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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?


Photographing New York’s Newest Architectural Landmark

A few weeks ago, I was given a photo assignment at New York’s newest architectural landmark…the otherworldly Oculus at the World Trade Center. My client, Post Road Iron Works, manufactured the miles and miles of railings throughout the complex.

Completed in 2016, this architectural wonder is the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub. It is the most integrated underground pedestrian network in New York City.  The controversial building, designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, has been described as a “bird taking flight”  and as the “inside of a whale.”

Serving over 250,000 commuters each day, the Oculus connects 11 New York City MTA subway lines and the PATH  train system.

Photographically, the place is a dream. Everywhere you look is a great shot. The repeating “ribs” made for dramatic compositions. The strong contrast between the ceiling skylights and the structural elements created ethereal opposites.




The freestanding staircases and balconies undulate sensuously over the main floor, which is filled with high-end retailers and eateries.



At each end of the giant hall is a stair structure, nicknamed the “diving board,” that connects the second and third levels seemingly floating in the void without cables or other support.






UPDATED w/ Photos – Ladies Night Out, April 7 6-9 pm


I was a special Event Stop for Ladies Night Out, brought to you by Montclair Center BID.  Ladies Night Out is part of Women’s Empowerment Week, which benefits SAVE of Essex. Start at 5 pm for special drinks at Pig & Prince Restaurant, then come across the street to visit my studio for my ever-popular STRIKE A POSE event:

Strike a Pose! Do you HATE posing for pictures? Phil Cantor, of Phil Cantor Photography, will let you in on the secrets of standing and smiling for photographs that bring out the best in you. He’ll photograph you using YOUR OWN smart phone – then you can send it to your friends or use as your new avatar!



For those who got their portrait taken by yours truly last Friday, please find yourself on the Facebook posting below!


Headshot Mini Marathon: Extra Day Added – April 22!

Social media and your online presence play a huge role in the success of your business or career. Be prepared with a great first impression… a professional headshot that will help promote your message. [See examples here.]

Saturday, April 1 & 22: Headshot Mini Marathon

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Usually $75-$100…FREE!!!


  • – FREE professional makeup
  • – Studio portrait session
  • – Multiple wardrobe changes

Space is limited…only 6 spots left!

Call the studio to learn more!


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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???