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Meet Heath Robbins of Heath Robbins Photography in Framingham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heath Robbins.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Used to work in the advertising business in NYC. Quit in 1990 to follow my passion in photography and traveled around the world for a year shooting. Been cooking all my life and kind of fell into shooting food a few years into my career. In 2003 moved to the Boston area and in 2007 found my dream space in the Saxonville Mill buildings in Framingham. I built out 11,000 square feet with a full kitchen, prop room and multiple shooting spaces.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been pretty smooth. Along the way when I was shooting mainly on location I bought a location company in NY then a second one and merged them. 4 years later I sold it and moved to CT to focus on shooting full time and 4 years after that moved to MA where due to my focus on food I needed to find a studio that fit my needs. The only hurdles have been financing some of the investments I made along the way like the companies I bought and the studio build out but I always managed to find a way to finance them and all those risks paid off in the end.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Heath Robbins Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I shoot food and lifestyle for advertising and editorial clients. I specialize on the food aspect and even with lifestyle it many times centers on eating, entertaining or cooking. I’ve been shooting restaurants and chefs for decades so my knowledge of food and the industry are fairly extensive which always helps when I need to know what a dish should look like. We have a beautiful 11,000 square foot studio complete with a large kitchen outfitted with a six burner wolf stove and subzero fridge where we both cook and shoot. We have a 2,500 sq. foot prop room that is constantly expanding and multiple shooting areas. We even have a swing! I pride myself on having the best customer service around and making sure my clients are completely taken care of. We can build or create virtually anything in our space from kitchen scenes, to house exteriors to a full outdoor patio with stone paving.

My staff and the crews that I hire are always the best and our shoots are as fun as they are productive.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The industry is changing every year and becoming more and more focused on content for both video and stills and social is becoming a very big part of the advertising mix. It’s going to be more and more important that photographers learn to wear more than one hat and do more than just shoot stills. They need to be able to art direct and work with their clients on how the content will flow, shoot and direct talent, and do it all with smaller budgets so they will have to be creative in their approach to production.

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