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+1 @ Doug ... "command and control"
Ambient light has a tremendously wide range of both quality (diffuse/specular) and color (warm/cool) that can be encountered on any given day. Images that are flat and of poor color balance makes little difference whether or not it was natural ambient or not ... they are still flat and poorly balanced. Conversely, OCF that is harsh and not balanced to the ambient can look just as poor, just in a different way.
Whether you use ambient alone or OCF ... it is all about your ability to have "command and control" to achieve your goals for the image. If you've achieved your goals with the finesse of a craftsman, that presents your subject well ... which tools you use/don't use are of little consequence.
There's neither special glory, nor inferiority in shooting ambient only or OCF. Having the ability to contend with the challenges of ambient with the tools of your choosing to produce the works of your vision are all that really matter. Some folks use a scalpel, others use a chisel ... both can be very sharp tools in capably skilled hands, or hack things up if one doesn't know where to make the cut.
The one thing about OCF though is its consistency ... or in the case of an ambient location like Lisa's, she has highly predictable ambient, so that can certainly help one achieve a degree of command and control as well.