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.
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Morcam Rose Gardens, Oakland CA:Engagement Session  


The Morcam Rose Gardens in Oakland is a hidden jewel of and is a great place to take a couple for an engagement session. As the name indicates there are lots and lots of rose bushes of all varieties. There are these large starcases (several hundred feet long) that funnel down to the gardens. They are really dramatic and fun to work with. There is a fountain that is tiered and has like seven different pools to flow into. The upper area has more roses more steps is another great area to shoot. The thing about the Morcom Rose Gardens is that for the tremendous beauty that it is blessed with, there is almost never a lot of people there. I think we saw like 5 or 6 people the whole time we were there....and most of them were running up and down the huge staircases. We first came across this location about 5 years ago when we actually photographed a wedding there. It turned out to be a fantastic wedding venue and I could be wrong, but I think it only costs $300 or $400 to rent the site from the City of Oakland.

This couple Jennifer and Nick were awesome to work with. They live in San Diego and are getting married at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville later this year. Jennifer is stunningly beautiful and Nick is a really good looking guy....all I had to do was push the button on the camera......pretty much :) . We hope you like the teasers from this session.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fort Point San Francisco Engagement Session  


Here is an engagement session from a new location to us. I know it sounds stupid as much as we shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts and Crissy Field and Fort Point is just down the road a bit and has a lot to work with. Jenna & Isaac recommended this location and we are really glad. The bridge is ginormous from this location, there is good beach access, the ability to get away from the rest of the tourists, Presidio buildings, and a really cool old military structure too. Jenna & Isaac were great to work with and have some real good genuine chemistry together. We didn't have to give too much instruction to them and they were playing around and making each other laugh...which is great for us as photographers. We really hope you like the pictures we posted here. You can see the rest at our website http://www.10000words.com/ .

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Santa Cruz Wedding  


This is a wedding for a couple whose engagement session we did just a few weeks ago, Sarah & Jason. Their wedding venue was the Sequoia Retreat Center in Santa Cruz. The wedding took place on the same weekend as the Gilroy Garlic Festival , so just like last year we got stuck in bumper to bumper gridlock for over an hour starting in Los Gatos. Fortunately we always giv e ourselves plenty of time just in case, so we wound up being only 15 minutes late...but a lot of people were late. This is a jewel of a place tucked away in the hills. The facility has several different cabins, which many of the wedding party stayed at the night before and the night of the wedding. This makes for a much more relaxed event as people don't have to worry about traveling to get home after the wedding.

The ceremony was held at a really nice grassy area at the end of facility. It is really beautiful as the grassy area is surrounded by giant redwoods. Just off the grassy area are trails that gave us some great opportunities. I really like the shot on this post of Sarah in the the wooded area...what do you think? It was great seeing Sarah's brother Brian and wife Elysia whose wedding we photographed in 2007.

The reception was held on a deck at the other end of the facility. It was a nice mild evening and very comfortable. All in all it was a beautiful wedding and we consider us lucky to have been chosed to capture the images.



Sunday, August 2, 2009

San Francisco Engagement Session  


San Francisco is always the top choice for a couple's engagement session. There are so many beautiful places to go from The Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point, Crissy Field, Golden Gate Park, The Legion of Honor, Baker Beach and so many more. We do a lot of engagement session in San Francisco for couples who come in to town with the sole purpose of having the city as their backdrop. Couples who are a lot of times getting married out of state will hire us just to photograph them in San Francisco. It can be a little chaotic sometimes, because there is always something going on in the city (a triathalon, a marathon, a parade, a demonstration). There have been times where we have planned with our couple to meet and there be absolutely no access to any of the places described above. In those times we've had to check off to another date. So it is always best to see if there is anything going on before putting it on the calendar.

This couple Lauren & Rob are getting married in Salt Lake City and wanted a San Francisco backdrop. We recommended The Palace of Fine Arts to them for a couple reasons. First it has stunning architecture built with the idea of a Roman ruin. It was built in 1915 for Panama-Pacific International Exposition and is awesome to see. The columns and arches give a wedding photographer a lot to work with. It also provides shelter from the wind.....nothing ruins an engagement session more that a bride to be's hair getting jacked by the wind. The second reason for suggesting The Palace of Fine Arts is that right across the street is Crissy Field, which has a great beach and a fabulous view of the Golden Gate Bridge (this day it was mostly fogged in). Lots of couples love to have the bridge in the background and the view doesn't get much better. Typically when we photograph at these locations we'll take the couple for a little stroll and run them through a bunch of sequences and it generally takes about an hour. If you check through our engagement gallery on our website you'll see lots of instances of The Palace of Fine Arts. For this post we'll share a few of our favorites from a couple weeks ago....we hope you enjoy them.