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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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Every shoot has it's moments. Fun ones, stressful ones, creative insights, creative confrontations, the moment you really need a cup of coffee or the one where you want something stonger, when partnerships form and when it all comes together...

We recently had a shoot for PartyLite that involved 12 models and 9 crew members on location for 2 days. What struck me while editing was not, however, anything like I described above. It was looking at all the outakes of the shoot I saw two things: 1. We have a really good time on set and 2. I could put some really funny captions on some of these moments in between takes.

Here are some of them and just to be clear - I never yelled at anyone, at anytime. Never out loud anyway...

Let's start with some of the models caught off guard. The titles below are what I thought should be in thought bubbles somewhere in the image. Feel free to add some of your own below.  ~Heath

 

"Jerk.."

 

"You shouldn't have yelled at her. Now look what you did."

 

"Seriously? Did she just throw something at me?"

 

"Those look really good"

 

"I don't feel so good"

 

Three thought bubbles here. From left to right:

"She's mine, don't get any ideas",  "This is awkward",  "Yeah well, we'll see about that"

 

"Try it again and I'll slap you"

 

"Yikes.."

And then there were all the shots with my crew, standing in, or, well, sometimes you just have to be there.. but I think you'll get the idea.


 

Happy Turkey Day

Last week's blog got me thinking. How many turkeys have we photographed over the years? I lost track somewhere around 20 and thought it would be fun to share the collection! Here is a sampling of the birds who have graced our studio. For more of Heath's food and lifestyle imagery, please visit heathrobbins.com and have a delicious Thanksgiving! ~Jenna

 

Happy Holidays! ...again

Jenna here! I'm taking over the blog for a bit while Heath is on set with back to back to back to back shoots.

All summer long we shoot glistening turkeys and delicately wrapped presents on front of sparkling trees. We get to celebrate the holidays over and over again! Here's a behind-the-scenes look at a shoot we did for the Staples "Holiday Center" website. This wasn't the usual subject matter...who knew you could make gorgeous centerpieces out of pushpins or delicate desserts from Bugles? We had so much fun working with the husband and wife styling team Jeremy and Caroline Woodward; there was lots of glitter flying at midnight before our shoot! The master of confections, Monica Mariano styled our food. Our new in-house producer, Drew, survived (and flawlessly executed) his first big job. We cruised through an aggressive shot list with both Heath and Jason shooting and the awesome team from Staples bouncing between sets. Check out these fun picts from our day! And, of course, the reason we all worked so hard...

Check out the work on staples.com

 






 


Yankee cookbook

This past summer we had the opportunity to work with Lori Pedric and the fantastic crew at Yankee Magazine again on their third annual cookbook. I believe they actually call it a "cookbookazine" but either way the recipes are always to die for. Catrine Kelty was once again our food stylist and Beth Wickwire from Ennis Inc handled all the propping. This years theme was "Lost and Vintage" recipes.

Here are some behind the scene pics and a few final images.

Lori hard at work designing as we went

Drew and Jason were having a beard contest. Drew was winning.

Beth brought a few props...

Wish I could remember what story I was telling

No shoot is complete without wearing or trying out some of the props.

Some final images!

Talk about cold

Sundae Evolution from Heath Robbins on Vimeo.

Thought I would put together a little video of the steps it took to shoot a recent ice cream sundae. Step one: make the studio really, really cold so your subject doesnt melt. Step 2: get everything prepared before your hero comes on set. Step 3: Click

 

It's a lot of fun if you're dressed warmly... and don't eat too many of the props.