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Meet Katherine Katsenis of Panos Productions Photography in San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katherine Katsenis.

Katherine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story is simple. As a teacher, I was often asked to take photos of school events, or of kids who missed picture day. When I retired from teaching, it seemed a natural transition to become a maternity, newborn and infant photographer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a professional photographer is a lot more difficult that people may realize. It includes so many skill sets; not only the technical side of the camera and lenses used, but lighting, posing, composition and more. Further, the post processing skills needed are many…a lot more that I could have ever imagined. So, no. Not a smooth road. I have had to reeducate myself in so many ways. Any business is difficult to start from scratch, but it is even harder when one is also fine-tuning dozens of new skill sets.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Panos Productions Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I photograph maternity and newborn exclusively. As a fine art studio photographer, images are carefully crafted and brought into existence. The base image in camera is only about 40% of the final composition that is shown to clients.

I tend to specialize in “older babies”. This means a newborn who is over 12 days old. It may seem like nothing, but as babies hover around and past the 2-week mark, posing and photographing them becomes much more challenging. I seem to be able to pull it off more often than not.

If I had to guess, I would say I am known for my attention to detail in posing and for my patience. I have had shoots last more than 5 hours trying to get mom that awesome shot of her “older baby”.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am not a believer in luck. The harder you work, the “luckier” you are.


  • Plan to invest upwards of $800 for maternity and newborn fine art images

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Image Credit:
All images by Katherine Katsenis (Panos Productions Photography)

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