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About the Phil Cantor

Phil Cantor

Hi, I’m Phil – a dad, husband, photographer, hiker, bicyclist, artist in Montclair, New Jersey.

If you’re a parent, like me, you know only too well that the most beautiful moments are fleeting:

“One second they’re toddlers.
The next minute they’re in the school play.
Turn around and they’re leaving for college.
They grow up so fast, don’t they.”

You will never forget any of these things, but sometimes it’s hard to remember all the details. Professional photography is one of the best ways to assure that those memories are captured forever. I know you’re on this website for a reason – because you believe (as I do) that photography really matters and can add depth and meaning to life – not just today, but years down the road.

You’ll want photographs that succeed in capturing the joy and love of all those different stages in the life of your family, which you can then share with your grandchildren, and their grandchildren. You know that you’re not going to get that from someone who just “takes your picture”. You want to capture – in all its glory – the beauty of your children and your family right now, because everything will have changed by tomorrow.

Tomorrow will bring another milestone, or another adventure, but “today” will have become “yesterday”, and before you know it, “today” will become “last year”. Photography can stop time.

One of the great things you can expect from me is to make you laugh, smile, and see the love you have for each other, in your eyes. Through my passion for photography, I see the “real” you through my lens, so that you can take those precious moments and share them with the world.

A Little About Me

I have a great studio in the heart of artsy and foodie Montclair, New Jersey, in the historic Murdoch-Fairchild Building, with lots of backgrounds and an incredible lighting system. The place is so cool, it’s been the background for TV commercials and videos. If you’re looking for a great place to eat, I know every store and restaurant in the downtown (I’m the president of the business community). When I am not making portraits, you can find me hiking in the New Jersey woods or looking at art in a Manhattan museum.

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