“We were looking for a photographer who could capture family moments without it looking staged. Nina Wurtzel captured every moment without ever disrupting the family dynamic. She was easy to work with and captured every moment in beautiful light. It was private and intimate, and we are thrilled with the results.”
– Julianna Margulies, Actress, The Good Wife
"Nina Wurtzel is definitely a creative force to be recognized. Her wide breadth of imagination evokes the passion and elegance of dance in her photos and transports the viewer in her magical photographic world."
– Desmond Richardson, Co-Founder/Director, Complexions Contemporary Ballet
“Nina is able to capture not only key performance moments but the energy inside the performance. She is a consummate professional who is also a sensitive artist and shoots in a completely unobtrusive manner. Quite simply, she is a phenomenal photographer to work with.”
– Kim Weild, Associate Professor of Directing at Carnegie Mellon
"We were referred by a friend to Nina. We were greeted by this friendly energetic woman. Spent some time on small talk and I proceeded to explain that I have never been photogenic and that I had no real expectation that this shot would be any different than any previous ones. Like all the past photographers, Nina assured me this time would be different. Guess what, she meant it.
My head shot as well as the others in our firm were so far superior to any we had ever had that I am embarrassed to say that I kept them on my home screen for weeks, to keep viewing because they were so good. Our entire crew felt her work was the best any of us had ever experienced. Next up for us, to have Nina photograph some of our events."
– Michael S. Seltzer, CLU, ChFC
Nina Wurtzel has been photographing professionally since the age of 16. While pursuing a professional ballet career, Nina learned photography by assisting on travel shoots for the Greek National Tourist Board and Epirotiki Cruise Lines (when the ballet company was on break). She also taught herself studio lighting by photographing her colleagues.
Nina was one of the main photographers at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater for 7 years, while she was a dancer in the company. During that time she also photographed the cover and feature articles for Dance Magazine, ad campaigns for Gaynor Minden pointe shoes amongst other dance and apparel companies. Nina has photographed countless dance and theater companies and is currently assisting photographer Paul Kolnik at New York City Ballet.
Nina also does freelance graphic design and retouching.
Photo above: Self portrait at The School of American Ballet
Photo right: Charles Chessler Photography