Taking a group shoot together with your family, friends or colleagues can be really fun. As the saying goes, the more the merrier. But photographing people in groups can also prove to be a challenge as it means having to manage more than one protagonist.
Different people come with different experiences and different expectations. Understanding the dynamics of who you are taking the group shoot with will help speed things up and make it enjoyable.
It’s really not that difficult. Let us share five tips to taking awesome group photos.
Tip #1: Colour Coordinate Your Clothes
As the saying goes, unity is strength. For more serious corporate shoots or family shoots, we would strongly advise all members of the shoot to colour coordinate your clothes. This will send a very strong signal across. Of course, you don’t all have to wear the same shade of blue or black. Different hues are definitely encouraged.
Stick to solid colours so the main focus is on your faces and not what you are wearing.
Tip #2: Get In Close
You definitely want to bunch in together with the group so that everyone can be seen in the group shot. We’re sure you don’t only want your head to be seen. The same applies to the rest of the group. The more you get in close, the more details we are able to capture.
Tip #3: Listen For Cues
The photographer may give you cues on how to stand, where to face or how to pose. This will happen especially if all of you are novices in front of the camera. Just throw your fears away and follow what we tell you. We have your best interests at heart as we want the end product to be nice.
Tip #4: Be Happy
Since you people have decided on the shoot together, then let’s make it fun and memorable. Channel positive thoughts and be happy. Laugh, smile and crack jokes so that the ambience is light-hearted. When people are less stressed, they tend to perform better and are less stiff. Happiness is a free quality we can all channel from within us. And did we mention it’s infectious?
Tip #5: Be Punctual
This may not sound like a big issue but trust us, it is in most instances. Assuming one person is late for the shoot, he or she will delay the entire shooting time. You certainly do not want others to be staring daggers at you or getting a ticking off for being the one who comes late.
Remember, everyone is unique so there will always be a challenge. What we have shared will help reduce the awkwardness and any unnecessary delays. Are you ready people for an awesome group shot?