Darling Deals…On a Molecular Level…

So! The latest edition of Darling Magazine is hot off the press! In this issue we had a little fun photographing molecular structures made from the fruit in which the structure is most common. It was a fun play on concept and color. We shot the fruit on glass floating above a complimentary color, did a few tweaks in post, and came up with some great vibrant and graphic images! It will be interesting to read the accompanying article!

But wait! There’s More! This quarter Darling is offering a $5 off promotion! Goto: shop.darlingmagazine.org and enter promo code ISSUE12CONTRIBUTOR (that’s me!) to get your discount. If you have not seen Darling Magazine, you should! It is a super high quality “art magazine” with unique and engaging articles centered around “the art of being a woman” (their tagline).

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Also, check out some of the past work we have done for them!
Issue 8
Issue 9
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Issue 11

Photo of blueberries creating a molecular structure. Photography of Yellow Cherry Tomatoes in the shape of a molecular structure Photograph of grapes laid out to illustrate a molecular structure Darling-Issue-12-Cover

Another Cookbook…(cont.)

So here are a few more images from our recent cookbook project. We tried to use as much natural light as possible, with a few accents of course. The theme of these shots were soup’s, and congee bowls. While we have pretty much wrapped this project , we have just started yet another cookbook, so hopefully we’ll be able to share some of that imagery with you later this year. Thanks again to Nicole Kruzick of Belly Food Style for making everything look so yummy!

Photo of a bowl of congee with carrots beans and ginger on top. Photograph of Oatmeal in a cup with apples, pears, nuts and dates sprinkled on top. Photo of a pot of Apple and Spice infused tea. Photo of a rice bowl with chicken meat and vegetables on top.

Another Cookbook…

We have been working on a variety of projects lately that have been a bit “hush-hush”, one of them is a cookbook. While we are not able to say anything about the cookbook itself, we ARE able to share some of the images we have done for it! We’ll post a few today and some more next week, but the shoot has gone super smoothly and we are pretty pleased with the finished images… styled by the lovely Nicole Kruzick / Belly Food Style.

Photo of a bowl of Congee with Tea Eggs and Red Sauerkraut Photo of a bowl of Spinach Soup - Photo of a bowl of Chicken Soup Photo of a bowl of Chicken Congee

Rosatello Wines

We just wrapped another project with the great folks at High Wide & Handsome. This time it was for Rosatello Wines. It was a fun project to be a part of as we were producing the print portion of a multimedia campaign. We actually do this a lot, working in tandem with a film crew to make the most efficient use of talent, location, and crew. While it would seem that it might be chaotic, the production was smooth and easy, and given that we had to produce a print ad and a 30 second spot in one day, that is saying something! The key is working TOGETHER. Having done this many times before, I have certainly seen my share of crews working against each other, which has never made sense to me. We are working for the same client and most of the time through the same agency.. all headed toward the same goal. So to have anything other than a mutually supportive attitude is counter productive. But I digress… THIS set was easy, relaxed, super productive and lighthearted! The clients even got into the spirit … which is always Fun!

Photo of two women enjoying Rosatello Wine in a backyard setting Photo of two women having fun "behind the scenes" at a photo shoot.

(I LOVE when clients have have a blast on set!)




Getting into the Habit…

We’ve recently started working with the folks at The Habit Burger Grill. Our projects have been very early morning productions as we are shooting in actual restaurant locations and we have to get everything done and be wrapped out in time for them to open for lunch. We have mostly been shooting new menu items, so we get to check out their latest offerings right as they are introduced. The weird part is having your mouth water for a juicy burger at  8:30 in the morning! Hop over to your local Habit and see what’s new on the menu! (it will probably be one of our photos!)

Photos of various menu items from The Habit Burger Grill


Darling Magazine – Issue 11

We have had the great fortune to work with the amazing folks at Darling Magazine for the past year! In the latest Issue that released this week we have three spreads! One article is on Spring Salads and share three delectable recipes. The other is about Pencils of Promise, a charitable organization striving to ensure a quality education for all children regardless of where they are born. Check out these articles and all the other great features in the latest issue of Darling Magazine!

Photo of hand with knife chopping though golden colored fruit


Photo of fruits and vegetables painted gold


Photo of many small pencils placed in the shape of a Large Pencil


Cover of Darling Magazine Issue 11

Canning & Cookies for Darling Magazine

The latest issue of Darling Magazine is out and we have two feature articles in this issue! The first is on cookies and we shot some beautifully hand decorated cookies by Bethany Wiseman of Batch Please Cookies. Bethany does intricate custom cookies that you would be more likely to want to frame than eat (but they’re so tasty you have to eat them too!) It’s like having art in your tummy! There are five delicious recipes that accompany the article, so that should be incentive enough to seek out this issue!

The second article is on canning / preserving. This article had a little mix of everything… a little fashion, a little beauty, a little humor, a little food.. and again… Recipes to be had!

Check out both articles in Issue No.10 of Darling Magazine. And Look for us in Issue No.11 as well!

Batch Please Cookies, Shot by Dana Hursey Photography


Close-up image of a hand decorated cookie on powdered sugar. © 2014 Dana Hursey Photography


Fashion image of a woman dropping a jar of preserved fruit. © 2014 Dana Hursey Photography


Fashion image of woman with jars of preserved fruit. © 2014 Dana Hursey Photography


Image of broken jar of preserved plums. © 2014 Dana Hursey Photography


Images of preserves on a shelf. © 2014 Dana Hursey Photography


Cover of Darling Magazine

The Thanksgiving Feast is Ready ….

Now what you ask? ENJOY!
That is what we are about to do… take a little time off, sit back, relax and feast. We have much to be thankful for and we’re going to take the opportunity to do so and share it with friends and family! We hope your Thanksgiving Holiday is filled with Family, Friends, Love, and Sharing! See ya on the other side, just in time for the NEXT holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo of Thanksgiving Feast.

Thanksgiving Already?…

Wow! Just Wow! What a whirlwind! It feels like we were just here! Well, no sense in fighting it, and there’s never a bad time to be thankful! So as we push headlong into this holiday season we hope that you have plenty to be thankful for and that you are able to take some time to reflect on the good and brush away anything that’s not! But don’t relax too much! The year is not over yet! There is still much to do and plenty of time to do it! So enjoy THIS holiday and keep the spirit!

Photo of a woman holding a platter with a perfectly prepared turkey on it.

International Photography Awards

We received a couple of Honorable Mentions in this years IPA’s (International Photography Awards)! It is always so great to be included with such a distinguish group of professionals and we love the winning imagery this year! So much talent out there! Thanks so much to the judges for including two of our images in the mix!

Photograph of a woman in 1940's attire holding a martini and throwing her head back in laughter. Photograph of a Mercedes Benz 280SL Convertible driving across the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena CA at sunset.

We All Want To Be Heard…

Toshiba knows this. The great team at LehmanMillet asked us to help them illustrate that fact in our latest photo shoot. This new campaign, directed at the medical industry, is geared towards making sure that the professionals that use Toshiba Medical Products know that Toshiba is listening to them and incorporating their input! In a simple and graphic way we represented the various constituencies that utilize Toshiba products and “Gave Them a Voice”!

Side profile photo of a male in a business suit holding out a voice bubble.

And Finally…

Photograph of woman using celery to scoop up large amounts of Dean's Dip

Here is the third ad from our recent shoot for Dean’s Dip with High, Wide & Handsome. This image was a bit of a challenge as it was shot on location in Los Angeles at the height of summer (it was literally one of the hottest days of the year) and in the midst of our lovely drought. The responsible homeowners of the cool (looking, not temperature) location we were shooting at had pulled back on their watering so as to conserve. That however made for some unfortunately yellow grass and background. What came to the rescue was the extensive background library we keep in-house. I am ALWAYS shooting grass, skies, and textures of all types so as to have a healthy arsenal for just such circumstances. We had been shooting into some bamboo that was fairly burnt on the tips and of course the grass was none-to-happy either. So instead we ended up stripping in some heathy Ficus and dropping in a bit of grass from Versailles, no… really! That is royal French grass you’re looking at! So if you see me out there pointing my camera at what looks like nothing, it’s probably something… like grass.


More Dean’s Dip…

As the new campaign rolls out, here is another image from out recent shoot for Dean’s Dip. We shot the whole campaign at a really cool mid-century modern home in Pacific Palisades, CA. It gave us some great variety for living room, kitchen and outdoor spaces. In addition to a great client and agency (see our last post) we had a great crew, including Arpen Productions, Stacy Quackenbush on prop & wardrobe styling, Stephanie Daniel on hair & make-up and Stephanie Greenleigh doing food styling! All simply Amazing!

Photo of a guy holding a chip with a HUGE scoop of Dean's Dip on it

Dean’s Dip….

We recently completed a project for Dean’s Dip and the campaign has just launched. It was two fun-filled days of wacky and over the top expressions to illustrate how some folks are SERIOUS about their dipping! We got the opportunity to work with the great creatives over at L.A. based High, Wide & Handsome as well as the wonderful folks at Dean’s Dip. The whole project, from casting to completion kept a smile on my face and we had an amazing crew and cast of characters! Keep an eye out for additional shots from the campaign or check out the “Behind the Scenes” video from the shoot!

Photo of woman dipping a hamburger into a tub of Dean's Dip


Exact Sciences…

LAST year we did a photo shoot for a “hush-hush” product and at the time we were not allowed to share about it (because it was “hush-hush”!) But now the cat is out of the bag so we can talk about how much fun we had! It was a great couple of days where we were looking for energy and excitement from our talent about the new product. We also had the opportunity to work with some GREAT gymnasts who performed some amazing feats in front of the lens! We have already posted a “behind the scenes” video of the shoot. But also wanted to share some of the finished imagery as well!

One of the (many) incredible things about this profession (okay TWO) are 1.) The GREAT people you get the chance to work with (and this shoot was no exception!). The Agency folks at LehmanMillet and the Client (Exact Sciences) were all SO GREAT!  and 2.) The fun and different stuff you get to do every day, just makes this one of the best professions out there!

Thanks to everyone involved in this production! From client to agency to cast and crew. It was ALMOST too much fun to be paid for!

Photos of excited people - © 2013 Dana Hursey Photography

Darling Magazine and Heirloom L.A.

Check out the latest edition of Darling Magazine! We photographed an article on “Food as Art” featuring recipes from Heirloom L.A. – a boutique catering company in Los Angeles. Executive Chef – Matt Poley – did the styling in what was a very impromptu decision on look and style. It was fun and challenging to work “in the moment” and we were very happy with the results. There are a lot of other great articles in this high-end, BEAUTIFULLY PRINTED publication, so get your hands on an issue!


Photo of Garden Shaved Salad - © 2014 Dana Hursey Photography Cover of issue 9 of Darling Magazine

City of Arts and Sciences….

We have just returned from a weeklong, whirlwind, multi-city trip. Along the way, one of the stops was Valencia, Spain. While there, we had just enough time to check out La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Wow! What an amazing complex! Unfortunately, the hour at which we were there, the entire complex was basically closed, so that meant exterior exploration only… 🙁   But it was still SO MUCH FUN to wander the complex and shoot some imagery! I would have loved to have been able to stay longer and fully experience the facility in its entirety, but alas, I may just need to schedule another trip. If you are ever in Valencia, this is something I would not miss!

Here are just a few of the images we captured:

Photo of La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, ©2014 Dana Hursey PhotographyPhoto of Palau de les Arts, ©2014 Dana Hursey PhotographyPhoto of La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, ©2014 Dana Hursey PhotographyPhoto of Palau de les Arts, ©2014 Dana Hursey PhotographyPhoto of Palau de les Arts, ©2014 Dana Hursey PhotographyPhoto of Hemisfèric, ©2014 Dana Hursey PhotographyPhoto of La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, ©2014 Dana Hursey Photography

Mumm’s been the Word….

Late last year we did a VERY fun shoot and have been excited to share the results. However, the product we did the shoot for had not been released to the general public and we were under NDA’s (Non Disclosure Agreements) until the official product launch. Well, just this past week the client was finally able to launch and so we’re thrilled to be able to start sharing some of the imagery! We’ll do that in the coming weeks.. but first, since we are in BTS (Behind the Scenes) mode already….

Behind the Scenes Video with Dana Hursey Photography

Another Fun Shoot!…

We are just wrapping up post-production on a shoot we did for Dean’s Dip. What a fun couple of days! Despite being the hottest days in Malibu in recent history, we enjoyed the hospitality of our location, and had a wonderfully smooth production! Client, Agency, Crew… ALL Fantastic. We are looking forward to sharing the final results but in the meantime here is a little Behind the Scenes Action!

Behind the Scenes video of Dana Hursey Photography shooting Dean's Dip

Sodano & Kubin

From another one of our shoots at Nikita Restaurant on the coast in Malibu California, Executive Chef Salvatore Sodano & Sommelier Rene-Nicole Kubin. Teaming up to create the perfect pairing of food & wine. Throw in the spectacular vistas and you’ve got a dinning experience that’s hard to beat!

Photo of Executive Chef Salvatore Sodano and SommelierRrenee-Nicole Kubin at Nikita Malibu

Club Lana’i

Okay, … one last post from our Hawaii excursion. On our final scouting day on Lana’i we took UTV’s (Utility Task Vehicles) to the back side of the island. We traversed the Munro Trail (in the rain) and went down a remote trail that even the locals were balking at – especially given the wet conditions. This took us to Naha Beach which we shared a panoramic photo of in our last post (center photo). From there we traveled up to Club Lana’i. Now deserted, the location was a day resort, where folks from Maui would come to “get away”. It is really quite beautiful. There are talks from the new ownership on the island to potentially revitalize the resort or repurpose the area into some other type of destination. But while we were there is was easy to imagine the run down structures in their more glorious days. A fun weekend destination more for locals and those “in-the-know” than for the average tourist. If you ever make it to Lana’i it is worth the trip on a beautiful day (which it could be there, even if it is raining in Lana’i City). And there is a much easier route to get there than the one we took, with some other points of interest along the way! Any local can point you in the right direction! Aloha!

Photo of the shoreline of Club Lana'i from the pier.

Doesn’t Do It Justice!

When we were on a recent scouting trip to Hawaii, we took the opportunity to shoot a few Super High Resolution Panoramics. I always enjoy being able to do this when the opportunity presents itself! The only drawback is that it is so hard to appreciate the grandeur of the scenes on the web. There is just not enough screen real estate to be able to show all of the subtleties and spectacular detail. The images below get as large as 2GB in file size and are equivalent to an image that would come out of an imaginary 250 megapixel camera! We have pretty large displays in the studio and even those only start to show the massive amounts of detail we get! So enjoy these teeny tiny versions and imagine yourself in these amazing locations!

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Darling Magazine

We recently did a shoot for Darling Magazine. I have to admit that I had not heard of the publication, until they called. The article we did was on essential oils.. the shoot got a little messy, in a good way!  Darling is a quarterly magazine and SUPER high quality. At the shoot the photo editor brought a copy of the then current issue and I was REALLY impressed with the paper, printing and just overall presentation. It really is a very refined publication. This last Sunday we went to the launch party for this issue down in the industrial area of east L.A.. It was a fun evening of drinks, music, socializing and people watching! But check out Darling Magazine, it really is something special!

Photograph of orange oil pouring onto an orange slice.





It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts…

We just did a shoot last week for one of the largest technology companies in the world, based here in Southern California. Something that came as a bit of a surprise as we were doing it was how many people confessed they had never seen the inside of a computer hard disk drive. We deal with a LOT of HDD’s these days because of the volumes of data we produce, and the need to have a lot of redundancy for our image archives.

It was a great reminder that just because you experience something on a regular basis, does not mean it is commonplace for ANYONE else. So share the things you know about and ask others about their passions! Little wonders can be found everywhere, let’s discover them together!

Detail Photograph of the inside of a hard disk drive.


Photograph of the inside of a hard disk drive.

More Manduka…

We had so much fun shooting with the folks at Manduka, we thought we’d share a few more shots. Across this multi-day shoot we had shot a variety of profile portraits of folks that use Manduka products. Then we also shot the new product line for 2014. To get many of the larger shots we had to rig the camera a story and a  half up in the rafters in order to get the proper angle of view. We then triggered the camera remotely from down below. It was a bit odd not being “behind the camera” for the full day! But it also allowed the Creative Director, Rand Denny, to have a little fun!

Various images for Manduka

Let the Cheffing continue…

We have had a lot of chefs in front of our lens lately! Recently we got to play with  Salvatore Sodano, Executive Chef at Nikita Restaurant in Malibu. Chef Sodano was so amazingly gracious, accommodating, easy to work with, oh…and Fun! (I think the photos might show that…) We also shot some of his beautifully plated dishes (which tasted as good as they looked!). Check out some of the other incredibly talented chefs that we’ve had the great fortune to work with here.

Portraits of Chef Salvatore Sodano


A Little Slice of Paradise… for next time.

Photograph of a Hawaiian Beach ResortWhile people often comment on how lucky we are to do the things we do and go to the places we go for many of our projects (and trust me, we are!), there is often a misconception that we are sitting poolside with a cocktail instead of executing what is in reality the real “work” involved in doing our job right. Case-In-Point… when we recently scouted for a project that took us to Hawaii, a friend of mine commented; “when you get the good ones, you really get the good ones!” What my friend did not understand (until I told them) was that we were working, longer hours in fact than when we’re at home. There is a sense of responsibility to do as much as you can, to get the client as much as possible. And while we certainly take “the moment” to soak in and appreciate where we are and what we are surrounded by, I tend to be predominantly focused on delivering for the client. Plus, not only are you doing the work at hand, you also have to manage (remotely) the normal day-to-day stuff that is going on back at home. Very seldom on location projects is there a day off (except for the rare weather delay). It’s usually go, go, go… but I love that! But as an example, on this (and a subsequent second scout) I never hit the pool, never even touched the ocean! Too much to do! Now.. let’s be clear.. you can’t get much better than working in Hawaii, or the Caribbean, or Europe, or…. well, let’s face it… working on location – anywhere – is a great perk of the job we do, but more often than not, I think of it as reconnaissance for where I need to come back to really escape and soak in ALL that a location has to offer.


We recently did a shoot for Manduka. A very eco-friendly company that makes a wide variety of yoga products. The whole team was wonderful to work with and we had a great time on the shoot. We met a lot of interesting people who use their product as we shot profile portraits of each of them as well as photographing a wide range of their new products. You can check out their wares as well as more of our imagery for them at Manduka.com.

Overhead photo of woman on yoga mats doing a warrior pose.

“Z” is for Zucchini…

Well you had to know that was coming!
In our post about “N” we mentioned the Silver Palate Cookbook. Well there is another killer recipe in there (good ole Silver Palate!) for… you guessed it, Zucchini Bread! It is killer and at the end of summer we harvest fresh Zucchini from the yard and we make dozens of mini loaves and freeze them and then enjoy them the rest of the year! Yum!

Photo of Sliced Zucchini, laid out in the shape of the letter "Z"