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.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blackhawk Country Club Wedding  


Hey YO............here is a reallly cool wedding. The ceremony was at St. Isadores in Danville, CA. Super nice ceremony.............full Catholic mass.............as a wedding photographer a full Catholic mass makes thing a little easier because we grew up Catholic..............and know the drills pretty flewintly..................we know where to be and when to be there...........by repitition.
But the reception was wehre the part was..........Blackhawk Country Club is an amazing place to work at...........and people came from all over to be there. We are on the West Coast.....and it seemed like most people came from New Yersey and beyond.
Caitlin and Stefan were surely loved by a lot of people............they had something like 200 guests.........CRAZY.....but soooo cool.
Jeff Torres from Amos Productions was the master of ceremonies..........and he totally rocked the house. We get nothing for it............but.....in our humble opinion Amos Productions is the best DJ company in the San Francisco Bay Area. They play the best music....(if you've been to enough weddings you know that the same go-to's are brutal). No chicken dance or anything like that.....just professional &VERY COOL
We think we got some CRAZY COOL shots..........but that is up for you to decide........let us know what you think.....REALLY.
Peace & Love

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Round Hill Country Club  


Hi Everyone,

Here are a few shots from Melissa & David's wedding we did this past Saturday at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo, CA. The weather has been cooler than usual in Northern California, but the forcast for yesterday was for sunny and hot....95 degrees. As a wedding photographer you always kinda worry that it could be too hot and that out brides and grooms will be too uncomfortable and that it could detract from the photography. Not the case yesterday, it was perfect....yes a little warm...but there was a nice breeze blowing and it was actually very comfortable.
The couple is kind of special to us because we had photographed Melissa's sister's wedding five years ago at the Claremont County Club in Oakland.... add to that we also did their friends Cyndi & Jeff at Poppy Ridge Golf Club in Livermore a few years ago too. It's always nice seeing past clients.....both couples have buns in the oven too....how exciting.
We met Melissa & the bridesmaids at a friends home in Round Hill. It is a magnificent home just up the street from the country club. Everybody was ready when we got there, which is huge for a wedding photographer. Many times if the wedding gets off the timeline its during the getting ready process. After we photographed Melissa & the bridesmaids we met David at his his great uncles home which is right on the third hole. We were able to take the guys out onto the course for some shots. David used to fish in the lake on the third hole as a kid and he wanted to have some pictures with the lake in it.
The ceremony went off without a hitch and was very touching. It was very clear these two really, really love each other. Brian from 21st Century Sounds was the master of ceremonies and did a great job getting the party started and keeping things moving. He's always such a pleasure to work with.
We hope you like the shots we posted here.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Thomas Fogarty Winery: Wedding Photography  


Hello All,

These images are from a wedding we did back in September. The couple is Lindsay & Fabrice and they are a super nice couple. We did their engagement session in Half Moon Bay a couple months previous to their wedding. Their wedding and reception was held at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside. This wedding venue is kinda tucked away in the hills off Skyline Blvd and overlooks the Penninsula....you can even see San Francisco off in the distance.

Both Lindsay and Fabrice got ready at the winery, for a wedding photographer that is a relief because the more locations that are involved the more the chances of some unexpected event happening goes way up. Getting ready at the same place as the venue brings the stress level way down for everyone and things tend to go much smoother overall. When all the events are in one place its easy for us to bounce back and forth between the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. It's also very easy to get caught up in the anticipation....the countdown if you will.

This September day was especially cold, we were fortunate enough to be able to wear our jackets as the ceremony at Thomas Fogarty Winery is outside. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was kickin'. Lindsay & Fabrice left the wedding with the guests lined up holding sparklers. This is something we are seeing more and more of and for a wedding photographer is a great opportunity to capture a really cool shot.

We hope you like the wedding photographs we captured and a special thanks to Lindsay & Fabrice for choosing 1000 Words Photography to be part of your big day.



Saturday, May 8, 2010

Clayton California Wedding  


This wedding happened very close to home for us in Clayton at a private estate. The home was moved from downtown Concord to Clayton and the owner grew up in the home. It was filled with lots of really cool antiques and furnishings from all over the world. It is a very cool venue for a wedding.
Cinthy & Greg were married at this estate and they had the best theme.........Alice in Wonderland. All over the estate were Mad Hatters, Crazy Cats and so much more. It was totally refreshing to have such a cool theme.
Cinthy has nannied for several children and there were lots and lots of kids at this wedding. It was so much fun playing with them. Most of the bridesmaids came in from France to be at Cinthys side. They were the most helpful and sweet bunch of bridesmaids ever. They all had different dresses were gorgeous. Cinthy's parents came in from France as well and while there were language barriers there was clearly a lot of love. Cinthy gave all of the bridesmaids cards that she had written......every single lady was brought to tears by what she had to say......so touching.
Elegant Occasions Catering took care of setting up the wedding and providing the dining for the evening. They are always so great to work with and we really appreciate other wedding vendors recommending 1000 Words Photography to Cinthy & Greg to photograph their wedding.
We hope you like the images we posted here on our blog. It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a great couple and are honored to have been chosen as their wedding photographer.