Art, as you said, the setup was quick and dirty. I agree with Herman - very elegant.
Your options were limited. One way that you could have got rid of the shadow would have been to have her at least 3 or 4 feet away from the background. But the pose that you used fits her. Option 2 would have been to have a diffuser or soft-box as close to her as possible, to make a large light source with soft light. Even then, no guarantees.
My final thought is "job well done". Elegant pose; no glare in the glasses; and no speculars in the jewelry.
Thanks, Mark. There was no option for studio toys. My sister and my new brother in law (great guy, I might add) chose to do this quickly. I don't think I spent 30 minutes in her house before heading off to City Hall.
I was going to bring Gary Fong, but he was AWOL. Classic!
Best I could muster:
Speedlite 910, used diffuser and reflector and bounced off the ceiling. I was lucky with reflections. There are minor reflections in glasses, but I dealt with them. A very small amount, easy and quick to fix.
So, to your tastes, this is passable?