1. Be creative when composing
When everyone gathers, consider positioning each one in different ways. 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
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
The closer the group; the higher the chances that each face is visible! Pay attention to the more camera shy members of the group as they tend to linger further away.
4. Take photos from different positions
Stand on a chair (useful with large groups) or take a photograph from ground level. You can also take a photo while standing at angle from the group.
5. Take the group outside
There are three good reasons to go outside. Firstly, the exposure to light is better. Second, there’s a wide variety of backdrop options to chose 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
The more you shoot, the more relaxed your group will be and the higher the chance of capturing great pics.
7. Timing is everything
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!
This is the most important tip! Group photos can easily become stressful, which can deliver unfavourable results. So smile, crack a joke, and make your group feel at ease before taking photos.