Capturing Lasting Memories
The Role of Funeral Photography
In a world where memories and emotions are eternally intertwined, capturing the essence of a farewell through photography can be a powerful tool for both healing and remembrance.
Funerals and celebration of life services, while poignant and essential, often pass in a blur of emotions and overwhelming moments. Funeral photography is a way to revisit these moments at your own pace, aiding in the journey of processing grief and commemorating the love for the deceased.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
– Aaron Siskind
Photographs act as a window back to the funeral or service, offering solace in the aftermath. Allowing grief its due course is essential. The act of looking back at photographs can be a healing process, helping us process the weight of loss and preserving cherished memories.
Funeral photographers possess the art of discretion, blending into the background of the event. Funeral photography usually consists of candid shots throughout the service, celebration, and wake (or whatever type of service or commemoration is held).
Finding the right photographer is important. Keep in mind not every photographer offers funeral photography services. I recommend researching local photographers, assessing their portfolios online, and gauging which photographer feels like the best fit for you. After all, the photographer will be capturing a deeply personal event.
Assigning a coordinator, often a friend or family member, to work with the photographer can alleviate the immediate family’s pressure on the day. Informing attendees through the order of service or funeral director that the event is being photographed allows everyone to be present in the moment.
These images encapsulate the breadth of emotions and memories shared for the deceased. They bear witness to grief’s universal reach within the deceased’s network.
Such documentation carries particular significance for young children, especially if the death is from their inner family like a parent, sibling, or grandparent. As they grow, these images can answer questions about that day and the people present. Creating a photo book with the order of events, eulogy, poems, lifetime photos, and memories from close friends and family becomes a cherished legacy for future generations.
“Every photo is a story captured, a moment frozen, a memory made tangible.”