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The Mystery of Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Family Life—a personal story

The truth is… I always wanted to be a mother.

I was going to be married by 25 and proceed to have 6 kids. Yes, 6 kids. I really wanted to make sure I gave any daughter I had a sister—a built-in best friend.

Life didn't go the way I expected—I am a statistic I never wanted to be.

I am a childless woman, not by choice (tears are welling in my eyes and there is a lump growing in my throat but I am sitting if a coffee shop as I type this so I gotta keep it together).

But, this is my story and I am doing my best to lean into it and accept that pregnancy and parenthood will always be parts of the human experience that remain a mystery to me.


I can find some joy and extreme beauty in that—like I did in my early days as a wedding photographer before I had my own experience with finding my person and planning a wedding.

Back then, there was so much about being in love and being a bride that I longed to experience. As a wedding photographer, I got to peek behind the curtain and explore this mystery a bit. I was privy to beautiful, intimate moments that few other people are.

It gave me a greater and more realistic understanding of this part of the human experience.

I think this is why in recent years, and maybe even just this past year specifically, I have fallen in love with photographing expecting parents, and newly made families.

And, why I feel so called to candidly document families just doing life together—to preserve these fleeting and unique moments as they happen (the same way I photograph a wedding day).

These are all parts of the human experience that will forever remain a mystery to me. It is, however, something I can explore by observing and documenting others as they get to have these experiences—as a family photographer, I can peek behind this mysterious curtain.

I am so grateful to the couples and families that have opened their hearts and homes to me, giving me the opportunity to do just that.

I don't love that childlessness is such a big part of my story, but I am committed to leaning into it and making it beautiful (for myself and for others).

A personal story from New Brunswick Family Photographer, Shannon-May

You’ve been much much more than a photographer; you’ve been a guide, a source of support, an expert, and a friend.


You are so talented and we are so lucky that we were able to work with you. Thank you for making the experience so special for us.

Your advice, tips and guidance along the way have meant a lot and were so appreciated especially as we navigated uncharted territories (professional photos lol). We always knew we were in the best hands with you.



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