There’s art photography and there’s the kind of photos that are for brochures and websites. I’ve been getting a few jobs of the latter variety and when I talk with the person hiring me, they usually have a shrug of shoulders within their voice as if to say “it’s a boring subject but jazz it up if you can.” You show up and do what you can. You pray for clouds, you look for any unusual lighting, you make a pano when in doubt.
In the case of the shopping center images, I actually went back three times to shoot as the weather and lighting changed. It was a 10 minute session each time, on a 3 minute drive from my house, so it wasn’t like a lengthy waste of time, but I was soooooo happy to get just a bit of clouds at dusk.