I was inspired by the Richard Avedon photos of Pentagon officials during the 60’s. That sparked me to use the individual photos I’ve been taking of executives and create a group of them in my computer. I loved the result, but then I realized there was another, more opportune us for this method.
Richard Avedon group photo
An endlessly adaptive group photo
With this method I could create a group. I could create a group with just some of the members. I could create different configurations of the same group.
Merrill Lynch group 3 different configurations
The REALLY golden use
The BEST THING I realized is that I could add or subtract people from the group! If a company added a person, I could add them to the group. If someone left, I could delete them from the group. All with a click of my mouse.
Steps to create a “never obsolete” group
OK, it’s not quite that easy
No, anyone can’t take a number of full length shots of people and throw them together. It takes me a while to adjust everyone’s position, slightly forward or slightly back, to make it look like they really are standing together. And height! That’s so important because when I have a photo of a person on a white background I have no reference as to how tall they are. I’ve developed a method where I have a reference point recorded in the original photo which tells me how tall anyone is.
Here’s a few examples, but there is a whole section on my website, here to see more versions.
This works for families too
Oh yes, this works for families too. I’ve done several using this tehnique, including one with 29 people.
Family group photo