Groups & Organizations

In my first semester of college, I finagled my way onto the yearbook staff as a photographer. Within a few weeks, I was promoted to photo editor. The upshot was that I got to do a lot of work that nobody would touch.

Photographing groups and organizations was considered to be the worst yearbook assignment. Nobody was keen on memorializing the geology club, floor hockey champs, or Gregorian chanters just to name a few.

If I couldn’t find another student photographer to shoot a group session, the task fell on me. In hindsight, I should have taken every opportunity to do group shots because the experience still benefits me today.

Not too long ago I had a lucrative gig in Louisville, Colorado. I was there to create individual portraits of some financial advisors. I breezed through it which left me with a lot remaining time. When the idea of a group shot at the CrossFit gym was floated, I went into yearbook mode.

The subjects changed into workout clothes and we all walked together to the gym. On the way, the managing director asked me what my plan was for the shot. I just said, “you’ll see.”

With a little arranging, stacking and spacing, and a lot of yearbook experience, I got the shot.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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