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.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Christine & Greg at Mission Ranch in Carmel, CA  


Living in California in itself is awesome and one of the great things about our profession is that we get to go to fabulous locations all over Northern California. This past weekend we photographed Christine & Greg's wedding at the Mission Ranch http://www.missionranchcarmel.com/ . The ranch is owned by Clint Eastwood and is a really great place for a wedding.

We were so stressed getting there, we gave ourselves 3.5 hours to get there thinking we'd grab some lunch in Carmel until it was time to start. We crawled from San Jose to Gilroy because of the Garlic Festival. We were stressin' thinking that traffic was so bad we might miss the ceremony. Fortunately, we got there right on time (thank God we padded the time to get there).

Christine & Greg have been together for 9 years and there were lots of poking at Greg that it was about time he married Christine. They are a super cool couple totally meant for each other. They are spending 3 weeks in Europe starting next week and then when they return C starts nursing school....busy year. This wedding was special because there were lots of guests who made the journey from Japan to be there and they were taking pictures like there was no tomorrow.

Spencer from Sutherland Entertainment http://www.sutherlandentetainment.com/ provided the acoustic guitar during the ceremony and got the party started for the reception.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Freakin Awesome Video  


Okay, so I just came across a video that totally raises the bar for wedding slideshows. The groom works for Fox Sports and put this together. It is totally hilarious and touching....way to go outside the box. To see it click this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA29Ot7ajac

Just to be clear we had nothing to do with this video, just are giving it major props on the creativity.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Something A Little Different (for us)  


So last week was completely bananas for us. We actually attended our nephew's wedding as a guest in San Diego last Thursday. We flew down on Tuesday went to the Padres game that night (saw one of their infrequent wins). We goofed around at Mission Bay on Wednesday and then headed over to the rehearsal dinner. We shoot so many weddings and rarely get to experience a wedding from the guest's perspective. It was so much fun.....and we LOVE San Diego. I got to hang out with all the groomsmen throwing back shots. They took to the town after dinner and I passed on that. Most of the guys are in the Air Force and were really cool to crack up with.

The next day was the wedding, but before we headded over to that we (Lee, the kids & myself) went downtown for some sightseeing. San Diego looks a lot like San Francisco especially along the Embarcadero. We checked out the shops and took lots of pictures. But did I fail somewhere as a dad when the only thing my daughter wanted was a Hooters tshirt :)

We don't even know our nephew that well (we first met in September when we did their engagement session in SD), but neither Lee or I could help from having a couple tears during the ceremony. It was a really nice service and the reception was sooo much fun. We even stayed out of their photographers http://www.ivpstudios.com/ way. They were really cool and nice to talk to.

It killed us that we had to leave before the reception because we had to get back to the Bay because we had to shoot 3 Weddings in 3 Days. Needless to say by Sunday night we were dragging, but had a lot of fun.