Steve Pellegrino

Steve Pellegrino

Photojournalist | Documentary Photographer

Always be ready to photograph.

Lou Brock's funeral procession drives through Ferguson, Missouri
Lou Brock’s funeral procession drives through Ferguson, Missouri, after his funeral.

Several days ago, the great St. Louis Cardinal, Lou Brock, passed away. Immediately, fans started leaving items at the Lou Brock statue outside of Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. 41 years after his retirement, Brock was still a fan favorite.

His funeral was a two-day event. The first day was a visitation open to the public. There are a couple of Lou Brock statues in the St. Louis area, and the family made sure to visit both of them. Earlier today, the day after the visitation was his funeral. It was private for family and friends. As it turns out, the funeral was at a church around the corner from my house.

One of the local news stations covered the funeral. There was a funeral procession from the church to Busch Stadium. We heard the news helicopter near our house and watched to see them leaving the parking lot. We anticipated they would take a different route and would make a right hand turn out of the parking lot. Instead, they turned left. That meant they were going to drive down our street and pass our house.

We live close to the church. My wife and I only had a few moments to get out of the house and down the driveway. I grabbed my camera and made a few photographs as his hearse and the funeral procession passed our house.

It was fast but it was still a story!

I treated The photos of the Lou Brock’s funeral procession as I do any other news story. The appropriate IPTC data is added, and the images were made searchable. They can now be licensed.

It only took a few moments to take these photos but I was able to take these at a time when I wasn’t expecting to photograph a story because I was prepared. It’s not for certain if anyone will license a photo. The opportunity is there where it wouldn’t be if I wasn’t prepared.

Always be ready to photograph.