About Us

1000 Words Photography is husband and wife team Tom & Leona (Lee) Burke based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. We are primarily wedding photographers, but do offer all kinds of other photography as well. We've been working together since 1996 and have photographed hundreds of couples weddings. We don't think you can define our style as anything specific, we use a combination of styles to create what we hope is a uniqe perspective. To see a greater representation of our photography be sure to check out the galleries on our website.
Our personalities are loose and playful, we love photographing weddings and really want our clients to have a great time on one of the biggest days of their lives. We work very hard to come up with images that will make you say "I was there and I don't remember it being like that". Wedding photography is different than most other services at a wedding because for the images to look awesome, there needs to be a good working relationship between us and the couple. We're there all day with you so there needs to be a level of comfort and trust. Over the months leading up to a wedding we typically have developed a close relationship with our couples. We still stay in touch with most of our couples and are through the different stages of life (the wedding, children, homes, job changes..). When we book a client many times we are gaining lifelong friends and that is a pretty cool thing.
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Monica & Frank June 28th San Ramon, CA  


Yesterday took us to San Ramon to photograph Monica & Frank's wedding. They have been together for 7 years and finally took the plunge. We started with Monica at the Marriott for getting ready shots. For one of the first times ever ALL the bridesmaids were ready when we got there. Monica was loose for the most part, but had a couple holy crap it's almost time moments. Frank on the other hand was very calm and ready to go.

The ceremony was at St Raymonds Church. The family and bridal party entered to marriachi music and took their place for Monica's grand entrance. The doors opened and there she was in all her beauty. Her dad led her down the aisle while Monica had tears in her eyes.

After the ceremony we took Frank & Monica and the bridal party to some fountains in San Ramon. We got some really cool shots there (check our website in about 3 weeks to see them all).

Then it was time for the reception. Monica & Frank were greeted by 250 guests. There were lots of tears during the toasts and it was very obvious that this couple is loved by many. Los Gallos catered the reception, it was funny because the night before we went there for burritos.....muy bueno.

We had a lot of opportunity to talk to the grandfathers all of whom are great men. Andrew in particular is a kick in the pants....he's got a lot of energy. One of the things we really love about this job is getting to know not just the couple, but all the family too (I may have said that in another post, but it's still true).
Finally massive props to Monica's sister Lindsay who was the wedding coordinator. She was extremely organized and the whole day went off without a hitch. She even was able to enjoy the day as the maid of honor because of all of her hard work beforehand.......well done!

Monica & Frank head off to Cancun on Monday for 10 days. Hopefully they will have lots of great honeymoon pictures to see.



Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Karen & Ty At Taber Ranch  


So Karen & Ty finally tied the knot this past Saturday. They were married at a crazy cool place near Cache Creek called Taber Ranch. The ceremony went off without a hitch. It was hillarious watching Ty recite the vows that Karen had written for him. After the ceremony one of the Taber Ranch staff named Jason who is a really cool guy drove us around the ranch with Ty & Karen to get some cool shots.

The reception was lively with some pretty funny toasts with Ty's brother saying "for God's sake give my daughter a cousin" which brought the house down. The events went by pretty quickly and the rest of the night was for "getting pissed" (let's say party).

We'll have their wedding posted online in a couple weeks. In the meantime we hope you like these few.



Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 8th at The Wood Ranch  


This past Saturday we had the absolute pleasure of photographing JP & Kathy's wedding at the Wood Ranch in Clayton http://www.thewoodranch.com/ . The Wood Ranch is a private residence out in the country on 5 acres. The grounds are immaculate and the landscaping is beautiful. JP & Kathy had complete access to the whole property. Lee & I heard a lot of people saying "If I lived here I would never leave".....it is THAT COOL. We'd love to work there every weekend.

Kathy was as beautiful as ever and her smile and laugh very infectious. JP was smooth as always, cracking jokes all day long. There were about 150 guests and we really got the feeling that there was a lot of love present.

Steve from Mark Welch Entertainment http://www.markwelchentertainment.com/ was the DJ and did a great job as always. We seem to be running into him a lot lately.

We'll have their pictures posted on our website in a couple weeks, but for now here are a couple straight out of the camera.