Born and raised in Rajasthan, to the erstwhile noble family of Achrol, Abhay had a childhood which was anything but ordinary.His fondest memories are of summers spent in the jungles of Central India with his family who were all avid wildlife photographers. Those days in the wilderness spawned his interest in photography and inspired him to pick up his first professional camera at the age of 11.
Studying at Mayo College further provided a fantastic back drop to develop his budding talent and he became the head of the photography club there. This time for him was infused with cycling trips to the sand dunes, excursions to Pushkar and trips to surrounding villages. This multi-hued canvas of Rajasthan fuelled his passion even further.Throughout college at St. Xaviers Mumbai he was the “go-to-guy” for all the budding models, shooting portfolios on shoe string budgets. This was followed by apprenticeship under some of the country’s leading photographers for the next 3 years before he went solo.
Abhay’s list of clients include Satya Paul, Samsara, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Reebok, HSBC, Suzuki, Maggi, Lipton, Diva’ni, Relaxo, Vogue, Elle, Filmfare, Femina, Verve. Yash Raj Films, etc. His work is an interesting mix of fashion, advertising, film publicity and Bollywood celebrities.
Abhay lives in Mumbai with his wife, son and dog.