At weddings and other social events, an informal group shot can tell a very different story than a formal portrait. Here’s how to make your group photos look relaxed and natural instead of stiff and stale:

•Ask the group to huddle close to one another.
•Turn the subjects inward to encourage interaction.
•Ask everyone to laugh out loud on the count of three, and see what happens.
•Get close with a wide-angle lens to show the surroundings and give a photojournalistic feel.
•Don’t be afraid to offer suggestions: Have your subjects hold hands and walk away, or link arms and run towards you.

Adapted from Wedding Photography: A Professional Guide by_ Morag MacDonald (Argentum, 2007, $25)._