It was a typical shopping trip. Katie, one half of the husband and wife photography team, Matt & Katie, had just spent a day with her mother doing some after Christmas shopping. Katie was putting the packages into the trunk of her car when another car backed into her and pinned her between the two cars. “Doctors and specialists said that another 3 to 5 more seconds of pressure and Katie would have been paralysed, or killed.”
That was 14 months ago and Katie, who sustained severe nerve damage, is in excruciating pain daily. Before that fateful day, Matt and Katie were wedding photographers in Australia. They also had a passion with sharing their knowledge with other photographers through their workshops and gave their time to help a charity rescue girls from sex trafficking in Nepal. The couple would travel often, camera in hand to use their talent to benefit others. All that was taken away from Katie, who can no longer travel, shoot or work.
Matt carried the business for the better part of last year, but with mounting medical expenses, caring for Katie and watching their savings dwindle, the stress and pressure got to be too much and he suffered a breakdown. Matt was admitted into a mental health facility for severe depression.
Reading about Matt and Katie on their blog, one can see the love they have for each other and their passion for life. From bungee jumping, to pranks, each video they share in their ‘About Matt & Katie‘ section shows them happy and healthy. They end that section with a wish list of places around the world they’d like to shoot – Bali, Fiji, Vanuatu, Hawaii, London, Italy, Switzerland and Canada – now those dreams have been put on hold as each day is a struggle for Katie to even load the dishwasher without extreme pain. She is currently in a pain rehabilitation clinic to manage the pain, and that has helped. Matt, had to be readmitted to the hospital last month for a short stay.
As Matt and Katie work through the darkest period of their lives, their fellow photographer friend, Jamie Swanson, has set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise money to pay their medical bills and lost income. Please consider donating here. Jamie stresses that all donations on the page are in AUD and also that GoFundMe takes 7-8% of fees from donations – so please consider donating a bit more to cover that cost. All donations will go directly to Matt and Katie.
Last year, Matt shared in a talk with the attendees of the Canada Photo Convention and talked about Katie’s accident and offers encouragement to viewers to commit to live life with zero regrets. After the accident, Katie said that if she had died that day, she was happy to say that she could say she had zero regrets. What an encouraging and inspiring couple.
Again, if you wish to donate, please do so here. Please send prayers and positive thoughts to these two that are hurting in our photography community.