For as long as I can remember my parents' church has put together a book with pictures of every family every 3-5 years, and the process always goes something like:
-Choose a national company to take photos (they don't charge for the session or the resulting book)
-Family schedules a time to come sit in front of a neutral screen, all lay their hands on eachother's shoulders or arms and smile for the camera.
-The national company tries to sell them photos beyond what will go in the book.
-Several months later everyone in the church receives a book.
I understand that this is a very cost effective way of creating a picture book, but I also know that the process and result can be problematic.
Has anyone found a different way of creating these? What have your results been?