In-House Faculty



ASHWINI GHAISAS

PRINCIPAL

“ 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.





AKSHAY SHINTRE

VICE PRINCIPAL

“ 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.




PURVA GADRE

LECTURER

“ 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.





VEDANT CHANDAK

TEACHER ASSISTANT

      Vedant holds a BBA degree in Marketing Management but he soon knew that his passion for Photography has surpassed his interest in management by leaps and bounds. Thus he joined MIt-WPU School of Photography in 2016-17 batch and proved his ability by being the topper among his batch and winning the “Student of the Year” Award.
      He specialises in Fashion and Portrait Photography but he is also exploring Product, Nature and Event photography to enrich his experience as professional photographer.





SHRIHARI DHOLE

TEACHER ASSISTANT

      Shrihari’s journey in photography started with his keen interest in birding and his habit of capturing every moment. He joined MIT-WPU School of Photography in 2016-17 to fulfil his dream of converting photography from his hobby to profession. He was a meritorious student of his batch and was applauded by the jury for his excellent work.
     He is passionate and fearlessly chases his dreams. He specialises in Wildlife and Product Photography, but like to explore his interest in Fashion & Portrait Photography as well.





YOGESH BRAHME

STUDIO ASSISTANT

      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 KADAM

ASSISTANT TEACHER

      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 !!!

  • "It has been a great learning experience for me at MITSOP. It has one of the best facilities for a budding and aspiring photographer to improve and polish their skills. I was exposed to different and varied aspects of photography which has definitely helped me in my growth and to be ready for my professional journey in this field. Faculty is extremely co-operative as well as helpful. They have guided each and every student at every step making sure their learning curve is going up. Their guidance and support is not only limited to studies and learning but also extended to career guidance. I would recommend MITSOP to all those aspiring photographers who really want to polish their craft and excel in future."

    Pallavi Jadhav Batch: 2017-18
  • “After being a self-taught photographer for 4 years, I finally decided to join MIT-WPU School of Photography to get refined knowledge of the subject. And I'm sincerely grateful about the decision. The sessions conducted by in-house faculties, mentors and the guest faculties helped me to understand various aspects of this art and gave new dimensions to my knowledge. The faculties and the other staff members are truly helpful and always willing to share their knowledge. The infrastructure, including the well-equipped studio, computer lab and the classrooms are pleasant and welcoming. Activities like study tour, exhibition and specialization project helped me to get a hands on experience and to convert my concepts into reality.A big thanks to MIT-WPU School of Photography Team and best wishes for the institute's future.”

    Alok Katkar Batch: 2017-18
  • “If you want to pursue your carrier in Photography, MIT School of Photography is the best option I would suggest. The whole staff is very cooperative, helpful and guides you throughout the year. The guest lectures are really very good and very informative which leads you to a very different path. Throughout the year you get to explore many more things about photography and also post processing. The study tour arranged by the college is also very well organised.Join MITSOP to have a great future in Photography.”

    Kaushiki Date Batch: 2017-18
  • “Taking admission into MIT School of photography is like an exclusive visual world tour on big colourful canvas. It has been a wonderful experience for me in my complete year. It is indeed beyond boundaries. Potentials are harnessed, skills are developed, confidence is built and dreams are realized.Thank you MITSOP for this wonderful journey.”

    Ganesh Khule Batch: 2017-18
  • “It was an amazing 1 year journey for me to study photography at MIT School of Photography. Received a good theoretical knowledge of photography and learned all the important aspects through practical assignments. The faculty, seniors and staff was very supportive. They're cooperative, clear your doubts and criticize the work. Got additional knowledge from the renowned photographers who came as visiting faculty. Overall it was a nice experience for me to learn photography at MITSOP and I enjoyed the course.”

    Sagar Dani Batch: 2017-18
  • “A place that changed me from a hobby Photographer to a professional photographer. The staff has been an endless support to me right from day one. The best institute to change your dream as a photographer to a profession. I would recommend this institution to each and everyone. Thank you MIT School of Photography.”

    Aishwarya Ranbhor Batch: 2017-18
  • "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