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, October 8, 2008

Napa Wedding at Mont La Salle  


Candice and Nick had a magnificent wedding at Mont La Salle in Napa. Mont La Salle is a Christian Brothers Retreat house in Napa right next to Hess Winery. I believe that the Christian Brothers own the vineyards that grow the grapes for Hess, so the property is huge.

Our day started by getting shots of Candice getting ready. She was so happy this day was here that she was almost giddy. That only got better when a groomsmen delivered a gift from Nick....diamond earings.

The ceremony took place inside the church afterwhich we had all the guests go out to the front steps for a huge group photo. Those are always great to do because as we say, there will never be another moment in time when all those same people will be together.

Candice and Nick were game for just about any kind of pictures we wanted to do so we got a lot...it was a fun day to be a wedding photographer. We should have images posted online by the end of next week. If you want to see all of them go to our website 1000 Words Photography.

The reception was held outside in the courtyard and was beautiful. Candice's dad had come up the day before and ran lights throughout the courtyard, so by dusk it was especially beautiful. Lee got the cool shot on this post of Nick and Candice dancing. This reception had a lot going on from a Jewish Hora dance, to the bridesmaids doing a choreographed dance to "In The Navy" to acknowledge Nick's service....to Nick singing "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" and the crowd singing along. All in all it was a great day.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Palm Event Center, Stacy & Darrell's Wedding  


This is one of our favorite weddings for a couple reasons. First, it was at the Palm Event Center, which is one of our favorite venues to work at. Second, Darrell was the best man of a wedding we did a couple years ago. So Stacy and Darrell came to us knowing our work and we felt more like friends of theirs than a vendor.

We started at Stacy's parents house, where things were basically calm....nobody stressing out. Stacy was absolutely beautiful, she had to know it....but she didn't act it. After everyone was ready we headded over to the Rose Hotel to get some shots of Stacy and the bridesmaids.

The ceremony was beautiful with the vineyards of the Palm Event Center as a backdrop. Then it was time for the reception. Stacy & Darrell are friends with Jody Amos who owns our favorite DJ company Amos Productions. Jody served as MC while Josh played the music. Their music selection, mixes and presence really make any reception a BIG party.

In the end 1000 Words Photography had a great time and were pretty stoked by the images that we captured. Their pictures will be posted on our website late next week.



Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dublin Ranch Wedding of Nicole & Garrett  


We had the pleasure of photographing Nicole & Garrett's wedding last Sunday at the Dublin Ranch. It is a great venue to work at with a really good staff. Nicole was the first to arrive on wedding day and had plenty of time to get ready. Little by little the bridesmaids started arriving...and can I say that she had the rockinest bridesmaids. They took care of every detail for Nicole...they went and got us golf carts, golf clubs....anything. They were game for just about everything and we had a great time working with them.

Nicole and Garrett are truely nice, good people and it is an honor to work for people like them. They were so calm and relaxed the whole day and everything went very smooth.

One of the groomsmen is lead singer in a band called Jaymes Reunion and their first album should be out later this fall. Their music is kinda like Matchbox 20. Their song Fine is really good and may get significant radio play.

So another great day for 1000 Words Photography . Thank you Nicole & Garrett for letting us share your day with you.