Dana grew up in Beverly Hills, California. At the age of fourteen she started shooting and spent the rest of her high school years in the darkroom.

In the late seventies, she met Douglas Kirkland who became her mentor. With his encouragement at the age of twenty-one, Dana moved to New York and was immediately picked up by Time, Newsweek and People magazines. Specializing in people and portraits she travel around the world shooting for Town and Country, Life, National Geographic Travel Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, More, TV Guide and picked up many other clients such as MCI, The American Red Cross, Harpo.

Eliane Laffont the President of Sygma Photo News represented Dana for eighteen years. In 1994, Dana was honored to be asked to be on the masthead of Life Magazine, a dream she had since the moment she held her first camera.

Most recently Dana has been invited to the White House to photograph Hillary Clinton and President Bush and Mrs. Bush.

Now Dana lives in Los Angeles with her children Sophie, Luke, and Maxim who is now in college.