Trailblazers: Powerful Women of Photography the Stacy Pearsall Interview, with Stacy Pearsall and Mia McCormick

Stacy Pearsall is an award winning combat photographer, a recipient of the Bronze Star for acts of courage on the battlefield, and a woman who has helped to blaze the trail for other women with the desire to serve their country on the front lines of combat.

Join our own Mia McCormick as she sits down with Stacy and delves into topics that range from how Stacy got started in photography after joining the Air Force at age 17 to the obstacles she had to overcome as a female airman in combat situations, and from what it takes to make tough choices in chaotic situations to the process of transitioning to civilian life after being combat disabled and retired from military service. This interview kicks off our Trailblazer interview series on powerful women in photography; women who have the courage to tell stories about complicated issues, often under extreme and dangerous situations, and who are among the first female professionals to excel in their chosen discipline of photography.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: On Getting Started (Duration 12:57)

Serving in the military is a family tradition for Stacy, but when it came time to choose an occupation within the military Stacy knew she wanted to do something creative, but it was photography that chose her.

Lesson 2: On Overcoming Challenges (Duration 14:21)

Being Air Force among Army, a woman among men, and being a photographer among people who didn't want to be documented was the trifecta of challenges to overcome when starting out as a combat photographer.

Lesson 3: On Making Tough Choices (Duration 14:43)

As a combat photographer you are sometimes forced to make tough choices in extremely chaotic, dangerous, and stressful situations. It can be really tough to keep putting the mission first in the face of huge loss.

Lesson 4: On Being a Combat Photographer (Duration 13:06)

From the gear to pushing through the pain of injury, Stacy shares some of her thinking about what being a combat photographer means to her.

Lesson 5: On Transitioning From the Military (Duration 12:36)

The journey from a medical retirement to civilian life is challenging for all veterans in different ways. While in rehab for her injuries Stacy found that her photography offered her a new opportunity for healing, growth, and fulfillment.

Meet Your Instructor: Stacy Pearsall

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in the service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended…

Meet Your Instructor: Mia McCormick

Mia McCormick works as a resident technology expert for Kelby Training and B&H Photo - one of the largest electronic retailers in the world. She also conducts a series of…

1 Comment

  1. This is a rare interview. A "must see" interview in fact. I was very moved by the story and I got a lot of admiration for Stacy Pearsall as the story unfolded. I could never have done what she has, and I wish her all the best with her present career. And Well done Mia.

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