I think my favorite skill for portraiture is to slow down and connect with my subject in some way that transcends the process of photographing.
I left the pool and headed over to the Clarksville neighborhood to have coffee with my friend and former assistant and video partner, Chris. He sold his house here in Austin for more money than he ever dreamed possible and he and his wife are moving to the Pacific NW. I'll miss Chris. He was an inventive artist and ready to take deep dives into whatever interested him. We worked on still photography projects together and he partnered with me on several successful video projects for restaurants. I even used him as talent once.
He forgot to pack one thing for the move out of town and so he left it in my care. I now have his O'Connor Ultimate 1030D cinema tripod and fluid head here in my office. Should be fun to play with for a while. It's a beast.