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, November 11, 2009

San Francisco Wedding  


This was a great wedding to work. Jenna & Issac were such a great couple, and so much fun to be around. Jenna got ready at the Mark Hopkins hotel and took a cable car from there to Shakespeare Gardens in Golden Gate Park..........uhhhh and it was frikin freezing....I mean really, really cold. Jenna & the bridesmaids rode the cable car and had to be outside for something like an hour before the ceremony.....they were literally shivering because of the cold. But they totally dealt with it for the sake of the pictures. Shakespeare Gardens is right outside the California Academy of Sciences and is a great place for a ceremony. This was a special wedding to me personally because years ago I used to work with Jenna's mom and I knew a lot of the guests. The reception was at The Exploratorium just outside the Palace of Fine Arts. This is a totally out of the box place for a reception. If you have never been there it is a large building down by the Marina in San Francisco where there are all kinds of scientific displays. It is very interactive and a great place to appreciate science. Most Bay Area school children wind up going there for a field trip at some point in their school careers. Aside from the great displays and complete uniqueness the Exploratorium is a beautiful place for a reception. We've talked about the Palace of Fine Arts on our blog before, but we came across a really great opportunity....just minutes before headding for home. The Palace was fully lit up inside the dome and outside and we had a full moon that happened to be just to the right of the Palace from our vantage point. I love the picture of Jenna & Issac outside the Palace.....let us know if you like this shot too. We hope you enjoy the images we've shared.