Richard Israel

[Hello] I'm Richard Israel

" An Artist With A Servant's Heart"

[My style] timeless, elegant documentary with a editorial fashion twist

"I not only want you to see how your wedding day looked, I want you to re-live how it felt "

Born and raised in London, England and at home in 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



Wedding packages start at $3500. Elopement packages start at $1500

All packages include;

  • Pre-wedding meeting and consultations
  • In-person/phone/email/skype/coffee/wine – however it is! You have my complete attention from day one to get to know each other and make sure nothing is overlooked in the planning process. 
  • Wedding day photography by Richard
  • Private, password-protected online viewing gallery with online print store
  • Download of all edited images in both high resolution and social media size 
  • Print release

I consider it a huge honour and privilege to be part of my clients' wedding day. Creating artful stories and documenting the beginning of their new lives together is my joy and inspiration. 

For a complete list of my wedding packages and a la carte options including bridal portraits, engagement sessions, video & vintage Super 8 wedding films please connect with me

I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Phone: 704.890.7500

Reviews From Hard Working, Smart and Well-Mannered Clients

"Richard is incredible! He took our engagement photos, wedding photos, and our wedding film. Choosing Richard was one of the best decisions we made while planning for our day. He's wildly creative, passionate, and easy to work with".

Sloan & Mike

The artistic vision that Richard had while shooting our vow renewal was immeasurable. His aesthetic for the modern day wedding is unique and extraordinary. He captures all the mundane details that one would otherwise forget about - and they end up being your favorite memory from the day. He can create an ordinary scene with someone tying their shoes with an image that will take your breath away. He is a true artist! I couldn’t imagine our day being more magical and thanks to Richard I have the photos to prove it!!

Samantha & Adam

"We LOVED the photos - every time I scroll through them I notice a new photo that I love even more than before. You captured the day perfectly!!!"

Shelby & Michael

"Thank you so much for capturing every wonderful moment of our wedding day! The photographs are amazing! You, and your assistant, did an incredible job! Our wedding party and my family thought you were awesome. I am so happy with how everything turned out! Thank you for all your hard work that day".

Baily & Daniel

"Thank you so much for everything that you did this weekend to capture the moments of Claire and Wesley's weekend. Everyone enjoyed meeting you and working with you. Wesley in particular, who hates having his photo taken, kept raving about how easily you made him relax."

Lynn Cassady

I couldn't possibly find the right words to express how talented Richard is and how talented he and Timm Young are as a team. Richard and Timm were the film makers for our wedding. From the moment that I laid eyes on one of their work, I knew that I must have them create something similar for our wedding. It is not every day that you find a video artist where you find yourself engulfed in each and every video, eager for the next display of love, creativity, fun and the story of each coupe's journey. I would casually ask friends to watch these works of art and after a polite hesitation, again finding ourselves entrenched. We chose the use of both the HD Video +Super8 film and could not have been happier with the creative blend that was accomplished along with a masterful alignment of the maid of honor speech overlaid over multiple scenes of activity throughout the day. In some of the other works, Richard and Timm were able to find unique, energetic, applicable music that fit perfectly to the mood and the scene, bringing out the personality of those being captured. Top notch professionals, creative output, and all around fun gentlemen to be around. I felt so lucky that they were available for the date that I needed. I wish that somehow I could just figure out how to have more parties that would require a film artist to be able to work again with these great guys.

Meet the Israel Fam + few random factoids..........

  • I have a beautiful wife who's way out of my league.
  • I have 3 beautiful daughters.
  • My 6lb Chi-Poo Lucy is my best fiend.
  • I was born in East London.
  • Grew up in North London
  • English food is still my favourite food.
  • In my opinon London is the most exciting vibrant city in the world today.
  • In my opinion Charlotte has a lot.
  • I cut hair at Vidal Sassoon for 20yrs.
  • I'm obsessed with photography.
  • I love all things analogue.
  • I love to shoot with my vintage and antique cameras and lenses.
  • I also love my Nikon digital kit.
  • I'm obsessed with timepieces.
  • I love working with interesting and interested people.
  • I gave a TED Talk.
    • I have spoken at many prestigious photography conferences.
    • I've been featured in lots of magazines and blogs.
    • I love to listen.
    • I love to talk.
    • I'm a pretty decent cook.
    • I believe style is more enduring than trends.
    • I believe weddings are all about the people.

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