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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!

Thanksgiving in Portland

Ahhhhh. 7 days of fresh Northwest air, rain and clouds, and cold weather. That may be the one thing I miss most living in Southern California, we never get a true Fall or Winter. A little chilly weather and wet nights reminds the body and mind that the seasons continue to turn and helps mark the passage of time.

Being back where I grew up was certainly part of the charm. So much so, I forgot to shoot for most of the week and just relaxed into the wonderful ambience.

The Getty Villa

Had an unexpected day off with my special lady, and we decided we needed to get out of the house and away from technology. Luckily we were able to get same-day tickets to the Getty Villa in Malibu, and were off for a gourmet lunch and some art.

The gardens were fantastic. Not quite as spread as the Getty grounds in town, but the secluded nature of the property makes it so easy to let all your worries slip away with the wind. I definitely recommend checking it out (and the Getty itself for that matter), but make sure to plan ahead for tickets, or take your chances with some same-day availabilities.

OH, and definitely have a meal at the Villa’s cafe. Not really all that expensive (for LA) but well worth the drive and the time waiting in line!

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot with my best client and her family, and captured some fantastic shots! It is always such a pleasure to help good friends capture moments on their life path. I know I’ve done my job well when I can help make some family treasures.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Los Padres National Forest

Nothing beats those serendipitous moments when a last minute plan comes together with perfect results. This past weekend schedules finally aligned and I was able to skip town for a night near the Santa Ynez river up in the Los Padres National Forest. I couldn’t help but capture some amazing shots.

Fresh air, seclusion, wild animals, and more stars than I’ve ever seen in Hollywood.

The Dog Days of Summer


I visited with my friends at Pryor’s Planet this weekend during an adoption event and got some wonderful pictures of some very sweet dogs. Pryor’s Planet is a nonprofit founded by the late Richard Pryor and his wife, Jennifer, that continues his mission of “helping grassroots efforts in saving lives, providing sanctuary and making the world a better place for all creatures.”

If you happen to have a place in your home and heart for any of these beautiful animals (or know someone who does), please contact caitlin@pryorsplanet.com for adoption information.

Joshua E.

Captured some new looks for Josh and his agents last week, and this week I heard he booked an Audi commercial.

The power of a new headshot and the confidence you have going into the audition with a shot you love leads me to believe I get a little credit. Keep an eye out for this guy, and book your own session today!

Fresh Looks with Kelsey Gunn

Recently shot with long time friend of Kevin Harland Photography, 5 Second Film’s Kelsey Gunn. She’s had appearances on ABC’s “Castle” and NBC’s “Community,” among a number of other projects that she’s constantly keeping busy with. Keep an eye out for this face; I guarantee she’ll be in the big leagues very soon. Take a look at a small selection from a huge pile of amazing shots we captured. And if you are an aspiring actor and actress, shoot me a line today to book your own session!

Wildlife in LA

Had a chance to get away from all the madness and take a short hike over at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve. If you live in the LA area and have never heard of it, you should definitely check it out. It’s a green space and wildlife refuge near the intersection of the 101 and the 405 that will totally fool you into thinking you’ve driven hours to get out of the city. If hiking isn’t your thing, check out the Sepulveda Dam (I watched them film parts of Iron Man 2 there), the LA Japanese Gardens, the cricket tournaments on the weekends, the model airplane landing strip, or Lake Balboa.

There’s seriously so much to do here; or, you can just sit, enjoy the beautiful environment, and let the hustle and bustle slip away…

Read McG.

Good friend, actor extraordinaire, and fellow Dungeons and Dragons player Read MacGuirtose just finished up a headshot session with us and we captured some amazing stuff. Read is currently in production for “Blokes,” a satire of British sitcoms and the stereotypes we Americans have. He and co-writer/producer Erik Johnson just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign and plan on shooting two episodes this December. If all goes according to plan, the final 6 episodes of the first season will follow shortly after, with a distribution somewhere in the middle. The cherry on top: watch me play an Irish policeman who can’t seem to do anything right.


On to the Pics!

Nicky P.

Nicky Peluso is one of those chaotic, free souls that you are just as likely to find in Cuba celebrating her birthday or knee-deep in a raid with her World of Warcraft character (sorry Nicky, now everyone will know that you are really a nerd underneath all that model/actor). She is currently in the process of transferring back to LA from the bay after destroying the competition up there. Last we spoke she had just signed a new agent and is diving back into the deep end of LA.

Knowing her talent and luck, she won’t have much time for her WoW character in the coming years. Check out these highlights of our session:

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.

Raj J.

Just finished up a session with actor Raj Jawa, who took advantage of one of my seasonal craigslist specials. I am always looking for novel ways to connect with new clients and get the word out about Kevin Harland Photography. If you are looking for a great deal, subscribe to my facebook page and keep checking back to snag a huge discount for your next session (up to 50%off)!

Great stuff, Raj!

“I just received the CD in the mail; everything looks spectacular and I’ll be sure to pass your name and cards along to anyone in need of quality headshots. Thank you so much; when I change my look I’ll come back to you!” -Raj Jawa

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.

Stacy R.

Wow, what a wonderful beginning to autumn! It’s been a while since the last update, but I have been a busy little bee. I’ll keep this one short and sweet, but definitely keep an eye here to see more of the projects I’ve been working on these last couple months!

Met up recently to do a session with my friend Stacy and shot her some great character shots. She was a delight to work with and I am looking forward to seeing her upcoming production with husband Andrew, L.A. Paranormal.

“I couldn’t be happier with Kevin’s work. He is professional, talented and very reasonably priced.  I have paid three times as much for headshots, and the quality was not nearly as good. I would absolutely recommend Kevin to anyone who wants some amazing headshots.” -Stacy Ann Raposa

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


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.

Joshua Evans

Shot with my good friend and ex-housemate Josh Evans. I made him walk a couple miles as payback for some Animal Crossing shenanigans from years back. In my defense, he did get some amazing pictures out of it…


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


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.


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 you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” – Jean-Luc Godard


Just finished up another shoot with the always lovely Kelsey Gunn. Seriously, she makes my job so easy. It’s amazing the quality of pictures we can get when the Actor comes having done their homework. Almost every shot we took was worthy of being her headshot, and I’m glad I don’t have to narrow it down to the winner (it was hard enough to narrow it down these ten, and these are all pre-processing and pre-touch-up)!

She’s been doing an amazing job breaking into the industry, taking care of business with 5 Second Films and appearing on Community and Castle. It’s been such a long time since our days on stage together cursing aliens or watching “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” and I’m always astonished by her work. With these headshots I’m sure it won’t be long before we start seeing her all over the place.

Book your session today! C’mon, all the cool kids are doing it!

On the Hunt(ington)


Spent the Memorial Day weekend with my beautiful girlfriend showing her around the Huntington Library and Gardens. I had been once before, a few years ago. That’s the beauty of a botanical garden, you can go back year after year and have a totally different visual experience every time. In fact I took a few pictures that were recreations of shots I had taken on the first visit, and there is hardly any resemblance. The gardens are open six days a week (closed Tuesdays) and are surprisingly affordable (considering 1. it’s LA and 2. the sheer amount you get for your money).

It’s so nice getting back to what got me into photography in the first place. Beautiful flowers and landscapes that plead to be captured. Everything was shot on my Sony a100 with no flash no tripod. Here is the best of the batch, enjoy!

[As always prints are available for ordering. Please email me for details and sizes.]

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.” -Socrates

Kevin Harland Photography is currently moving to a new (bigger!) location. We are still accepting headshot bookings for the next couple of weeks, at which point we will return to your regularly scheduled programming. In the meantime, here is another image from the vaults that never had it’s chance to shine. Enjoy!


A little background


In my free¹ time I like to throw together wallpapers that I’ve graphic designed with my photography. It’s a nice extra outlet that I can be creative and flex different brain cells than those that get worked daily. Sometimes I fail miserably, sometimes I surprisingly succeed, but I always love what I end up with. Hit the jump for my newest work.

¹ also known as “I-should-be-doing-something-else” time