I do a lot of portraits of small groups or just one person, and I've done team pictures outside with a flash on camera, but I've never tried to shoot a large family portrait indoors before. I have plenty of gear to pull this off, and maybe that's part of the problem. I'm sure I'm over-thinking this.
My former boss just asked me about doing this for his extended family in one of the rare times they've all been together (or will be together). He doesn't want anything fancy. I just want to make sure everyone is properly lit. He has a large room in his house and a corner sofa in one corner. Walls are white. He wants to have people (all adults) sitting on the sofa and others standing behind it. I like this because it means everyone will be turned slightly and not straight on to the camera.
For modifiers, you can see some in my sig. I have one each of most of my modifiers. So if I wanted to do something really simple and have a strobe on either side of me at 45 degrees, I'm not sure which modifiers to use. The only modifiers where I have two of each are (ebay) 24"x24" softboxes and 1'x6' stripboxes. I usually use these for background or hair/accent lighting, not for key or fill. My Photoflex medium octa stays in my studio.
One thing I could do is put 7" reflectors on two strobes and bounce them to bathe the room in light. Another thing I wondered about is lighting a large group like this with the 74" Eli octa, maybe directly behind me. Would this work for a group this size? Another idea is to use the ABR800 ring flash, either with diffuser/reflector or possibly the moon unit attached.
As you can see, I'm all over the place with this! Advice from those who shoot large group portraits would be appreciated. Thanks.