Bob Willoughby was born and raised in Hollywood. He started his career photographing jazz musicians. He eventually worked freelance on movie sets. He now lives in the South of France. As the great years of Hollywood portrait photography faded, along with the decline of Hollywood studio, a new type of film photography emerged. The economics of film publicity changed the films now had to compete with television for magazine space. Studios decided to employ photographers to shoot on the set during filming, and in 1953 Bob Willoughby became the first.