This summer, I photographed a multi-generational portrait of Helen and David's families. David's parents had come for a visit from England and it just seemed a perfect time for a big family portrait. We chose to create the photos at their home instead of my studio, and it turned out to be a wonderful choice. I wanted the portraits to have a sense of place. Two good choices presented themselves: Backyard or Front [...]
Montclair, NJ Family Portrait Photographer Phil Cantor writes: I recently had the pleasure of photographing Betsy, an aspiring theater director. She was looking for headshots that would highlight her personality and style for internship and job applications. We accomplished just that with this portrait session. It was wonderful working with a fellow creative person - the entire experience was a collaboration between artists! Many clients come in looking for a single headshot for their resume and [...]
Montclair, NJ Family Portrait Photographer Phil Cantor writes: Ah, the world of the French cafe. Sit at little round tables for hours with your espresso cup or a glass of wine and watch the world go by. I was in Paris last month and I got to sit along with the Parisians, but I took photographs. Hemingway, Modigliani, Picasso, Nin spent time sketching, reading and arguing at Les Deux Magots or La Rotonde or Cafe des Flores. [...]
Montclair, NJ Family Portrait Photographer Phil Cantor writes: Time Lapses. Time passes. The Lee family from Bergen County arrived at my studio with an interesting idea. They had taken a family portrait 15 years ago, by another photographer, that they wanted to recreate. The challenge was to capture the family in the studio as they appear TODAY ... in the same positions from 15 years ago! I consulted the original photograph in order to position [...]
Montclair, NJ Portrait Photographer Phil Cantor writes: The Montclair Art Museum's asked me to photograph local chef Ariane Duarte, the owner of Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona, New Jersey. The Culinary Institute of America graduate has competed on TV's Top Chef, Iron Chef and Cook Your Ass Off. For the Museum, she prepared a demonstration meal for the MAM's fundraising gala and I was commissioned to photograph it. Photography, according to my mentor Arnold Newman, is 1% inspiration and [...]
Enjoy FREE live music and entertainment TOMORROW at Montclair's Music Festival! The festival is happening right in front of my studio on Lackawanna Plaza this Saturday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, from 12PM-8PM. The Montclair Center Stage will celebrate the tradition of Montclair Music with TWO stages of the best, young, emerging local talent. Be sure to swing by my FREE photobooth for silly, fun photos with your family & friends! For more information, click here!