thanks for all the input.
and @ dream merchant, you are correct, i didn't provide needed info. the location is normally one of the bit conference rooms, of which they clear everything out. there are plenty of windows to add natural lighting. it will not be coat and tie. i am not sure of the budget, but i would think there is not much of one. which is why they are having the local IT guy take the picture
i do not think all of the faces need to be seen. in the past the partners and most attorneys are seated in the front row and all of the support staff of the group is pack behind them. no one really cares about this picture but one of the chairs of the practice group, so not much effort is put into it.
i doubt i will be renting anything for the shoot. if anything, i will try and get them to buy me an extra strobe the picture has never been printed, so resolution is not really a huge concern. and in fact, as long as the partners faces are good, then everyone is happy.
pre-planning and test shots are about the best advise i can get at this point. i will play around with it over the next couple of days and try to devise a plan from there.
Dream Merchant wrote in post #4278438
No mention was made about location technicalities, lighting conditions or equipment restrictions, nor the tone of the photo (since it's a large law firm - does it neecd to be serious coat and tie corporate?) or budgets.
I'm not sure how to suggest anything helpful at this point since there were no requirements or restrictions mentioned, except that if you need all the faces to be recognisable, consider using (renting?) a 1Ds Mk II and use a Carl Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 lens or use rent a Hasselblad SWC or a Mamiya 6x7 with a wide lens and shoot using slow transparency film and get it scanned on a drum scanner or an Imacon.
The thing about large group shots is that the logistics alone can kill, especially if you need to see every face so a lot of pre-planning and test-shoots are needed.
I would love to try and help, but would really nedd to know more.