One of the most prolific, respected and well-known newborn photographers, Deborah Hope Israeli is the owner of Redhead Photography.
Deborah has over 20 years of professional experience under her belt and brings an array of skills and knowledge that give her clients extreme confidence that they are working with the very best. A solid foundation, earning photography degrees from both New York University and Columbia University, informs her practice today. She has applied her expertise well beyond her education to include commercial graphic design as well as teaching at multiple universities and serving as Department Chair at the Art Institute of New York City. Currently, she gives private mentoring through online workshops and in person studio sessions to aspiring newborn photographers from all over the world.
In 2005, Deborah welcomed her first baby…and like many of you, her world changed! She was inspired to capture the oh-so-fleeting, brand-new tininess of babies. Challenged with a colicky infant, she developed many unique soothing techniques to photograph her baby, which later would earn her the recognition as ‘Baby Whisperer’ from many clients and the media alike as she applied them to her work. That same year, based on the success she found photographing her own newborn, Deborah started Redhead Photography and soon she found herself enthralled by the challenge of posing newborns in many positions that are not easy to achieve. Each baby is unique and delivering consistent results to each client, no matter how difficult or easy a newborn may be, gives Deborah a sense of accomplishment like nothing else. In 2009, she decided to make newborn photography a primary focus of her business. To date, she has photographed well over 1,000 newborns, and she is just as excited today as she was the first time she began capturing them through her lens.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Deborah is not only sought after by repeat and word-of-mouth clients, but she counts celebrities among her clientele. It is not unusual for her to photograph a baby from newborn to young child. Because of the growing success of her business, she is regularly called upon by trade shows and conferences to speak on various topics related to newborn, maternity and baby photography. She has been featured on CBS, MTV, FOX News, NYI and Insider. Besides these numerous television appearances, she is also published in popular magazines and blogs. Her work has appeared in gallery shows and soon she will edit and produce a coffee table style book on newborns. In 2015, she was voted one of the Top 25 newborn photographers in the world.
Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and their four children. For more information on Redhead Photography, please visit our in-depth showcase book below.