Photograph of Richard Spears by Dani Diamond
Photograph by Dani Diamond


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 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.

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.

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. 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 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 on my computer.