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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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Treats come in many forms

 

 

Late afternoon and the day is dragging.........just looking to get a few more things done before the weekend.  Nothing like a little caffeine push and maybe a sugar rush.  Life is a bit more enjoyable when we find some every day treats and up the bar, just a hair.  Love when we can work with clients and crew that have some awesome products too.  Keeps us all interested and as well, ready to sample the product.  All positive reviews, whcih certainly helps the brand!  Great way to end the week.

 

Early Morning Beginnings...........

 The day starts with lots on the agenda........breakfast, warmth, treats, home-made goodness, moodiness, atmosphere.  All are key words to keep everyone focused on the task at hand.  Treats are starting to be made, the smells are amazing and the kettle is humming with water heating to add touches of warmth to the plans.  Winter is coming to a close and Spring is around the corner - or so we hope, but today - we continue to focus on the cozy feeling you can get with the right food, beverages and settings.


A day of shooting with Catrine is a day of wonder - plans that seem to expand and evolve.  Her energy and vibrant spirit, tied with Heath's intensity and passion, create magic on the set.  Little touches of powdered sugar here, a small sifter that adds a touch, a hint of light that strikes the set just in the right way, a peek of light blue that glistens against the white porcelain and pops just the right amount.  It almost feels like it creates music - especially when it all just works.


These are the days........creation by a team of passionate, creative, thoughtful people.  It's a good day!

Shooting cake and eating it too!

What a fun project this was!  We got to work with a great team of people to bring a Baker / Designer's ideas to life.  Once we reviewed all of the needs - we then had a lot of organization to do and much planning.  Working through the creative ideas and figuring out what would and would not work was a challenge, but one that we accepted very willingly.  The team really needed to come together to work through the order of shooting the cakes, figuring out the timing of the prep, baking, decorating both the set AND the cakes themselves.

All of it was like a puzzle - and you can either get stressed out by the puzzle or you use it as a challenge.  We accepted the challenge and had a great time problem solving the amount of ingredients to buy, the fridge space needed, the cooking and decorating times, the multiple sets - the camera angles - the lighting and keeping it all fresh and vibrant and not getting jaded by the last slice.  By the end, we all agreed - let the all eat CAKE!

Eataly.......an experience

Truly, a day of work and fun, capturing the flavor of everything this special place has for people to enjoy.  What started out like any assignment, the email and phone call.  

Available?  Interested?  Sure, why not?  

Not really Heath's normal thing to do, but it seemed like an assignment that could be so much more - and it was.

People were buzzing around, last minute touches, dignitaries, chefs, politicians, foodies - all there for the opening of what already is an incredible success in NYC and now, the opening in Boston.  Everywhere you turn, there was some delictable tidbit that needed to be captured and Heath got the front seat, as Boston met EATALY.

Welcome to the neighborhood, we're excited you are here!

 

Testing with kids

If you follow my blog then you've heard me talk about the importance of testing to develop your work and your style. It's a little different than interpreting a layout and then giving your input to an art director who already has a vision in his or her mind. With testing you are the art director as well, dealing with your own interpretations and desires and doing all the execution as well, and utimatley having to please no one but yourself.

It's important because first, it pushes your craft, and second, it gives you a tremendous understanding of what your clients deal with everyday.

A few weeks ago I finally put into motion an idea I had thought about for sometime about shooting kids in all out summer fun mode. Given I love kids I thought this would be a total blast! As I got into the planning of it I also realized how seamless the production would need to be if I was going to achieve my goals and get the images I wanted. So my crew choices and the model choices were going to be absolutley critical.

I'm happy to report that everything went perfectly and the crew and models were fantastic! We had a beautiful day, lots of laughs and a bunch of kids who went home exhausted and full! Many, many thanks need to go out to my crew: Joy Howard for her awesome food styling of popsicles and ice cream in 90 degree heat; to Lizzy Williams for all the fantastic toys and props for the kids to play with; to Coco Grace for her always perfect hair and make up, to Erin Riley for the sweet wardrobe choices. Also have to acknowledge my producer Sharon for always keeping me on track and the engine running at full speed and Katherine Hennessy, my rep for pushing me to do more than I thought I would. Finally if you ever shoot with kids...... Do. Not. Forget to call Kelly Naugler; amazing ability to motovate kids.

Here are some of my favorite pics from the shoot:






The crew: