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, my step-daughter Kelly, and my son Collin. We have assorted farm animals, and a cool dog named Harley. 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.
My first camera was a Minolta 35mm SLR that I bought to take pictures of my son Rick Spears in 1984. I’m not entirely embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t any good. After buying film, taking a few dozen exposures and then waiting a week or so for the prints to come back from the lab only to find that most of them were under-exposed, was… depressing. 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.
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….)
Eventually I found myself photographing weddings and realized how much I enjoy the controlled chaos of a wedding. I also enjoy doing portraits and real estate photography. 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.
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 stuff on my computer.
My Second Shooter – Kelly Janetsky
Kelly Janetsky, the talented second shooter for R Spears Photography
Kelly is my step-daughter. She started out at weddings helping me with my equipment. Eventually, I put a camera in her hand and encouraged her to take pictures of the kids. Today, I have a lot of respect for her talent. Although she’s still in high school, I would put her work against some of the top wedding photographers in town. She has a good eye for composition, and she is great at posing. When you receive your album, it’s likely that almost half of the pictures will have been taken by Kelly.