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richard israel photography bio picture

Hello, I'm Richard israel (aka The-Israel), welcome to my blog

Being born in London, England left me little choice to be anything other than a romantic at heart. My work has been described as fashionable, timeless and emotive.

I have a passion for film, antique cameras, handmade prints and compelled by an inextinguishable pursuit for soulful photography and the artful life.


{edisto island wedding} meg & kyle


catherine & michael


Jorge R. Gonzalez - Like always, Richard beautiful work. Great opening image! JorgeOctober 28, 2014 - 10:21 am

{be your art} altyn


{fashion film} Kaitlyn

Timm nailed this one, big time, very excited for lots more of our still+motion collaborations!



adriana & terrell’s charlotte wedding


bespoke dress: Ship To Shore

wedding design / planner: The Graceful Host,

Hair and Make up: Sara Egri

wedding Film: Timm Young Films

stationary: Elisabeth-Rose

wedding reception: Stowe Botanical Gardens

flowers: Chelish Moore

cake: The Wow Factor

catering: Best Impressions

Band: Sol Fusion

DJ: Split Second Sound

the anatomy of the family portrait

My mother recently asked if I could just send “normal” photographs of the girls which got me thinking, what is normal……I guess I take the definition of portrait literally……

A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

With each commission whether it be a child, grown up, model, actor or family I try my best to approach each with an open heart and mind, allowing the sitter or sitters to dictate my approach.

Here are families from recent sessions……three families, three different sets of personalities, three different sets of pictures……normal is whatever you perceive it to be, having said all of this I’ll be an obedient son and send “normal pictures to mum, soon!


Jmac - You're not normal. How could your pictures be normal? Let's have coffee.July 31, 2014 - 8:02 pm

{travelogue} quelques photos de France

Just a few snaps from our recent Paris trip, killer Pie&Mash movie to follow….

who are these people you may ask……….the dashing young man in the hedge is Young Timm, the children live on the farm where we stayed in Normandy, the Poppy the dog lives on the farm too, the lovely couple are friends and kindred spirits Caroline and Alin Ghetes…good times!


erica & clay


Fotografia Ślubna Gdańsk - Beautiful in its simplicity. I especially love the one pic with bridesmaids - it's wonderful frame idea. Nicely done! :)July 19, 2014 - 6:14 am

Natascha-Yaeko - Just beautiful work. Love the style of photography and feel of the images.September 3, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Maya & Craig

it’s always an honor to take pictures of fellow photographers and their families and especially the Frtitz family,  I’ve been a huge fan of their work for many years and now can say we are also great friends! As they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and Maya is such a wonderful young lady, inside and out!!!

please take a few moments to check out their work @ twinlensimages


Craig Fritz - Richard, Maya and I were so looking forward to this shoot and to meeting you. It was not a disappointment. Kitty and I could not be happier with your beautiful work and now we know a kindred spirit in N.C. Thank you so much!!!June 26, 2014 - 11:14 am

Laura Kleinhenz - Having grown up in N.C., I'm not sure how I did not know of Richard's work until Craig and Kitty's posts about working with you, but yes, very beautiful and haunting images. I'll have to find you on our next trip back home. Craig, I especially appreciate this portrait of you. The photographer is rarely photographed, and your intensity is beautifully captured.June 26, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Paul Gero - wonderful portraits Richard!June 26, 2014 - 5:55 pm

kathryn krueger - enchanting!June 26, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Erin Chrisman - what Kathryn said... absolutely enchanting. That first one especially is just wow.June 27, 2014 - 1:01 pm