WHO IS THIS GUY?
Hi, my name is Richard Spears and I’m a wedding photographer. I live in a suburb just north of San Antonio Texas with my wife Judi, and my son Collin. We have assorted farm animals, and raise chickens. Strangely enough, My background is not in photography, but in law enforcement. I’ve been a street cop and Detective for the past 30 years. I retired in 2019 and I am now concentrating on photography and electronics repair.
My first camera was a Minolta 35mm SLR that I bought to take pictures of my son Rick Spears in 1984. By 2004 I bought my first digital camera. I found the joy of photography that I’d missed with film. I spent several years with my camera at motorcycle rallies hoping to be published in EASY RIDER magazine. I photographed my first wedding 14 years ago. I found out that I’m an adrenaline junkie that loves the stress and organized chaos of a wedding.
At weddings, I do whatever it takes to get the shot I want. I’m the guy laying on the ground to get that awesome wide shot of the bride and groom at sunset. I’m the guy who climbs the tree to get the perfect angle at the reception. (and you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a large fluffy middle aged guy climbing a tree at a wedding….)
Wedding photography is all about emotion. My ‘style’ is candid photojournalistic ninja photography. I want to capture that look between the bride and her mother. I want to capture the love in the couple’s eyes as they share the first dance. Without emotion, photography is just snapshots. I’m not that photographer that poses every shot. I want to capture your day as it happens. I became obsessed with learning Photoshop. I still love special effects and composites. I’m a huge Star Wars geek, and I once got to photograph a Star Wars themed wedding complete with Storm Troopers. Some photographers turn their nose up when a client requests a fun ‘composite’ shot. If you want a dinosaur chasing the wedding party, I’m your huckleberry.
I’m a child of the 60’s who listens to an eclectic mix of classic rock & roll, and alternative music. When I don’t have a camera in my hand, I’m either cooking BBQ, riding my Harley Davidson motorcycle or programming on my computer.