It’s been two years since I last undertook the Sports and Music group photography of the British International School of Kuala Lumpur. Back then, I had very limited time for the group photography. Two years later, the shooting schedule has been streamlined somewhat, many thanks to all the necessary experience, preparation and logistical arrangements that went into this year’s shoot.
Working alongside one assistant, we cycled through the many groups of students over a two and a half days shoot. The locations for the group photography varied between the theatre, library, secondary gym and the astro turf. It was a tough schedule but we managed to pull it off successfully.
The brief was simple. Anything, but the usual style of group photos. The poses have to be dynamic, energetic, fluid and interesting, with a play at shapes and forms of the highly diverse line up of students. I only had about from as little as 10-15 minutes (small group) to 25-40 minutes (larger group) to pose the students.
Of course, working with older students were much easier than with the younger ones. Nevertheless, given a firm stance and slight tone of seriousness to command respect in view of the interest of time often helped put us back on track. But overall, I was very pleased with all of the co-operative students.