And this is also why I really, really enjoy making family portraits - the experience is almost the polar opposite of shooting a wedding. I can turn up and spend time with a happy family with absolutely no pressure. It's still exhilarating but in a very fun way. Whilst great wedding photos are sometimes forged in the heat of the moment, forced to the surface like furious spouts of beautiful lava ( I know, sorry), portrait sessions allow a completely different way of working - more meandering river than pyroclastic flow . This is obviously a completely over the top way to describe the different working methods but it's true in my mind :-)
To keep the outdoor family portraits ticking over, I recently started offering mini-sessions - these are basically 20 minute portrait sittings (runnings and jumpings really!) in the great outdoors. I'm able to offer them at half my usual price because everyone comes to me, rather than me rushing all over the north east with bags full of photography gear. Here's a link to my north east outdoor portrait info page. It has all the dates of the upcoming mini-session days. Big people are positively encouraged to step up for a few photos too - for me, family photographs in beautiful locations are always better than very staged studio shots. Just far more relaxed and happy :-)
Do feel free to get in touch through my website or just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or just call me on 07866127732.