Harkins Photo Blog

Andiamo Restaurant Chelmsford MA

Posted in Editorial, Food, Portrait, Still Life by harkinsphoto on August 11, 2017

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Some new food views with Andiamo Restaurant at their Chelmsford MA location for Merrimack Valley Magazine with writer Dean Johnson.

I met with owner and chef Jim Rogers. Check out the Burrato with Black Mission Fig, Antipasti Board, Pear Sage Martini, a classic tagliatelle alla bolognese and two way short rib. Stay for the creme brulee or the limoncello cheesecake.

Word for Our Time with Artist Susan Gaylord

Posted in Personal, Portrait, Product by harkinsphoto on August 8, 2017

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Working with artist, calligrapher, presenter Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. I had the pleasure to have Susan in my studio earlier in the year to photograph a series of prints she made with a very special message in this time of twitter blast and fake news. But I will let her books introduction explain it all:

Words have always been my ballast and my anchor. I believe in their power. While I understand the saying “actions speak louder than words,” I believe that words can be where actions start. Throughout history, words have provided the spark to begin change and the sustenance to carry it through.

Words For Our Time is a series of artworks based on eight words: strength, hope, truth, peace, justice, love, courage, and compassion. Each was created from one large sheet of paper that was torn into separate sections. After the writing was complete, the pieces were sewn back together in an act of healing as I mended the torn paper and made it whole. They remind us of what is important in our personal and civic lives and provide encouragement and support in these difficult times.

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

You can check out how to order her book at this link.

Lowell Folk Festival 2017

Posted in Architecture, Event, Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 30, 2017

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A special Sunday blog post on this weekends Lowell Folk Festival 2017.

I enjoyed a great parade and some beautiful twilight views as the music played all around the city last night.

You still have an opportunity today to head back to Lowell and enjoy one of best free festivals and lot’s of ethnic food.

Crose Nest Bitters at Mill No. 5

Posted in Editorial, Food, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 25, 2017

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Bitters for your cocktails was on the list for a shoot at the Crose Nest at Mill No. 5 with Merrimack Valley Magazine.

I met with owner Kinsey Rosene at her artisan goods shop and got a dose of her herbal knowledge in her botanic pharmacopoeia. The homemade bitters kit is perfect for your classic or cutting edge cocktails.

Check out the article by writer Alison McGonagle-O’Connell in the May/June issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Ice Cream at Great Brook Farm Carlisle MA

Posted in Editorial, Food, Landscape, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 17, 2017

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Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle MA was the final location for my ice cream road trip.

Tamma Duffy gave me the full tour and I got my favorite coffee ice cream and a chance to see the state of the art automatic milking system.

Check out all the best ice cream locations in the valley in the latest issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine with the article ” Beyond the Cones and Cows” by writer Dean Johnson.

 

Heritage Farms Ice Cream Lowell MA

Posted in Editorial, Event, Food, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 13, 2017

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National ice cream day is coming up this weekend and it was just in time for my views from the article “Beyond the Cones and the Cows” by writer Dean Johnson in the latest issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine.

I started the tour of ice cream locations in the valley with Heritage Farm Ice Cream in Lowell MA on the banks of the Merrimack River. I met with owner  Bob Howard on a Monday night for their weekly car show run by Mike Robinson.

The staff tells me that the flavor Smore’s is the local ice cream favorite and I enjoyed a great night with live music, muscle cars and beautiful weather.

More Emma at the Andover School of Ballet

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 5, 2017

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I introduced Emma in my previous post from our shoot at the Andover School of Ballet.

We continued our shoot that day doing some portrait views and jumps. She was great throughout the whole session and I was very happy with our results.

Emma Portrait in BxW at the Andover School of Ballet

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on June 28, 2017

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Emma is the daughter of friend and writer Liz Michalski and when I saw some of her ballet jumps on social media I knew I had to do some portraits of her.

Ms. Kristina the director of the Andover School of Ballet granted us permission to do the shoot on a recent Sunday and I took the opportunity to try multiple sets of lighting and activities. More to come.

Portrait Deedee O’Brien Ironstone Farm

Posted in Editorial, Portrait by harkinsphoto on June 20, 2017

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More views for the “Profiles in Leadership” article for Merrimack Valley Magazine.

This time with Deedee O’Brien Executive Director of Ironstone Farm in Andover MA.

Ironstone provides hippo-therapy using the farms 35 horses and averaging over 400 clients each week. They provide beneficial therapy for individuals with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities.

Portrait Kathy Aiello Atlantic Hospitality Group for Merrimack Valley Magazine

Posted in Editorial, Portrait by harkinsphoto on June 16, 2017

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Atlantic Hospitality Group Director Kathy Aiello for the a shoot with Merrimack Valley Magazine back in March of this year.

The article “Profiles in Leadership” by writer Katie Lovett feature several women in business making a difference in the valley.

Kathy and I roamed the facilities at Blue Ocean Event Center in late March for some views for the article.