I'm Shabana ('ana' as in Elsa) - Ottawa wedding & portrait photographer. I'm so glad you're here.
I was born & raised in Chennai, India and have called Ottawa home since 2003.
I have the pleasure of journeying through this life alongside the sweetest & gentlest soul (Frank) and our two daughters, Maya & Izo. Everything you see here is the result of a huge career change in my mid-20's and the pursuit of happiness, love and art with single-minded focus and joy.
The forest is my temple of worship.
As dire as the world may seem, I truly believe we're on the verge of something stunning as a species. A paradigm shift in our understanding of the cosmos and life itself. At least, that's what I'm going with anyway.
I love cooking, gardening, forest walks and wild flowers. I think craft beer and Indian food are a match made in heaven. I love food trucks, cool fall days & hot sticky summer nights, meditation, poetry, & people who are willing to get honest & uncomfortable.
I'm head over heels in love with photography and with a camera in hand, my mind is at peace. It is a pleasure and privilege to be able to document someones truth for posterity's sake.
So have a look around and if you find yourself smiling (and I hope you do), say email@example.com
I'll leave you with a prayer that is close to our families heart. We begin each day reading these words and I hope it brings you as much peace and guidance as it has us.
Love and serve all humanity.
Be happy, be courteous.
Be a dynamo of irrepressible joy.
Recognize God and goodness in every
There is no saint without a past and no
sinner without a future.
Praise everyone. If you cannot praise
someone, let them out of your life.
Be original, be inventive.
Be courageous. Take courage again and
Do not imitate; be strong, be upright.
Do not lean on the crutches of others.
Think with your own head. Be yourself.
All perfection and every divine virtue are
hidden within you. Reveal them to the
Wisdom, too, is already within you. Let it
Let your life be that of the rose; in silence,
it speaks the language of fragrance. ~Sri Babaji.
Email me for information on 2020-2021 wedding packages.
I work almost exclusively with natural light. Sessions can be held at the comfort of your home or a place you love. Be sure to take a look at my portfolio to make sure this style works for you. My blog is great for viewing recent sessions.
Prices also include taxes and a free consultation. I spend time getting to know you and the things that make you smile, so together we can dream up something that is true to you.
Prices cover portraits of up to 5 people with an additional $35/person.
Payment can be made by cheque or e-transfer and is due the day of our session. Some sessions require deposits.
For sessions requiring over 60km's of travel in total, an additional .50c/km charge applies.
*$300|mini-session|40 high res images| limited availability
*$550|lifestyle session|approx.120 high res images
*prices subject to change pending additional requests. payment plans are available, just ask.
Boudoir, extended family and newborn are lifestyle sessions only.
Post-production takes 4 weeks after which you will be able to view & download your private gallery online. There are unlimited downloads, so you may share your gallery with loved ones.
You'll receive printing instructions, a list of reputable vendors and product ideas; so you may print your own photo's at a fraction of the cost.
All images and content are © Shabana Buwalda 2012-2020
I only airbrush temporary scars and refuse airbrushing if it interferes with the artisitc integrity of my photo's. If you are looking for heavily airbrushed images, I am not the photographer for you. Charges may apply for additional airbrushing requests.
I retain the rights to release only those photographs that meet or exceed my artistic standards.
Your photographs will also be used for my portfolio and promotional materials.
Copyright © 2020 Shabana Buwalda - All Rights Reserved.