But the headstone is dirty

Ok, so you have made the decision that you want to photograph headstones and you head to the cemetery but the headstones you are looking for have moss, grass clippings and birdie droppings on it. Is the person that requested them going to want to see that?

What do you do? How do you clean it? Do I throw out the dead flowers? Old toys?

You should only use a soft bristle brush and water only!!!

Brush off the leaves; spray with water to remove any droppings; move but don’t get rid of anything on the headstone. Take a clear as possible photo as you can.

You have to remember that if you are not a professional, you should not try to clean it with anything other than water. You don’t own these stones.

I have taken photos of distant family and the headstones look terrible, but I don’t own them or a close enough relative to have them cleaned.

This is an example of one that is faded and not very clear, but a photo of how it looks is better than nothing at all.

Herbert Charles Beach

I have let cemeteries know if a headstone has been broken or is sinking or in one case, someone had written rather rude comments on it.

If a headstone has fallen over — never try to upright it yourself. If you don’t do it properly then you risk hurting yourself, causing damage to the stone or if you don’t set it upright correctly, someone else can get hurt.

So the main thing is to remember is a soft rush and water only!!!

Enjoy the walk, the hunt for headstones and do no harm!!