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Celebration of a life well lived

The community comes together to share memories and condolences

I was chosen to video and photograph this important event for a family who are recently bereaved.
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I was honoured to be asked to video and photograph a celebration of a life well lived where family, friends, and the community paid their respects to a recently departed loved one.  The event was dignified and formal yet joyous in the respect, love, and turnout of those who came.  The event lasted for around three hours and the tempo varied from solemnity to joyous music and dance. Testimonies were paid and community dignitaries attended dressed in their cultural attire.

Watch the evening unfold as guests arrive, show their respects, share memories, mourn and celebrate.  The video runs for over an hour and twelve minutes.

Equipment and approach

The video was shot in 4k using professional cameras and lenses. This gear excels in low light to deliver outstanding image quality.  Audio is recorded via the PA system with multiple backups to help overcome PA noise distortion and to get the best possible audio quality in extremely demanding situations.

The photographs are captured using on-camera flash to capture the colour, detail, and emotions.

I am constantly seeking to get the best images by always being on the move and creating images by engaging with people to give me the opportunity to pay my respects by delivering high-quality images.