institute can teach photography. But with ' MITSOP " its like dream came true. The best decision I ever made. All the aspects of photography basics as well as advanced all the things,ideas I learnt here.learning about lighting and practising with studio equipment was insightful and educating . learning with MITSOP was fun. Bringing in professionals from the industry to teach us makes MITSOP an excellent institute. If you are looking for photography course this is the place where you want to be."

    Pinkey Hangat Batch: 2014-15