Dave Hernandez is an award winning photojournalist and producer 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 NJ Advance Media, the Catholic Star Herald, Fire News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Gannett/USA Today. 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.

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

In June 2022, David started as an Assignment Editor at NBC10 - T62, WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.


40 Under 40, Drexel Magazine, Drexel University--2016

First Place, Best Photograph-Portrait, Catholic Media Association, 2021

First Place, Best News Picture Story, New Jersey Press Association, 2022

Second Place, Best Photograph-Sports, Catholic Media Association, 2022

Second Place, Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate-Series, Catholic Media Association, 2022 (With Pete Sanchez)

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