• Eternally in search of soulful photography and the artful life, I’m in love with capturing the beauty in people and the world around me. From editorial projects in NYC to engagement sessions in Charlotte, fine-art portraits in Charleston and destinations weddings around the world, this is the work I love to do.


sarah and taylor

Sarah and Taylor’s wedding was exactly what I consider to be a perfect wedding, gorgeous location, relaxed, fun, killer food, brilliant band and surrounded by their loved ones…..and of course a  incredibly beautiful bride and handsome groom….

the wonderful vendors that made it all possible…

Church: Saint Matthew Catholic Church

Venue: The Ivy Place

Event Planner: Lisa Wilson

Florals and Event Rentals: Ribald Events

Band: Groove Collection

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Asylum

Caterers: TRUE Pizza and Happy Valley

Wedding Cake: Amelie’s French Bakery

Bride’s Robe/Romper: Plum Pretty Sugar

Brides Shoes: Vintage Chanel

Bride’s Dress: Lillian West

Groom’s Tuxedo: Made to order Coppley Tux from Remon’s

Bridesmaid Skirts: Custom ade by Martha’s Tailoring

Groomsmen Bow Ties: Collard Greens

The Portrait Provocateur Workshop

Welcome to my workshop

provocateur: a writer, artist, political activist, etc. whose works, ideas, or activities are regarded as a threat to accepted values or practices

Ever felt lost, stuck in a rut and can’t seem to find your voice? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or have been shooting for just a few years, this workshop is for you.

My goal is very simple…..for you to leave the workshop inspired, a new direction and the practical knowledge to create remarkable and meaningful portrait and fashion photography under any circumstance. No holds barred.

we’ll be covering…….


  • A concise history of portrait and fashion photography.
  • How a portrait must be a reflection of you in order to achieve a truly unique photograph. (It might get deep)
  • Detailed demonstrations.
  • Shooting models and “real people” in studio and on location. In both beautiful and less than ideal situations.
  • How to be your own wardrobe stylist.
  • Working with a hair and make up artist.
  • Demystifying working with film, medium and large format cameras, even if you shoot 100% digital it’s wonderful therapy.
  • Precise editing and post production.
  • Q&A.


July 25 – 26, 2016
Charlotte, NC

Cost, 600.00, 2 days

Space is limited to 20 attendees.

I would encourage you to call or email with any questions, I’d love to learn about where you’re at, where you’re heading and  get you booked in

info@richardisrael.com: 704.890.7500

weddings and portrait: the-israel.com

commercial: richardisraelphoto.com

morgan & josh’s charleston elopement

Yes, Morgan, Josh are models and this is their real wedding / elopement day. Josh, Morgan and I have worked together other on several occasions so when they asked me to be their photographer and they wanted their wedding day to be just them and a photoshoot who was I to argue……just but a few of my many favorites…..a special shout out to Kristin Doggett of Bellafare for the fabulous design.


Jenee’ & Jakes Charlotte Wedding

Flowers and Coordination: Nectar Getting ready: Duke Mansion  Ceremony: St. Peters Catholic Church   Reception: Hart Witzen Gallery,   Brides Dress: Lazaro   Brides Shoes: Vivien Westwood   Hair and Make Up: Elizabeth Tolley   Stationary: Beacon Lane Cake: Ella’s Celestial Cakes   DJ: Bryan Pierce

Cristina & Morgan’s Asheville wedding

What a total pleasure it was to photograph my friend, writer, editor, producer and wedding connoisseur Cristina and her wonderful husband Morgan’s wedding…….it was also an incredible pleasure working with such an illustrious collective of  fellow vendors, good times…….


Richard Israel, photography

Be Pretty, Lindsey Regan Thorne, hair and makeup, 

Kristin Hayes Jewelry, bride’s earrings

The Sentimentalist, gown 

Rebecca Schoneveld, bridal gown design (bodice)

Carol Hannah, bridal gown design (skirt) and fur

Homewood, ceremony and reception venue

Springvine Design, floral design

Melinda Rose, Veil

Gizzelle James Couturiere, Alterations

Twigs & Honey, Hairpiece

Classic Event Rentals, rentals

Ann Turpin, cake

Melonbelly, band 

Exquisite Events and Consulting, wedding coordination

Black Eyed Susan, catering 

Renaissance Asheville, hotel

Catawba Brewing Co., rehearsal dinner

Drew Humphries, stationery Drew Humphries

Crayton Heritage, printing 

Laura Perry, cinematography

Kristin Coffin, bride’s wedding band

Made by Custom, bride’s engagement ring

Naturaleza Organic Jewelry, groom’s band 

Frye, shoes

Men’s Wearhouse, tuxedo

Bridesmaids’ dresses, Belk SouthPark

Isil Dohnke - Absolutely gorgeous Richard!