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Why take photos at a funeral?
It’s hard to understand now, but there will come a day, (perhaps an anniversary) when you will want to look at the funeral, and the people and friends that were there and supported you in your time of grief and loss.
If you never look at the DVD, that’s fine; but if you do want to see it, with all the detail of the flowers, listen to the passion of the Eulogy, or remember the hymns and special music and so on - when you are ready – it will be there for you. I will have been there, quietly archiving your life, to give you comfort and to share with your Loved Ones.
I’ve got your back covered.
“When people say to you “We’ll do it ourselves” you don’t know how difficult it is when you’re mourning yourself, to have your mind on recording the event, and ALSO how you get 101 dirty looks from people there who hate that you’ve brought a camera to a funeral!
It is really clear how important it is to have an objective third party!”
I specialise in producing funeral tribute DVDs for your family, and photographing funerals without intruding on your private grief.
Families who are unsure at first, often ring the Funeral Director and exclaim how stunning the DVD is, and how grateful they are that I was there. My DVDs have been sent overseas to Germany, England, America, Vietnam, New Zealand, Fiji and Switzerland.
Family members who might have been originally against filming the funeral (too intrusive) are often the ones who re-order more copies of the DVD as they love it so much, and finally ‘get it’. It gives them comfort, it gives them a sense of completion; and if they cry whilst watching the DVD, that’s ok too, it’s all part of the grieving process.
Please don’t ask a family member or friend to film for you, it’s quite unfair and places them under a lot of pressure, at a time when they should be there supporting YOU and dealing with their own grief.
It’s YOUR job to grieve, it’s MY job to quietly preserve your precious memories.
One more thing to remember; I meet many people who are very keen to have their parents funeral filmed, but a kindly or well-meaning person talks them out of it, or disagrees with filming the Service. Because they are undergoing enough stress as it is, and they don’t want to cause trouble or upset other members of the family, they then agree NOT to have the service filmed.
It’s usually to their life-time regret. You can’t do it again, you can never look at it, you can never share it.
It’s gone forever. I am aware that it is a sensitive subject, but I work for my client (you) and I can usually work around family members who do not wish to be filmed. I understand.
I’ve been fortunate enough to film beautiful Maori funerals, as well as Vietnamese and other cultures. Please ask me how I can help preserve your precious memories.
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Funeral Homes I worked with include:
- White Lady Funerals
- George Hartnett Funerals
- New Haven Funerals
- K M Smith Funerals
- Premier Funerals
- Cannon & Cripps
- Gregson & Weight Funerals
- Michael Hutchinson Funerals
- Metropolitan Funerals
- Alex Gow Funerals
- Simplicity Funerals
Funeral Celebrants I recommend:
- Anne Campbell
- Maureen Croghan
- Kaye Forester-Harris
- Sandra Hill
- Morgan Reeder
- Rod Schafferius
- Bruce Wadd
- Gillian Wightman
Hi Patty,Thank you so much for your patience and recording the service with such professionalism and kindness.Warmest WishesCarolGeorge Hartnett Funerals, Wynnum
Hello PattyOn behalf of the Pelloni Family, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the lovely Tribute DVD produced for Franco Pelloni’s funeral on Friday 10 June 2011.We look forward to the DVD of the service in due course.Have a lovely week.Warmest WishesJeannette
A photographic DVD can be sent to distant family and Loved Ones.
- Memorial DVD for the Service, or of the Funeral
- Personal Tributes to the family
- Online Memories to share with overseas and distant family
- Discreet, non-intrusive, respectful
- A decade of experience, a lifetime of memories
- Private grief is not intruded upon
“Thank goodness you are here!”
WHY I AM A FUNERAL PHOTOGRAPHER
When my father passed away, he was a much-loved big fish in a little sea in Rockhampton (and also a former Queenslander of the Year 1987, and a O.A.M. Recipient) and I wanted his funeral videoed for our family. I also took my own film camera (of course!) and my husband dutifully shot the various speakers and family members as they paid their tributes and delivered the Readings. I rang the Morning Bulletin newspaper, asking if they intended to send in a photographer.
“Wouldn’t miss it for the world Patty” they assured me, and so it was on that sad day in February, we adult children formed a straight sober line outside the Anglican Cathedral.
Grandchildren also joined us to present dad’s ‘Symbols of Life” which included things such as his diving helmet (already placed within the church) and his books, awards, pearl shell, Bible and so on.
I could see the photographer there waiting, and was pleased to see him raise the camera to his eye.
*snap. Got that image.
*snap, captured that image too.
I was very happy and relieved to have him there. The video bloke held his one position throughout the Service.
At the end of the Service we all gathered around the hearse to sing dad farewell and to give final Blessings. The photographer leaned in and photographed dad’s beautiful bright flowers. I sang loudly, as dad would have wished.
The next day I went in to the newspaper to ask for the images, but the chief photographer came out and told me that “someone thundered ‘How dare you photograph Father Warby’s’ funeral!’ and demanded that the images be erased.”
I was stunned and couldn’t speak for a long time, fighting to control my tears and emotions.
It was the early days of new-fangled digital cameras. Now I would have requested that he use digital retrieval software; but back then, the images once erased, they were gone.
I learnt that some people mean well, but actually stuff things right up! Some things cannot be left to chance, and knowing we can never recreate that special day, with the images gone forever. Thank goodness I had my husband’s images, and the video.
I thought “This is really important” and so it was that I became a Funeral Photographer. I have buried many family members, a brother, father, uncles and aunties and so on, so I too have walked the walk, that you now tread. My heart has also ached with dull heaviness, and I do understand a little of how you feel.
Dad’s Funeral DVD sits in my drawer and it gives me great comfort knowing it’s always there for me. I hope my Funeral DVDs bring you much comfort as well.