As if taking a great photo of one person isn’t hard enough, try taking one of a group of restless, chatty friends. Yep, group photography and family photography is no easy task, so here are 8 simple photo tips to get the results you want.

1. Be creative when composing

Group photo tips be creative

When everyone gathers, consider positioning each person in a different way. Make use of chairs, walls or the stairway. Allow variation in height and avoid perfect alignment (yawn). Alternatively, let everyone settle down comfortably for a more natural variation.

2. Zoom in sometimes

Group photo tips zoom

You don’t have to photograph the group from head to toe all the time. Zoom in to capture faces, feet, or hands. This will help you capture something unique about your group. Natural, in-the-moment shots can look great, so snap away when they’re not looking. You’re guaranteed a great group photo that way.

3. Make sure every face is visible

Group photo tips faces

Play with angles and distances to ensure that every one’s face gets caught on camera. Remember to pay attention to the more camera shy members of the group as they tend to linger further away.

4. Take photos from different positions

Group photo tips angles

Stand on a chair (useful for large group photography) or take a photograph from ground level. You can also take a photo while standing at an angle from the group.

5. Take the group outside

Group photo tips outdoor photography

There are three good reasons to go outside. Firstly, the exposure to light is better. Second, there’s a variety of backdrops to choose from. Lastly, having more space to create distance between your group and the backdrop allows you to use depth to fade out the background.

6. Take multiple shots

Group photo tips multiple shots

The more you shoot, the more relaxed your group will be and the higher your chance of capturing great photos.

7. Timing is everything

Group photo tips timing

Observe your group to know exactly when to press the shutter release button. Each group is different but there’s always one moment that’s perfect to start taking pictures – pay attention and take the time to find it.

8. Smile and make sure it’s FUN!

Group photo tips fun

This is the most important tip. Group photos can easily become stressful especially when we’re talking about family photography. So smile, crack a joke, and make your group feel at ease before taking photos.

So there you have it. Everything you need to know about capturing memorable group photos. We’ve got lots more tips and tricks here but for now all you need is an excuse to throw a party and get everyone in the same room…