RICHARD BERNARDIN is a Canadian-American fashion and portrait photographer based in between New York, Paris and Montreal.

After studying film and photography, he embarked on a successful career in fashion photography. His style is influenced by Modernist architecture, the cinéma of Kubrick and Hitchcock and photographic giants, such as Newton and Avedon. Richard is currently at work on his first short film and has two upcoming book projects.

Richard is a regular contributor to Elle Quebec & Elle Canada and has also shot editorials for magazines including  French Revue de Mode, PLEASE!, Dressed to KILL, Fashion Magazine, BULLETT, S Magazine, Vogue Brazil, Grazia, Elle France, Elle Russia, Maxim, Palace Costes, Fashion Magazine, Blackbook, Rolling Stones Russia, and Glamour France. He has also shot portraits of Freida Pinto, Xavier Dolan, Karine Vanasse, Elisabeth Harnois, Dita Von Teese, Hu Bing, Asia Argento, Chiara Mastroianni, Eva Doll, Jessica Paré and recording artists such as Icona Pop, Adam Cohen, Nelly Furtado, and the Chromatics.




For my sister and I to work with such a photographer for our inaugural campaign was without a doubt a lifetime chance. With all his kindness, patience, listening and his boundless devotion, we had the inner belief that he would approach our project in a heartfelt way from the moment we met him. Giving Richard our complete trust, we had the immense pleasure to witness his talent of a true visionary that he keeps with all humility.

As a spectator, Richard’s natural intuition to capture a moment that will last forever is simply breathtaking. Being sensitive towards the subject, lighting, proportions, the architectural space, nature, and everything else that is the environment, he has the ability to make them as a whole and create deepness. His images transport us into a fantasy where beauty is eternal and a reality submerged with emotions making our garments come to life.

Acting as a conductor, he was able to effortlessly rally everyone to realize what he had imagined and the result was more than we could have ever wished for. The experience was enchanting from the beginning to the end and we cannot wait for our next project. Until then, we will be forever grateful to have worked with such a passionate artist but especially a wonderful soul.
— Emmanuelle Bibeau, Co-President, NACRE VOYAGE
Richard is one of the most talented and versatile photographers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. His experience, creative insight, expertise and skilled eye are only complimented by the fact that he is calm, respectful and an excellent team player.

Along with being a smart listener, he offers useful constructive comments and is adept in briefing shoot team members and models for a unified vision. From commercial to editorial photography, Richard’s photographs are not just images, they are short stories, and his skill is truly unparalleled in the industry.
— David Guarnieri, Creative Direction Manager, REITMANS
Richard est un photographe hors du commun! Nous avons  eu le plaisir de travailler ensemble plusieurs saisons consécutives. Il parvient à capturer l’instant magique, rendre une femme belle et séduisante. Richard domine son sujet et les attitudes de ses personnages restent toujours modernes! Sa façon de traiter les images me séduit totalement... So timeless and right! Ce que j’aime par-dessus tout chez Richard c’est sa bonne humeur!! Quel plaisir de travailler à ses cotes!

Richard is an extraordinary photographer! We have had the pleasure of working together for several consecutive seasons. He captures the magic moment on every shot, making our Shanghai Tang women look exquisitely beautiful and attractive. Richard dominates his subject and the attitudes of his characters are always modern! His treatment of the images totally seduced me ... So timeless and right! What I love above all else with Richard is his good mood !! What a pleasure to work with him!
— Jane Lombard, Brand Image Director, SHANGHAI TANG
Richard and I worked together for the inaugural campaign for the couture lingerie brand I founded, named Luna Mae London. I found him to be not only an exceptionally talented photographer, but also a great listener, and was able to understand and contribute to the concept I was looking for, delivering beautiful photography which I could not be happier with.

Our influences aligning, my first meeting with Richard assured me that he would be a perfect fit to portray exactly the essence of what I wanted to represent with my brand. Richard’s ability to capture the female form is remarkable and his eye for attention to detail is something I was able to fully appreciate, and witness, in his work. His wonderfully vibrant personality allowed everyone on set to have a great time, proving him to be an absolute pleasure to work with.

I felt as though the campaign Richard shot was a fully collaborative effort and I am already looking forward to our next project together.
— Claudia Lambeth, Founder and CEO, LUNA MAE LONDON
Richard Bernardin is one of my absolute favourite photographers to work with! Going into every shoot, I know with confidence that the images we produce will be my new favourites and lead to new work. His images are timeless, tasteful, sexy, and above all beautiful. He is always relaxed with a sense of confidence and calm, making his craft appear effortless. He is able to work the unworkable and rock a smile while doing it.
— Amy Lu, Fashion & Celebrity Stylist
Richard was a true gem to work with! Very professional and so enthusiastic about the project. Every detail was meticulous. He works magic and his rapport with the entire team made the day run smoothly. The outcome of the campaign surpassed our expectations and we look forward to the next one!
— Tiffany Ajmo, VP Marketing and Sales, BLUSH LINGERIE
Richard Bernardin’s work stopped me in my tracks on several occasions throughout my life, long before I met him.

I was taken by the strong identity and point of view of his work; both glamorous and sexy, as well as effortless yet composed.

I can say that after having had the pleasure of working with him, my view only improved! Richard has a professionalism and passion that is palpable and the ease and elegance of his photographs are evident in his very personality; Richard just lends his own traits and sensibilities to his work.

So it is my belief that if you like his work, you actually like Richard Bernardin himself.
— Adam Cohen, Musician and Singer-Songwriter.
Working with Richard Bernardin for two campaigns of Francesco Smalto was not only a great pleasure, but also an inspiring experience!

His way of expressing my creations through his photography was based on mutual understanding and having a incredible connection from the beginning. Not only was the result a story to tell but also the beginning of a great friendship... Thank you Richard!
— Youn Chong Bak, Creative Director, FRANCESCO SMALTO