Stay Grouped !
These two photos were shot at the Varennes château, during Helen’s and Mark’s marriage. Using flashes on each side of the group helped to make the image much more graphic..
The difficulty with a group photo resides in the contrasting luminosity between the back of the image (the château and the sky) and the group in front. If the sky is blue, then the group suffers of under-exposure (not enough light). If the group is shot with the good exposure (adequate light), the sky comes out too pale and looses its magnificent, deep colour. Only by using flashes can one compensate.
I like the mix of natural and artificial light for group photos. It gives an exceptional dimension to the classical, posed photo sessions. Here is an example of group photos made during Arélie’s and Bernt’s marriage in the Swiss Jura.