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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.


{fashion} still + motion

{Fashion Short} //Featuring Adriana Danae// from Timm Young on Vimeo.

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Jorge R. Gonzalez - Great work Richard!! That is a beautiful baby and family, can't go wrong with subjects like that. JorgeMarch 29, 2014 - 12:18 pm

jacob & amy


location: Laboratory Mill,  Lincolnton

Jorge R. Gonzalez - Beautiful portraits, love #9 and #10. thanks for posting, your site is always inspirational.March 6, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Stacy Squires Photography - I like the back drop for the reveal .... great photosMarch 11, 2014 - 12:25 pm

casey & matt

always an honor to photograph a fellow industry friends wedding….


thank you to these wonderful Charlotte vendors who pulled out all the stops for Casey and Matt,,

Sally - The veil shot!!! !!February 18, 2014 - 3:55 pm

jenn and nathan


I’m not usually given to self trumpet blowing but this email from Jenn really hit home………..

I love them so very much!  Thanks for everything Richard – the pictures are beyond what I could have hoped for and capture what I loved most about the day. Nathan and I plan on looking through them together tonight (though I cheated and already scrolled through on my lunch break at work!) over a bottle of champagne.

Thank you again – if only getting married wasn’t a once in a lifetime thing so that we could have more photos done with you.  We’ll just have to figure something out!

many thanks to the lovely ladies of Southern Protocol

{charlotte engagement session} Adriana & Terrell

Adriana is one of my most favorite models (see previous post) and yes this is a real engagement session!


Sally - Love that last shot!January 13, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Hayley - Love the last two! Very editorial.January 13, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Katrina Hutchins (come+together) - amazing. beautiful subjects for beautiful pictures!January 13, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Eric Foley - Beautiful images. Love the contrast in the B&WJanuary 13, 2014 - 7:44 pm

crystal - omg. stop. that is just beautiful.January 13, 2014 - 9:08 pm

the art of collaboration

this is the second occasion where my buddy Parker J and I have been commissioned by a magazine to have a play date to be featured as a fashion editorial, the first being here for Smitten Magazine and this one being for Inspire Magazine, our only brief was to do our thing, so we loaded up with our top team,  make up and hair stylist Sara Egri and models Adriana and Casey. It became very apparent that the star of the show was R. Brooke Priddy of A Ship To Shore’s  truely fantastic bespoke dresses, each dress is custom designed, totally handmade and each a work of art.

Direction for the shoot became very clear as the whole team focused on those incredible gowns, for the models it was “wearing” the dresses and allowing them to move and flow as Brooke intended, for Sara it was creating hair and make up that set the mood and Parker and I, well we just just did our thing………See Parker’s photographs here

models: Adriana at Directions USA. Casey Comer at Evolution,

Make Up and Hair Sara Egri at Directions USA

Clothes: Ship to Shore


tech note: All images shot at number 12.1

fer - love this series brother. See you in Mystic.January 7, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Kristi Odom - Love these :) beautiful work!January 7, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Rachel Shomsky - I'm in true awe! You boys have outdone yourselves!!! Just gorgeous man!!January 7, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Stacey Rector - Richard this are amazing! I am so excited for April!January 7, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Tommy Colbért - Nothing short of "Magnificent"!January 7, 2014 - 6:54 pm

r. brooke priddy - Richard, What a dream to see this world through your eyes ... BRAVO! It was an honor to work with you & Parker and the rest of the team. Thanks for the magic : )January 8, 2014 - 8:04 am

Kristin Vining - I love you and love everything about this!! Brilliant work my friend! Brilliant!!January 8, 2014 - 8:17 am

Ciaran - Love these Richard. Very interesting to see what each of you made from the opportunity.January 10, 2014 - 11:28 am

best of wedddings award


I’m very honored to be voted by my industry peers as Best Black & White Photographer of 2013…..

Charlotte Wedding BOW Award Winner

Moving forward in 2014


“the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary” (Vidal Sassoon) so I highly recommend starting 2014 on the right note towards to moving forward in your art + business by attending this years Mystic Seminars.

In 2013 I’ve taken my message of “Being a first rate version of you and not a second rate version of someone else” to Dallas and Atlanta and extremely excited to be sharing and learning at Mystic 2014.

I intend to make 2014 a remarkable year, how about you?

{be your art} the barton’s

an afternoon with Melissa, Sydney,  Gannon & Abe Barton…….