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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 [...]

A Montclair Kimberley Academy tradition…

2018-12-02T10:34:48+00:00December 15th, 2017|Essex County, Montclair Kimberley Academy, New Jersey, Phil Cantor, Photography, seniors, Students|

I have been photographing the graduating class of high school seniors from Montclair Kimberley Academy for over two decades. I photograph every kid individually and then, for one shot, the kids pile onto the football bleachers for a fun take of the entire class. While the photograph is quite simple, the logistics are complicated. I need to use the tallest tripod I own in order to get a head-on view of everyone, I set up [...]