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Give your loved ones what they REALLY want this year… a new portrait from Phil Cantor Photography! AND, to make it easy for you, we decided to add some additional incentives to make your hard earned dollars go further!

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That’s right, receive a 50% BONUS on your gift certificate purchase…on me! Here’s an example: Purchase a $250 gift certificate and we’ll add $125 to it as a bonus. That’s $375 of credit for that new Family Portrait for just $250! Plus, all gift certificates come beautifully boxed with tissue and bow, all ready to give! Did I mention FREE SHIPPING?
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Ruth Gruber: a witness to history

One of the first weddings I photographed was in Washington, DC. I met and photographed the families, including the, then, 80 year old mother of the groom.  Ruth Gruber died yesterday at 105 years old. She was a journalist for seven decades and her life was the stuff of books and movies. She was a witness to history. Literally.

I am reading her obituary in The New York Times today and I am amazed at her accomplishments. She seems to have been present at an inordinate number of the great historical moments of the 20th Century. She  heard Adolph Hitler give a speech, she observed the Nuremberg Trials, she reported on the founding of Israel, she wrote a book about the holocaust’s most famous refugee boat called the Exodus, she covered the Soviet gulags in Siberia and she photographed Eskimos in Alaska.


She wrote 19 books and Natasha Richardson played her in a film. Ruth was the subject of a documentary called,  Ahead of Time and she continued to write and lecture until she turned 100.   Ruth Gruber somehow knew how to be at the right place at the right time.



Portraits in the Leaves


On November 19th, 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!

Session times are limited. We only have space for 6-8 families on either day. The session fee is $200 for this event…a savings of $69.  A FREE pre-portrait planning consultation with Phil at the studio is required to save your session time.

We’ll be taking over a picnic area at South Mountain Reservation in South Orange and turn it into our home base for the weekend. We even have hot cider and donuts on hand to warm your hands before the session!

This event sells out every year, book your consultation ASAP before we run out of space! Call 973-783-1065 or email me to learn more…and remember, space is limited!

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


Donald Trump’s sister

I was assigned to photograph Judge Maryanne Trump Barry for New Jersey Monthly magazine. The date was July 1994 and Judge Barry was, and still is, a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, based in Newark.  The Court of Appeals is right below the Supreme Court in the federal court system.


I had this great idea for the shoot: I found and bought a GIANT judge’s gavel, you know the ‘hammer’ judges use to say (in the movies) “Order in the court!” It was, like 3 ft long.

I lugged it down to Federal Plaza in Newark, along with all of my photo equipment and set up the lights in the corner of her office and waited for her arrival. When she came from the courtroom in her robes, she took one look at my cartoon version of a gavel and slowly shook her head ‘no’! I know I was taking a chance, so I brought out my Greek Column, and she was happy.

Behind-the-scenes view of the Judge’s chambers, filled with props, lightstands, and reflector cards.