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Here’s how to get pro­fes­sional-look­ing group shots with the minu­mum of fuss

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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.

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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!

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Light­ing op­tions

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.

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