. . . is part of the process, no? I have just been through a second portfolio process, this one a bit more rigorous than last year. If you have never attempted a project such as this - putting together a body of work, 10 to 15 images that work together - I highly recommend it. Going through candidate images, figuring out which ones work (and why), which ones don't (and why) is incredibly illuminating. It also felt almost impossibly difficult at times. Having 'finished,' I learned something I was not expecting - it has changed how I shoot. Understanding more critically why other, earlier shots did not succeed as well as I hoped has helped me improve what I do in the field. It makes sense that this would happen, I simply had not thought about it before putting together this portfolio.
This particular portfolio is for a local gallery here, a jury process to be accepted as an Associate Artist. I believe I've put together a strong submission - and even if I'm not accepted, I already have my reward. ;)