For those of you who have been to CPC before, you’ll recognize these faces as past (and current) speakers, Matt and Katie Ebenezer.
Matt and Katie are based in Australia, and do workshops around the country there regularly helping people with their photography business. They don’t just hang out in Australia though – they’ve been literally all over the world helping and teaching people about photography and the business of photography. They’ve spoken at multiple international conventions (including WPPI and CPC), and have even given their workshops in the US and Canada.
And they’ve done it all with one goal in mind – to help other photographers succeed at business and live the life that they want.
For those of you who don’t know Matt and Katie personally, you might be rolling your eyes right now saying ‘uh huh, sure, they do it just because they love helping people.’ And you probably read that line with a healthy dose of sarcasm too.
And hey, if we didn’t know them either we may think that was true too.
But that’s not the case.
There are very few people out there in the industry that actually, truly, and sincerely care about the people they’re helping, and want to help others just for the sake of helping them.
And Matt and Katie absolutely fall into this category.
But at the end of 2013, their whole world was turned upside down when Katie was in a car accident and pinned between two vehicles in a parking lot.
Katie was able to escape with her life, and the doctors said that a few more seconds pinned between the cars would have left her paralyzed, or dead.
Since the accident, Katie has suffered severe nerve damage that leaves her in excruciating pain every single day. (Imagine being in so much pain for an entire year so bad that you consider it a good day when you can put on a pair of jeans by yourself.)
Needless to say, Matt and Katie’s ability to teach and help other photographers has suffered dramatically – and with that, so has their finances.
Matt and Katie have given so much to the international photography community, that it’s time for the community to stand up and give back to them and help them get back on their feet.
Every day is an improvement in their lives, but it’s a slow, painstaking journey, and they need our help to get there.
So we are asking you, as a member of the international photography community, to give back. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but every little bit adds up to something that can make a huge difference in their lives right now.
If you’d like to read more of their story and donate, please head on over to their GoFundMe page.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org – Jasser’s lovely assistant who uses that email also works for Matt and Katie, and has seen their struggle over the last year first-hand and can answer any questions you may have.
Here’s a little bit from Matt’s talk from CPC 2014: