About


Dave Hernandez is a freelance photojournalist, producer, and writer based in Medford, NJ, USA. He is currently available for assignments.


Dave was a dedicated member of the Medford Township Department of Fire and EMS, joining as a Junior Firefighter in June 2000. He held the ranks of Captain and Lieutenant before sustaining a career ending injury in April 2015. In the spring of 2020, the leadership of the Taunton Volunteer Fire Company surprised Dave with Life Membership.


Friends Steve Mathis, Sean Crowley, and Dave started Into the Smoke in 2012. The series followed firefighters through incidents. Season 2 of filming was underway when Dave was injured. The film crew are each in a different situation currently that makes them unable to continue filming. Maybe eventually. We have one episode filmed, if we don't release it soon, investigators can look at Matt Hall for all of our disappearances.


Dave's work is published regularly by the NJ Advance Media, Philadelphia Inquirer, Gannett/USA Today, the Catholic Star Herald, and Fire News. He has also been published by 6 ABC, Fox 29, CNN, Firehouse Magazine, Fire Engineering, The Metro (Internationally), VII Men (100k Copies Across Europe), Guardian.com, The Triangle-Drexel University’s Independent Student Newspaper, Pontiac Performance, and Subaru of America.


Dave was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a photo he shot of a blaze in 2016, in Camden, NJ. Also in 2016, he was named as one of Drexel University’s 40 Under 40, for his photography career and work as a volunteer firefighter. 


In January 2018, Dave published his first photo book, "Humdinger: Images of Firefighters Working in the City of Camden, NJ Throughout 2016."


In March 2020, David started as a full time photojournalist with the Catholic Star Herald. South Jersey's Catholic Newspaper. The paper is run by the Diocese of Camden, and covers the lower 6 counties of New Jersey.


Dave is a hybrid shooter--shooting both digital and film. 35mm, 120, and 4x5.


He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and Canon Professional Services.

At Into the Smoke's Training Day