When I get to the point in a portrait where I am finalizing shot, there is a theoretical method I have followed, step by step, to ensure I’m in the best possible position to shoot the best possible portrait I can, all things considered. Here is a list of ten steps to walk through before finalizing the shot.

1. Set Expectations

Expectations are an incredibly powerful thing. They can inform nearly every aspect of our experience, often without us realizing quite how much.

If you walk into the movie theater expecting the best movie of all time, and you watch anything less, even a moderately good movie, your expectations have set you up to feel disappointed. When people ask you what you thought of it, your feedback ...

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