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2019-02-14T22:29:52+00:00February 12th, 2019|Essex County, Headshots, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, professional headshot, Studio|

Montclair, New Jersey author Patrick Mondaca, came in last week for professional headshots for website and future book jacket portraits. A world traveler, Patrick has written extensively about his experience serving in the National Guard in Iraq. Writing in a terse, spare style that reminds me of Hemingway, his work is so vivid I swore I could feel the desert heat. His description of wearing a gas mask made me feel claustrophobic. He is working [...]

What’s your Fursona?

2019-02-07T16:05:11+00:00February 6th, 2019|Essex County, Headshots, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, professional headshot, Studio|

Last week, I photographed Sarah who creates and sells custom Fursuits for people to wear at Furry conventions. The term Furry refers to folks who love anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.  Dating from the 1980s, Fursuits have been a way of expressing one's "fursona", the alter ego that a Furry takes on when wearing a Fursuit.   These amazing costumes are a tour-de-force of design and craftsmanship, taking hours to produce. Using [...]

They Serve Bagels in Heaven

2019-01-31T15:53:58+00:00January 31st, 2019|Essex County, Headshots, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, professional headshot, Studio|

Irene Weinberg, author of They Serve Bagels in Heaven, needed new photographs for her podcast and website. Coming into my studio, I was struck with how ebullient and enthusiastic Irene is and I wanted her portraits to reflect that energy. I consulted with Irene to select a wardrobe to send a message. "I was surprised how easy it all was with your guidance," Irene wrote me later, " down to choosing the best fashion 'looks' for what I [...]

The Value of a Portrait

2019-01-23T15:53:56+00:00January 23rd, 2019|fall portraits, Montclair, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, seniors, Students|

I love photographing high school seniors, probably because I feel I'm stopping time for these 17 year-olds. Recently, I photographed Jaala, a senior at Montclair High School.  When her mom came in to order portraits, I was struck by something she told me. These photographs, she said, were so important to her and her family. She spoke eloquently about the meaning of family, youth and history, and I had to ask her if I could [...]

2018 Fall Family Portraits in the Leaves

2018-12-02T10:04:52+00:00October 27th, 2018|fall portraits, Family portraits, Montclair, New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits|

On Saturday, November 17th, I’ll be hosting my popular  Portraits in the Leaves at South Mountain Reservation in South Orange, New Jersey! There is no better time for your Fall Family Portraits…trust me!  Whether it’s your child’s first year at school or last year before college, autumn is a fantastic time to capture the essence of your family. Let the vibrant leaves be the backdrop of this unique and exciting family event that you will remember for years to [...]

Professionals: How to Prepare For Your Professional Headshot

2018-10-17T16:39:49+00:00October 17th, 2018|Headshots, Phil Cantor, portraits, professional headshot|

Taking a professional headshot can sometimes be a stressful process. You may not realize it, but there are a lot of things to consider when you’re trying to market yourself as a professional. What type of market are you working in? How do you want to be perceived? How do you want to represent your business? These may seem like loaded questions to be asking for a simple picture. But they’re definitely something to consider [...]