PhotoServe LogoSince I have been recently sharing some of the many Professional Photographer sites that I am a part of, I could not leave out PhotoServe. As part of the same company that produces the industry standard magazine PDN (Photo District News) PhotoServe is an online database of most of the top photographers, worldwide. They host full online portfolios of thousands of photographers, all of which are searchable by specialty and/or location. They do regular features and highlights of recent work and it is another great venue for photographers to get their work in front of the right people. Check out some of the amazing imagery at

2013 IPA’s

NOOOO! Not beer.. although that sounds like a great idea! The International Photography Awards… It’s September – that time of year. We got another “shout out” from the IPA‘s! This year THREE of our images received an honorable mention! It’s always great to receive recognition for what you love to do, and IPA has been regularly generous to us! Thanks to all the folks and jurors at IPA!!! Your acknowledgement is so very much appreciated! Check out the winners here, and the other Honorable Mentions here!

This Year’s Honorable Mentions:

Portraits of Radio Personality Ethan Bearman - © Dana Hursey PhotographyEthan Bearman

Image of Decaying Leaf - © Dana Hursey Photography


Atmospheric Image of a Radio Tower surrounded by clouds. © Dana Hursey Photography


Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop Creative Cloud Deal

AdobeRumor has it….. Adobe is doing an open enrollment for a special Photoshop / Lightroom Creative Cloud bundle now through December 31st of this year. The price is $9.99 per month for both, that price will never change so long as you keep your subscription, and you must have Photoshop CS3 or newer to qualify. That’s half off the academic subscription for people who just use Lightroom and Photoshop. Such A Deal! Check it out and see if you qualify!

Devastatingly Amusing…

Just a quick post on this hot Los Angeles afternoon…. We recently finished another image from a shoot we did with the talented Lynda Kay and wanted to share it on our blog…

On a similar note we went and saw Lynda Kay perform last week at Club Tarantino / The 3 Clubs. What a fun night and great show! She performs there regularly, so check out the schedule and her show. It’s a great way to spend and evening, and you never know who you might run into there!

Lynda Kay - ©2013 Dana Hursey Photography

Workbook & Yodelist

Workbook logoThe Workbook has been around almost as long as I have been shooting. If you don’t know what the Workbook is, it is a  semiannual industry source book focusing on Photography and Illustration catering to those industries and the people who utilize their services. In the beginning it was books where photographers and illustrators could showcase their work  and have it put in front of creatives that purchased their work, be it for advertising, editorial or various other marketing purposes. Over the years (or decades) it has grown substantially to also offer directories for the image creators to source support services (be it talent agencies, model makers, stylists, or producers) as well as the creatives hiring them  at advertising agencies and design firms. For me, for most of my career it has been my “go-to” for researching people who might utilize my photography.  As the world went digital, so too did the Workbook, migrating their directory to the web and hosting online portfolios for image makers. The Workbook still produces a print version of the of the Photography & Illustration  books – in fact they have gone to printing 2 times a year now instead of just one. I use the online directory on an almost daily basis to track down potential clients and obtain contact information.

This year the Workbook is taking the directory to the next level by spinning it off into its own entity known as Yodelist. Yodelist takes all of the great current database information and puts it in a user-friendly interface and expands the usability by integrating the ability to produce email campaigns. With Yodelist you can research and create custom lists of targeted contacts, manage, update, and stay in contact with vital individuals that hire photographers and illustrators.

As an instructor / mentor I have for years recommended the Workbook as one of the best resources for our industry and with this new iteration I’ll continue to do the same. Workbook has done a great job of staying current with the industry as well as maintaining a top-notch database in an industry that changes more often than the seasons.

If you are not using the Workbook as a support system for your studio, I highly recommend you get onboard! Check them out at and Logo