One of the decisions you will encounter when pre-planning your funeral is whether to hire a professional photographer. Although some may see a photographer's presence at the event as a tad bit on the morbid side, it's perfectly natural to want to capture this celebration of your life in photographs.
Pictures can be a blessing to close family members, and it can help those who couldn't make it feel included. If you decide to hire a professional photographer for the funeral, keep these do's and don'ts in mind. The right photographer can help put attendees at ease and capture photos of the event that you can appreciate as a remembrance of the memorial service of your loved one.
Do Hire a Photographer Who Has Shot Funerals
Try to hire a photographer who has experience with photographing funerals. Although a photographer may be extremely talented, the individual may not be adept at dealing with the delicate nature of a funeral unless they have past experience in doing so. Also, when you hire a photographer who already has taken pictures at funerals, you can look at their samples to let the person know what you do and don't want.
Don't Pick a Photographer from Photo Samples Alone
Many photographers offer a short, free consultation, and it's a good idea to take them up on this option. When you meet a photographer in person, you can get a much better idea of how the person works. Also, when you meet up, you should prepare a short list of questions you want to ask. Make sure to find out whether the photographer can capture the exact kind of pictures you'd like taken at the funeral.
Do Feel Free to Ask for Help with the Selection Process
Not everyone enjoys making all the decisions about the funeral. You don't have to shoulder all the responsibility. If you're not sure whether you want to hire a certain photographer, ask for help making the decision. You should feel free to ask for help throughout the funeral-planning process any time the going gets tough for you. Oftentimes friends and loved ones will jump at the chance to help during this time.
Finally, keep in mind that professional photographers enjoy photographing funerals, they may share their reasons with you and inspire you to want to have the pictures taken even if you were previously on the fence. A professional photographer who's the right fit can ultimately help the day easier by preserving it in pictures. Make this a part of your pre-arranged funeral arrangements to make things easier on your loved ones.
For more information, talk to a professional like Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.Share
11 May 2017
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