Do you think it's appropriate to take photographs in a cemetery?

@jesssp (2743)
Canada
June 17, 2009 5:44pm CST
My mother and I are going to visit the cemeteries tonight and I was thinking of bringing the camera. Then I started to wonder about cemetery etiquette - is it OK to take pictures at/of a cemetery? I know it would be inappropriate to snap away with a funeral in progress but this will be later in the evening and I really just wanted to take pictures of the headstones/markers belonging to our family. Some of them are getting quite ancient and they wont be around for that much longer, I would really like to immortalize them. Also, do you think it's OK to take scenery pictures of a cemetery? They're beautiful and make for interesting photography but do you feel it's respectful and appropriate?
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13 responses
@balasri (26579)
• India
18 Jun 09
No.It sounds so gruesome to me.
• United States
18 Jun 09
your crazy
@dragon54u (27585)
• United States
18 Jun 09
There's nothing inappropriate in photographing a cemetery, people do it frequently. There's even a site called Find a Grave that has photos of graves--if you'd like to see a relative's grave but they are interred too far away, you can check the database of this site and if the one you want isn't there you can request someone in the area take a photo and upload it. With those ancient markers, it would be a great idea for you to upload those to Find A Grave before they completely deteriorate. Somewhere, there's someone in the family that would love to see them.
@jesssp (2743)
• Canada
18 Jun 09
That sounds like a really great idea. I will have to check that site outs, thanks for passing it on!
@katsmeow1213 (24548)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I can't see why this would be a problem, especially taking pictures of your own families head stones. Scenery probably wouldn't be an issue either, unless you're getting headstones in your pictures and a family name is clearly visible in the shot. Also it would depend on what you'd be doing with the pictures. If you're going to post them online or something of that nature, it might not be a good idea to get headstones in the pictures of people you don't know, but if it's just for personal use, what's the harm?
@jesssp (2743)
• Canada
19 Jun 09
That's what I'm thinking too. As long as you aren't taking silly pictures with friends or anything like that I think it's fine.
@trickiwoo (2703)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I've been photographing cemeteries my whole life. I don't think it's disrespectful at all! Like you said, they won't be around forever! So to photograph headstones and markers is a wonderful way to memorialize. And in that sense, I think by photographing them, you're actually paying respect to the deceased.
@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
18 Jun 09
My mom is big into genealogy, and she's gone to several cemeteries and taken pictures of the headstones of family members to put in her scrapbooks. I think it's a good way to memorialize family, especially if their graves are getting worn down from time and weather. I say go for it. :D Happy MyLotting!
@killer11 (23)
• United States
18 Jun 09
y would it not be?
@mermaidivy (15426)
• United States
18 Jun 09
In our country, it is very superstitious about such thing, we shouldn't take pictures in the cemetery place, it's supposed to be bad luck and it will follow you forever. Besides that, we cannot even say anything about the place or whatever in the cemetery place, I remember way back when I was little, I said something about why is that looking so funny, my mom yelled at me and said don't say it again, it will give you bad luck so I always remember it.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I am into genealogy, and I believe that for historical and preservation purposes, it is okay to take pictures of your ancestor's headstones and the surrounding grounds, especially if it is an old and historical cemetery, I think for genealogy purposes, especially when it involves your own ancestors, it is okay to do so. It is nice to get a broader picture of the cemetery, along with the headstones, to put everything in perspective, especially if the cemetery is old. It also preserves history because lots of very very old cemeteries have crumbled and fallen into ill repair as the later generations have passed on also. It is definitely good to immortalize them and preserve them for future generations.
@lulu1220 (1010)
• United States
18 Jun 09
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. I recently visited the Texas State Cemetery in Austin and took pictures of a beautiful pond that was there. I also took some pictures of some statues and a few of the gravestones. They make great black and white pictures.
• Philippines
18 Jun 09
I don't see any problem with taking camera and taking pictures in the cemetery. Infact, I would also do the samething. Besides, the reason for bringing the camera is because you would like to take pictures of things that belongs to your family. Pictures that may last forever.
• United Kingdom
18 Jun 09
I think that it's perfectly reasonable to take photographs in a cemetery! There are some very nice things to see in a place like this, lovely statues as well as ornaments. Some people who have loved ones buried in a cemetery would probably not like the idea of photos being taken of their loved ones' plots but like you say, you do want to have a life long memory and a very good photo would help in that process. Andrew
@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I think if it is of your family then it is okay. I can't see anyone having a problem with respectfully taking pictures of the cemetery to preserve the older stones memory. Now if you are with a group of friends and joking around snapping shots that would be disrespectful lol. I think it is nice you want to take pictures of your family's stones.
@Wizzywig (7849)
17 Jun 09
I think its fine to take the pictures of your family headstones etc. As long as you are not invading anyone else's privacy, I don't see why there would be any problem.