Photos tell great stories. After all, they do say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially the case for group photos. A moment in time captured between loved ones — there is so much authentic energy captured. Lots of smiles, laughter, and grins. However, it can be difficult to make sure every person in the photo looks good. Usually, at least one person is unhappy with how they look. As special as group photos can be, sometimes closed eyes, open mouths, and fly-away hairs are captured.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite tips and tricks for making sure your group photos turn out beautifully. And we’re talking on the fridge at Mom’s house kind of beautiful.
Keep the Group Close Together
We’re all friends here, right? Well, let’s make sure the photo reflects that! We want to avoid awkward spaces between people. Ask the group to stick close together.
Take A LOT of Photos
When we say a lot, we’re not talking one or two shots. Get ready to take tons of photos. Since several people will be in the photo, you won’t be able to make sure every single person looks good. One person is bound to have their eyes closed. We suggest putting your camera in burst mode to take multiple shots at once. Taking multiple photos will allow you to have plenty of options to choose from. Chances are, there will be at least one where everyone is happy with how they look.
Try to make sure everyone is relaxed — we don’t want anyone looking like they are posing for a mug shot! Ask the group to talk among themselves, making each other laugh and smile. Meanwhile, click away! This will make the experience run smoothly and be much more fun for everyone. No one wants to stand still and smile for what will seem like hours on end. Candid moments also make for the best photos.
Bring a Tripod
A tripod is often overlooked but trust us, it will actually come in handy. We’re not saying you can’t take great photos without one, but a tripod will make your life so much easier. You’ll be able to take time setting up the perfect shot while your camera is fixed. Also, if you want to jump in some group shots a tripod is necessary! Self-timer is the best invention since sliced bread.
Consider the Background
There’s a lot to look at when it comes to a group photo. So many different expressions. So many different colours from everyone’s outfits. And most importantly, so many lovely smiles. With all of this going on, you’re going to want to avoid a busy background. Using a relatively plain background will keep the focus on the people in the group, not what’s going on around them.
Taking group photos can be a daunting task. We hope these tips will give you confidence for the next time you’re tasked with getting the perfect group shot.