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About Heath

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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Sam's Club Shoot

It's been a while since I posted anything here. Been pretty busy lately which is always a good thing and something I never complain about. As I always tell my clients " I'd rather be behind my cameras than my desk".

This was a job I shot for Sam's Club with Rob Bernet, a very talented art director with Noble (and pretty damn good fly fisherman too...). Despite a somewhat rocky start, and some pretty rough hours, we had an absolute ball shooting this. The entire scope of the job switched from an extended family having dinner in a home to the ad you see below -just two days before the shoot was scheduled to take place. Luckily we had just finished an extensive casting seesion that included models from the new age range and gender that we needed. We also had a weekend in between those days and an amazing crew (the very talented team at Ennis of Coco Grace, Kelly McDermott and Tui Stark) that responded to the challenge perfectly. The next hurdle was that we had to shoot in Sams Club during off hours which meant starting at 7:00pm and finishing at 3:00am. The talent and crew were terrific during that extraordinarily late hour of the night due in great part to Victor (the jazz singer) who had everyone laughing so histerically that there were times I had to stop shooting because either myself or one of the other models was laughing so hard it was impossible to continue. (you can click on the image to make it bigger and see his expressions).

I even laughed all the way through my editing of this job the next day.

Dana-Farber

I'm thrilled that one of my images will help raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this holiday season. I shot a picture of the Public Garden in Boston last winter and it will be on a holiday card for sale through their website and in select Crate and Barrel stores. If you're interested in purchasing the cards or just supporting the fight against cancer, click here or visit
Dana-Farber.org

Studio Construction

Lots of people who come to the studio ask how long I've been here and what was it before I got here. Well, I actually documented a good portion of the construction. It was great to see the transformation and the vision of what I wanted, actually come to life. Before me it was a bunch of offices with a lowered ceiling and lots of cubicles. They had a long corridor for storage outside their insulated offices which is now where our desks are. I documented up to the point where the painting started to happen and then they began the kitchen construction (which is a story for another day...). The whole process you see here took about three months.

You can see the finished studio on the website and in the next couple of weeks that section will be updated as well because we have added lots of furniture, a prop room and dressing area.

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.