What funeral photography is about in 5 (there’re more!) steps

What funeral photography is about in 5 (there’re more!) steps

When I tell people I’m a funeral photographer they can be slightly taken aback. They remove “funeral” from the occupation and replace it with “wedding”. They think, “How can you be a photographer at a funeral? How can you ask people to smile?” Well, that’s not quite the point. And here are 5 (there are heaps more) points I’d like to share about being a funeral photographer. It might not be what you first imagine! i. A funeral photographer isn’t a wedding photographer! When a wedding photographer turns up at a wedding everyone knows what to expect and how to...

When I die, an amazing film by Adrian Steirn about Philip Gould living in the ‘death zone’ and why it gave him meaning

When I die, an amazing film by Adrian Steirn about Philip Gould living in the ‘death zone’ and why it gave him meaning

This inspiring video was shared by Bruce Wadd I showed it to my wife who reacted as I did. She cried and said it was beautiful and dignified. Her reactions just like mine. Thank you Bruce so much for sending this. “Wow” indeed! Yes, as I sat watching this, and listening to Philip talking so intelligently and brilliantly and simply about life/death I thought, too, “wouldn’t it be great if we could give everyone this opportunity?” What strikes me is the essence of it all, how life is reduced to telling those nearest us the simplest things. This is totally inspiring....

Funeral photography and why it matters

Funeral photography and why it matters

We live in a society where it is more important to look good than to be good. Universities in Sydney are spending millions on building acquisitions yet teacher salaries and conditions are falling. Most of the news we are presented with reports on people failing to treat each other with respect. It is almost as if trust in humanity has completely broken down, we are happy to invest in anything other than people since we don’t value them. So I think it is important to document evidence that humanity still exists and I find ample evidence for this at funerals....