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Old 08-06-2010, 12:50   #1 (permalink)
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Group shot advice

Sorry I haven't been on in so long and yet have the cheek to come looking for advice

Tomorrow I've to take shots of a mum and tots group who have been friends for a while and are looking for mementos before the kids go to nursery after the summer. I'm struggling to think up ways to arrange them . I'm assuming there will be around 8 kids and 8 mums - I would really welcome some advice on ways to set the shots up - I don't really want to just have them sitting in chairs with kids on their knees - please provide me with inspiration
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Re: Group shot advice

Well this is what I would do. Firstly make sure that you have permissions from all parents. Second I would just ask them to carry on with their normal group routine and just mingle, taking candid shots. Allow yourself ten minutes or so for them all to get used to you. If you need, at the end, you can do some formal, individual or group shots.
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Well this is what I would do. Firstly make sure that you have permissions from all parents. Second I would just ask them to carry on with their normal group routine and just mingle, taking candid shots. Allow yourself ten minutes or so for them all to get used to you. If you need, at the end, you can do some formal, individual or group shots.
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Sounds like a good start - I'll go with that. I much prefer candid anyway but I know they will want group shots too - any tips on arranging them for these?
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Re: Group shot advice

For a slightly different take, try and get a step ladder (or stand on stairs) and take a shot of mother/child arranged in a circle and all looking up at you (but avoid falling off ladder! )

If you do go for the easier, straight-forward group shot, depending on age of kids, have everyone sit down (kids in front of mums) but rather than in a straight line, try and stagger the line a little so it doesn't appear too sterile and formal.

For slightly more interest, have a mix of a couple of chairs and a table, with everyone sitting/standing in and around (so 3 heights: floor, chair, table)

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For a slightly different take, try and get a step ladder (or stand on stairs) and take a shot of mother/child arranged in a circle and all looking up at you (but avoid falling off ladder! )

If you do go for the easier, straight-forward group shot, depending on age of kids, have everyone sit down (kids in front of mums) but rather than in a straight line, try and stagger the line a little so it doesn't appear too sterile and formal.

For slightly more interest, have a mix of a couple of chairs and a table, with everyone sitting/standing in and around (so 3 heights: floor, chair, table)

Enjoy it, if possible!
Thanks v much Markulous - great ideas - will see what props I can get together
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Re: Group shot advice

I think the two advice given above are the perfect route to go. With kids they will have a hard time sitting or standing still so you will have to talk to the parents before hand. Ask them what they think. Would it be easier to settle the kids down after you lett them play for abit or should you try to do the group shots first and then do the Candid afterwards.

With kids and moms, you want them close to each other and yes, you certainly want a ladder. Kids on the whole you want to shoot eye level if you are dealing with one or two kids, but as a group with moms, shooting down will do wonders for the moms. Have them back to back arrange in 2-3 clusters or arrange them on a flight of stairs. If you are shooting indoors you might need a helper with a reflector and maybe even a strobe, if you are outdoors and it is bright enough you might be okay - tho I still recommend a reflector. Candid are great and will add to your "package" but the problems with Candid is that not everyone will be in the picture or that everyone will look sharp or get enough "face" exposure.
Also, you can consider forming lines, BUT with some props (and not straight horizontal lines across the page). Props like strollers or each holding a letter block or anything that has meaning to this group of moms and tots. You will need alot of depth of field for a shot like this so make sure you have enough light and you might need to try using Hyper focusing. Play with it.
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