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Nina started photographing professionally at 16 while assisting on travel assignments. She soon shot independently in Greece, Italy, Israel, Turkey, and South America. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dance Magazine, Playbill, Broadway Review, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, international ad campaigns, and brochures.

Nina received several merit scholarships to art schools, while also studying at the School of American Ballet. She deferred art school to dance professionally for 10 years. During her years with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, she also photographed the company, had her first solo SKILLS photography show, and was commissioned to shoot the cover of Dance Magazine.

In 2002, Nina apprenticed as an art director at a small ad agency, and later ran her own boutique firm, Wurtzel Inc.. After 12 years of creative direction and client service, she decided to pursue her passion for photography full-time.

Nina approaches photography with a strong understanding of marketing, to create images that are on target. Knowledge of movement helps to coach posing and projecting confidence. She loves creative challenges, celebrating diversity and beauty, while highlighting humor.


“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 greeted by this friendly energetic woman. Our entire crew felt her work was the best any of us had ever experienced."
   – Michael S. Seltzer, CLU, ChFC

Self Portrait many years ago

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