Photographing Gravestones When Flowers Get in the Way

I’m enjoying my journey into gravestone photography for genealogical documentary purposes. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Yes, I like taking cemetery photos and sharing them with family history researchers.

I do my best to respect the ‘rules’ of cemetery photography.

  • Do not do further damage to the stone.
  • Walk softly and clean off bird poop before I take any photos.
  • Move flowers to get a nice clear photograph.

However, in some cases, getting a clear photo is very difficult. I’ve shared how difficult it was to get a photo of Thomas L Williams in the Green Lawn Cemetery. His stone has a giant bush in front of his marker.

Floral-ly decorated stone in Obetz Cemetery

On this particular occasion, the flowers surrounding a stone couldn’t be easily moved. So, I took the best picture I could. Hopefully Henrietta K Dillon’s husband Paul won’t be too upset that this photo features his wife.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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