About Us

We focus on play.

Matthew and I developed our mutual love for child photography when our siblings began having babies. Though Matthew’s artistic background is in fashion and lifestyle photography, he could not resist shooting our (adorable) nieces and nephews whenever the opportunity arose. And when Matthew was shooting, I could not resist goofing around with the kids to help bring vitality and authenticity to his sessions. We discovered that we had a talent for capturing the natural energy of children in still images—probably because we had so much fun working side by side with bright little humans, whether or not they happened to be related to us. Eventually our shared love for the art form grew into Park Life Photography. In August of 2016, we moved from Brooklyn to Charlottesville, Virginia, with our infant daughter #thebean (don’t all babies have their own hashtag?).

Matthew Burke is a fashion and lifestyle photographer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, and his commercial clients have included NBC, Oxygen Media, Cirque du Soleil, BCBG, Vente-Privee, and MTV Iggy. He shoots with a Canon 5D Mark 3 and a variety of prime lenses.

Daddy Matt and Baby Bean in matching Tres Bien t-shirts by Park Life Photography

Wistar Murray is a writer from Charlottesville, Virginia, who holds degrees from the College of William & Mary and Columbia University. She worked as a babysitter and tutor throughout high school, college, and her graduate program. She has taught creative writing to students enrolled in medical school, as well as to those enrolled in second grade.

Mom Wistar and Baby Bean on the Sacramento Light Rail by Park Life Photography and Matthew Burke

Matthew and Wistar are based in Charlottesville, Virginia. They travel far and wide for work. Park Life Photography has an Instagram account and a Facebook page.