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FIVE TIMES " PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR " OF THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA

" PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR " OF THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF CANADA

TWICE ONTARIO " PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
artistic portrait photography and illustration by gerd harder

 

 

 

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IN MUSKOKA, BARRIE AND TORONTO PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

BY GERD HARDER

AT THE BARRIE PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO ONE EXIT SOUTH OF BARRIE

AND AT THE MUSKOKA PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO BETWEEN PORT CARLING AND BRACEBRIDGE

 

Welcome to our web site.


Harder Photography has two studios.

The Port Carling portrait studio is catering towards the Muskoka area and the Barrie wedding photography studio between Thornton and Cookstown to the greater Toronto, Barrie, Aliston and Newmarket area.

Our Muskoka photo studio is located on Muskoka Road 118 west just outside of Port Carling in the direction of Bracebridge.

Our Barrie portrait studio is situated in Thornton, between Newmarket and Barrie. It is only a few minutes drive from the Cookstown exit # 75 coming from Newmarket or Toronto and the same distance from the Cookstown exit # 85 coming from Barrie, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and the Muskoka area.

The Thornton studio is situated right in the middle between its two major markets for family photography, children portraits and wedding photography. Northbound it is only 45 minutes to the cottage country at the Georgian Bay and Muskoka Lakes and to the south the Greater Toronto area is about at the same distance.

The majority of Gerd's clients originate in the Toronto and Muskoka area. He opened a second studio-galery outside Port Carling in 2010 to make it easier for his clientele from Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Bala and Port Carling,

For his specialty which is on location family photography as well as children, maternity, glamour portraits and wedding photography Gerd gets commissioned from all over the Greater Toronto and Muskoka Lakes area. His wedding photography is concentrated in the Barrie, Alliston, Bradford and Muskoka area. Wedding photography out of Canada is limited to a few per year.

Gerd loves to shoot family photography on location. In the middle of Toronto family photography is done on a regular basis. Next day you may find him photographing children or families at their cottage near Muskoka Lake or at the Georgian Bay.

Leaving the comfort of his studio behind and practicing family photography at a Muskoka cottage or at a home in Downtown Toronto may be challenging at times. The reward is living up to the challenges and offering family photography and other portraiture which is unique to the individual client. His patrons appreciate having memories of their cottage or home documented in their family portraits.

Gerd Harder was raised in Germany where portrait photography runs in his family. He is a fourth generation portrait photographer. His Great-grandfather, his grandfather and his father have all operated their own portrait studios. Several other uncles, great uncles and cousins had photography studios as well. No wonder that Gerd was introduced to photography at an early age. Some of his first memories are watching his father photographing portraits with one of the wooden large format cameras. During his lifetime, Gerd experienced the evolution from big format cameras using glass negatives, to roll film, 35mm and now professional digital photography. At seven years old he was given his first box camera. At twelve he was the proud owner of a Leicaflex and began taking portraits of his friends in his parents’ studio. By helping out in his parents’ photo studio he gradually gained insight in many disciplines that are needed by a professional photographer. After high school he visited one of the oldest yet most renowned photography schools in Europe, the “Bavarian School for Photography”. He studied architectural, landscape, commercial and portrait photography as well as graphic design and art history at this hundred year old institution. After completing his exams, Gerd spent two years as assistant to Jochen Harder, a leading fashion and beauty photographer in Munich whose photo studio was catering to the major German magazines as well as to several national and international fashion and beauty companies.

In the late seventies Gerd made his first trip to Canada. At this time his focus was on animal, wildlife and landscape photography. Young and ready for some adventure, he bought himself a canoe and traveled down the Mackenzie river from the Great Slave Lake to its delta in Canada's North West Territories. On the way he photographed and documented the ways of life of natives, oil workers and other people he encountered. He fell in love with the country and after working for two years as a portrait photographer in Germany he immigrated to Canada.

Before arriving in the Muskoka and Toronto area Gerd had been a portrait and wedding photographer in Montreal. He opened a photo studio specializing in wedding, children and family portrait photography. He did this for the next twenty years. Within that time he met his wife Dania. Her main focus is children, mother and child and pregnancy portraits.

At the turn of the century they decided to take on a new challenge and a major change in their lives. They moved to Florida and spent the next six years as wedding and portrait photographers specializing in high school senior pictures, weddings, children portraits and family photography. In 2001 they decided to make the switch into digital photography and never looked back. The minute they unwrapped their first professional digital camera was the last time they touched a film. At a time when many people were still skeptical about the quality of digital photography they realized the control and artistic freedom which digital photography enabled them to enjoy. As a bonus it rekindled the love for photography and for the arts which Gerd had experienced in his youth. In his free time you could find him behind the camera or in front of the computer enjoying himself doing his own glamour and fine art photography projects. After years of absence from professional competitions Gerd joined the "Professional Photographers of Florida" and the "Professional Photographers of America". Once again he started entering photographs in the yearly print competitions and the judges loved his work. Since 2002 he was honored with many first places, Kodak Gallery awards, Fuji Masterpiece award, Best of Category and others. His colleagues voted him into the “Ten Best Florida Photographers” three years in a row and the Professional Photographers of America honored his photographs with the Photographer of the Year award in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

For family and personal reasons the Harders decided to return to Canada in the Toronto area in 2006. Gerd joined the local associations, the "Professional Photographers of Ontario" and the "Professional Photographers of Canada". After some searching they found a place near Barrie, Ontario where they opened their first professional portrait studio (The second Muskoka portrait studio followed in 2010 between Port Carling and Bracebridge). Barrie is a fast growing city, less than an hour from Toronto and not far from some jewels of Canada's northern landscape, like the Georgian Bay, Muskoka lakes and the Algonquin Provincial Park area. In his illustrative and commercial photography Gerd is continuing to produce landscape pictures of the Canadian north. You might meet him somewhere in the Muskoka Lakes or Georgian Bay area shooting scenery and wildlife photos. His landscape photography is available for sale and can be seen in his clients homes, in their offices in downtown Toronto or at their cottages up north. Gerd loves to work in the outdoors, be it for landscape photography or taking a family portrait at a cottage or lake. He also enjoys taking pictures at his clients homes. All over the greater area of Toronto family photography is provided locally at his clients' living quarters.

In commercial photography his services are available for the local Tourist Industry to show their facilities in the best light. Finally Gerd continues to offer his illustrative services to the Toronto music, model and glamour industry. Increasingly private clients are showing interest in his style of glamour, artistic nude and boudoir photography as well. Some women wish to get a glamorous photograph as a gift for their husbands while others prefer a sensual boudoir portrait for their boyfriend for Valentine and for themselves. Moms to be have been inspired to record the beauty of their changing body with pregnancy portraits. Ever since Demi Moore’s maternity portrait graced the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, not only stars and celebrities have their pregnancy pictures taken. Years ago maternity clothing tried to conceal and hide while today's maternity fashion is highlighting the beauty of the pregnant body. Likewise modern moms are celebrating the extraordinary changes pregnancy brings to their bodies and like to have them recorded by a gifted portrait artist. Women who wish to get their maternity photographs taken have the same choice as Gerd's glamour, children and family photography clients. In the greater area of Toronto pregnancy photography can be taken at a cottage, at home or at Harder Photography's portrait studio in Thornton.

After the little one sees the light of the day newborn baby pictures provide everlasting memories. Mother and baby portraits or nowadays father and baby portraits are precious souvenirs not only for mom and dad but also for the child once they are older. Patrons from Toronto which got their family portraits taken at their cottages in the Muskoka lakes area show interest in an image of their cottage with an artistic approach. Last but not least there is pet photography to mention. After Gerd spend much of his time recording animals in the wild, it comes natural to him to do the same with domestic pets. He enjoys photographing dogs, cats, horses etc. Clients have came in with snakes and iguanas to get themselves immortalized with their favorite companion in an artistic portrait photograph.

You are invited to have a look at the illustrative photograph and portrait galleries.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHED AT YOUR HOME OR COTTAGE FROM MUSKOKA TO DOWNTOWN TORONTO

Gerd has acquired a profound experience in on-location family portrait photography. A big part of his family photography has been done at his clients' homes or at local beaches. Being new to the Toronto area he will be offering promotions especially for home and cottage family or other portrait sessions. To qualify you will give the permission to show examples of these images on Harder Photography's web site. Contact Harder Photography if you are interested in participating in this promotion. The amount of sessions under this promotion will be limited.
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 
 
         

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Muskoka and Toronto portrait photography

by award winning portrait and wedding photographer


Gerd Harder

at two Harder Photography studios

serving the Muskoka area

from his Port Carling studio

between Port Carling and Bracebridge

and

the Toronto and Barrie area

from his Thornton, Ontario studio

between Newmarket and Barrie

 

Harder Photography is serving

Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Port Carling, Bala and Huntsville in the Muskoka area,

the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga, Markham,

Barrie, Newmarket, Bradford, Aliston, Cookstown and Thornton Ontario.

Its specialty is family photography, children, pregnancy, pet and glamour photography

as well as illustrative photography and fine wedding photography on location,

at your home, Muskoka cottage, at the beach or any other place which is dear to you.

In case you need a more neutral background we are also prepared to provide you with excellent studio work

at our portrait studio near Thornton, Ontario

one exit south of Barrie.

 

 

 

 

 
 

For a better idea for your photography project contact the portrait and wedding photographer Gerd Harder