How to Shoot Company Groups

Have you been booked or plan on shooting a large group for their company team photo? Not sure what you need to do or even how to start? Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens is back with another video with some of his tips on how he shoots his corporate group portrait photos.

Shooting a large group can be very different that shooting one or even a few people together, especially if you are used to shooting family portraits. Shooting for a corporate photo is also very formal, so this may be a completely different style than you are familiar with. This is a given but you want everyone in the photo to be seen and in focus, with no shadows across anyone’s face. With shooting corporate group portraits for some time now, Morgan has a pretty standard setup for doing these with some tips to help you get started.

  • Time your group shot
  • Set up before they arrive
  • Choose the background
  • Location scouting
  • Lighting setup
  • Separation
  • Uniformity
  • Watch the hands
  • Take control of the shoot

You can read more in-depth over Morgan's tips on The Slanted Lens website. Some of these seem pretty obvious, while some of them you might of overlooked. With these key tips and a basic two light setup, you should be able to nail those corporate team portraits with ease. Do you shoot large group photos and have any other tips for the rest of us? Comment below and let us know.

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8 Comments

I have seen this exaclty on Joe McNally's DVD....

He is clearly using two Dynalite power packs in the video. Why do instructor's narration not match reality. Their credibility suffers. I'm being picky, but if it's an instructional video, it should be accurate.

michael andrew's picture

Yeah what a dick lets all get our money back! Oh wait, it was free!!!! jeez man get a attitude adjustment and learn some things.

Jay P. Morgan's picture

Good eye, Kevin. In this situation, I would typically use the battery-powered Dynalite Baja B4s. Since I sent those with my other shooter on this particular day, I used two Dynalite pack & heads. You can see the specific model name at 3:16. I had both heads plugged in to one XP-800 power pack.

I apologize if I was not as clear as you were hoping in this video. Thank you for taking the time to watch though and as always, keep those cameras rollin' and keep on clickin'.

Still do large groups with a 5x7 camera if I need to enlarge the final print.
8x20 or the much longer banquet cameras(with swing lens) for much larger groups.
Take a good look at old large group photos taken with the old gear. You can clearly see everything. Newer digital is nice but the sharpenss of individual faces is not there.
A three foot wide print from the old swing lens banquet camera, group on curved bleacher setup is as good as it gets. Some things just work well.

Lane Shurtleff's picture

Depends on client needs. Service Champions for example is an HVAC service company here in Northern California. If they only need image files for web or small promotional literature or promo cards (8.5x11 usually) then digital is more than adequate. .

No problem Jay P. I'm very detailed oriented and I look very closely at instructional videos because I am trying to learn something. I've been a pro for 37 years and I learn every day. I also use Dynalites. Good video though. Thanks for your reply.

Mark Bealer's picture

What are people doing/charging for adding or subtracting people when they all can't make it to the corporate group photo session, or decide to leave the company?