Funeral Photography 101: What to Do With Cemetery Mortuary Photos

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Morgue photos of celebrities are some of the most well-known photos in history. They are iconic in their own right. They provide an insight into the way that people used to cope with the death of a loved one. These photos also show how photography covered a wide scope of mortality in the past. From ancient times right up until the twentieth century, morgue photos of celebrities gave an unprecedented window into the everyday lives of the rich and famous.

When people think about death records and how they got their beginnings, many assume that they were created at the time of the death itself. However, this is not true. Many records were kept after the fact. For example, once a person’s remains had been cremated, there may be no way of finding out if the death record was actually kept after the fact. This is why it is important to find out how a death record was recorded in the first place.

Morgue Photos Of Celebrities

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A photographer who specializes in morgue photos will have a lot of information at his or her disposal when he or she sets about to take a picture of a dead body. For example, the photographer will know if the body had any tattoos, if the body had any jewellery, and how extensive the tattoos were. The more details that are available to the photographer, the better the overall image. The photographer will need to decide what angle will be most appealing to a client before beginning the process of taking a picture of a dead body. Sometimes the position of a celebrity will influence the kind of angle needed.

In the past, morgue photos were only taken on days when the body was in a morgue. The photographer would bring along his camera and take a picture on the morgue floor. There would usually be another photographer working in the background. If there was an opportunity to get multiple pictures from a single angle, this was often arranged. However, these days, more clients choose to have their morgue photos taken on a different day, either a holiday or some other occasion. Instead of their loved ones being left to die in a cold morgue, they want to have a family photo taken so that they can remember their loved ones during the span of time that they are alive.

Licensed Photographers For Morgue Photos Of Celebrities

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Some photographers are even licensed to take morgue photos on a private or corporate basis. This would be ideal for a funeral director or someone who wishes to commemorate a loved one but cannot afford to get the body or urn. The funeral home will usually have a photographer take the photos on the day of the service. Since the cost is not as high as it used to be for a body to be buried in the ground and then buried in a plot, many families are now opting for this type of burial.

There is also a trend for amateur photographers to take morgue photos. This can be somewhat disturbing to some people because the photographer may not know how to use light properly, and they may not understand what exactly morgue photos are supposed to convey. However, this is a very valid reason for an amateur to take a picture of the deceased because there is nothing wrong with trying your own hand at photography.

Important Consideration

As with any photography project, it is important to make sure the photographer understands what you want. For example, if you want a funeral photograph, you should only use a professional photographer. If you are not sure about whether the family wants a snapshot or a full funeral album, you can request them to make adjustments to the photo. In some instances, the client may have a favorite picture of the deceased and request that the photographer incorporate this picture into the memorial calendar or keepsake book. The client will be happy that you remembered them because it is a keepsake, and they will treasure it forever. It is important to remember that even if you change your mind after the photos are printed out that they still have value.

Bottom Line

As a funeral professional, you are only required to take photos of the deceased once they are inside the morgue. You may be asked to do this multiple times throughout the funeral if the family wishes to have several pictures. For example, during the eulogy, the photographer may need to take multiple pictures of the deceased during the funeral proceedings. You may also be requested to take a picture of the hearse, funeral car and gravesite if the deceased was cremated. After the service, another funeral photo may be needed for a book or scrapbook.

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