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Google’s Mobilgeddon…are you safe?

mobilgeddonIn case you haven’t heard, Google has changed their search engine to favor mobile friendly and responsive websites over non-mobile friendly sites. It’s being called, “Mobilegeddon”. Google is penalizing sites that are not mobile friendly when people search from their phones. With just 20% of business websites out there being mobile friendly, there are a ton of companies in need of a website update… LIKE NOW!

Luckily, Phil Cantor Photography can help you… at least with the photography and video side of your website! If you are going to update your website, it is a good idea to invest in high quality photography and video, it will help you stand out from your competition, engage customers on a more personal level, and having non-stock photos and videos on your site can help your Google search ranking!

Is all of this confusing? We can help there too! We’ve worked with hundreds of businesses both big and small for over 30 years, we’ve got the marketing resources you need and the expertise to help you implement the best strategy for you!

SECOND Best Mother’s Day Gift EVER…


Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Maybe this is the year you’ll get something for the Mom in your life that is truly special?  Not that your flowers aren’t sweet, but the one thing that EVERY Mom has in common is what they really want for Mother’s Day…A BREAK!

But aside from that, the Second thing every mom wants is a new portrait of the kids!

Time flies by and the next thing you know the kids are all grown up! And those images you took on your iPhone just don’t do the memories justice.

We are making it easy for you! Click HERE to purchase a Gift Certificate for Mother’s Day.

ADDED BONUS: Purchase a $200 Gift Certificate by May 1 and it will be worth $300. That’s an extra $100 on me!!!

Click HERE for more photo samples and HERE to contact me today!

18-ONeill-kls-croppedThe photographs are BEAUTIFUL!  I was surprised with how easy and PAINLESS the photo session went with LOVELY results!

Brittany O’Neill
Bloomfield, NJ

On Assignment: New York City’s new Whitney Museum


Last Thursday, I was commissioned to photograph the almost finished new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.  The Whitney is moving from Museum Mile on the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District and will open in May 2015. The downtown terminus of the High Line is right out the front door and the Hudson River is visible out the back door.  The Whitney’s new 200,000-square-foot museum is designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and the six-floor white structure includes an 18,000-square foot exhibition gallery — the largest column-free gallery in the city.

My client, Post Road Iron Works,  made the custom grand staircase to the architect’s plan. It is a stainless steel, painted steel and cable structure running the full height of the 6 floors plus basement. The center of the stairway stack is currently hung with an artwork piece consisting of  6 strands of lightbulbs, each 100 feet long. It made a great focus for my photographs of the stairway.

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Post Road Iron Works, from Greenwich, Connecticut, is one of those treasures of the American industrial landscape. Family-owned, it has been fabricating residential and commercial railings, stairs, fences, and canopies since its founding in 1927.  They did all the railings at the new Yankee Stadium, the Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial, and Lincoln Center.

At the Whitney, I had to find angles that would show off the iron work, as well as make an interesting photographic statement. Since it is a construction site, we had to work around all the tradesmen, continually cleaning up dust and fingerprints. Here, my assistant and I line up a shot from the basement looking to the roof. You can see how the light string ‘puddles’ on the floor.



From the ground floor lobby, the staircase has clean lines, cool tones, and a hard-edged modernist sensibility.

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And a close-up of the streamlined stainless steel itself.

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So when you visit the new Whitney Museum take a moment to appreciate not only its artwork, but its fine details, too.


The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s NEW Headquarters!


©Phil Cantor 2015

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference officially moved into their newly renovated 1891 stone schoolhouse in Mahwah, NJ. The Darlington Schoolhouse is an amazing “adaptive re-use” project that stabilized and saved one of the most beautiful and historic public buildings in Bergen County. This historic building was renovated and revamped so the Conference could have a new and improved place to call home.




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As a longtime member of the Trail Conference, I wanted to help out so I organized and photographed the official ribbon cutting ceremony with senior staff members, board members, elected officials and public land advocates.

The NYNJTC is a volunteer-based organization,  founded in 1920,  and responsible for creating, protecting, and promoting a network of over 2,000 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey region.  With the help of over 100,000 active, outdoor-loving members, this non-profit does wonders for these glorious trails and parks, and publishes amazing maps and guidebooks to help you discover them for yourselves.

Membership in the Trail Conference supports the work of the organization, gives you opportunities to take part in volunteer projects and training workshops, and entitles you to discounts at many local outdoor stores.

As the Conference says, “Don’t take your access to nature for granted. Join the Trail Conference today.

P.S. For a firsthand look at the NYNJTC in action, check out my Studio Manager Krysti’s video on one of the most popular hikes on the East Coast, Breakneck Ridge!

For more from Krysti Sabins and her series, Unboring Exploring, visit her website.

Montclair Receives the Great American Main Street Award!

I just spent an amazing few days last week in Atlanta at the National Main Streets Conference, which is the part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that promotes the well-being of local downtowns and main streets throughout the country. I have long felt that a vibrant downtown plays an extremely important role in creating a sense of community and cohesion for cities and towns of all sizes.

I became involved in the development of a strong downtown in Montclair, New Jersey, when I volunteered for the Montclair Center Business Improvement District, known as the BID. For the last three years, I have been elected President and we have concentrated on creating events, wayfinding signage, clean streets and a sense of place. Since its beginning in 2002, the BID has taken downtown Montclair from a place of worry to a showplace of restaurants, music and art.

And now, in 2015, we have been recognized. The Conference, on March 30th, awarded three small cities as Great American Main Streets…essentially the best downtowns in America! Montclair, along with Rawlins, Wyoming and Cape Giradeau, Missouri, have been rewarded for the thousands of volunteer hours, the vision and forethought of the leaders and elected officials, and the support of thousands of store owners, residents and visitors.

Below, National Main Street staff present the award in Atlanta to the BID Board of Directors, our Executive Director, Luther Flurry (center) and New Jersey State Main Street Coordinator Jef Beuhler (right).



The award was featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, the Montclair Times and other news outlets last week.  Main Streets produced an Introduction to Montclair video that explains what we are all about.


Also, check out Montclair featured on NEWS 12 NJ by following this link.