Have an upcoming family reunion? Here are a few tips for taking group photos that won’t land you and your kin on the Wall of Shame:
- Attire: Give everyone plenty of advance notice regarding the dress code. Suggesting tones will provide a coordinated feel while allowing each person flexibility in their wardrobe. A mixture of light and dark provides a crisp contrast in black and white photography, and soft beiges and pastels photograph beautifully together.
- Props: Don’t be afraid to let everyone’s personality shine through! Include fun props for a mixture of serious and silly snaps, and to help keep the mood light. These can also include decorative cards with last names and numbers to help group family members by generation or grandchildren by order of birth.
- Scheduling: Timing is everything. Aim to shoot in the morning or late afternoon to evening. If the sun is overhead, there will be a lot of squinting going on.
- Positioning: Rather than group everyone across, which results in a horizontal line of heads, use a combination of seated and standing poses to create a soft pyramid shape. This will also ensure everyone’s lovely face makes it into the photo!
Above all, have fun making these memories and don’t be too rigid. Sometimes the best photographs are spontaneous ones. After the event is over, mail out Collage Prints of the top group shots. The snail mail surprise will extend the feeling of togetherness long after the reunion ends.
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