Harkins Photo Blog

Cover View with Business NH Magazine and John Farrer CEO of Right Networks

Posted in Editorial, Portrait by harkinsphoto on December 8, 2016


Cover view with John Farrer founder and CEO of Right Networks in Hudson NH for the December 2016 issue of Business NH Magazine.

Along with creative director Christine Carignan we setup on their server room with some gels and a spot light for a dark and moody tech look.

Check out the article “The Fast Five” by writer/editor Matt Mowry on the fastest growing private industry companies in New Hampshire.


Sea Festival of Trees 2016 at the Blue Ocean Event Center

Posted in Editorial by harkinsphoto on December 5, 2016


Enjoying a shoot for Merrimack Valley Magazine to cover the Sea Festival of Trees at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury MA.

The festival just ended this weekend but a great way to bring on the holiday and enjoy some Christmas spirit.


Portraits and a Still Life with St. Anselm College

Posted in Editorial, Portrait by harkinsphoto on November 28, 2016



Portrait views in the latest issue of St. Anselm College’s Portraits Magazine.

Photographing several students and alumni for the article “The New Conversation on Campus” by Dr. Gary Bouchard.

The still life of books showing the selection of readings and video for the Conversatio program all used in a program that teaches a St. Anselm education.

Conversatio is one of the three vows of the Benedictines and means a monastic way of life.

You can read the issue online at this link.


The Search for Stars Hollow

Posted in Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on November 25, 2016

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If you know about the TV show Gilmore Girls you know Stars Hollow is the home of the Mother and Daughter team of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.

The town was loosely based on the the town of Washington Depot Connecticut and some of the surrounding area.

Way back in 2004 Janet and I were in Connecticut for a weekend away, she on interior design business and me just for the road trip.

We decided to take a side trip searching for the inspiration of the mythical town of Stars Hollow.

Washington Depot Connecticut was not what we expected.

I didn’t exactly find Luke’s Diner and there was no gazebo in the town common, but it was fun to visit and see what inspired one of my favorite TV shows.

We did find a little cafe and the post office, plus I had a nice conversation with the towns tree warden.

But the town at the time did not seem to be even aware of the notoriety from the show.

I learned all about it one night as I noticed my daughter watching the show and caught some of the banter and the quick repartee that ensued with the main characters.

It sounded like a script from the 1930’s movie episodes with Myrna Loy and William Powell in the Thin Man Movie series.

This was just the kind quick wit and humor I loved.

I became hooked.

Who were these Gilmore Girls and where is this Stars Hollow?

From then on I was a fan of the show.

It ran for seven seasons and has been off the air for almost 10 years.

But Netflix will bring about a new block of four episodes by the original writer Amy Sherman-Palladino.

The town of Washington Depot has recently had it’s own Gilmore Girls Festival with major media coverage and fans seem to be everywhere again.

I got a few shots back in 2004 still using film, black and white at that, and wanted to revive these images for the post.

But if you want to see the best research on finding the real Stars Hollow check out this blog Finding Stars Hollow .

Also check out her fantastic  artwork featuring Lukes Diner  and other moments from the show available on Etsy .


Holiday Cooking and Family Recipes with Crave Restaurant Amesbury MA

Posted in Editorial, Food, Portrait by harkinsphoto on November 22, 2016

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Merrimack Valley Magazine Holiday Cooking with local chefs’ favorite family recipes.

Starting in Amesbury MA with Crave Restaurant owner Sean Toomey and some of his family holiday favorites.

It all starts with Slow Cooked Dry Rub Ribs, Mac and Cheese, Broccoli Cheese Casserole, Cornbread and for dessert Kahlua Brownies.

Check out the Holiday Cooking article by writer Dean Johnson and some great local recipes.

Theater Arts and Student Language Skills at Arlington Middle School Lawrence MA

Posted in Editorial by harkinsphoto on November 17, 2016

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Shooting at the Arlington Middle School in Lawrence MA for the article “Pronouns and Performance” for Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Students learn better language skills as they produce plays writing, directing and acting in their own scenes.

Check out the story by writer Doug Sparks in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue.

Super Moon over Lowell MA

Posted in Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on November 14, 2016

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Enjoying a Sunday night shoot with a shot at the Super Moon.

We shot some views from the UMASS campus as it came over Christian Hill and the Downtown Campus of Middlesex Community College in Lowell.


Merrimack Valley Golf Club Honors Veterans

Posted in Architecture, Editorial, Landscape, Portrait by harkinsphoto on November 10, 2016

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Near the 17th hole at Merrimack Valley Golf Club a new Veterans Memorial stands.

It provides a beautiful panoramic view and sunset was the perfect time to capture it’s elegance.

The Katter family who owns the club wanted to commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans.

Check out the article “Shots for Soldiers” by writer Scott Shurtleff in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Horseshoe Grille North Reading MA

Posted in Architecture, Commerical, Food, Interiors by harkinsphoto on November 7, 2016

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Shooting at the Horseshoe Grille in North Reading MA for one of their ads with Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Lots of favorites with steak, ribs and some seared tuna while you enjoy some of their specialty  drinks of Sangria and a Raspberry Martini.

Home Accessories and Design with Helen Thomas Simply Smashing Andover MA

Posted in Editorial, Interiors, Portrait, Product by harkinsphoto on November 3, 2016

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Shooting for the Merrimack Valley Fall Home issue with stylist Lysa Pelletier and art direction with Beth Daigle at Helen Thomas Simply Smashing in Andover MA.

Lisa Schiavone owner of Helen Thomas Simply Smashing let us setup and play in the shop for the article “Fall Home Refresh” by writer Lauren Torlone Mahoney.