I dont think im using lightroom properly. I just use it to toss the pics from a portrait session on after the jpgs have been sized down to 2100 on the long side, and copy the flagged pics into a few folders, so 300 pics down to 150 pics in the second folder, down to 75 pics in the third folder down to 40 pics in the 4th folder and then what actually gets ordered goes into the 5th, 6th, 7th folders, with the folder names being what was ordered, prints, albums, wallets, etc.
then I export the list of files to the desktop and I am done with light room. I then copy the jpgs to the raw folder to make it easier to select all the files I need and move the raw files to the customers folder on the hard drive, then the jpgs get erased and the raw files get opened in my raw editor, usually dpp but sometimes ps cs5 where they get exported to tiffs.
The only problem is the files that are loaded into light room are not always available for the export and trying to find the new folder is a pain in the butt.