For what I was taking photos, there may be dozens or hundreds that are slight variations on it that are all a little bit less good. Eyes closed, hair in face, maybe your dog eyes closed. These photos you never see are the outtakes, the blurry shots, the duplicates. I’ve spent my time combing through all of them, doing side-by-side comparisons until I landed on the best ones. The selection process is to whittle down the excess, exposing the heart of the shoot so I can give you what you need: quality, professional photos. I’ve spent looking at your photos and paying attention to what makes them good or not. My ability to choose the best images for the assignment is one aspect of what I’m being hired for. Delivering 10,000 mediocre photos is not respectful of your time, because you shouldn’t have to do my sorting work for me.