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Line of Work: A Gallery Exhibition of Portraits by Phil Cantor

2019-05-10T18:50:13+00:00May 10th, 2019|art photography, creative, Essex County, fine-art photography, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Personal, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, Studio|

Opening June 1st, my latest personal art project will be on view at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway in Montclair, NJ. "LINE OF WORK" is a series of portraits highlighting the jobs that we choose for ourselves and how they shape us into who we are. The exhibit consists of over 40 portraits of working men and women who live or work near my studio in Montclair. I am drawing a straight line from this [...]

Professional Headshots for the Future: The College Grad edition

2019-03-07T15:08:08+00:00March 7th, 2019|Essex County, Headshots, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, professional headshot, Studio|

Andrew is a college student set to graduate from Montclair State University, in New Jersey and he's planning ahead! He wanted professional headshot for LinkedIn as well as for job interviews as he looks for work in the financial field after graduation. We came up with many different looks for him so he can have variety for his collection of headshots. We did portraits inside and outside the studio, both casual and professional looks! Planning [...]

The Stars of the Show

2019-02-14T16:18:36+00:00February 28th, 2019|Essex County, Family portraits, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, Studio|

The Ngeyesan family from Bloomfield, New Jersey have been regular clients as I document their growing family each year. They last were in to commemorate Tracey's pregnancy, and this was the first portrait with the new baby. The kids became the stars of the show: they loved the studio, the lights, the camera, and the directing. They are definitely natural born actors / models. The sheer amount of energy coming from the kids was enough [...]

A Hole in the Ceiling?

2019-02-14T16:10:52+00:00February 21st, 2019|Essex County, Family portraits, Montclair, New Jersey, North Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, portraits, Studio|

The energy that develops during a family portrait can be something really magical. A few weeks ago, the Nee family came in to get portraits taken. The session starts slowly as we get used to each other, but quickly it changed to laughing and having a great time.     It was then that I wanted to do something really fun, something that would push my own creative envelope. I decided to "manufacture"  a portrait [...]

Writer::Fighter

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 [...]