Getting into funeral photography

9 years 3 months ago #197993 by Monster
Let me start by saying this is an idea only at this time. I was just told that photographers who take photos of the deceased make great money. I'm thinking creepy! But hey, I might get used to it if the money was good.

So...

1. Any idea what a funeral photographer makes?
2. Downsides of doing this?
3. Kind of depressing work environment, any mental issues I can expect? :toocrazy:


BTW would you do this?


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9 years 3 months ago #197999 by Dori
I can't answer any of you questions. But I am not sure I could do this. I guess if you aren't directly connected with the person, but what about the grief the loved ones are feeling. Couldn't this affect you?

Don't pi$$ me off, I am running out of room to store the bodies...

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9 years 3 months ago #198011 by photobod
My advice is dont do it, you are already sounding negative, photography is a joy something that brings great memories to us all, even if it is about someone who has passed away, you seem to be wanting to do this because you have heard that the money is great, no offense but that is a very shallow reason to do this job, you need empathy and understanding to do any people photography, be it weddings, portraits or funerals, think again, you will be a better photographer if you put the money to the end of the wish list. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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9 years 3 months ago #198020 by Monster
I see what you are saying and that is what I'm thinking about and can't seem to make a decision :silly:


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9 years 3 months ago #198036 by Darrell
The only reason I can think that people would want a picture of the deceased is becasue they think they look better dead than alive... . But to each their own.....

Can't see myself getting up Saturday morning, "great day for photography lets go to the funeral home"

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9 years 3 months ago #198064 by Studio Queen
I'm sorry but not a chance! Way to creepy for me


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9 years 3 months ago - 9 years 3 months ago #198177 by effron
I had a friend who did some funeral photography, mainly for military burials. Mostly focused on location and grave site and sometimes family members, always at their request. Nice memories of the salutes firing, flag folding and presentations, decorations if available, very classy stuff.
I'm not sure if civilian funerals would be too lucrative....:unsure:

btw, you DON"T photograph the dead......

Why so serious?
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9 years 3 months ago - 9 years 3 months ago #198181 by Shadowfixer1
I've been asked a couple of times to photograph the people in the casket and I did it.
I haven't photographed an entire funeral, but my wif'e's cousin had a vidieographer shoot her mother's funeral. Different strokes for different folks.

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9 years 3 months ago #198202 by john_m
As Effron said, I can see it at military funerals (some of the most impacting images I have seen have came from military funerals), but Im not to sure what you would, or and other photographer, would shoot photos of during a civilian funeral.

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9 years 3 months ago #198234 by Freshstart
Are you talking about the photos that are taken when they are doing autopsy on a person?


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9 years 3 months ago #198240 by Bubbles
Honestly I didn't know this was such thing as funeral photography. I figure any photos that were taken at a funeral was someone of the family or the media.


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9 years 3 months ago #198241 by Bubbles

Freshstart wrote: Are you talking about the photos that are taken when they are doing autopsy on a person?


Good question. I couldn't photograph during the autopsy.


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9 years 3 months ago #198253 by effron
An autopsy and funeral are two entirely different things......

Why so serious?
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9 years 3 months ago #198418 by CatherineW
I'll stick to the living people :thumbsup:

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9 years 3 months ago #198463 by Joves
Well I would do it, but then I shoot would about anything. It really depends on your life view as to whether you could do it without it bothering you. We did a video of my grandmas funeral, it was mostly of the men in the family screwing down the top of the casket. Yes we built the casket ourselves at my grandmas request, we also made my grandpas.
Photography of funerals or the dead is nothing new. Fact is it was quite common during the 1800s. Sometimes the dead family member was posed for a family photo even. So yeah I would do it. It isnt like they are going to complain that you did not slim them down or ot rid of something they didnt like about themselves. It wouldnt matter if it was funerals or in the casket or at an autopsy it is all the same to me. We all die and when we do the person that was there has left the building.


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