I had a shoot today that seemed like a photographer's worst nightmare. It was an African American model wearing a bright white shirt, black skirt, and a bright white hat, at high noon on a VERY sunny day. I had a hard time finding a middle ground. I could get a good exposure for the model, but the background would be blown out or visa versa or the background would be fine, but the model too dark. Is this an impossible situation? How to do you deal with extreme contrast? I tried to convince the model that we needed to shoot in the shade, but she didn't believe me. This was a paid shoot, so even though I tried to impart my professional wisdom on her, I still allowed her to voice her opinion on location. Help? I think maybe I should have used a fill flash.