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.
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wente Winery Wedding, Livermore, CA  


Wente Winery is a beautiful venue for a San Francisco Bay Area Wedding. It is tucked away a little off Arroyo Rd in Livermore. Typically couples will have both their wedding and reception both at Wente. Getting ready is usually done upstairs in the bridal room, which for the most part is not anything too fancy. But there is a really cool window that makes for some very cool shots. There is a silhouette shot that we like to take with the bride in the window (see below). The window is also really cool because the bridesmaids a lot of times gather by the window to see the groomsmen arriving, which makes for a really nice candid shot.
The grounds are immaculate and make for usually some relatively easy shooting. There are several sets of winery doors that are fun to work with and the building is large enough that it tends to block the ceremony site from being in direct sun, keeping people from squinting and making exposures a lot easier for us as wedding photographers. Near the parking area are the vineyards, which are always fun to work in. We like to set the wedding rings on a vine for a nice detail shot (we like doing that instead of taking pictures of the couple's hands with the rings.....never quite been into that shot.

The reception room when all decorated is beautiful. For larger crowds it can provide a challenge getting around to get our shots, but the ceilings are not too tall so we are able to avoid direct flash on the subjects and bounce our strobes. The dancing and events are typically in the room adjacent to the dining room. We have done weddings where tables were set up outside and a tent is set up with hardwood floor for the dance floor. Wente is definitely one of our favorite venues to shoot. The staff is really organized, there are plenty of different backgrounds and advantageous lighting areas. We hope you like the pictures posted from our most recent wedding at Wente Winery.



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