A Guide to Professional Funeral Photography

Funeral photography can be both a beautiful and difficult thing to capture. Here are some tips on how to take funeral photos that are both respectful and stunning.


1. Timing is everything. Be sure to arrive early enough to get set up, but not so early that you’re interrupting the grieving process.


2. Ask permission before taking any photos. Some people may not want their grief captured on camera, and it’s important to respect their wishes.


3. Be prepared for anything. Funerals can be emotional and chaotic, so make sure you have a plan for what you want to capture before things get underway.


4. Get close, but not too close. You’ll want to get close enough to capture the emotion of the event, but be respectful of personal space.


5. Be mindful of your surroundings. In addition to respectful funeral photography, also be aware of your own safety and the safety of those around you.


6. Use natural light whenever possible. Funeral homes can be dimly lit, so bring along a tripod and use a slow shutter speed to capture the beauty of natural light.


7. Edit with respect. When editing your funeral photos, be sure to do so with respect for the subject matter. This is not the time for creative filters or drastic changes – keep it simple and tasteful.


8. Print with care. If you choose to print your funeral photos, do so with care. Choose a quality printing lab and be sure to order prints that are of a respectful size.


With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to capturing beautiful and respectful funeral photography.


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