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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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:

PDN Photo Annual Winner

We're thrilled to announce that our new website was selected as a winner in the 2013 PDN Photo Annual! This contest is one of the most respected in our industry and we're honored to be a winner. Click here to check out our website featuring Heath Robbins' food and lifestyle photography.  And, here is PDN's online announcement!

The relaunch of our site clearly presents food and lifestyle photography as Heath's two specialties. The architecture is easy to navigate and allows us to display big pictures that load quickly for the user. Since the launch, visits have increased and more in-person portfolio reviews have been booked, which have resulted in several new accounts!  

A huge thanks to Dan Stewart at Deep Group for designing the site and to Drew and Jason who prepared dozens of picture files for the launch of this site. Bravo team!





Bully Boy Distillery

Small world story: I got featured on Chronicle and Bully Boy Distillers saw it right around the time they were looking for someone to take pictures of their product and distillery. Turns out the 2 owners Will and Dave are the sons of Sally and Dudley Willis who have a farm in Sherborn (where I live) and where I buy all my beef every year... I love it when that happens.

Since I am all about supporting local and their family is both local and provides me with of some of the best beef on the planet, this was a match made in heaven. Ohh, and it didn't hurt that they were very cool people to begin with.

The product. We also shot their Rums and Vodka

The owners

The process

The end result!

Pajama Party

Remember sleepovers?

Mine were a little different than this one (picture lots of soda, comics, baseball cards and staying up to watch Saturday Night Live) but we thought it would be fun to shoot a 7th grade sleepover and what girls would be doing these days if they had their choice of activities. Judging by the reaction of my models and my own girls who aspire to be that age, we seem to have nailed it.

Here's my new food and lifestyle imagery for the tweens:

We shot on location at my house

Coco Grace did a fantastic job as usual with the hair & make up

Verne Cordova, did all the props and wardrobe, and he matched the set with his own ensemble

The lovely Maria del Mar Sacasa was in charge of food and the kids were pysched about that one

Particularly my youngest, Trinity, who came home from school and almost fainted from excitement over all the sugar in her kitchen

I think these are hysterical because she barely left my side and I was inundated with the questions about when it would be her turn...

Our models, from Model Club and Dynasty, were fantastic and kept their drool to a minimum

Then there was Jason and our new intern Drew who pretended to do a lot of work but actually sat on my couch all day..

Here are a couple of the final images: