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Portrait of an Escape Artist

I recently had the exciting commission to photograph an actual, real-life, escape artist. Thomas Solomon is an internationally-know magician and escape artist. A friend and contemporary of David Blaine, he designs his own tricks and escapes. He owns thousands of historic handcuffs, including one used on one of the gang that assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Lucky for me, he wanted to be photographed in an old-school, Hollywood style. This meant I got to play and experiment in my studio during his photo session. Using Fresnel lights that can focus into a tiny spot of light, I created that Hollywood look of the 1930s.

dramatic poses from another century…


I was inspired by the work of photographer George Hurrell, the quote-unquote “Master of Hollywood Glamour Photography”. His work contributed to the definition of cinematic glamour in the 1930s and 1940s. Below are a couple examples of his work…Do you recognize these faces?


MHS Deadline Extended, LAST CHANCE to Save!


Thursday, November 5 & Friday, November 6

LAST CHANCE to receive $40 off your session!

(Schools closed for Teachers’ Convention)

Call or E-mail TODAY to claim your spot!



Click HERE to see Senior Portrait Galleries

Go ahead, admit it…

Sometimes it’s nice to be the center of attention! Your senior portrait is your chance to show off everything you’ve accomplished and who you’ve become over the past 17, 18 years. No shame in being excited to share that with your friends and family for years to come…this is the only senior picture you’re EVER going to have!

You already know this year is going to be full of memories and meaningful moments. It won’t be long before it’s all over, so NOW is the time to capture yourself at this significant age.


It’s NOT too Late…

Class of 2016 seniors are being photographed RIGHT NOW, so get your portrait before time does run out!

Don’t be stuck with a stiff yearbook photo!


High School Seniors…September Savings!


  • 1. You don’t have to use the yearbook photos you took at school. You can submit your own!
  • 2. Phil Cantor’s senior yearbook portraits are guaranteed to be accepted by Montclair High School. We’ll even submit them for you!
  • 3. You get an hour of shoot time inside the studio and out, free wardrobe advice and THREE wardrobe changes during the session. We take the time to make you look your best.
  • 4. LOVE your portraits or your money back – guaranteed!


In September $89
 Senior Yearbook Portrait Sessions (regularly $169)
September 2
September 5
September 12
September 14
September 23


In October $109
Dates to come!


Call or E-mail TODAY to claim your spot!


By appointment only. Limited space available.
 Guaranteed to be accepted by Montclair High School
Remember…You don’t have to use the photos taken at school!!!

Don’t be stuck with a stiff yearbook picture!


Click HERE for Senior Portrait Galleries


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.


Headshot Therapy

Mali, the owner and Speech Pathologist at Therapeutic Services, LLC,  came in looking for a professional headshot to update her website. My studio has lots of nooks and crannies, so after doing a classic business portrait, I next set up a living room scene that is comfortable and relaxed, the perfect look to appeal to her kid-oriented clients and their families.


I was very nervous about everything, but I am SO happy with the final results! I loved how relaxed the environment was. The whole session was very comfortable and friendly and it was such an easy process. Thank you for the wonderful photographs!

– Mali DeSantis, Woodland Park

Looking to get your professional portraits or headshots done?  Contact us TODAY via E-mail or call 973-783-1065!

Valentine’s Gift Certificates

Cards, roses, chocolate hearts? How about something that will LAST this Valentine’s Day: a professional photography session of you and your honey! Purchase a gift certificate today and present your sweetheart with a gift she’ll never forget!

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Call the studio today to purchase your certificate in time for February 14th!  Click here for more info.