I love our photography community. Of course, we have our ups and downs, there’s drama, there’s in-fighting, there’s gossip, just like any family, but at its core, photographers, at least in the community that I’m surrounded by, are extremely supportive and when one of ours is in need, we try our best to support each other. When a local wedding photographer was diagnosed with ALS, many photographers pitched in to help him photograph his remaining weddings free of charge; many donated to the photographer whose husband was murdered over a Craigslist hoax; and many attended a WPPI fundraiser party set up for Matt & Katie, the photographer couple whose careers were derailed after a freak accident.
Now, photographer, educator and Fstoppers writer, our friend, Nino Batista is facing some struggles of his own. You may have read some of Nino’s helpful video tutorials on Photoshop or tips on glamour photography on Fstoppers, and there’s no doubt that Nino has a heart for helping other photographers grow and learn. Yesterday, Nino’s wife Tara, facing mounting pressures from a stressful and painful year, tried to take her own life. Tara is a mother of three, fosters shelter dogs, is in medical school, supports Nino and his career and has been dealing with some medical issues for the last year. Tara is now stabilized and receiving treatment.
Adding to the medical bills from the last year and the bills from the treatment Tara is currently receiving, Nino is also forced to cancel and refund a number of large events as well as take time away from his business to be with his family and take care and support his wife. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them in this difficult time.
From the GoFundMe page,
If Nino has ever helped you, taught you a new trick, shared his knowledge or time, or impacted your life in any way, please consider helping him get through one of the worst situations of his life. He is struggling with the thought of asking for help, but appreciates anything you are willing to give.
Asking for help is never an easy thing to do, and sometimes there is no other choice. Please consider donating, but even if you cannot support financially at this time, please send positive energy and prayers his way.