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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.

Richard


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adriana & terrell’s charlotte wedding

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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

Zalmy - Richard, your work is truly inspiring. Classic storytelling that will never go out of style.August 12, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Christi - Stunning!August 12, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Brooke - **gorgeousness**August 13, 2014 - 7:09 am

Parker - PERFECTION!!!!!August 26, 2014 - 3:08 pm

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!

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Hayley Watson - I like your "normal," Richard. ;)July 30, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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

Beth Herzhaft - According to the definition above, ALL of your images are "normal". :)August 9, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Beth Herzhaft - Errr, to clarify: by the definition above, all of your 'portraits' are normal.August 9, 2014 - 12:03 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!

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erica & clay

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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

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

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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

{engagement} meghann & kyle

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{Taking it on the Road} Paris + London Portrait Sessions

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Beth Herzhaft - Gorgeous. Can't wait to see the images that you get!May 21, 2014 - 11:15 am

{portrait in the woods} the young family

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Hayley - I'm blown away! Just magical.May 19, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Frank DiMeo - Magical Richard! Every Image! Magical! It is like you cast a spell on them :)May 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Irene Young - These are awesome! Thank you for capturing my amazing family in such a beautiful way!!!May 22, 2014 - 12:13 pm

{key west wedding} Stacey & Ray

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Jean Scroggs - Richard, what great pictures. Is that your daughter or son? It was great getting to see you & your wife at Agape Faith Statesville Campus. Hope you will join us again soon. God bless you, JeanMay 13, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Sachin Khona - Absolutely stunning. Start to finish. Love it.May 29, 2014 - 5:12 pm