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Kind words from Dave Adornato

Dave Adornato, who owns the fabulous Montclair Bikery, brought his family in for a long-overdue portrait. I saw the following review on Google that recounted our 10 year photographic history!

My wife and I wanted to have a family portrait taken recently and we immediately thought of Phil. Ten years ago Phil photographed our wedding and we were thoroughly pleased with his work, as well as his professionalism. Over the years we’ve become friendly with Phil since he is a local businessman and we see him in town a lot… he’s photographed so many people and things in Montclair and the surrounding communities… So it was an easy choice to give him a call and set up an appointment. Phil understood our needs and was able to transform our ideas into beautiful photographs. He was great with the kids too. Our girls, four and nine, can be impatient when taking photos, but Phil was amazing keeping the girls interested and involved in the process. Let’s not forget that he encouraged us to bring our beloved dog, Ruby, and we got some fun shot with her too. Overall, Phil’s the real deal. A true professional in a field with a lot of imitators. Plus, he’s a great guy, too.




The Met

I always recommend photographing at museums. People are not paying attention to me, the action is usually very interesting and there are possibilities for interesting juxtapositions.  And, did I mention that there is often lots of great art around.

I recently went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC which is the grande dame of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. I went to see the Chinese costume exhibit just before it closed and then stumbled upon one of my favorite portrait painters, John Singer Sargent.  There was an interesting window within the Sargent exhibit that looked outside onto a hallway. The passing crowds outside paused to look at something while a patron in front of me blurred past.  The backwards writing on the window made it even more interesting.

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Speaking of blurs, the photograph below is the result of subject movement and long exposure. 1/8th of a second at f/6.4.  The slight movement of my camera makes the black and white lines pulsate, I think.

It adds pop to the Pop Art.




Portraits in the Leaves

What a perfect autumn day! Silas Condit Park in Kinnelon, New Jersey, is one of the jewels within the Morris County Park System. Acres of trees, lakes and glacial boulders allowed me to make wonderful portraits of the Elder family.

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I positioned parents Todd and Cheryl on the side of the granite ridge line across from son, Stuart. I moved back 20 feet away and framed the top of the photograph with the overhanging leaves of a nearby tree and let the trees on the hillside form the sides of the photograph. Cheryl told me later that she “loved the feel of the portraits and how I was able to get her son to relax.”


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The shot of them walking through the woods is, for me, the epitome of those cool, sunny fall days in a forest carpeted with leaves.
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Fall Family Portraits in the Leaves


On November 19th and 20th, I’ll be hosting my Portraits in the Leaves!


There is no better time for your Fall Family Portraits!  Whether it’s your child’s first year at school or last year before college, autumn is a fantastic time to capture the essence of your family. Let the vibrant leaves be the backdrop of this unique and fun family event that you will remember for years to come! Don’t delay, the season is brief…capture the leaves before they’re gone!

Contact me TODAY to schedule your Portrait in the Leaves!

Call 973-783-1065 or E-mail contact@philcantor.com

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