First, Nancy Rothstein has a spacious new studio! She had said it was big, but I really didn’t imagine something that seemed about twice as big as the original one. You can see in this photo from the September shoot that the old space was pretty narrow. Despite that, Nancy made it a wonderful space to work in.
You should recognize the models, Henrietta, Sheila and Ayelette, and probably some of the garments. The mysterious person in boots is Wendy. Obviously the person manning the camera is Nancy Rothstein. The great thing about this space is that there is so much good natural light that she doesn’t have to set up hot lights and the photos she takes are really just what we’re seeing. I don’t ever use tape or clips or anything to enhance the fit of the garments. I want the person seeing the photo to know that that is how it really is. Obviously different bodies have different impacts on the fit.
Here Nancy gives a little guidance.
In the next photo you can see samples stacked up. I think this was what we’d already shot and Wendy was trying to sort out what was still left, but had to get out of the picture because the unshot stuff was sitting in the opposite corner behind the model.
The new studio has a garment rack, and larger light thingies and a foreground, and background, and some real distance. Here you can tell that Nancy is pretty much up against the window to get enough distance. The new space is truly more elegant and befitting such a great photographer.
The only person besides me not shown here is Tracy, Nancy’s assistant. She works away through the chaos of the shoot, replenishing water, making tea, and setting out a plate of cookies, and trying to get her job done. I interrupted her dozens of times just to chat or ask questions.