A funeral photography can be so many things. To a family it can be a farewell to a father or mother. It can also be a time for a family to reunite, coming together from all parts of the world. Sisters in their seventies can catch up. Grandchildren can play with their interstate cousins.
To friends, it is a time to remember and reminisce about a person who enriched those he or she came into contact with. School friends may not have bumped into each other for decades until they meet again at the memorial service.
To colleagues, it is a reminder that there is more to life than work. It is also a time to acknowledge how the deceased helped them in their own careers.
In short, a funeral is a unique gathering of people from all walks of life all drawn together by the memory of one person.
Given how significant funerals are, it is not surprising that there is always a Remembrance Book for mourners to sign. What is surprising is how few funerals are professionally photographed.
But what to photograph? Prior to the memorial service, it can be a good opportunity to photograph people who were significant to the individual such as social groups. For example, the tennis club that played such an important part of the individual’s life will want to acknowledge how important the deceased was to them. Work colleagues are also important since they will reflect the esteem in which the person was held. And of course, the family must be photographed.