Dana Tynan was born in Northern California, and even after living and working in New York and many parts of the world, she still considers herself a California girl. Sunshine and open spaces, bright oceans and high deserts, linked by the Pacific Coast Highway, these were the backdrops of her childhood and the inspiration of the playful, flirtatious physicality so evident in her work.
After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Dana moved to Manhattan and immediately began assisting some of the industry’s masters: Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn. But there comes a time in the life of every young artist when one must leap without a net and take the sort of risk that ultimately defines you. For Dana, it was the war torn landscape of Belfast and the children of Northern Ireland, its most tragic victims. The photographs which resulted from this experience were exhibited throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Eastern Europe.
As a result of these disparate experiences she began merging the styles of fashion and lifestyle documentary photography, shooting for Esquire, GQ, Glamour, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, as well as the New York Times Magazine. Her gallery included actors, artists, writers, musicians, and celebrities. Johnny Cash, Jeff Buckley, Bonnie Raitt, Kurt Vonnegut, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Eva Longoria, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Neil Patrick Harris, Alicia Silverstone, Gabrielle Union, and Ryan Seacrest among others.
Print advertising clients Dana has worked for include: Oglivy & Mather, McCann, Deutsch, Wieden and Kennedy, TBWA, Publicis Worldwide, Avrett Free Ginsburg, McCann-Erickson, Fallon, Young & Rubicam, Campbell-Ewald, DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi. Campaigns included The Gap, Hanes, Jockey, Toyota, General Foods, Curel, Dial Soap, Levis, Expedia, AT&T, Evian, Nespresso, Dolce Gusto, Unilever, Carnation, Pillsbury, One-A-Day, Purina, Shout, Tide, General Mills, Cheerios, McDonalds, Special K, J.C. Penny, Disney Baby, and Tempur-Pedic, to name a few.
Currently Dana has just finished several cutting edge youth oriented lifestyle commercial campaigns for iconic brands - Levis, Apple and Coke/Vans. Dana has shot from Spain to Australia, from Buenos Aires to Budapest. Clients such as, Tempur-Pedic, Lee Jeans, Marc Jacobs, Daisy, T Rowe Price, Time Defiance, Curel, Purina, Clinique, Walmart, Laughing Cow, Mrs. Dash, Chex Mix, Wishbone, Raley’s, Blue Cross, Sunny D, Oxygen, and San Diego Tourism that embodied the very essence and spirit of that “California Girl”.
Recently, Dana directed two short films, both of which have gone viral. The first, shot in New York, entitled, ‘The Big Heartbreak’, recently surpassed 3 million views. The other, entitled ‘Stand Down’, starring Billy Bob Thornton, has surpassed 13 million. Currently represented by CAA theatrically.