Shooting a large group outside at night

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Shooting a large group outside at night

My mom's side of the family (~50 people, half kids) has a large dinner gathering on every Thanksgiving Eve. I always take the family portrait, me at ground level, everyone standing on the elevated (~4') front porch and steps. The group will be about 20'-24' wide.

For the first time, I have proper equipment (YN560 II, AtluraTTL, SB 400, Phottix Strato TTL trigger and receiver, assorted on-flash diffusers, 36" softbox, light stand).

I'm planning on setting two slaves activated by the on-camera SB400, the slaves being set about 7'-8' to each side and ~6' ahead toward the subject. I'll use a D750 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.8 at ~f/5.6*, 1/100, I think (*assuming the kids can keep still for 1/100). Flash/camera height: level with porch floor. This is mostly based on guesses as I've only ever shot this with a single, on-camera flash at high ISO on a D5100, and results have been okay but never really satisfying.

I would love to hear any ideas, tips, criticisms about this shot. I'd love to nail it this year.

 HDouble's gear list:HDouble's gear list
Samsung NX100 Nikon D5100 Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR +5 more
Nikon D5100 Nikon D750
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