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Meet the Creative Staff

Phil Cantor

Phil Cantor

Chief Photographer

Name a dozen major companies. Chances are Phil Cantor has worked for them — executive portraits, annual reports, magazine stories. Fascinating assignments, wonderful images.

When Phil added Bar Mitzvah and Wedding photography to his resume, work that he expected would offer little opportunity for creativity turned out to be just the opposite.

“I get to do what I love to do,” he says. “Bar Mitzvahs fit perfectly with my personality and my photographic approach, and I especially enjoy being with people on a day in their lives when they’re incredibly happy.”

Phil's candid style, marked by dynamic composition and a photojournalist's eye, is the result of over 20 years as a professional photographer. Noted for his singular corporate images, Phil began photographing Bar Mitzvahs and weddings ten years ago. “All my work has been concerned with real people and real locations,” he says, “and Bar Mitzvahs and weddings are frankly much more satisfying than corporate photography.”

Phil notes that as a corporate and industrial photographer he had to overcome the challenge of less than ideal locations and ther obstacles in order to produce top-notch photographs. Bar Mitzvahs are a lot more enjoyable: ”It's much nicer working with people who want to smile and laugh rather than with CEOs who can barely spare ten minutes for their portrait.

”When I photograph a Bar Mitzvah I get to picture people at their best, enjoying themselves in great looking locations. There’s incredible energy and dynamics in those rooms.

”What could be better than that?”

Phil is active in the photographic community. He has conducted seminars for the bridal industry and writes for photo industry publications. He has served as the president of SWAN (the Self-Employed Writers and Artists Network) and as a member of the Board of Directors of ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers, New York City chapter). In his free time Phil is the webmaster of the Eagle Rock Reservation Conservancy and he serves on the advisory board of the Montclair Business Improvement District. In the summer months, Phil is an umpire for youth baseball for the Township of Montclair.

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