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It was a love of photography that inspired Heath Robbins to leave his job as an agency executive and travel the world with a camera in hand. More than twenty years later, it is his love for food, people, and making pictures, that continues to fuel his commercial photography career with focus and passion. For every client and for every shoot, Heath sets out to capture moments, tastes, and emotions that pull people out of their everyday, and straight into the moments that he creates.

 

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Ciao Italia

A little over a year ago I shot an assignment for Yankee Magazine with Annie Copps that was about Mary Ann Esposito and her husband (I believe it's actually running in the current issue of Yankee). For those of you who don't know Mary Ann you can check out her website http://www.ciaoitalia.com or watch her show, which is the longest running cooking show on television. If you're a foodie it will be so worth your while.

What a terrific lady and amazing cook (she, being the perfect host, made lunch for all of us while we were there). Mary Ann also really liked the work I was shooting for Yankee and called a couple months later about shooting her next cookbook. Any chance to eat her cooking again... I, of course, immediately said yes. So with the help once again of my friend and food stylist Catrine Kelty we shot her upcoming Cookbook Ciao Italia : The Big Five. Be sure to look for it next year, but in the meantime here are a few images to wet your appetite.

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

This was one of those challenging, frustrating yet completely rewarding jobs! It's the type of job my friends think is so glamorous yet takes more work and concentration than anyone realizes. We got a call from Christina at Mullen on a Wednesday or Thursday I think asking if we would be interested in shooting for MOTT (Mass Office of Travel & Tourism) it was an assignment to cover the entire state and create a library of images for them to use. Then came the details: It had to be done in 1 week and it had to be next week. It took a little maneuvering but we were able to clear the calendar and start calling to set up our schedule. Patrick my assistant ended up having to do a lot of scheduling while on the road while Jenna did the same from the studio.

In the end we traveled 987 miles in 5 days (see map with route marked in red), started at 5 AM each day and finished around 10 PM and shot 2600 images. The only drawback and why I was frustrated was the weather which didn't cooperate for much of the time so when it rained or was overcast we went indoors or tried to find angles that worked without the horizon. In the end we got some great images and hopefully you'll see some of them in the Massachusetts advertising.

Fresh & Honest on location

In addition to shooting the food for this cookbook we are shooting some lifestyle and location imagery for this cookbook. As I said before I love shooting on location. The exploration part of it has intrigued me from the day I chose to become a photographer and set out to travel around the world for 11.5 months. there was nothing like landing in a new country and spending weeks or more getting to know the culture and shooting it in a way that would communicate it to someone who had never been there.

These shoots have all of that and more. This first day we started out at the Boston Fish Pier which was really cool to see all the seafood coming in. We then went out on a boat with some lobster fisherman that Chef Davis knows. Being that lobster is one of my favorite foods I loved learning about how they are caught and ultimately get back to my table. We ended the day traveling around Nahant, MA shooting some scenics which were easy to find on that beautiful coastline.

Summer is here

Went out on my brother's boat this past weekend. The kids were in heaven. The girls just couldn't stop smiling (despite the bad hair day) and my son couldn't let go of the fishing rod. Ahhh... the joys of summer.

Family Fun shoot

Family Fun is a magazine that I love shooting for.

First there is the subject matter - kids both big and small as you will see below and second is the Senior Photo Editor Mark Mantegna who is a blast to work with. We shot a story last month on having a block party and the ideas ranged from adults in tricycle races to kids finding stuff with their feet in pools filled with bubbles to putting on frozen t-shirts. Needless to say Mark and I had to try out the tricycles and it was quite interesting filling up the pool in our space. I laughed a lot while shooting this and the models were all great sports.

I've put up some of the production stills as well as some finished shots but you should really check out Family Fun to see how the whole story turns out!

I couldn't stop laughing

this was the coolest tricycle...

Mark on his trike

Filling the pool

So here are some of the finished shots