Thanks everyone – it’s such a help to have tips and insights from pros into this! Thank you for your time.
The Peter Hurly videos are an excellent resource and very helpful.
I agree that people skills isn’t necessarily something that can be taught as it’s more do to with your personality. I don’t think mine blow altogether as my job was based in working with people and getting the best out of them. But in this case, I just didn’t know what to say as I didn’t want to offend my friend! I know that sounds really dumb. The shoot wasn’t great, but in reflection the experience was exactly what I needed as it’s really opened my eyes to the importance of directing and posing and also developing some kind of patter or rapport.