It happens all the time - a big, happy group of people around a table in a restaurant, at a conference or enjoying a party. You want to include them all in a great shot, with a happy face and looking at the camera. Not standing in a serious row like a school photo!

The secret to a memorable shot (something like the one below) is to give direction. And you may have to be firm!

In this great checklist article, photographer Gina Milicia will give you the confidence and skills to create animated, well-lit and interesting photos. Share them with your guests, post onto social media, or make some prints. 

Take at least 20 shots so you can pick the very best. And don't be surprised when people ask 'what type of camera do you use?'. It's not the camera, but your attention to detail and direction of an often impatient group. Congratulations!