Monthly Archives: July 2012


Jul 27 2012

“sometimes the biggest mistakes are the best works of art…”Richard Israel

It seemed to be the perfect quote by Richard to start our morning together, as I snapped images of him in his natural, authentic state.  He’s a man with style.  A style reflected in his art of photography.  He blends his artistic eye with a classic approach and that’s what makes his art so special, and so desirable.  Richard’s European, masculine fashion sense leaves me in utter “awwww”.  Take this ensemble for instance – ascot coupled with denim on denim.  Fantastically clever.

Not only is he an ingenious photographer and Charlotte’s best male dresser, but he’s a kind soul who believes in anyone who is willing to share their “art” with the world.

Thank you, Richard for allowing me the opportunity to photograph you and share your style on my blog.  And thank you for continuing to inspire others and myself through your beautiful work.  I’m thankful that Charlotte won you.

So without further adieu, I give to you the always enchanting…Richard Israel 

In his words…

I was born and raised in London, England, at the age of fifteen I was thrust into the world of fashion and rock and roll when I started my apprenticeship with Vidal Sassoon which at that time was “The” hair salon in the world. I shampooed the hair of rock stars, movie stars, assisted one of London’s premier session stylists and worked with world famous models, including Grace Coddington who is now American Vogue’s Creative Director and famous photographers and all this at the tender age of sixteen. I continued my career at Vidal Sassoon for 18 years working and living in Milan, Los Angeles and doing hair shows around the world.


In 1982 I got the photography bug and that was it, no more hair for Richard, after building my portfolio and working in Europe  I somehow landed at Charlotte Douglas airport in 1989 to shoot a beauty campaign and never left. After shooting many fashion stories for national bridal magazines  I fell into wedding photography and never looked back, I still shoot fashion, beauty and editorial portraits alongside my weddings, I consider myself a photographer who photographs weddings as opposed to being a wedding photographer, there is a big difference. …cont’d

I like classic with a little twist, denim with an ascot being a good example,  I enjoy wearing a variety of hats. My favorite designers are Paul Smith, Billy Reid and aspire to be dressed by Dege and Skinner.

I’m wearing: Jeans by Paper, Denim and Cloth, Shirt by American Eagle, Ascot purchased online, Shoes, The Seattle Shoe by Ecco, Hat, by Retro. 


Likes:  Real Photography (according to my definition),  Real food,  Interested people ,  The South,  The Clash,  String Music,  West Ham United,  Chicken Livers,  Fried Okra

Dislikes:  Bland,  Generic,  Rented clothing,  Chain restaurants,  Pretentious food,  Khakis

That’s Richard… “The” Israel.

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Jul 25 2012

Peeps… do you understand who this is???

I know right!!  As in “the” Monica… the Monica from the Ace & TJ show!  Crazy huh!  A little starstruck are you?!  Me too!

Not only did I have the privledge of doing this hotties makeup + hair for her bridals, but we also did her and her bridal party up for wedding day!  She is one hot tamale that pulled off one of my long time fav lip colors, girl about the town.  Every girl should own a tube!  I’m seriously in lover-doodle with this gal… not only is she drop-dead, but she’s way too nice… sweetest thing!

I’ll stop talking so you can gush over her stunning bridal portraits captured by the adorable-duo, Smitten & Hooked!  Loved these pics!

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Loving lately

Jul 23 2012

Dorothy Perkins <– love this stuff!

You might recall when I blogged about this little Dorothy dress back in the day.  Love good old her chic style, clean lines and great price points.  Here’s a little skirt that I adore for less than $50!

One skirt that can transition from winter to spring or summer to fall!

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On another note… this time next week I’ll be tanning my heiny on the sunny beaches of Jamaica! 😉

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