Thank you for visiting my photography and video website! My name is Harry Gils and I’ve been taking photos professionally for over 22 years.
I started my photography career when I was 19 years old taking photographs of my friends skateboarding. Stopping fast moving action was a good learning arena for me to get that decisive moment of photography.Shortly after that, I started having photos published in national magazines and thus my career began. I became photo editor for Canada’s largest Skateboard magazine and contributed to the largest international skateboard magazines in the world. Skateboarding took me all over the world traveling with professional teams shooting for the biggest names in skateboarding. I was blessed to visit countries like China with my friends all working on articles showcasing skateboard spots around the world.
After a decade of skateboarding, I started to transition into the commercial side of photography. As I still photographed skateboarding, I became a professional photography assistant in Toronto, Canada working for the biggest and best names in advertising photography. Four years of assisting gave me an incredible education in the technical and business side of photography. Those years were invaluable and I’m forever thankful to those that hired me and gave me my first chances in that industry.
When I was ready, I ventured out on my own into the cut throat world of professional photography. Because of my assisting experience, I was able to shoot for large clients like Bell and McDonald’s. I have also photographed food, architecture interiors and portraits for a large range of magazines and smaller commercial clients.
With the advent of DSLR video, the jump to providing video services to clients came as a natural progression. Motion required the marrying of my photography skill set with a whole new skill set. Audio and motion provided incredible new challenges to overcome and learn. It’s been very enjoyable to say the least! I’m an avid learner and staying on top of the technology and aesthetic trends of photography and video is something I love.
As my family grew, my wife Dana Cowie (who is an incredible and accomplished artist – see her website at www.danacowie.com), and I moved to the resurgent city of Hamilton to plant our roots. Our move here was a no brainer with a huge art scene and accessibility to Toronto and the US Border being with in an hour. We both work out of our own studio in Hamilton, Ontario’s west end Locke St. area.
Let’s talk. Give me a call or send me an email. Thanks! – Harry