ABOUT KATE

In India (second from right), with Preetha, Pushpa, Jancy and Prathibha, while shooting at Shanti Bhavan Children's Project! (Photo by Shashi Shekhar Rajannah)

In India (second from right), with Preetha, Pushpa, Jancy and Prathibha, while shooting at Shanti Bhavan Children's Project! (Photo by Shashi Shekhar Rajannah)

Photo by Cassandra Bianco

Photo by Cassandra Bianco

My work focuses on women and their role within their own communities. My passion is helping not-for-profit organizations tell their stories through visual media. I’ve spent time with cloistered nuns in Peru for Sister Cities International, cheered Special Olympic athletes while filming the World Games in China, and documented the high school graduation of 18-year-old Maheshwari, a teen from India's "untouchable" caste who was the first person in her family to attend school with She's the First.

I'm passionate about helping nonprofits craft their visual voice. I tell stories with photos and video, working with each organization to form a narrative that defines their mission and inspires their audience. I love meeting new people, learning about their lives, and sharing their stories.

I started my career working in newspapers in print and on the web, most recently as a photo editor at The Wall Street Journal and as a multimedia producer at NBC Universal. I loved the access afforded to these major organizations, but found that more often than not, we covered a tragedy but weren't able to circle back to tell the stories of the people and organizations striving to make their communities stronger in the aftermath. I chose to head out on my own to find these stories and support the organizations and people behind them.

I am the official photographer and chair of the Junior Board for She’s the First, a nonprofit that supports girls’ education worldwide. My work with She's the First has shown me how strongly storytelling can affect an organization's message. Through social media, our blog and our YouTube channel, we share the stories of young women whose lives have changed because of education. Images create a powerful personal connection between a cause and its donors.

Outside of photography and film, I'm a coffee fiend, a cookie monster, a board game fanatic and an intrepid wanderer!

Contact me to chat about how we can work together!

 

Honors & Awards

Official SelectionSan Francisco Documentary Festival 2016Pursuing Dreams

Official SelectionSacramento International Film Festival 2016Pursuing Dreams

Official SelectionFOG Movie Fest: Silicon ValleyPursuing Dreams

Official Selection, San Francisco Frozen Film FestivalPursuing Dreams

Best of Fest: Social Short, Livermore Valley Film Festival 2016Pursuing Dreams

Award of Merit: Documentary Short, Impact DOCS Awards 2016Pursuing Dreams

Official SelectionWomen's Independent Film Festival 2015Unbroken

Grant Recipient, California Humanities, Community Stories Grant, 2015. Pursuing Dreams

Grant Recipient, Speranza Foundation, 2015. Unbroken and The Race for Equality

Second Place, National Press Photographers Association Monthly Video Contest, April 2014Magho (Daughter)

Official Selection, Asheville Cinema Festival 2013Magho (Daughter)

Official Selection, Silent River Film Festival 2013Magho (Daughter)

Official Selection, Poverty Cure Film Festival 2013. Magho (Daughter)

Finalist, The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation 2013 Documentary Short-Short Film GrantMagho (Daughter)

Honorable Mention, NPPA Best of Photojournalism  2008. On the Line: Economic Hardship in NC

 

Member of the National Press Photographers Association

 

Clients:

  • Breakthrough New York
  • Center for Arts Education
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Coro New York Leadership Center
  • Girls on the Run International
  • Girl Scouts of Greater New York
  • Haymakers for Hope
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
  • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
  • Project Renewal
  • Refugee Transitions
  • She's the First
  • S.H.E. Summit
  • Special Olympics International
  • Starfish
  • Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • United Nations System Staff College
  • Viacom Talent for Good

 

 

Work has appeared in:

  • Associated Press
  • ELLE
  • Glamour
  • Mashable
  • SELF
  • The New York Times
  • The TODAY Show
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Upworthy