Once you have an idea of how big your group is, you will have a better idea of a suitable location.
Obviously if it’s a number that’s more than 5 or 6 persons, you should plan on doing the photo outdoors.
For our second location, we moved closer to the lake because I wanted to use the warm evening light reflected by the water.
The only problem was there was very little fill light.
So I had to remove the diffusion fabric on my Softlighter.
My WL x800 was set to full power (300Ws) and it wasn’t sufficient to fill the harsh shadows.
Speedlights are wonderful but they don’t have the oomph or necessary power output by the time you use light modifiers like umbrellas or softboxes.
(Mouse over the family portrait to get an idea of my light placement.)
In the previous setup I had to combine 1 x800 White Lightning studio strobe with 2 Canon Speedlites.
I used my Cybersync radio slaves to trigger all 3 flashes.
An umbrella, even one weighted down with sandbags is extremely top heavy.
It doesn’t take much for a gust of wind to send your strobe crashing into the ground, so having an assistant like Steffen Urban is a necessity.
The assistant’s job is to stand by the lightstand to prevent that from happening.
Halloween Still Life