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, December 23, 2009

Crow Canyon Country Club Wedding  


This wedding is of Jennifer & Nick, whose engagement session we did back in August. The day started with us going to Jennifer's parents house for getting ready. When we got there, there were very few people at the house and Jennifer was getting her makeup done. It was very calm and there was no pressure. Lee and I scoped out areas that we wanted to take some shots and talked with Jen's parents while we waited for things to ramp up. Little by little bridesmaids started showing up and everyone started to get excited. Anne from Flowers By Anne showed up with the bouquet and it was beautiful......gorgeous actually. Anne is our favorite florist. She does such an excellent job and from what brides tell me is very affordable in comparison to others.
Once the makeup was done it was time to get ready and the pace of things really picked up. There was a lot of running back and forth across the house to get everything Jen neeeded to get ready....but nothing too crazy. Once in her dress we had some time with just Jen and her parents. She is one of the nicest, coolest and strikingly beautiful people we have every had the pleasure to work with. Once we were done at the house we headded to the church to hook up with Nick and his crew. The guys were all there and ready. Nick was in his dress blue's and was sharp as a tack. I didn't pick up on it when we did the engagement session, but Nick is funny as hell. He was so loose and joking around with the groomsmen. Almost all of them serve in one branch of the military, and it was great that they came from all over to be there for Nick.
The ceremony went off without a hitch. We did the formals directly after the ceremony.....that was a little chaotic....but nothing too crazy.
One of the nice things about being a Northern California wedding photographer is the weather. This wedding took place in mid-November and the weather was beautiful. We got to Crow Canyon before the wedding party did and waited for them to arrive. We waited and waited.....I think the limo driver might have taken the scenic route........anyway they got there about a half an hour after we did, so we were not going to have a lot of time before the reception was to start. When they arrived we got right to work, we had a plan had to execute quickly. Johnny from Amos Productions was the videographer and he stayed right with us (stayed out of the way and was helpful). Crow Canyon has a nice lake in the middle of the fairways and we knew if we placed Jen & Nick in just the right place we would have a perfect mirror reflection of them in the water. Lee set them up and Johnny and I ran to the other side of the lake for the shot. There were golfers coming up the fairway so we had to get the shot and get the hell out of there. When we got to our spot the mirror reflection was there and Johnny said to me, "That is Awesome". Got the shot and we all ran up the hill to a safer spot. We went through the rest of the sequences and played around a little with the wedding party and then delivered everyone to the reception.
Chris from Denon & Doyle was the master of ceremonies and did a great job of creating a high energy evening. Jen's dad is one of the nicest, funniest, gentle, brilliant and insightful men I've ever met. He gave bar none the best father toasts we've ever heard. After he was done Lee said, "I want him to be my dad". It was the most thoughtful toasts of all time. After all the toasts and traditional dances the party was on..........and these people came to party. This was our last event of the year and it was awesome. 1000 Words Photography is honored to have been such a nice couple and family to capture their biggest day. We really hope you enjoy the images we've posted.
We've got a lot of events to blog, and will be getting caught up shortly.