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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.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Brides Against Breast Cancer:Part 2  

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This post is just to follow up from our experience at the Brides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser we participated in last week. Simply put, I was blown away by this organization. It was founded back in 1998 by Fran Hansen as a way to grant wishes for women stricken with breast cancer. Her goal was to be able to lighten the load put upon these women. So she began by asking designers and retailers of wedding gowns to donate so they could be sold.

After the very first event Fran was invited to be on Oprah and a huge buzz began. Oprah donated $500,000 in gowns to help the organization grow and grant wishes. It kept growing from there and now they do a national tour of the gown sale. The gowns are priced ridiculously low and current brides are able to get amazing high quality gowns for a fraction of what they would normally pay. I saw several brides purchase gowns in San Ramon for $300 and less. The girls were almost giddy because they knew that they totally scored and saved a ton of money.

Most of the wishes granted average from $4000-$6000 and can vary from a family vacation, a family reunion, pretty much anything that will help them deal with their affliction. Fran's life and work have such tremendous purpose and is a wonderful example for all of us. To find out more about the organization go to http://www.makingmemories.org/ .

1000 Words Photography would like to give a lot of praise to Amber and Julia from The Trades Secrets for organizing the event.

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