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Check Out Kate Pannozzo’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Pannozzo.

Hi Kate, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Like many, I started photography in high school. It was my senior year, and I needed an elective. I took photography and instantly fell in love and had an amazing teacher who really challenged me (Mrs. King). I started off by taking my then-boyfriend’s, band photos. After finishing high school, I continued to pursue photography while studying at George Mason University, although darkroom photography was the only offerings at the time! Due to life instances, I dropped out close to my senior year at GMU and put photography to the side.

Then about four years ago, I was gifted a digital camera and slowly started to find my love for photography all over again. I decided to go back to school, starting off at Northern Virginia Community College, where I was fortunate enough to have Aya Takishima and Page Carr as two of my photography professors, and then went back to GMU.I graduated in December 2020, with a Bachelor of Individualized Study in Cultural Photography. Most of 2021 has been spent shooting weddings (I believe I ended up shooting close to 40!) as well as building my own brand, “for the daisies”, in which I specialize in portraiture, as well as fashion photography.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
There have definitely been hiccups along the way! Converting from analogue photography to digital being one of them! I was very hesitant to pick up a digital camera and felt overwhelmed with having to learn programs like Photoshop and Lightroom when first starting out! But once I overcame those obstacles, I felt a lot more confident in being a photographer. Despite overcoming those obstacles, I still have moments all the time where I’ll be in the middle of a shoot and start to feel doubt creep into my mind and have to pause and reassure myself, I know what I’m doing! Going back to school while working full-time was also very hard at different points, thankfully I had my family and friends’ support and cheering me on during the weeks and times it all felt like too much!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Hmm, good question! I would say one thing readers should know about what I do, is that I am known for taking unique portraits. I try to capture people in their most natural state (less posed, more raw emotions). I love film, it’s how I learned to take photos, and although I shoot primarily digitally now, I always try to create the feel of the film as closely as possible while shooting digitally.

I often try to do so by using objects over my lens, so if you see me on a shoot expect me to pull out weird gizmos and gadgets from a small bag! I am also passionate about equality as well as women’s rights. For my final project, I focused largely on the idea of the “male gaze” (men portraying women sexually-that empowers men) but titled my project the (fe)male gaze.

I love fashion, and unfortunately, women in the fashion industry have been held to such a high, oftentimes, unrealistic beauty standard, I try to break that norm whenever possible. Show that Westernized beauty standards are not the only beauty standards, nor should they be the only ones represented within fashion.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
This is a hard question! I would say that the timing of things has been something that has been very lucky for me, although at times during my life it didn’t seem like such! Looking back from when I first started in high school (I wanted to work for Rolling Stone) and where I am now, I am grateful that my chosen career wasn’t fluid. I think had it been I would not have been able to learn and work with as many amazing people as I have the last few years. After getting to know Aya, one of my professors from Northern Virginia Community College, we realized we had “just missed” one another my first time at George Mason University, and I think if I hadn’t changed my trajectory, I would never have gotten the opportunity to learn from her, which would be detrimental to my career now, and has made me very lucky! So, despite my timing not always feeling lucky, I feel like it truly is or else I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’ve also been very lucky to have such a supportive family, when I discussed going back to school for photography both of my parents cheered me on and encouraged me to pursue something that brought me joy. I’ve also been very lucky to meet and create such wonderful friendships along this journey.

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