I'm Stephen. I'm a photographer .
I have an awesome, amazing partner.
(Shout out to Dexcom for the glucose monitor)
I have wonderful children (one of which an awesome photographer in her own right).
I'm generally a nice person, and I take pretty decent photographs .
(Here's one of my kids, shot by me. See? It's pretty good, yeah?)
I also love floral shots - and, if you can't tell, black & white photography is where my heart lies.
So, why am I on here?
Well, life has been - a lot lately.
My Sweetheart has Type 1 Diabetes. A recent retinal detachment surgery and subsequent complications have left her unable to work - because she's unable to see. She's already been out of work since August, will be out for at least another 6 weeks - before she's prepped for the next eye surgery. She had just started a new position so she hadn't been there long enough to qualify for short term disability or any other benefits.
So, things were already a little tight.
Well, this was Monday.
A head-on collision. The radiator was pushed through the motor. My airbag only partly deployed. My 3 year old daughter and I in the car. A minor rash for her. I flopped around like a rag doll. Yes, we were both wearing our seatbelts. Always. We escaped generally unscathed. My aches and pains and wooziness will go away. The car, however, Sweetheart's Pride & Joy - the one thing she worked really really hard to pay off - was totaled.
My camera, my beloved Fujifilm XT-30II, which I always have with me - was rendered inoperable.
No, I wasn't at fault.
However, it'll be months before all the insurance claims are ironed out and settled.
In the meantime, bills keep piling up.
I'm the only one working.
Rent's due. Utilities. Gotta eat.
I've had to miss time out of work to help care for the wife and the kid.
And now - we don't have a car.
And now - I don't have a camera.
I can't afford to repair it.
I can't afford a new one.
My camera has been my way of bringing in extra money throughout all of this.
So now, I'm at a loss, a little overwhelmed and a bit deflated.
This is the part where I say - Hey! Please consider donating if you can. Please consider buying a print from my online store if you can't donate. If you can't do those things, please consider amplifying and help spread this message.
Any and all funds raised will be used to help purchase a new camera and will go towards household and medical expenses.
My Sweetheart means everything to me.
My camera is a pretty close second.
Thank you for reading.