proud to photograph people in love

Specialising in LGBTQ wedding and portrait photography.



The dynamic of the same-sex couple wedding is different. There is no bride and groom, just two people in love. There are no gender roles or rules set in stone for LGBTQ couples. This is how it is in day to day queer life, the same applies to the wedding day.

Just like many of the same-sex couples that I’ve met, many boys and girls are also going for cool, non-traditional and alternative weddings. The tattoos are on show, the ice-cream van is parked outside the venue, and the vintage dresses are sparkling in the sun …. But above all, family and friends are coming together to celebrate love. 

Being a bit of a non-traditional type myself, I understand your needs and desires.

My goal is to make every client feel stress-free. I have a documentary style, the atmosphere is nice and relaxed; this allows us to connect and build trust. Thanks to that I can capture the most intimate moments of your day. 


your wedding photographer

I love mountains, being outdoors with my friends and discovering new places. To clear my mind I spend summer afternoons on my road bike. My favourite scent is petrichor - the smell of rain on dry earth … I know, very romantic, right? When asked to describe myself, I say: a book and herbal tea addict. 15 years of experience with photography has made my eyes sensitive to beauty and emotions. My friends unanimously say that I am a good observer, they also say that I have a dry sense of humour. I live with my partner Chanelle and our rescued cat.

I am based in Galway, in the beautiful West of Ireland but I’m also a frequent visitor to Dublin as my in-laws and I actually like each other ;)



If you happen to wonder about may22 photography’s name, the reason behind it is very simple -I want to celebrate the Irish people's vote in favour of marriage equality. This is very close to my heart. The referendum took place on May 22nd 2015. It was a really happy day for me! So now I can capture your happiest and proudest moments; engagements, weddings and other meaningful events - this fills me with pride and joy.



If you want to say hi, find out about wedding packages or wedding albums, please contact me here.



“Well where do I even start? If you're looking for something different, something with a real edge, and not your average wedding photographer, then May22 photography has just that.

From day one Joanna was the most helpful, pleasant, attentive person we came accross when going through the whole wedding planning process. Being naturally sceptical of the camera, Owen and I really didn't want posed photography. After meeting with Joanna and seeing her work we were reassured and confident that she was capable of doing exactly what we were looking for, including accommodating our dog being present on the day!

On the wedding day she made us feel so relaxed and at ease and for pretty much most of the day we didn't even realise there were pictures being taken! Everything was centred around the natural, cherishable moments of the day as oppose to what our expectations of standard wedding photography was. 

We honestly couldn't be happier with the photos. People are still talking about how amazing Joanna was and also how she was able to capture not only us as a couple and our families but also all of our guests, the decor and the little details that we put into making our day our own. 

Thank you so much for everything."




“Thank you Joanna for our beautiful pictures and capturing memories to keep forever.

You are such a pro and cannot wait to meet you again”



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