Surface Magazine Submission

MDRP submitted a series of these images to Surface Magazine. The concept was a fishing photo shoot. The shoot used local businesses as contributors for clothing and jewelery.

UrbanDaddy at Lake Chalet

As we arrived around 11am the Lake Chalet was buzzing with high energy trying to wrap up its many odds and ends before its grand debut in the coming evening. The hustle and bustle of the afternoon was beautifully juxtaposed against the magnificent views of Lake Merritt that wraps around the backside of the renovated boathouse. First order of business, we were given a tour of the restaurant beginning in the main dining room, through the bar than out onto the impressive waterfront patio. It was a quick shoot, unaccompanied by any strobe or flash lighting, faced with the challenge of seamlessly slipping into the chaotic current flowing in and out of each room. We managed to put a pause to the action for a moment to get some vast dining room/bar area shots; everyone held their breath for a moment as we scurried to capture some choice images. The excitement of the day was than complimented by a tasting from the Chalet’s soon to be illustrious menu. As quick and simple as this shoot turned out to be, it was an all around great time!

Champagne tasting anyone?

After visiting a Vranken tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco, I met with one of their associates and agreed to have a few of their exquisite bottles shipped to the studio for a round of product photography.Have a sip of their champagne and hear a story about the label’s history and aroma.

Smithgroup on Spear Street

The MDRP crew headed out at 4am to do a shoot with the architects of Smithgroup, an architecture firm lending their talents to 60 Spear St. in San Francisco. We arrived with a 12ft Ryder moving truck packed with gear to disperse over two floors. We worked through to the afternoon coming out on the other side with six images.

Tom Burr at New Museum

MDRP sent to photograph Tom Burrs submission in the grand opening of the ‘Unmonumnetal’ exhibit at New York City’s ‘New Museum’. The museum features clean, new, masterfully lit galleries. On display in ‘Unmonumental’ are Burr’s works, presenting ‘fragmented forms, torn pictures and clashing sounds’ (New Museum) as collage on double sided screens.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 'First Fridays'

The branding campaign for MCA ‘First Fridays’ was quite a blast! MDRP ended up shooting with the photo booth style whitewall/ring light affect. I was able to capture up to 300 images a night documenting over 100 different guests.

Each month one image was selected for publication in ‘Time Out, Chicago.’ It was a lot of fun deciding which image would be published!

Heavenly Scouting

Local magazine requested scouting photography of a house in San Francisco's Mission District. We were lucky enough to meet the neighbors who extended an invitation to take in the dusk views of the city from their third floor windows. Never thought I'd see the redwood tree from this side of the street.

Spectacles for Humans

Here's a glimpse of our recent product shoot for the MDRP portfolio. 'Spectacles for Humans', an eye-wear store operating out of LA and San Francisco, was very kind to lend us a pair of their glasses from the 'Orgreen' line for the week's shoot. Orgreen is an international company based out of Denmark and Japan, offering exclusive, hand-crafted frames in over 40 countries.

Art Chicago Exposition 2009

MDRP back in Chicago for the Second City's International Art event of the year. Making a few images of the city itself, here is a great view looking South from Chicago Avenue.

The Shrine

MDRP sent to The Shrine by Wallpaper* Magazine, a bar in Chicago's South loop neighborhood. The dark wood and chandeliers were a nice touch! Get on the list at for text message updates on nightly events. See you there!

Lunch Lookout Over Downtown Chicago

MDRP sent to photograph Terzo Piano in Chicago. The restaurant features Italian cuisine and sweeping city views. Stop in and grab a bite!

Phoenix Technology Hub

New design school in Phoenix designed by Interior Architects. This innovative institution offers a style as cutting edge as its design, media and technology programs.

Trainspotting with 'Taxes'

MDRP does album shoot for local Bay Area band, 'Taxes' at the Caltrain tunnel beneath Potrero Hill.

Gassin' Up

Windy day over Lake Michigan! Helicopter is refueling for another pass at a private residence in Michigan state for a local publication. Can't wait to get back in the air soon!

The Busa's Back!

Check out the winning custom paint job for the 2009 Hayabusa! Stop by for more information about the bike and BusaBeats.

MDRP guest artist at Sketchbook '09.

MDRP takes part in Collaboraction's 2009 Skectchbook Festival. 14 photographers were chosen to submit one still each of the festival. Learn more about Sketchbook and Collaberaction at

Chritsy Foran Design

MDRP shoot for six days with Christy Foran Design, Chicago, Illinois.
We loved the vanilla amber palette of this room.

Wallpaper* City Guides go Presidential Suite with MDRP

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cravings in the new Wallpaper* City Guide Washington DC.
The shoot was 14 days and included 69 locations. The Ford Edge worked
out quite nice with two kits of Elinchrome Flash and the Horseman SWD2
PRO Phase One P25 system.

New SF Studio

Michael David Rose Photography is proud to open their brand new studio located at 650 Florida St! To celebrate the new space, designed by Studio 12 Architecture, MDRP is hosting a Grand Opening Party on June 11th.

The Event is sponsored by POP Earth Champagne and being catered by Mariposa Kitchen.

MDRP is excited to open the space to the public and beginning working from the new studio!

Revival Bar + Kitchen

Last month, MDRP photographed Revivial Bar + Kitchen located in Berkeley. With large firewood ovens and owners with genuine hospitality, Revival was easy to make look good.

The restaurant is reminiscent of the best parts of the past and the decor makes it feel like home. If you check it out, make sure to get the pork chops!

California Pacific Medical Center

This photograph was taken for the Smith Group of the California Pacific Medical Center. After a long day of work, we pulled together shots that felt clean and sterile, just like the hospital. They even made us wear scrubs while shooting!

Phase 1 at B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim

MDRP was sent to Deerfield, Illinois by Finegold Alexander & Associates to photograph the conversion project at B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim. The architect converted an old office plaza into a shiny new place of worship. Phase II may be done next year and we are looking forward to finishing up the photography then.

Public Architecture: Design for Reuse Primer

MDRP is published in new "Green Building" book with architecture by EHDD. In this shot we used the school PA system to gather the children for a recess in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Alexander's Steakhouse

After huge success in Silicon Valley, Alexander's Steakhouse has opened a new location in the heart of San Francisco. Chef Jeffery Stout fuses the traditional American steakhouse with a Japanese influence. Design details include a three story wine rack, shoji screens for private events, and leather bound lounge for cocktails. Alexander's presents a classic fine dining experience, beautiful decor, and impeccable service.

MDRP was honored to photograph the new location! We spent the early morning and afternoon photographing the exterior and interior of the spacious new location.

Food Photography

Upon our second visit to Alexander's Steakhouse, we had the pleasure of working closely with the Chef for some food photography. The dishes were prepped to precision and placed on glass slates for an aerial view of the dishes. They looked (and tasted!) delicious!

Anyon Design

This image was taken for Anyon Design during the San Francisco Decorator's Showcase located in historic Nob Hill. Anyon's founder, Lindsay Brier, is inspired by period design and classic architecture, although her work still has a modern twist.

Alexander's Steakhouse: The Chefs Request.

Groundbreaking territory for MDRP with Food Photography. Chef J. Stout led the way with his 3'x4' glass plating.

AIA: SF Architectural Photography Exhibition

It is an honor to announce that MDRP's work will be featured in AIA's Architectural Photography Exhibit.

The exhibit will showcase a group of architectural photographers in the Bay Area, and their unique process of active collaboration with the architect through their work.

MDRP will be featuring work from Pfau Long Architecture,SmithGroup, EHDD Architecture, and Mark Cavagnero & Associates.

Please join us for the gallery opening on March 3rd, 2011. Details to come!

Pfau Long Architecture

Pfau Long Architecture is a progressive firm with emphasis on new and experimental technology. The firm is unique in their approach to the integration of design and production. MDRP is pleased to be featured on their new website.

The Activist House was shot two years ago from a neighbor's window during another beautiful San Francisco sunset.

Marin Country Day School by EHDD Architecture

Marin Country Day School and EHDD Architecture have been working together since 2007 to improve the campus and reduce energy use. The award winning school is now home to the first zero-energy classroom in North America.

MDRP enjoyed making photograph's of the school's new additions. Between the location and the architecture, the campus is a perfect example of outstanding landscape architecture.

Chartwell School, Seaside California

In 2006, MDRP shot the Chartwell School in Seaside, CA. EHDD's Director of Sustainability, Scott Shell, designed the school putting an emphasis on water efficiency and rainwater collection. The water features within the school are used as a tool to teach children about their connection to natural resources.

MDRP's imagery of the advanced school has gone on to be published inGreenSource Magazine, Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design, and the Integrative Design Guide to Green Building.

Interior Architects, Collins College

MDRP on location in Pheonix, AZ!

Interior Architects designed this unique remodel of a former warehouse. The space is a high tech education center for students studying graphic design, computer graphics, and electronic games.

SFO Terminal 2

MDRP got the opportunity to shoot SFO's newest addition: Terminal 2. The project has been underway since 2008 and was finished earlier this month. The state of the art domestic terminal features an additional 14 gates, a pedestrian bridge to AirTrain, 30,000 ft of retail space (including a spa and a wine bar!), and sustainable design including paperless ticketing.

A series of photographs were published on UrbanDaddy's website. More to come!


The intimate Manresa, tucked in the lush town of Los Gatos, has reopened with renovations including a new lounge and a extraordinary cocktail menu. Sterry Architecture and Sunnyhills Studio teamed up for the remodeling of the classic space, providing the restaurant with
an open feel and a sophisticated color palate. Chef David Kinch draws flavors from French and Catalan regions and uses the freshest ingredients that are grown on the restaurants on farm, located in Santa Cruz.

MDRP was happy to photograph the brand new renovations, just in time for the restaurants opening! Thanks to Wagstaff Worldwide, the photo's were finished right before Manresa's media party.

Chambers Eat+Drink

Phoenix Hotel's latest renovation, Chambers Food+Drink, opened last month with a splash! That's right, they have poolside cabanas in which you can sip fancy cocktails and enjoy the sun (if San Francisco's summer permits). The space has two bars, a dining room, and is furnished with it's own library.

MDRP got to snap some interior shots for

Make sure to check it out!

Gastronaut Set #1

Maiden Voyage to Gastronaut Headquarters for their first food shoot. We went daylight shooting dozens of different platings. And we saved a little power. The Gastronaut team made astonishing plates for this three day event. The space is perfect for a shoot!