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.
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.



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1 comments: to “ San Francisco Engagement Session

  • August 9, 2009 at 7:29 AM  

    You capture the joy and romance of this wonderful occasion. Makes me want to be there.