I'm part of many (MANY) facebook photography groups. Some all female, some mixed, some official Guild ones, some film style ones (looking at you, Looks Like Film) some local photographers and some wild, wacky, hilarious ones. Throughout most of them there are general rules and guidelines- about the groups and advice for how to run your business. You quickly pick up the 'correct' ways to run yours, such as In Person Sales (the BEST way to sell your images to customers, help them choose and help them design and buy wall art of their images), never giving the original images to customers (firstly copyright... the images belong to the photographer so you don't want to give that up. Secondly most customers wouldn't have the correct software to see the images) and my personal favourite- only selecting the best of the best images for their gallery.
Now I get the logic. If you are a studio photographer and you only have a couple of setup of, for example, a newborn baby then you don't want duplicates of the same image over and over again in a gallery, but here is where I am different... There WILL be duplicates in your gallery, there will be SLIGHT differences in some photos, because who am I to decide which image you look best in? Which photo is you child smiling the best smile in? As we all know a 'photo smile' is very different to those cheeky chins they pull at home, the ones you love and make you crack up.
So I include ALOT of photos for you to chose from, to make sure that you get the BEST of the best in your eyes. I want you to have photos of your newborn baby doing those hilarious things that only she does- stretching in a certain way, pulling a popeye face or snuggled into your chest like she does at home. These are the images that people love and I spend my work day ensuring that I capture.