Phil Cantor Photography will capture the personality of your High School Senior

From a graduating senior’s point of view, nothing could be more disappointing than not liking the way he or she looks in that important portrait that all his or her friends and relatives will see!

There are three major things that are very important to high school seniors:

  • They must look really good in the portrait
  • They want the portrait to have some kind of “artistic and unique quality” to it.
  • That his or her personality must come through.

The 6 Most Common Issues To Consider

I didn’t like how my school portraits turned out, so I was a little nervous on the day of my shoot. But it was a fun experience, and Phil was such a nice photographer! We went to some wonderful, scenic locations in Montclair for some great shots. I really like my senior portraits and I had a great time too!

— Hannah Santisi, Montclair, NJ

Issue#1- The Right Clothes

Even a professional model probably wouldn’t know what to wear to look great in a still photo. It is our job to help you select the best clothing for your photographs, clothing that will help you look your very best in a natural way.  The wrong clothing can make up to a 20 pound difference in how you look

in your portrait! 20 pounds!!! Clothing makes a HUGE difference, so let’s make sure your clothing is really perfect!

Issue#2- Great Hair

As you know, your hair is a huge part of your appearance. It can make or break how you look. We’ve all had “bad hair days” and if your photographer doesn’t know what he or she is doing, your photographs will look like a permanent “bad hair” day.  Not only is your hair style important, but also how your photographer positions the lighting to give your hair the best look! One of the things that separates my photography from that of most of the other photographers in the area is that I pay as much attention to the light that is lighting your hair, as I do to the lighting that is illuminating your face. If you study Hollywood Portraiture of the stars, you begin to see how careful the photographers are about

lighting the hair. And I’m going to use these very same techniques to create your senior portraits to help you look perfect.


Issue#3- Dealing with Blemishes

I know, every senior is embarrassed about blemishes, and doesn’t want to talk about it to ANYONE – especially a person they just met.

Jesse TuritsI was worried that I would not get a good smile. The creativity and artistry are awesome, I love the photographs. I really enjoyed working with Phil during the session, it was a pleasure! I was thinking I would be a little nervous, but Phil eased my nerves and I had a lot of fun. I would recommend Phil to all seniors. He knows how to work with people, especially teens, and all of my portraits came out wonderfully!

— Jesse Turits, Montclair, NJ

But this portrait is really important, and you want to look GREAT in your photograph, so we need to talk.

Be absolutely positively sure that your photographer is going to carefully and painstakingly RETOUCH all your portraits – and do it to perfection! A portrait that is not professionally retouched is NOT A PORTRAIT! It’s just a “picture” that no one cares enough about to properly finish and produce to the best quality that money can buy! You want a photographer who is going to take good care of you. Someone whose goal is to help seniors look their absolute best in their portraits! And that’s what we are all about. We take the time, put forth the effort and spare no expense in helping you look really attractive— better than you’ve ever looked — in your senior photographs!

Issue#4- Camera Jitters

Most seniors and people in general don’t want to admit that they get nervous in front of a camera.

But they do! And since there are over 30 muscles in your face, if you’re tense, these muscles will show it and have an effect on your expression in the photograph.One of the keys to our success in senior photography is that we’ll spend time with you to help you feel comfortable and confident. This is going to make an enormous difference in how natural and confident you look on the day of your photography! I meet you and chat with you ahead of time and treat this portrait as if it were one of the most important photos of your life, because it is.


The perfect Senior Portrait is just a phone call away. Call me at 973-783-1065 (no cost, no obligation) or email me at

Issue#5- Posing Naturally

The most important word when it comes to posing is “NATURAL.” You absolutely don’t want to look stiff and fake! Our seniors love how good they look, but they also love how “natural” they appear in the images.

Like most people, I was worried about looking comfortable in front of the camera. But the shoot was a lot of fun! I loved being able to change outfits and locations. I’d definitely recommend a session with Phil, because this is such an important time, and the yearbook is forever, so you should do everything you can to make it perfect!

— Katherine Wolfgang, Montclair, NJ

Issue#6- Understanding Lighting

The wrong light, and the wrong direction of light can add weight to you in a portrait, and also, bring out your worst features! I have studied light for over 20 years and I understand that there is only ONE type and direction of light that will help you look your VERY BEST. Only one.

And this is different for every person! Again, that’s another reason we must meet you in advance, so we

can determine the very BEST LIGHT for you and have it ready to use at your session day and time. There are five major highlight areas on your face. And they must be PERFECTLY lighted, or you won’t look your best!

Just Call My Studio, and We’ll Chat.

Having your senior portrait taken is such a personal thing, that you want to be sure you select a photographer who is not only really driven to help you look fantastic, but who you (or your son or daughter) also trust. That’s why I urge you to read the comments from some of the other seniors we’ve photographed, and then call us and chat on the phone. This will give you an immediate feeling as to the type of people we are and whether or not you’d like to at least come in and chat.