After a few weeks in New Zealand setting up a second base in my home city of New Plymouth as well as adventures to Dunedin and Auckland, I have returned to the Northern Beaches, Sydney. I will be here and available for bookings until 9th March 2016. I will then be back in Sydney again mid April for 2 weeks.
Here is one of our latest family portrait shoots taken at a favourite location, Freshwater Beach. Featured here are brothers Liam and Kieran with newest addition to their family, Ruby. You would never guess… just a few seconds prior to this, Ruby, being pretty new to the whole beach experience, took off at lightning speed to explore greener pastures. This was right in front of the lifeguard. As the boys regrouped and got her attention for this portrait, we quickly took two shots, as the lifeguard approached and had to give Ruby the red flag to ‘vacate the beach and stick to grassy areas. We were indeed grateful we had captured other images on the rocks in the beautiful sandstone cave.
Ruby is a Beagle King Charles cross.
If you would like a family portrait with your pet please feel free to email or phone. AUS +61 41 999 7556 | Unit 10 Bldg A, No 148 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale NSW | NZ +64 27 599 7556 | 3 Tay St, Spotswood, New Plymouth, Taranaki
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Exciting times, after more than 20 years based in Sydney, I’ve added a new base back in my home city of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. I am now available for family portrait photography bookings anywhere in New Zealand. I’ll be back and forth between Sydney and New Plymouth for family portraits (next avail in Sydney from Jan 27th – March 8th).
Here is a heartfelt excerpt from a review by a family who are half kiwi – half Aussie as featured below.
“When we look at our photographs, we feel so many emotions, from joy, to pride, sadness and laughter. We now have something that captures ‘us’, the things that are important to us and the places that are special to us. We really have something to cherish and value. Not only are we so grateful that Tania has captured us as a family and given us beautiful memories of what a young family brings, but also that these artworks makes us smile. Our kids were made to feel like superstars, it was so easy and relaxing which shows through in our photographs. The outcome is absolutely priceless!” | Michelle and Derek Bosson
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This offer includes pregnancy, newborn and toddler portraits sessions at your choice of location, at your home or in our studio and $50 towards your purchase. Pregnancy portraiture will give you a timeless window into those precious moments of your life that you and one day your child will cherish. Check out our Pregnancy and Newborn portfolios to see how we could bring a smile to your face
Hear from a happy repeat client:
“Moments in time you can never capture again – My children love looking at my pregnancy photos on my wall, reminding them which child is in which photo and me reminiscing of them in my belly. I am so glad I had my pregnancy photos taken by you Tania, thank you!” ~ S.Dimitropoulos
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Minimum spend for this offer is $445 per shoot. Table Top products start at $250 and wall Art starts at $550. Framing starts at $140. Visit our website to see our product range and pricing.
High Roller Gaming is a design studio based in Brookvale that develops jackpot gaming and slot machine casino games for both the Australian and USA markets.
Our photography brief was to develop a series of images for a new website. The idea was to feature commercial photography with a more personalised touch that shows the people behind the company and the personality of their business which is located in an echo friendly, funky lifestyle building on Sydney’s Northern beaches.
High Roller Gaming prides itself on being different to other gaming and gaming content providers in the market as explained by marketing manager Tiane Olive, “rather than just showing images of games, we’d like to show more lifestyle shots that depict where the games come from and how they come to life. Being a creative studio we really wanted to highlight these aspects in our website, whilst still remaining professional.”
To help ensure successful outcomes, preparation before the shoot included visiting the design studio, meeting key staff members and offering advise on suitable clothing for visual cohesion.
The assignment was split into two shoots with the first one focusing on their people. The second shoot focused on the actual product, the gaming machines, being the end result of their creative development. It was decided a group shot of the whole team should also depict the alluring Sydney harbour. Before this shoot we researched the late afternoon sunsetting light at Sydney Heads and did a test shot to present for approval to ensure the mood and selected location conveyed what High Roller Gaming had visualised.
Tiane and her team appreciated the preparations, and initial meetings to clarify and collaborate on what type of imagery they were looking for in terms of look and feel. Tiane commented, “It was great for Tania to visit our offices and get a good idea of the setting. I was then able to brief our team on what would be happening on the day, what we wanted to achieve as well as giving them an idea on what to wear.”
For the first shoot, we used the unique nature of ‘The Lifestyle Building’ as the setting for a portrait of Tiane and husband Scott (company owner). The setting helped convey that their work environment is relaxed, spacious and modern. When it came to capturing their team, we found some people were very shy, so responded with gentle, clear directions mixed with humorous conversation to help people relax. We gained our subjects trust by making them feel relaxed and communicating in a friendly and professional manner. By ensuring the experience was enjoyable, it helped make it easier to convey the team’s personalities. People that were initially shy, became very excited and ‘on board’ with what we wanted to achieve. This was evident by our last group portrait at North Head, which just happened to be one of Sydney’s coldest windiest days.
Tiane commented “There were a few staff members who felt shy or self conscious about the shoot, but I think Tania really lightened the mood and got everybody laughing and relaxing into the shoot. The results are visible! I also think that Tania really took advantage of the architecture of Lifestyle Working to convey the awesome atmosphere in which we work.”
The second shoot involved shooting the slot machines at their studio to demonstrate the team’s creative development along with the unique features and updated technology. This included featuring the newest Lightning Link machines with sleek graphics, LED coloured lights and touch screen capabilities.
If you would like to discuss a commercial shoot for your business please click here.
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One of the things we value highly at Niwa Photography is the continuing education and development of young people and inspiring the next generation of budding photographers. Whether it’s hosting an Inspiration Day at Tania’s childhood school in Waitara or judging photographic works of graduates from CATC Design School and presenting the Fibonacci Award for creative excellence, we are always encouraging students to aspire to be their very best and give them hope.
Each year we offer a number of internships to highly motivated photography students who gain first-hand experience and an insightful look behind the scenes on what it takes to become a successful photographer. The students also have opportunities to work as a photographer’s assistant, develop post production techniques and support marketing campaigns.For example, this article was written by fellow intern Vanessa Zhang who is studying Photo-Imaging at CATC, works for her family’s swimwear company while also balancing an internship at Niwa Photography. Our interns definitely have a lot of variety and are continuing challenged whilst working in the industry.
One of this year’s interns, Anne Poremskis, shared her experience below as a photography assistant on a two-day commercial shoot for the Australian Academy of Beauty and Spa Therapy. The shoot involved capturing the wide range of culturally diverse students of all ages actively involved in their education of beauty and spa therapy. The imagery has been used for their website, social media and to advertise their new courses available at their locations in Castle Hill, Chatswood, North Strathfield and the new training facility in Kogarah.
Anne said, “as a recent graduate of the Photo Imaging Diploma at CATC Design School, The Rocks, I was very pleased to gain an internship at Niwa Photography to be mentored by Master photographer, Tania Niwa.
I must admit I felt a little daunted upon arrival as the presentation room was brimming with students and this was the first large commercial shoot which I had assisted. It was tricky to remain low key during the lecture, whilst still getting the job done in a friendly and professional manner. Engaging and coordinating effectively with so many people was a process requiring patience and consistency.”
Anne continued, “Tania quickly guided Ziva (Tania’s assistant) and myself through the equipment set up and were instructed by Tania to be her second set of eyes, from pointing out the removal of distracting items to straightening creases in clothes. This attention to detail would result in superior images and avoid unnecessary time consuming post production. During the shoot Tania mentored Ziva and myself on methods to capture subjects which would produce more flattering results. For instance, when a subject is looking downwards the head should not be tilted too far forward ensuring the nose does not cross over the mouth and outer line of the face”.
Anne concluded, “the shoot went very well and regardless of the challenges the mood remained friendly and fun for all.
I was quite in awe of Tania’s persistent hard work and patient, friendly, encouraging attitude when engaging the subjects to achieving the results she knew the client would expect.
I have learnt that no amount of formal education can truly be a replacement for on the job training and direction from those who have acquired professionalism through years of experience and hard work. A big thank you to all at The Australian Academy of Beauty and of course to my mentor Tania Niwa for this great and rewarding opportunity.”
One thing I love about personal branding portraits is working out the best way to tell a story visually, exemplifying an individual’s unique style.
Michelle Walker Architects is one of Sydney’s leading residential architects with over 20 years of experience. As a previous client, we worked closely with Michelle to help set up and capture her personalised portrait to express her brand and creative skills. One of her company’s core business beliefs is to design smart contemporary architecture, based on the concept of good living conditions and enduring value.
Positioning for Personal Branding photo shoot:
As an architect who is very artistic and creative, it is very important to show Michelle’s hands as showing hands in a portrait can help convey trust, an essential part of building established clients in any business. Instead of having Michelle standing straight to the camera and potentially feeling a little awkward, we made her use her iPad and a cool red ladder to hold on to during the shoot. This not only reflects her kinesthetic side in a visual way but also represents herself and her brand as being proactive, always busy and willing to get the job done for the client. You will also see I intentionally stayed at eye level when taking her portrait to convey approachability and equality with potential clients, small details matter for my personal branding photography.
Choosing a location for a Personal Branding photo shoot:
One of the first things to take into consideration when photographing commercial portraits for personal branding is the location and time of the day to shoot. For Michelle, we chose to photograph in her newly renovated home by Jetcharm Builders as it represented herself as a brand authentically and showcased her style. I used a mixture of natural light coming through the tree’s shade with sunlight bouncing off the poolside tiles and placed Michelle next to the wooden bench with wooden ornaments for that warm and homely feeling.
We also captured a commercial portrait of Michelle and her newest team member, Danielle Apap, against the colourful orange wall of Michelle’s car port to give a sense of vibrancy and warmth whilst maintaining a consistency across the images.
Personal branding is a crucial part of any successful business, showcasing what is unique about you to your potential market. Here is a case study about a Sydney interior decorator we created a photographic portfolio for, which reflects her unique style and talent.
Northern Beaches Interior decorator Anna Allen has joined forces with Sophie Duffy, founder of The Dressed Nest, Mosman. Having already worked with Sophie, and understanding her needs, the idea was to maintain the consistency and the same personal branding philosophy as displayed on The Dressed Nest website launched last year.
With this in mind we set about to create a portfolio showing a selection of Anna’s recent designs.
What did you want to convey from a portfolio point of view?
“I wanted the photos to showcase my use of colour, pattern and texture in particular. I was more interested in capturing a vignette rather than an entire room in one photograph.” The growth of the business prompted the need to showcase Anna’s work and this required a tailored portrait for their website to highlight her style and flair.
Why was a business portrait important for your personal branding?
“I wanted a warm and authentic representation of myself in my own surroundings and we chose a location in my own home that could do this. It needed to be both a warm and professional photograph of myself whilst also offering a view into my signature decorative style.”
We wanted to surround Anna with key decorations and design elements within her own home for example, her textured green wallpaper with worldly ornaments and the vibrant Bamileke, a traditional Cameroonian feather headdress.
Anna’s approach to Interior Decorating:
“I have always been inspired by how interesting and beautiful interiors can uplift our senses. How a space feels, looks and functions is important to me – to want to look, linger and not rush through a room is central to my designs.
I enjoy fusing charming and historical pieces with more modern and interesting objects. Colour, textiles and art, rugs, family, friends and travel all inform my designs. I am like a Bower bird, I am always searching for individual and interesting pieces to bring a uniqueness and warmth to each interior.
A home should be welcoming, timeless, functional, and of course, beautiful. I see my role as translating a client’s ideas into a fully functioning space reflective of them and how they choose to live.”
Below is a newly refurbished boutique store in Mosman called Burke. Here Anna wanted to feature the special lighting she chose and also see a glimpse of the wallpaper.
Testimonial from Anna Allen:
“I could not have been more impressed with Tania’s professionalism, dedication and natural talent. Her attention to detail is second to none, she puts her heart and soul into every shot and not a moment was wasted trying to convey my message, she just gets it immediately. I’m really looking forward to our next shoot together.”
To view Tania Niwa Photographer portfolio please click on these links Interior and Architectural Photography, Business PortraitsWebsite. Available for photography assignments in Sydney, Auckland, Taranaki, Hamilton, Wellington, Coromandel, New Zealand. For enquiries please contact our Brookvale, Northern Beaches Professional Photography Studio: +61 2 9939 5553
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Over the last few months I have taken on an exciting new role working alongside ASP Pro Junior World Champion Ella Williams who is from Whangamata on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Ella is the first Kiwi to win a world title and has become an inspiration for young people regularly featuring on Television and in print media. As a high performance athlete Ella needs a very strong support base so she can stay focused on her dream to be a World Champion. This support comes from her extraordinary parents Janine and Dean along with older brother Braedon, and my business partner Tony Kemp who is Ella’s manager. Together we make up ‘Team Williams’.
My role with Team Williams is to manage digital strategy, social media and image consistency. I also liaise with Ella’s sponsors and help with the acquisition of new sponsors, alongside Tony. I also work very closely with Ella’s super-human family who also manage to run a busy shop in their seaside town called Whangamata Surf.
I am very passionate about supporting Ella Williams as she has such an incredible level of excellence, an unsurpassed positivity and strong self belief, which are qualities I really admire in her. I am a big advocate of helping people realise their potential. As I help Ella on her journey it has been very rewarding seeing her inspiring others to realise their potential in whatever field they choose. There’s a special place in my heart for surfing, having grown up with the surfing culture in Taranaki, where I was the photographer for the Waitara Bar Board Riders Club. My passion for photography actually started with a love of capturing all my mates surfing the wild and varied Taranaki breaks as a teenager. Working with Ella has reignited a childhood passion. As part of our journey with Ella to realise her potential we have a very intensive strategic plan created by Tony (ex Kiwi Rugby League Player, NZ Warriors Coach and Kiwis Manager).
I have just had the wonderful opportunity to take photographs of two beautiful Killara sisters, Chelsea and Sydney with their curious cinnamon Tabby Point Siamese cat, Abby.
Abby is their pride and joy! She enjoys being pampered with plenty of treats as well as toys to keep her happy. The most quirky thing about Abby is that she has been trained by Chelsea and Sydney to walk on a leash, what a unique thing to see!
The sisters said, “we keep her as an indoor cat, but she loves to walk around in the garden on her leash and harness, sniffing grass and chasing lizards (so far she has not caught any!)”. Abby is a beautiful cat who turned on the charm in front of the camera and posed perfectly with the help of some fluffy distractions behind the camera with her latest favourite toy being a stuffed monkey. “She likes to play fetch with it, she also loves to sit on our laps,”The photo shoot went so smoothly thanks to Chelsea and Sydney’s beautiful smiles and Abby being the perfect pet to photograph. If you would like to see our cat portraits portfolio click here. To contact us about family and pet portraiture please call us at our Brookvale, Northern Beaches studio on ph +61 2 9939 5553 or email us.
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