Doesn’t golden hour make everything look better! That’s my favorite time to go out and take portraits. That was great how in the backlit shots you put her head behind something dark. That makes it so her hair doesn’t “bleed” into the background.
Yes, don’t be shy about telling people how to pose. I tend to be reluctant in directing people, but I’m working on being more confident and knowing what to say. I’ve found that people like it when I tell them how to pose. Everyone wants to look their best. It helps me to have a pose in my mind then gently direct people. My Mom has encouraged me to “be confident, people want to know what to do.”