During 2020 I took about 3500 gravestone photos in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Hillside IL to keep myself busy during the isolation period of the Covid pandemic. I did not clean up on the in-ground stones for these photos and some are really grungy. If you wish to have a nicer photo for any of these memorials - just ask and I will gladly go out and clean up the stone for a better photo.
Being retired, I enjoy fulfilling photo requests at St Adalbert's Cemetery in Niles, Illinois and occasionally other cemeteries nearby. Early in my working years I worked in a photo store and later was a semi-professional photographer. So, often my photos are improved versions of earlier photos taken by others. Perhaps the lighting is better in my photos or the shadows enhance the information on the stone. No malice is intended to the previous photographers.
I strive to take the best photos of the stones for the enjoyment of the viewer. A photo isn't any good if the viewer cannot determine what it says. I urge other FAG photographers to do the same - please carefully clean up the gravestone before shooting the photo. Put yourself in the shoes of the requestor - would they be happy with the photo you just took?
Speaking of unhappy - If you are unhappy with any of my added photos, just ask and I'll remove the photo or go take a new one. No hard feelings. Feel free to use any of my photos. 99.9% of my memorials are not my family and I will gladly transfer them to you if the memorial is your family.
I've been doing genealogy since the early 1990's. Primary family names include: Zukowski, Mosiniak, Josefiak, Jasniewski, Polowy, Lepianka from the Polish side of the family in Wisconsin and Illinois. Primary West Virginia names include Miller, Brafford, Peters, Whitehair and many others.