Choosing the Right Photo Riser Style (and Vendor) for Your Next Group Shot!

For a professional photographer, large group shots can be the most difficult types of photo shoots. Planning is key – in an indoor environment, are the subjects under fluorescent lighting? (Bad!) In an outdoor environment, is the sun in their eyes? (Squint!) Is the sun behind them? (Overexposure!) Or, did you schedule the shoot weeks in advance, just to see it rain during the scheduled shoot time?

While we can’t help you with the above problems, we can assist you in choosing the right photo riser for the shot. Large groups present specific challenges, simply by the size of the area you are shooting. The overall width is important, but tread depth is also crucial to avoid focus issues from the front row to the back row. Placement is important to get the background that you and the clients desires. Finally, you need to be aware of the area the riser is going to be placed on – is it level? Is it going to be on grass or concrete? Is it easy for your rental company to get a truck into?

When contacting rental companies for your photo risers, you need to make sure you are using a reputable company. When you need to rent a photo riser, make sure and choose a company that has built photo risers for other clients. Safety is critical – make sure the company owns and utilizes handrail and backrail for their riser builds. Finally, timing is crucial – make sure you use a company that has a good reputation for being on time, and completing risers builds on schedule.

After weeks of planning with your client, you’ll be lucky to get fifteen minutes with the people you are actually shooting. Make each minute count! Choose the right riser style, and the right rental vendor for your next photo shoot! Questions about this article? Call our experts at 844-841-4202, or visit our website at!