Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been doing photography?

Together we began taking photography seriously in 1998. We started off just doing for the love of the art, seeing the excitement in our clients eyes. But then it really took off and it became a full-time operation.

Are you film or digital?

We started out shooting film back in the day. We see this as a benefit because shooting film is a little less forgiving than shooting digital. To shoot film you have to have a real good idea of how to frame & expose properly. BUT now we are 100% digital. We are very thankful to have spent many years in the predigital age though.

Do you allow us to purchase digital negatives?

We know that some photographers are a little uneasy selling or giving the digital negatives away, but we aren't. With all the ways of sharing images now it seems as though our photographs would get greater exposure through outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and so on.

How long do you keep digital negatives?

Believe it or not we have digital versions of everything we have ever photographed going back to the late 1990's.

If we choose 1000 Words Photography to photograph our wedding who is sent to photograph our wedding?

We keep it pretty simple. 1000 Words Photography is Tom & Lee Burke. That is who your initial consultation is with and that is who will photograph your wedding.

What kinds of wedding albums do you provide?

We've got a variety of wedding albums ranging from traditional (pictures matted on pages) to very cool flush mounted albums. We use lines from Renaissance, Epoca (hand made in Italy). Each flush mounted album is custom designed with the pictures you choose for the album. You are given the ability to edit layouts before your album is sent for publishing.

Where is your studio?

Since most of our photography is done on location, we are based from our home in Concord, CA. We can set up a "studio" for professional headshots or family portraits....but we prefer to go on location.

Can I use a credit card to pay?

Yes. We accept cash, debit and credit cards via Square.

What should I wear?

It's best to avoid wearing bold colors and patterns when you come to the session. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. And if you're not sure exactly what to wear, bring along several choices.

What are your rates?

We've been told we are not the highest and not the lowest, but pretty much in the middle compared to similar type studios.Please see our prices & fees for a detailed list of our standard rates.

Prices & fees


Do you still have questions?

If you've looked through our site and still have questions, we'd be glad to help you. Just give us a call at 925 627-0570 or use our contact form.

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Phone: 925-360-9514


Serving San Francisco Bay Are Since 1998

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