How to Take Pictures of a Group

  Sometimes, it takes a little more than getting everyone to smile at the same time to get a great group photo.

Use different levels 
The eye likes variation, so get some people sitting, some kneeling, some standing. Use props like a staircase to stagger height.
 

Look down 
Change the view by standing on a chair, ladder, or balcony to shoot down at the group for a more interesting perspective.
 

Give them something to do 
Depending on the occasion, have them jump at the same time, or throw a ball up and have them watch it.
 

Eyes open, people 
Have everyone close their eyes until you say, open! taking the photo as you say it.