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Here’s how to get professional-looking group shots with the minumum of fuss
Preparation is key when it comes to shooting group portraits. If you’re photographing a small group like ours, add interest to the frame by placing objects in the foreground. We used crackers, mince pies and gold chocolate coins on a reflective surface to add some festive atmosphere.
Background and foreground
The background and setting of your group shot is important and needs careful consideration. To give it a festive feel, place your subjects in front of a fireplace or next to a feature in the room that has a Christmassy look, for example a Christmas tree, and clear away any mugs, chocolate wrappers or other holiday debris!
For shooting group portraits you have two lighting options: natural light or flash. Natural is the easiest to work with. Flash can sometimes take away the warmth of the glow from candles and tree lights. When using natural light, set up your shot next to a large window. It can help to use a reflector to bounce some light back.