Opinion on cropping portraits

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Opinion on cropping portraits
Feb 18, 2013

I was shooting a friend's portrait yesterday while walking in the park and was using my new Tam 28-75mm DI SP and A77.

http://www.sharpeyestudio.com/cincinnati/2013/portrait-on-a-winters-day

When I was going through the shots, I felt like I could do some cropping to make the composition more appealing. I did so with a few of them, but could have definitely cropped more of them. I feel like I'm cheating in some way when I crop an image but I'm probably not thinking about it the right way.

Is it common to do some post-shoot cropping with portraits or any other type of shot for that matter? Also, I can assume that the crop aspect ratio needs to be the same so it matches the rest of the shots (duh).

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