Photographing Difficult Times
with Jacqueline Dersjant

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11/01/2022

In this special episode of Workflows, we speak with funeral and end-of-life photographer Jacqueline Dersjant about her transition from weddings to this very niche style of photography and a lot of what goes into photographing difficult times in people’s lives.

Jacqueline Dersjant is a photographer from Amsterdam known for her candid, documentary approach. Her expressive photography is about capturing special moments, interactions, and emotions between people.

Since her mom died in 2015, she has been passionate about end-of-life and farewell photography. No one forgets to have pictures taken of their wedding. Her mission is that people won’t forget photography in hard times, either. She is committed to capturing reality and has an eye for spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime moments that feel honest. Her images are intimate and sometimes fun(ny), always telling a true story. All photos are made in a relaxed, sympathetic, and unobtrusive way.

Jacqueline has received several awards, such as Fearless, WPJA, PANL, and Px3, and has been honored to participate in the jury of several prestigious photography contests. Jacqueline is also the owner of The Full Monty Workshop, an intensive year-long training for photographers who want to take a more documentary and storytelling approach.

Discussed in this episode

  • Finding New Purpose in Capturing Grief
  • Capturing Honest Moments
  • The Importance of Telling a Story
  • End of Life Photography: The Challenges
  • Funeral Photography: A Growing Niche
  • Funeral Etiquette: What to Do and What Not to Do
  • Wedding at a Funeral: A Strange but True Story