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meet richard

Hi there! My name's Richard. Thanks for stopping by!

A little bit about me: I was born and raised in London, England and now live with my wife and three girls just outside Charlotte, NC, I've always been a romantic at heart. I am drawn to sentimental moments, gorgeous atmospheres, and beautiful light. My work is frequently described as fashionable, timeless and emotive, but to me my photographs are simply reflections of the marriage of life and art that is always present around me. I have a passion for film, antique cameras, and handmade prints, and I’m compelled by an inextinguishable pursuit for meaningful photography and the artful life.

“Fine-art photographer Richard Israel defines the concept of timeless wedding photography in the modern world. With a uniquely vintage touch and a love for black and white film, he echoes the great Magnum photographers of the 1950’s and 60’s, and turns memorable moments into works of art

- Blair deLaubenfels - Junebug Weddings Co-Founder, Rangefinder Magazine Contributor

A few random factoids:

I have a beautiful wife (who's way out of my league) and 3 beautiful daughters.
I was born in East London and grew up in North London.
I cut hair at Vidal Sassoon for 20 years.
I'm obsessed with photography and love all things analogue.
I love to shoot with my vintage and antique cameras and lenses as well as my Nikon digital kit.
I gave a TED Talk about photography technique as it applies to life skills.
I have spoken at many prestigious photography conferences and have been featured in lots of photography magazines and blogs.
I believe style is more enduring than trends.
I believe weddings are all about the people.

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