Elyse Mertz is a NJ/NYC based photographer who constantly studies movement, gentle or gritty. She reflects on youthfulness, the limits of the body, and its emotional and physical potential. Elyse received her BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She has studied at the Art of Photographing Dance Workshop at Jacob's Pillow in 2017 and 2019 under Rose Eichenbaum. Mertz has also studied under Whitney Browne at Jacob's Pillow as well as in Browne’s "Experimental Photography", "Seeing Light" and "Creative Composition" workshops in 2020. Elyse has photographed for Williamsburg Arts NeXus (WAXworks) in NYC and is currently the Company Photographer at Princeton Youth Ballet. Elyse photographs hundreds of dancers and choreographers through personal projects, collaborations, and live performances throughout the area. The pandemic has shifted her perspective and allowed her to explore story-telling with her images.