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Odd photo request, help!

 
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Sep 27, 2017 14:52 |  #1

Hello, i have a young lady who I'm photographing for her senior pictures. She is a really cool kid, smart, motivated, resilient. She has an odd request for a photo and i need some help figuring out how to pull it off.
Background info; this girl was in the home at 6ish years old when her father was murdered. She wants some photos with her father's headstone/ grave.
Has anyone done this? I'm just looking for ideas or examples of what to do or not to do.


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Sep 27, 2017 15:00 |  #2

Wow, that sounds like a challenge for sure.

When I think of this, I think of what it's like when someone goes to visit a grave site, and they have their little chair, the newspaper or a book, a token for their loved one to place down, and basically reading to them or giggling about what's in the paper to them, passing time. Hanging out basically. It never looks sad. It just looks like the connection persists. Granted, it's usually an older person doing. But, it's something to at least get started with... I'm curious where this will go too.

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Sep 27, 2017 16:21 |  #3

Two thoughts for props: flowers, of course, or a photo of the girl at the age when she had her father, or just him, or the two of them together.


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Sep 27, 2017 20:09 |  #4

Good suggestions guys, thank you. I was planning to ask her ou'd she had any of her dad's possessions that were special to her and maybe incorporate some of those items.


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Sep 27, 2017 21:30 |  #5

To me, what is important to her is what should determine how to take the photos. Just talk to her and see what she wishes her father could have experienced with her. Did she really want her Dad to be there for her prom, graduation, band, sporting events or something else. If one of those is what means the most to her, that should give you an idea where to start.

For example, if she played in the band, her playing for her Dad would make a great image. If her accomplishments were mostly academics, her presenting an acceptance letter from her college choice may have special meaning to her. The only way to know what would mean the most to her would be to ask.


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