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The Toehold Team

Behind the famous Toehold quality is a team of accomplished professionals who are highly passionate about not only photography but also helping you excel at it. Between them they carry decades of experience in travel and imagery,
and they use it to realise your dream.

Our Team

Jayanth Sharma

Jayanth Sharma

CEO & Co-Founder. Award-winning Wildlife Photographer.
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Jayanth Sharma is renowned as a prolific producer of consistently stunning imagery – the kind that is planned in a studio and executed outdoors. Effortlessly combining natural history and fine-art elements, Jayanth brings back rarely seen perspectives from the little-visited domains and far corners of the natural world.

Rajiv Shyamsundar

Rajiv Shyamsundar

Photography Mentor
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With a flair for eclectic photography-genres ranging from portraiture to architecture and fine-art to landscapes, young Rajiv Shyamsundar uses the camera as a palette of myriad hues. His work is distinctive and committed to pulling out that hitherto-unseen visual from the depths of his imagination to paint vivid images on a canvas of vibrant pixels, especially with his favourite genre of event photography.

Harsha Narasimhamurthy

Harsha Narasimhamurthy

Photography Mentor
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His reverence for creatures of the forests marked the beginning of young Harsha Narasimhamurthy’s journeys to National Parks in South India, followed by his devotion to document his experiences as photographs. Gifted with keen attention and impressive presence of mind, Harsha is quick to make informed decisions on field. He considers photography ‘the digital form of painting’, and his work remains true to his learned truth.

Prakash Matada

Prakash Matada

Filmmaker
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A filmmaker specialising in infomercials and documentary films, Prakash Matada has worked with many international networks like RadicalMedia, BBC, Discovery, Nat Geo, Emic Films and Animal Planet on many of their landmark series. He is a well-known name in the filmmaking fraternity as his work reaches out to multidisciplinary projects and he continues to collaborate with dedicated filmmakers, artists and organizations from across India and abroad.

Narendra

Narendra Devaraju

Photography Mentor
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Being the youngest one on the team, Narendra brings the same amount of energy and zeal he holds within, into his photography. He has followed his heart in unravelling the mysteries of nature, even through the perils of engineering. His journey started as a bright-eyed kid with a keen interest in wildlife conservation.

Jainy Kuriakose

Jainy Kuriakose

Photography Mentor
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With a relentless desire to behold the colours of every feather and enjoy the splendour of its plumage on the screen, Jainy has travelled far and wide across the Indian subcontinent and several foreign lands with the intent of photographing the rich avian life on this planet. Having photographed over 1100 birds in India alone, her lens has also painted over 50 species of Indian mammals.

Saurabh Desai

Saurabh Desai

Photography Mentor
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Finding joy in capturing humble but expressive moments of nature and sharing the same with viewers of common interest is what encouraged Saurabh to preen out of his professional career as an engineer and uplifted him to thrive as an artist. Stunned by the beauty and brilliance of wildlife, he picked up the camera to capture the splendours of wild in its raw form and enjoyed clicking different arrangements of nature’s most amazing elements with infinite possibilities in their own environment.

Devendra Gogate

Devendra Gogate

Manager – Outdoors

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With an academic background in Botany and Biodiversity, Devendra Gogate nurtures his love for nature and beings of the wild with an informed composure. His love for the natural world is only increasing with each passing outdoor exploration ever since 2003. With more than 12 years of experience in wildlife tourism, he has imparted natural history knowledge to numerous people who have travelled with him on group tours to different destinations in India and abroad.

Oli Haukur

Oli Haukur

Photography Mentor

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Living in Reykjavik, Iceland, Oli Haukur is known for the unique results he accomplishes in photography and design projects on landscape, architecture, advertising and wedding. While he also likes photographing people and the magic in the mundane life, Iceland looks more surreal and overwhelmingly outlandish in his landscape photos. His vibrant portfolio also reflects his passion for travel and his love for nature.

Phillip Ross

Phillip Ross

Photography Mentor

Phillip Ross is the ‘little master’ of wildlife photography. Still in his twenties and already boasting an impressive portfolio, Phillip exudes the same precocity as the big cats he is known to get along with. When out in the wild, Lady Luck is his faithful friend, and back in the civilized world, captivating stories of his experiences are a staple source of fascination for those who enjoy the pleasure of his vivacious acquaintance.

Harsha Narasimhamurthy

Anuroop Krishnan

Photography Mentor

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His reverence for creatures of the forests marked the beginning of young Harsha Narasimhamurthy’s journeys to National Parks in South India, followed by his devotion to document his experiences as photographs. Gifted with keen attention and impressive presence of mind, Harsha is quick to make informed decisions on field. He considers photography ‘the digital form of painting’, and his work remains true to his learned truth.

The vision of the management team is amply matched by the passion of our office staff. Proud, motivated and committed to the common goal of excellence, they help ensure we constantly fulfil our mission of being the best at what we do.

Shruthi Sharma
Shruthi Sharma
Rentals Head

Resourceful and affable, Shruthi lives and breathes rentals, while keeping the gear in shipshape and ready to light people’s lives, with tireless diligence.

Ullhas Reddy
Manager Travel Services

Ullhas ensures that our travel services meet new horizons with excellence, by leveraging his strong grounding in sales, operations and Personalised Vacations.

Shashwat Bhat
Shashwat Bhat
Manager Photography Workshops

Shashwat ensures that our nonpareil expertise on photography reaches avid learners by deftly coordinating our photography workshops in various cities.
Kumaraswamy
Kumaraswamy M. G.
Manager – Operations

Kumar oversees the camera rentals operations to ensure coherence between the various processes that constitute this business vertical.

Pavithra Prashanth
Pavithra Prashanth
Assistant Manager
Bangalore Rentals
With a ready zeal to serve as her main tool, Pavithra makes it a breeze to zero in on your dream gear and walk away with it, and a beaming smile for free.
Aparna
Aparna VishwasRao
Customer Service Executive
Pune Rentals

Aparna’s fervour for customer service has been ceaselessly playing a vital role in the diligent running our Camera Rentals in Pune.

Mohammed Irfan Khan
Store Manager
Mumbai

Behind the quiet glory and the organised functioning of our Mumbai Gallery is Irfan’s uncompromising dedication and perseverance.

Mamatha K.
Customer Service Executive
Bangalore Rentals

With her experience in the customer service industry, Mamatha ensures smooth coordination of our Camera Rental services in Bengaluru.

Mary
Mary Lobo
Customer Service Executive
Mumbai

Mary’s adherence to perfection serves as the essential element in our unimpaired customer services execution in Mumbai.

H. J. Vinayak
Accounts Executive

With a keen mind for numbers and experience in making accurate sense of them, Vinayak helps us maintain our accounts with an inflexible precision.

Soumya Hegde
Soumya Hegde
Accounts Assistant
A budding enthusiast of accountancy, Soumya plays the vital role of adding more diligence in making and maintaining financial reports with utmost flair and zeal.
K. M. Ashok
K.M. Ashok
Senior Logistics Executive
Bangalore Rentals
Known to be as punctual as an atomic clock, Ashok delivers equipment – and joy – to your doorstep with the reliability of a Toyota and the élan of an Aston.
C. Prasad
C. Prasad
Logistics Executive
Bangalore Rentals
A biking enthusiast, Prasad leverages his love for motorcycles to zip nimbly across the city, to gear you up for your big shoot without breaking a sweat.
Shivjee Ray
Shivjee Ray
Logistics Executive
Pune Rentals

Shivjee carries his considerable knowledge of photography lightly on his shoulders, using them instead to care for equipment and deliver it with clockwork precision.

Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Logistics Executive
Bangalore Rentals
Ajay delivers equipment with a matchless efficiency, for he knows the city’s map like the back of his hand, and punctuality is not merely his strength, but his very hallmark.
Ajit Pawar
Ajit Pawar
Logistics Executive
Pune Rentals
Known to lavish more care on our equipment than many do on their Charles Hollander chess-sets, Ajith knows to be in only one mode – his best.
Rohit Raghunath Mali
Rohit Raghunath Mali
Logistics Executive
Pune Rentals

Assiduous and motivated, Rohit ensures safe and punctual delivery of our camera equipment with ceaseless dedication and commitment.

Join the Team

At Toehold quality and innovation are the lifeblood of everything we do, so we welcome young and dynamic professionals who are meritorious and passionate about excellence and service. In lieu we offer a work environment that is open, involving, creatively satisfying and immense fun! Review our open positions and apply for a suitable one if you don’t want to leave your heart behind when you go to work every day!