For a recent family photo shoot there were a few challenges. For instance the various members of the family were only going to be together over the Christmas period for a limited time; and we needed to find a location that was (a) wheelchair accessible, (b) willing to have us and (c) large enough for a group of 8 people - plus me and my gear.
We settled on Rutherford House at the University of Alberta as it met all our needs and they were extremely accommodating.
Canon 5DII with Canon 24-105 lens at 50mm. Two Elinchrom 500W strobes with umbrella modifiers and one Canon 580EXII flash separation light (behind the subjects); all strobes triggered with Pocket Wizard transmitter and transceivers. F8 at 1/60 sec.