A perfect grand jete. A kiss at a wedding. Fingers strumming a guitar.

Whether making artistic or photojournalistic images, I specialize in capturing fleeting moments, adapting my style to the subject.

Most noted for my performing arts photography and videography, there is literally no subject I won’t tackle.

All images in the gallery are for sale. If you see a photo you would like to buy, email or call me for a customized order.

Have camera, will travel

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“Nan Melville has done wonderful work for us. She captured compelling images of our faculty and students for use in our course catalogs and advertising materials, conveying the spirit of our program beautifully.”

Danielle La Senna, Director
Juilliard Evening Division

Me with street musicians in Cuba

Fastest shutter finger in New York.

Wing of South African Airways jet flying over Cape Town, South Africa

Ready for your assignment anywhere in the world

Although based in New York City for over 30 years, my work has taken me to four continents and many countries. Nothing makes me happier than dusting off my passport!

Family Feet

Children and pets love me

Whether they sense my inner child, or for some other reason, they respond very well to working with me- producing natural, relaxed results.

Chameleon on barbed wire fence, Kimberley, South Africa.

I adapt to my surroundings, like a chameleon

Many of my clients have commented on my ability to blend in so seamlessly that I do not intrude on their events- weddings in particular. Consider me a stealth operator!

Crowd wrangler

Renowned for managing large groups like choirs, classes, and corporate gatherings with fun and authority. (Could it be my experience as a teacher and theatrical producer?)
- Sincerely Nan Melville

What My Clients Say

"Nan has an exquisite eye and talent with her camera for capturing that moment in which the dancer leaves the earth and transcends into a higher state."
Dance of the Elements - Jody Sperling
Dorothy Krakauer
JMC Framing and Art Gallery
“Nan Melville is an artist behind the camera and has beautifully captured the dancers I represent in their performances, and also the work of the choreographers I represent.”
Mark Kappel
Mark Kappel Management
“We always enjoy collaborations with Nan, from beautiful photography to a winning personality. She is a joy to work with.”
Iris Derke
Distinguished Concerts International

Brands & Clients

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