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The Great Masters

On a cold February night, I invited a group of intrepid friends to the studio to partake in a creative venture…Portraits in the style of the Great Masters. I sent out suggestions: dress up like one of Rembrandt’s (1606-1669) portraits, come as a patrician urbanite as painted by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), or figure out how to look like one of Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) Blue Period portraits.

It was a blast. People bought costumes, raided their closet for bits & bobs, went to thrift stores, or just came as they were. It didn’t matter. It was a collaborative process between the photographer and the models. It was a combination of dramatic lighting and chutzpah.

There were a couple of Blue Period Picassos, a couple of Sargents, at least one Rembrandt, a Vermeer, and a Grant Wood.  Some came as famous painters.  Can you figure out who was who???



Remember the Alamo!



What a blast! I just returned from a 5-day trip to San Antonio, Texas for the national convention of the Professional Photographers of America. 5,000 photographers from across the country attended. I took part in a dozen workshops ranging that ranged from Painting with Light to Headshots to Marketing. I enjoyed the chance to hobnob with photographers from different regions and specialties and to get my hands on all the new cameras and lighting.

Plus, I got to visit The Alamo, see the San Antonio Spurs play basketball and 3 consecutive days of Tex Mex food. Go Enchiladas!

Moonrise over The Alamo



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!


College Kids #HomeForTheHolidays?


Has it been a year already since LAST Christmas??

Are you still waiting to get that family portrait? Now’s the time!

Your college-aged kids are returning for the holidays from their college and work-related adventures. Though their stay is brief, you can capture them in a family portrait that will last a lifetime! Before the kids return to their newfound sense of independence at school or abroad, get them together for one last family gathering before they hit the road.

The week after Christmas, I will be scheduling family portraits so you can finally get the photograph you’ve always wanted. Space is limited to contact me ASAP to secure your spot!

Call me TODAY! 973-783-1065


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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.