David began working for Playboy magazine in the fall of 1979, soon after becoming a staff photographer, moving to Chicago. In 1987, he would take a title change to Contributing Photographer where he would continue with Playboy until 2002. During this period he would begin to expand on his photography style to include fashion, beauty, and celebrity work for various editorial and advertising assignments worldwide. 

Called upon to shoot Petersen Publishing’s Sport magazine swimsuit issue four successive years, the final year would culminate with it being broadcast on ESPN, ESPN-2, and PRIME TICKET, where he would serve both as narrator & host. Not long after, he would be thrown into an acting stint in a made-for-TV movie titled Posing, aired on CBS, when, while working as a technical advisor, the director tapped David to play the fictional Playboy photographer instead of their actor. From 2000–2003, David was co-host and photographer on Playboy TV’s, Sexy Girls Next Door.

In 2001, David founded, David Mecey’s FotoFantasyCamp®,, a workshop that has grown to become one of the premier photographic workshops in the world. Featured in American PHOTO, David brings a select number of photographers together to a fantastic location for three days of intensive training in his style of lighting, posing, rapport with models, literally everything that makes up professional-level photography.