On this video, photographer Jay P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens talks about how to take a shot of a group or team of people and shares some very useful tips from his own experience.
Morgan has done quite a few company group photos and based on his experience he has quite a few tips that might help you if you are going to take similar photos.
First, start early in the morning if at all possible. Arrive before your group (if you can have a look at the location a day before – do it). Arrange all your gear so that everything will be ready before the group arrives. Shoot with the sun in your right or left not in front or behind you – bring your own lights and put them high up on light stands and shoot from above when the group is looking at you.
Arrange your group with the tallest people in the back in different lines. Make sure that the all have their hands in the pockets or on their sides (and all look the same in terms of pose). If they have a uniform – make sure everybody have it (and prepare an extra one or two in advance).
There is much more in this video in terms of exposure, lighting, being in charge etc.
We have looked at a number of videos related to shooting groups of people in the past you can check them out on this link.