Name a dozen major companies. Chances are Phil Cantor has worked for them — executive portraits, annual reports, magazine stories. Fascinating assignments, wonderful images. By blending the eye of a photojournalist with techniques developed in serving demanding corporate clients, Phil Cantor is one of the most sought-after contemporary photographers in New Jersey and New York.
When Phil added portrait and wedding photography to his resume, work that he expected would offer little opportunity for creativity turned out to be just the opposite.
“I get to do what I love to do,” he says. “People Photography, both portraits and weddings, fit perfectly with my personality and my photographic approach, and I especially enjoy being with people on a day in their lives when they’re incredibly happy.”
Phil’s candid style, marked by dynamic composition and a photojournalist’s vision, is the result of over 25 years as a professional photographer. Noted for his singular corporate images, Phil began photographing portraits and weddings ten years ago. “All my work has been concerned with real people and real locations,” he says, “and my work is frankly much more satisfying than corporate photography.”
“When I photograph a wedding, a family, or children, I get to picture people at their best, enjoying themselves in great looking locations. There’s incredible energy and dynamics in those rooms.
“What could be better than that?”
Phil is active in the photographic community, conducting seminars for the bridal industry and writing articles for photo industry publications. He has served as the president of SWAN (the Self-Employed Writers and Artists Network) and as a member of the Board of Directors of ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers, New York City chapter). Phil is the President of the Montclair Business Improvement District.