At first, the idea of hiring a funeral photographer might seem slightly odd. However, there are actually several compelling advantages that come along with having a professional photographer present for the funeral service and wake.
Here are just four reasons why you will be thankful that you hired a professional photographer for the funeral of your loved one.
1. A Record to Look Back On
Of course, the most important reason to hire a funeral photographer is that you'll be provided with a record of everyone that attended. It can be impossible to interact with everyone who attends, so it can often feel like you never really got a chance to connect. Looking over the photographs that were taken throughout the day can be a wonderful look into the number and variety of people who came to celebrate the life of the one who passed away.
2. Significant Shots
Professional photographers are gifted in their ability to record moments of deep emotion. Though we commonly associate photographs with happy times, the depth of feeling that people can experience when saying goodbye to someone can create beautiful images that really demonstrate in normally unseen ways just how much the deceased meant to the person being photographed. Of course, photographers will also be able to capture smiles and laughs that occur when people gather at the wake, shining a light on the way the service brought people back together.
3. Ideal for Those Unable to Attend
It can be nice to have a record of this day for yourself, but it can be even nicer to have professional photographs to post or email to those who were not able to attend. Some people may be living abroad or have working commitments that would not allow them to attend the funeral. It's also quite common for close friends and relatives of the deceased to be on the older side, in which case they may be unable to travel for medical reasons. In such cases, it can be comforting for them to view professional images from the funeral to see just how much the deceased meant to others.
4. Respectfully Unobtrusive
It can be quite common for people to want to take photographs during a funeral or wake in order to record the moment for themselves. However, those people often feel as if it would seem disrespectful. A professional funeral photographer will know how to take meaningful shots without seeming disrespectful.
To learn more about having a photographer at a funeral, contact a local funeral director.