Shane Drake was a quiet man that was not afraid to tell you how he felt. Some were intimidated by him at first sight, but it didn’t take long to see how kind-hearted he truly was. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends under the sun. He was great with his hands, as he spent much of his time working on old cars and motorcycles. In fact, he died doing what he loved most, riding his bike. He had a carefree attitude and lived life to its fullest, everyone who knew him intimately would agree. He is survived by family and friends, who, although sad with his untimely passing, were at peace that he died while riding his motorcycle, with the wind blowing through his hair.
Funeral services were held in the LDS chapel in his neighborhood, and he was laid to rest in Orem City Cemetery. Within hours of his passing, word went out on Facebook looking for other bikers who shared the same love for the outdoors to ride with Shane for one last time. It was such a beautiful sight with 20+ motorcycles escorting him, while he rode in the bed of his own rebuilt 1970s Chevrolet pickup. He was a simple man that’s loved by many. The turnout at the funeral service and cemetery prove that.
When it comes to photography, we often think of having a photographer at a wedding, but not always at a funeral. I think this is because weddings are planned over a long period of time, but funerals happen so quickly that not many people consider finding a photographer to document the passing of a loved one. As a photographer I have had the supreme pleasure to document the passing of many family members, and even some strangers. It is an honor to encapsulate those tender moments for future generations. I am so grateful to have been able to be the photographer at Shane’s funeral. Below are a few of my favorite images.