The challenge of photographing large groups

Photographing large groupsI am used to photographing a large group at weddings but it’s always a challenge. Most hotels and wedding venues let you go to the floor above that provides a fantastic vantage point. I don’t like height so ladders are out of the question.

Some years ago I photographed a wedding at Wotton House in Surrey. The shot below was taken from a hill close to the flat lawn and, as you can see, it provided a perfect vantage point. I am blessed with a loud enough voice to communicate to the group. My wife, who jus my assistant at weddings, ensures that the large group is not spread out. For some reasons people do that otherwise.

However, sometimes we don’t have either of the above two options mentioned above. I am not good with ladders and also they can be cumbersome to manoeuvre if you have access to them.

So, I came up with this idea and this is where Fuji XT-1 and XT-2 are invaluable. I used my Portaflash LS-35 Studio Lighting stand and mounted the lightweight but sturdy head from MeFoto Q1 head. I then raised the camera up about 9ft high on the stand and with