In 1875 Claus Christian Theodor Harder, a painter by profession, exchanged brushes and oil-paint for film and camera. He opened the first Harder Photography Studio in Hennstedt Germany. Since then a dozen of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Gerd's grandfather and father have followed in his steps operating their own studios in Germany, Italy, Canada and USA.

Portrait of Claus Christian Theodor Harder along with two different emblems from reverse sides of his photos are displayed here.









Starting at a young age Gerd Harder began photographing in his parent's studio. He is an experienced fourth generation veteran in his trade from a family owned and operated studio since 1875. He has won many Trophies, Prizes and Awards with his work. His photographs are exhibited in the Permanent Exhibition of the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada). Kodak also has honored him with five"GALLERY AWARDS" in recognition of photographic Excellence and Fuji with a "MASTERPIECE AWARD". He received the "PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR" award of the Professional Photographers of America Association five times during his career. Twice he was named "Portrait Photographer of the Year" of the Professional Photographers of Ontario since he returned in 2006 plus "Photographer of the Year" of the Professional Photographers of Canada".

Gerd Harder started his photographic career in Munich, Germany. In 1981 he immigrated to Montreal Canada, where he operated a portrait studio for many years. In the late nineties he teamed up with his wife Dania who specializes on children photography and together they moved their studio near Orlando, Florida. In 2006 they decided to return to Canada to the Muskoka and Toronto area. Gerd is looking forward to again pick up his old passion for landscape photography in the great Canadian outdoors and fine art photography.

In his portraiture he will focus on combining his expertise in landscape photography with outdoor portraits of families, individuals, kids etc. He will still offer studio work but concentrate on photographing his clients at their home, cottage up north or in one of the many beautiful northern scenics.

On the commercial side he enjoys working in illustrative photography accompanied by the complementing digital artwork. You can find examples of his work in beauty and glamour, scenics, model portfolios and record labels.

Gerd is available for assignment locally and abroad.


Dania has always loved the arts. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a "Bachelor in Fine Arts". Her prints have hung in several exhibitions and galleries in Canada.

Since a number of years, she has found her specialty in photographing children. Her goal is to bring out the best in every child during each of her portrait sessions as well as to make it memorable for them. Some of her other work includes portraiture of families, mother and child, moms to be and last but not least beloved pets.





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Harder Photography is an award winning professional photography studio operated by Dania and Gerd Harder near Port Carling in the Muskoka area and with a second studio in Barrie, closer to Toronto Ontario.

Dania Harder specializes in fine portraiture and artistic photography in the following photographic categories:

children portraits, babies, outdoor family portraits, beach family portraits or studio family portraits, mother and child, pregnancy pictures, pet photography

Gerd Harder specializes in fine portraiture and artistic photography in the following photographic categories:

creative individual portraits, outdoor family portraits, beach family portraits or studio family portraits, wedding and bridal photography, model portfolio photos, glamour photography, artistic digital images, fine art photography, beauty pictures, fashion prints and commercial photography.


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