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Our goal at Phil Cantor Seniors is to get you looking your very best.. But stunning photographs don’t happen by accident. It is important to be well prepared for your portrait session, so here are some simple ways that can take you photo from good…to OMG!

8 Tips on making the most out of your Senior Portrait Session:

  1. Arrive on Time! This is true of any aspect of life, but we emphasize it here for the simple reason that arriving late eats into YOUR camera time! The more time you have with the camera clicking the better chance of capturing that perfect photo.
  2. Style! Dress in a way that says something about who you are. Don’t wear something that you think you’re supposed to wear. That being said, dress a little nicer than usual, whatever you wear will forever be cemented in history.
  3. Clothing! Bring as many options as you want, at Phil Cantor Seniors, you aren’t limited to the number of wardrobe changes. The more options you have the more flexibility we have to try different things. Select clothes that you know are flattering and put them on hangers. You don’t want them to get wrinkled. If you stuff them into your backpack don’t expect them to look picture-perfect. The camera sees all! Try to avoid patterns and logos– Solid colors work much better at making you POP! But bring a variety of colors and at different levels of dressiness. Bring some casual clothes and some dressed up–and some in between. If you are bringing an undershirt, avoid white. Dark grey or black photograph much better.

“I see the giggly 3-year-old toddler in the young man he’s become.”

Laura Vanderford, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ

  1. Shoes! They can be anything from casual to dressy. You should stay away from flip flops or gym sneakers — they end up looking too casual (casual in a bad way) in the final photo.
  2. Shaving! Unless you have a beard, you’ll want to be perfectly clean-shaven. We can’t photoshop out your 5 oclock shadow. Think about what Mom would want to see! If she’s the type that wants to see your beautiful face then shave it. It will grow back!
  3. Hair! If you have hair that tends to get in your eyes, you might want to get it trimmed or think about how you might want to style it for the photo. But don’t do anything too drastic to your hair — this is about capturing who you, are so stay true to that.


“The photographs turned out great with many excellent shots capturing Jake’s personality.  Phil does a wonderful job; the photos are beautiful and have such a personal touch.”

Judy Vogel, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ

  1. Props! Having something in the photo that represents a hobby or an interest is a great way to capture who you are. Maybe you want to bring a soccer ball and your uniform if you play for the soccer team or maybe you want to bring your guitar if you play in a band. It’s up to you! Feel free to call if you have any ideas that you want to run by us.
  2. Complexion! It’s the day of the photography session and you woke with a big zit on your face! This has been the nightmare scenario for high school seniors since the invention of photography. But don’t worry, we can take care of that! We retouch all of our photos so there is we got you covered.

“The photographs came out great, I loved how relaxed and professional the session was. Phil is very honest and knowledgeable when helping choose the photos, I couldn’t be happier with the results!”

Tanya Nelson, Clifton High School, Clifton, NJ






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One second they’re toddlers, the next minute they’re in the school play. Turn around and they’re leaving for college. They grow up so fast, don’t they. Professional photography is one of the best ways to assure that those memories are captured forever.

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