I am deeply committed to safeguarding the power and beauty of your life’s love stories from the inevitable passage of time. I’ve devoted my career to the artful and unstuffy visual documentation of love in all its forms, spanning every stage of life and enduring through generations. Love, the universal thread that connects us, merits a timeless tribute. I believe in the art of immortalizing moments in a way that invites you to pause on the stairs, reflect on a well-placed print, and rekindle the emotions and connections that brought you to where you are today. 

If you ask me about my job, I’ll tell you I have the unique privilege of preserving the love stories that become family history.

"Shannon-May was our wedding and engagement photographer. She brought positivity and wisdom to every communication, zoom meeting and email. From beginning to end, Shannon-May was truly invested in our experience. Our families loved working with Shannon-May and they felt so comfortable with her presence throughout the day. All in all, we think our decision to work with Shannon-May was the best decision we made in the entire wedding process."


on their Algonquin wedding

I can’t put into words how special these beautiful photos are to me. You perfectly captured my family and what a typical day looks like for us—the swing, playing lawnmowers in the basement, a lot of nursing haha, FaceTime nanny, Charlie always up on his kitchen stool, and more, but also captured some truly perfect family shots. I couldn’t be more grateful to have you capture so many life milestones for us. I know my kids will be grateful too as these photos will be so loved for a lifetime to come. 


on their family photos

"Shannon May was a delight to work with for our engagement photo shoot and wedding, and we hope to work with her again someday!! She went above and beyond during our wedding day to make last minute rain plans, fix dress bows and share laughs, all while preserving memories we'll look back at for a lifetime. She has a talent for photographing real and raw emotion, and an ability to make ordinary moments seem as magical as priceless ones."

The Robart's

on their nuptials

The Clarke's

on their family session

"Shannon-May photographed our engagement session, our wedding, and most recently family photos with our 3 month old son and our puppy. Her sessions always feel so natural and comfortable. The wedding album she created for us is stunning, and I love browsing through to bring me back to how much fun that day was. She truly captures the genuine feelings and emotions that come with big life events"

Our wedding album came in this week and we are so excited to get to relive our wedding through the beautiful photos you captured. We unfortunately had a significant loss since the wedding, Josh's grandmother. But I'm so grateful we will forever have the beautiful moments Shannon-May captured of her together celebrating with her loved ones at what we now know was her last major family event. What Shannon-May does is so important and I'm so glad we were able to work together. 

kelsey & Josh

on their nuptials

Rooted in the serene rhythms of the ocean’s tides, driven by a hopeful romanticism, and deeply inspired by the most human of emotions: love. 

i'm shannon-may

Charting a winding career path that led me to photography, my life is a narrative of unexpected turns and deep connections. Using perspective, empathy, and an unobtrusive eye, I explore the poignant and the everyday through my work, driven by a desire to preserve the fleeting and fluid moments that happen when lives intertwine.

The best photographs are made from relationships. Part of my process
is getting to know the people whose moments I’m documenting. 

This connection is a cornerstone of my craft. Every inquiry is warmly welcomed to a complimentary discovery session with me. These meetings, whether online or in-person at my studio, lay the foundation for our collaborative journey as co-creators of art that illustrates your life. It’s an opportunity for us to converse, for you to voice your hopes and visions, and for me to understand the meaning of the moments in time you wish to immortalize.

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