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Video: A 30 Second Look Back at 2016

Sayonara, 2016! In honor of the year’s end, I’ve put together a video recap featuring some of the wonderful families I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. I would like to thank all of my clients who came in to have their portraits done in 2016! I’ve made a short video with some of the highlights of a fantastic year.

From the sunny summer beaches of the Jersey Shore to the foliage-laden grounds of South Mountain Reservation, take a gander at all of these gorgeous people!

2016 in Review by Phil Cantor Photography

For more of my family portraits, visit the gallery HERE.

Looking to capture YOUR family in 2017? Don’t let the year fly by! Call the studio at 973-783-1065 or email me at info@philcantor.com to learn more!


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No stiff upper lip: Grandma and kids


I love this portrait!!! On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, she was photographed by New York photographer, Annie Liebovitz. Notice the incredible soft light that mimics a window and makes it look like a Vermeer painting. I can only imagine how complicated it was for Ms. Liebovitz and her group of assistants to set up a series of ‘bank’ lights on the left side, and not seeing their reflection in the mirror behind the group.

I am touched by the little girl holding Grandma’s sturdy, and unfashionable, purse. This detail makes it for me! Great work, Annie!


Karsh of Ottawa, Ethan of Verona

I photographed Ethan and his family a little while ago. His folks ordered his portrait in black and white and as I was working on it, I had this feeling of dejà vú all over again.  Ethan’s portrait reminded me of something and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Verona family portrait

Finally, it dawned on me… if I added about 60 years, 100 lbs, a white beard, wrinkles, wiped away the smile, added a grizzled look and a Nobel Prize… Ethan could be Ernest Hemingway, as photographed by the great Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh.

Karsh Hemingway

Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) is one of the masters of 20th century photography.  His body of work includes portraits of statesmen, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and men and women of accomplishment.  Karsh’s portrait of Winston Churchill is probably his most famous.  He always signed his work Karsh of Ottawa. Incidentally, my good friend, Washington-based photographer Rob Fraser, was his photography assistant.