Harkins Photo Blog

Still Life Ballet Shoes at the Andover School of Ballet

Posted in Personal, Still Life by harkinsphoto on June 13, 2017


From Baseball last week to Ballet this week.

A still life view found on the wall at the Andover School of Ballet.

More to come.

Author David Daniel in the Studio

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on April 10, 2017


A new guest in the studio a few weeks ago for a portrait with author and writer David Daniel.

I met David several years ago in Lowell MA for a photo session and I realized then he was the author of one of my favorite mystery novels featuring the detective Alex Rasmussen.

We planned a portrait session at my WAS studio in Lowell.

He graciously gave his time and brought some props and ideas to the session.

Greek Independence Day with Vintage Views of Lowell Ma

Posted in Event, Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on March 24, 2017


Bringing out the archives to celebrate Greek Independence Day March 25th.

I originally shot these views for the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission with then executive director Fred Faust in May of 1980.

This display of young dancers were from the Hellenic American School in Lowell MA. Do you recognize anyone?

Portrait with Annie N.

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on February 21, 2017



Back in December I had a visiting student Annie Niemaszyk a future Marketing and Communications professional, who does well at her own photography and video work.

We had a great time discussing the commercial photography business and I took the opportunity to do a few test views with my new camera.

Check out Annie’s Instagram and  YouTube sites at these links.

Happy Valentines Day 2017

Posted in Commerical, Personal, Product by harkinsphoto on February 14, 2017


Having some fun in the studio for my latest email promotion. Some of the many views made for the final image. Are you on the list?

Greater Lowell Girls Inc Winter Party

Posted in Event, Personal by harkinsphoto on January 27, 2017


Great night out last night with Greater Lowell Girls Inc for their Winter Cocktail Party and Auction. A great night of Jazz, dance and a charity auction for all the right reasons.

You can view all the photos at my Events Page at this link.

MLK Celebration 2017 with the Lura Smith Fund and MCC

Posted in Event, Personal by harkinsphoto on January 17, 2017


Enjoyed my annual shoot at the  2017 Celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell MA.

Sponsored by the Lura Smith Fund and Middlesex Community College Foundation this was the 19th year anniversary with live performances of  music, dance and theater.

A special presentation of the Living the Dream Award to Sister Lorraine Richard principle of the Franco American School in Lowell.

You can see all the views taken at my Events Page at this link.

Simon Pearce Glassworks Quechee Vt

Posted in Editorial, Personal by harkinsphoto on January 15, 2017


Celebrating my birthday with dinner and a show at Simon Pearce Glassworks in Quechee Vermont.

Janet and I arrived early for a tour of their glassblowing facilities and pottery and for my birthday dinner at their restaurant.

I saw the process of making their Shelburne Bowl by glass blower David and his assistant Scott.

For dinner we were seated at great table with a view of the falls that powered the facilities producing 110% of their needs.

I topped off the night with a great Confit Duck dinner and our waitress Stephanie brought out a special treat of their vanilla ice cream and salted caramel.

I will be back.

Favorite Views from the Past Year 2016

Posted in Architecture, Commerical, Editorial, Event, Fashion, Food, Interiors, Landscape, Personal, Portrait, Product by harkinsphoto on December 30, 2016

2016 is almost over and I’m looking forward to the New Year.

Some favorite views from blog postings from the past year and wishing you a Happy New Year 2017.

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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 .