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Christmas in Virginia

Had an amazing Christmas with my girlfriend’s family in rural Virginia. Six days of no cell service and spotty internet, and it was so liberating to be disconnected. Then again, they put us up in their gorgeous RV with heat, cable, and our own fridge, and I did have all my tech toys. Got some amazing pictures as well, but most of all it was great to take a vacation and leave all my worries and responsibilities in LA.

This’ll be the last post in 2012. One more amazing year behind me, and I am so thrilled for the prospects for 2013!

Have a great New Year!


Arcadia @ CSULA

I was recently brought on to take headshots of the cast and crew of Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, for California State University Los Angeles. It brought back a lot of memories of my days on the stage and it woke up that theatre bug that I’ve never been able to get rid of (granted I haven’t tried). This was a first for me, to do so many headshots in a short window of time before the sun set. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get shots that dug down to each person’s character, but looking at the results I am pretty pleased with myself.

If you are interested in bookings for Headshots or for a cast and crew shoot for your production, please email me at photo@KevinHarland.com for quotes and scheduling.

Arcadia will be running one weekend only, November 18th, 19th, and 20th. Show time is at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 matinee on Sunday.


Pryor’s Planet

I’ve been looking for ways to expand my business, art, and experience, and recently a great opportunity fell into my lap. Okay, maybe it jumped up into my lap. Pryor’s Planet is a non-profit dog rescue, foster, and adoption group founded in memory of the great Richard Pryor and his love of all animals.

I became involved with Pryor’s Planet through my wonderful girlfriend, and noticed that the pictures they used on the various adoption websites never captured the character or love that the dogs give out so freely. I decided to volunteer my time and talent to take some amazing pictures of each animal to help in the fight to get them a safe and permanent home. It was a wonderful learning experience, and much hard work. There is an idiom for filmmakers and photographers to “never shoot children or animals,” as they are almost impossible to make cooperative. Knowing this ahead of time, I didn’t go into the shoots thinking that I had to get the amazing shots that day. Another day of my time wouldn’t be the end of the world, and I wanted to have the freedom to get to know the animal and spend a bit of time to make sure that they were comfortable.

All my worry and preparation was either in vain or unnecessary, because these dogs were absolutely amazing and the sessions turned out much better than I could have imagined. Please take a moment to take a look at these wonderful dogs and check out the website for Pryor’s Planet. If you are interested in adopting any of these animals, or are interested in offering your time and home as a foster provider, please email me and I would be happy to connect you to Caitlin at Pryor’s Planet.

 

Here are the highlights. Be careful not to fall in love with all of them. You’ve been warned.


Summer’s Last

I’m on a great track to end this summer strong with sessions scheduled left and right. I’m not really sure what happened in the last two months, but all of a sudden I don’t have any free time. I feel like I am back in school from summer break and I have to relearn how to be a productive member of society, when all I want to do is run down to the river, or go to the beach, or any other summer activity.

Luckily summer never really leaves Los Angeles.

I still have a couple more months to hike and to enjoy my pool.

 

New pics from a recent shoot! Great stuff, Ben!


“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?” – Edgar Bergen

Division

I remember when Summer’s meant weeks at camp; running through the streets; catching tadpoles and crawdads; biking so hard you couldn’t breathe; anticipating fireworks; sleeping in until noon; riling up the fire-ants; digging a G.I. Joe base in the backyard. Then I grew up. Now it’s just working until fall creeps into the leaves and surprises you with a chilly morning. Luckily I have a job I enjoy that takes me to gorgeous places.

I finished up my summer trips with our final convention of the season, PAX, in Seattle. Not far from Portland where I grew up, it’s another jewel of the Pacific Northwest. I made sure to make some time in between interviews and gameplay footage to take pictures for myself. Damn am I glad I did. Here is a little taste of what I shot, I’ll have more when I catch up on my real work.


“Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, but it sure heats up the blood.” – Elizabeth Ashley

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Boy has it been a busy couple of months. Time flies when you’re having fun, and it disappears when you’re busy. You may be asking, “What have I been up to?” Well, “What have you been up to” more precisely.

I got a new camera! I’ve been looking at an upgrade for a while now, and it was time to bite the bullet. My new Canon 60d is allowing me much more control with my pictures, and they are looking great. PLUS I am now able to do HD video and am integrating that into Kevin Harland Photography.

I went to ComicCon. And stood in lines, walked through throngs of people, and marveled at how they crammed the population of a small state into a single building.

Had family in town for my brothers’ birthdays. As with all of our family gatherings, we hit up a local cultural spot (this time LACMA) and saw who could take the best photo. (Can’t post my best quite yet. Don’t want to skew the competition).

Started work with Erik Johnson of Game Connoisseur (and DIYGamer, Arcen Games, Mammoth Manor, Gaming Dead, etc etc etc) creating video content to backup his gaming news forays. Did some minor work at ComicCon, but really jumped in recently at IndieCade’s 3D Mobile Game Jam presented by LG. You can see more in the coming week at DIY Gamer, but here is a promo pic I took for the event.

Filmed and edited a campaign video for Mammoth Manor‘s new project we are excited to be a part of, “Blokes.” It’s a tounge-in-cheek, meta webseries about 2 brits coming to America knowing little about America, written by two americans who know little about Britain. Check out our Kickstarter page and if you like what you see, help us make this project a reality.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGg_rwkPJhI

And (finally) with my birthday right around the corner, I got an early birthday present from my family. These new lights will be going straight to work in all my photo and video work, and will really let me take the next step as a photographer.

So there you have it. I hope to continue to be this busy, and should have many more exciting things to share with you all over the coming months. Now for some narcissism:


“all your base are belong to us”

Whew, moving is always much more of a process that you think it will be (no matter how much you prepare). The good news is that Kevin Harland Photography is now back online and ready to go in our brand new, amazing location. We’ll have some images up in the next week or so (I’m still unpacking, give me a break), but we are set and ready to start shooting some phenomenal photos.

Drop us an email at photo@kevinharland.com to schedule your session today. Contact us before the end of April and receive a 20% off moving special, and help us celebrate our new location!


Face Time

I recently read about a Japanese proverb, that every man (and woman) has three faces. One he shows to the world, one he shows to his friends and family, and the final he shows only to himself. I think that a great headshot contains the honesty of that final face. A vulnerability that is contrasted by confidence and self-acceptance. And why not? It’s truth and believability that CDs and Directors are looking for on paper or in film.

I make sure to set a little time aside, at least once a week, just to have some face time. Our daily life is so steeped in our own perspective, colored over by an endless internal monologue. Face time allows me to give a look at what others see and a thought of other perspectives.

Here’s a little taste of someone else’s face time.


Renovations

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Kevin Harland Photography is currently under some minor and major renovations to catch up to the 21st century. Please check out our new galleries above and expect some more changes in the coming week.


*crickets*

It’s been quiet around here lately. I’ve been busy shooting headshots and portraits, and getting ready for Mammoth Manor’s next big push. We have some new videos on the way, and I’ve got plenty of pictures to share. Check out my photography section for information on headshots, portraits, and event photography; and head on over to Mammoth Manor and see all our videos.

A little taste of my most recent shoots…


Having Friends for Dinner

Mammoth Manor keeps on rolling. We just added to our ranks with Joe Vales, a friend from way back. He’s bringing a lot of experience and equipment to the table, so expect to see some great stuff coming up soon.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZWB6aENPNg


Plenty of New Stuff

Been busy busy busy, haven’t had the time to update this site. BUT now I’m back. Check our our newest “Reality of Zelda” video. It’s taking off on YouTube and is our most popular video to date.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpUoe8wLrr4

Click over to Mammoth Manor to see new Video Game Couch episodes (we are almost done with our first run). I just finished up 1st Assistant Directing a short film with C-41 Productions and also found out that “Life in Print” (starring me) was selected for the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival. Things are starting to come up Milhouse.


I scream, you scream, we all scream for Video Game Couch.

I’ve always thought my most impressive talent was my rhymateering.

Episode 3: “Employed”
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHUGt-Ipc5U

Episode 4: “Drunk”
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWcFCOhFWeU

In totally unrelated news, I have started to take on some professional headshot work. If you or someone you know needs some great shots to help break into the industry, check out my photography page.


The Black Dawn hits a TV possibly near you!

A couple weeks back I received an exciting update from the the guys at WebSerials.com: The Black Dawn, the web series I was a part of, has reached a deal to show the episodes on broadcast television. More info after the jump.

I also just finished up a highlight reel of my role in The Black Dawn. Be forewarned that it will spoil the story for you, so if you are interested surf over to www.WebSerials.com and check out the whole series.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOQGTZeWd98

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Mammoth Manor presents “Board”

Here is Mammoth Manor’s second short, “Board.” Stepped out from in front of the camera for this one, tried my hand at editing and composing. All in all I’m pretty happy with the results… my only regret is some “supposed” California law against chopping people in half for real. Pfff…

Board” on Mammoth Manor
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1J46sBM1BY


Mammoth Manor presents “The Wizard”

Mammoth Manor, the sketch comedy group that I belong to, has released it’s first video into the wilds of the internets…. and it just so happens to feature me! :) Check it out, have a laugh. We plan on releasing a video every week if we can, so please check the site out and see what we come up with.

The Wizard” on Mammoth Manor
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_K4CmQJP1Y