Hiring a Funeral Photographer
People have different reasons why they wish to hire a funeral photographer to capture the day. Sometimes family members cannot attend for varying reasons, such as ill-health or living overseas (my sister had to video stream into my grandad's funeral). Or simply because they want a record of the day, part of the celebration of the life lived.
Funeral photography is about documenting moments of kindness, compassion and raw emotion. Photographing a funeral as friends and family pay tribute demands experience, respect and professionalism. I am discreet and sensitive throughout. I will not disturb proceedings; I simply capture the day as it naturally unfolds with the minimum fuss or flare.
Funeral Coverage Throughout the UK
I am happy to travel all over the UK to document funerals. Just as with my wedding photography, I am flexible with coverage times being as little or as long as you wish.
Why Funeral Photography?
The pandemic is a weird time for us all. Sadly, having known a lot of people passing away during its time, I just found it poignant that we didn't document the moment for ourselves and future generations. After all, life is only made beautiful because it does indeed come to an end. Life is not about only recording its best moments. Life is full of experiences and emotions, and if we focus only on the happy ones, we miss the key part of being a human.
There's nothing to be worried about at a funeral. It's natural to cry and to let it all out. Showing your raw emotions at a funeral is to express your love for someone. Expressing all of your feelings is an essential part of the healing process with grief. Photography can play an important part in this process.
It seems weird when you think about it—photographing a funeral. We photograph all moments of life but not the sad ones. Life, however, I believe, is like a song; each note is to be enjoyed and celebrated at the end for its magnificence.
In 2020 my grandad was very ill, and eventually, he did pass away. While in hospital, I took photos of him and my nan on my phone. Little did I think at the time, the impact a small photograph of them holding hands would have. Not only for me but for my nan, who says it's the most perfect photograph she's ever seen.
Here are some reasons why funeral photography can help you heal:
It is a visual record of who attended the funeral.
Funerals are similar to weddings in that it is not always possible to spend time with everyone in attendance because you are caught up in the moment. Unlike weddings, however, you do not always know who will attend a funeral, because friends and colleagues from down the years might decide to call in and pay their respects. You won't know all these people, but it will be comforting to have a photographic record of them paying respect to your loved one.
The emotion will be remembered.
A funeral is an emotional roller coaster of remembrance of a life, which is thankful for happy memories, tinged with sadness that no more will be shared. There is beauty in all forms of emotion. Having those emotions recorded visually is to remember and commemorate the love so many people held.
How you chose to honour your loved one will be remembered.
A lot of thought and planning goes into a funeral. Everything from the service to the speakers, hymns, flowers, location and more has to stand as a fitting tribute to the person passed. A funeral reflects the personality of the loved one lost, but time will fade some of those memories. A photographic record can help to keep the essence of the personality alive.
Last Words About Funeral Photography
It’s not necessary to hire a professional photographer to take photographs at a funeral. However, you can, if you feel that it is appropriate.
If there is someone who will not be too emotional on the day, who has experience and can competently take photos in a funeral situation and to be discreet, then ask them. But please also respect their answer if it is a ‘no’ as they do not feel confident enough.
Please do not leave the funeral photography up to an immediate family member or close friend as they need to be fully absorbed in the moment, to grieve, and not hidden behind the lens of a camera.