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Ari, I think you are selling yourself short there. Complex light use is your greatest skill.
In 1 and 3 I am sure there are spots that would have lit everyone equally, and i would bet 95/100 photographers would have used them.
In 2 and 6, you could have easily raised the iso and dropped the flash level, you made that choice. You made the complicated light.
as has been said “If you want to make something interesting, only light part of it”. IMO, that is you in a nutshell.