Do’s & Don’ts When Photographing Large Groups

Whether a wedding, family reunion, birthday, retirement party, or simply a large gathering in general, nothing makes it quite as official as a photograph of the whole group. But did you know that taking a large group photo comes with its own set of challenges? In order to capture the moment, be prepared. That said, here are some key dos and don’ts when you take that big group pic, from getting the proper equipment to not just relying on the selfie stick.

Do's and Don'ts When Photographing Large Groups

Photo by Matthias Blonski on Unsplash


1. Do Your Research

When is the event? How many people are coming? What’s the weather going to be like? When is the sun going to set? The facts matter. A little research goes far. You don’t want to be at the event setting up your equipment when the sun is about ready to set. Nor do you want to end up spending hours taking multiple pics, trying to get the right one because you didn’t plan on the sun being so bright.


2. Don’t Only Rely on the Selfie Stick

Yes, a large group selfie can add some personality. But you shouldn’t just bring a selfie stick and expect the large group photo to be perfect. What about having a large panoramic picture too? Also, when you take a selfie, selfie stick or not, you risk missing some people, especially if there is a lot of people attending the event. At the end of the day, you want a great group photo. The last thing you want to happen is have a picture where people are crammed together, blocking one another so you don’t get everyone in the pic.


3. Do Consider Investing in Photography Equipment

A little equipment can make all the difference. From floor backdrops and photograph pros to photography equipment, consider checking out Denny Manufacturing. That way, you get to control how your group photo comes out, and can capture the moment perfectly; thanks to the proper equipment, you will have a great group pic to fondly look back on that moment.


4. Don’t Hire Just Any Old Photographer

So you have a big event coming up and you’d rather hire a photographer to take the group pics. That’s great! However, what you don’t want to do is the day of (or even a week before) randomly choose a photographer without looking at his or her portfolio and reading through the reviews. Ask the hard questions:

  • How long has he or she been in the photography business?
  • What equipment does he or she use?
  • What is his or her rate?
  • Can I look at your portfolio?
  • Does he or she have a specialty?

Like with researching about the event, getting the information up front from photographers will save you the trouble of possibly ending up with group photos you are not that happy with. For instance, the photography may specialize in black and white photography, but you may only want colored photos.


5. Do Have Fun

While a little photography know-how is important, remember to not stress and enjoy the event. Don’t worry! With a little research and the right equipment, your group picture will turn out well. And, when in doubt, a little advice from other photographers experienced in group pictures can do the trick.


Do's and Don'ts When Photographing Large Groups

Photo by Alexander Dummer on Unsplash


Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, it comes down to what you are comfortable with and what your process is. However, doing research beforehand and making sure you have the right equipment never hurts. Have any other handy tips when photographing large groups? What’s the biggest pros and cons when taking group pictures? Please be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below.


*This is a collaborative post.


Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 13/07/2018 / 1:04 pm

    FAB tips! Trying to get a photo of all the children together at our daughter’s birthday party was like mission impossible. #FabFridayPost

  2. 13/07/2018 / 1:05 pm

    These are great ideas. I’ve never owned a selfie stick. I prefer a good old panoramic shot, or better yet, asking a random passer by to do the honours. #FabFridayPost

    • 19/07/2018 / 9:56 pm

      I love asking a random passer by too. It’s exciting what they can shot.

  3. 13/07/2018 / 3:37 pm

    It’s so hard to get everyone in a group photo to have their eyes open and smile naturally when taking pictures, but the great photographers seem to make it happen every time!

  4. Mother of 3
    14/07/2018 / 1:05 am

    We’re supposed to be taking a huge family photo this fall; maybe some of these tips will come in handy. #FabFridayPost

  5. 14/07/2018 / 1:12 am

    Some great tips, I love taking big group photos, I usually get someone else to take them though if I want to be in them. #FabFridayPost

    • 19/07/2018 / 10:21 pm

      I love asking a random person too. It’s exciting what they can shot.

  6. 15/07/2018 / 9:38 pm

    Great tips. Large group photos are so difficult to get right. We usually ask a random passer by to take them. With varying degrees of success

    • 19/07/2018 / 10:24 pm

      I know right! I love asking a random passer by too. It’s exciting what they can shot after several shoots.

  7. 19/07/2018 / 8:56 pm

    It can be challenging photographing large groups, especially large groups of children! I find waving something funny gets them to look the right way and then I tend to get them to shout something like “sausages” It’s random but it works.

    • 19/07/2018 / 10:26 pm

      Haha! I know! That’s great tips too! I mean who doesn’t want to shout out “sausages” right?! 😉 x

  8. 24/07/2018 / 1:19 pm

    Great tips! The last thing you want to do is take a group picture and miss people out!

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