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.