I'm not an aspiring professional but this seemed like the most appropriate forum. I'm taking a team photo next week for my daughter's softball team that I am helping coach. I have several challenges to overcome here and could use some help. 1 - there are 16 girls on the team! height ranges from about 4'6" to 5'10" with most of the girls being around 5'3". Uniforms are black pants and red shirts with black lettering. 2 - the photo will be taken at the field where there is absolutely no shade available. I'll be praying for an overcast day. The good news is that it's a very nice looking field with lots of opportunity for background separation and it will be at 8am so not too harsh if it's a clear and sunny day. Background can be the backstop which has a black chain link fence or the outfield which I can probably line up so that there are distant trees in the background. 3 - I'd like to be in the photo, although I plan to take several of just the girls, there will be at least one with the 2 coaches so need to know how best to pose that too. For the girls I was thinking of doing a V like this: softball pros and cons? 4 - I'd like the photo to be a little more creative than what we usually get from the company we use for our league photos in the spring where they always have half the team kneeling and the other half standing behind with the coaches flanking the back row and everyone squared to the camera - they look terrible and stiff and so completely boring. There are no stands to use, just the benches in the dugouts but those are fenced in. I can bring a stool or stepladder if needed. Any help, suggestions, warnings about what not to do, gear suggestions etc would be welcome. I'll be working with my Fuji XT2 and have only the 18-55, 60mm or 50-230 lenses to choose from. I have a tripod but don't have a remote shutter release for the XT2 yet. All I have for flash is the one that came with the camera - I haven't used it yet other than to test to make sure it's working so hopefully won't be needed. Note I'm not charging anyone for the photo and will simply send it out to the parents and girls via email. We don't usually hire anyone for team photos for our fall league since we have just 1 team at each level but since it might be the last time I coach with my daughter on the team I want to do it. TIA for any help!