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Northern Beaches professional Photographer Tania Niwa is a high profile, internationally respected leader in her field of portrait photography. She leads a very passionate and talented team who specialise in beach portraiture for families, home studies, newborn studies, commercial, event and headshot photography.

You will find Tania’s photography studio quietly nestled on the hillside behind Warringah Mall, Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The suburb is popular for retail and industry. It is just a few minutes away from Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach, Freshwater Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman and suburbs of the North Shore.

Career Highlights:

GRAND MASTER of Photography AIPP 2012

MASTER of Photography with five gold bars AIPP 2012

WINNER Highest Scoring Print Award AIPP NSW 2010

WINNER Grand Award Commercial Category WPPI usa 2007 USA

WINNER Editorial/Fashion Category WPPI 2007 USA

MASTER of Photography with four gold bars AIPP 2007

WINNER New Approach to Photography Award WPPI 2006 USA

GOLD Bar to Fellow NZIPP 2006 New Zealand

MASTER Photographer of the Year AIPP 2003

Tania’s story:

Tania established her boutique photography studio in 1997 after working as a commercial assistant photographer for a leading Australian industrial and architectural photographer.  Assignments took them all over the globe.

In just one year and 180 flights later, her passport showed she and her boss had visited Hong Kong (no less than eight times), Singapore, Shanghai, Vietnam, Japan, USA, Indonesia, Thailand and remote areas of Australia.

It was during this time that Tania gained valuable experience at the highest level of Commercial photography.  Fascinating annual report assignments for “Blue Chip” Australian companies included CSR (concrete and construction product suppliers; sugar producers), Leighton (infrastructure and construction company) and Rio Tinto (mining and resources group).

Projects that were highlights for Tania while assisting included being flown by military style helicopter to a remote Gold Mine in a Borneo jungle and having to pose in a fireproof suit pretending to make gold ingots near a furnace; travelling by barge with 150kg of equipment to document supply of products for the construction of the Hong-Kong airport; construction of the Australian Embassy in Hanoi; a new resort in Da Nang, located at an old USA Military base used in the Vietnam War; a new Glass Wool factory in a remote area of China; a concrete plant servicing Disneyworld in Orlando; photography of medical equipment used in a hospital in Shanghai, progress photography of the Sydney Casino;  Melbourne ‘Ring Roads’ Infrastructure; Sugar Cane Plants and Farms in Far North Queensland; open cut Mining in Western Australia and underground coal mining in NSW.

After all of this travelling came a great desire to work locally and travel less.  Tania established a local Sydney client base for commercial photography and domestic family portraiture.

Tania’s studio was originally based in Fairlight, near Manly, relocating to larger commercial premises in Brookvale in 2009.

Tania Niwa has a passion for excellence, which you will see expressed in the personalised artworks she creates for Sydney families.  Tania has always had a passion for fine art, art history and photography.  Tania’s involvement in art and photography from a very early age has been very influential in developing her distinctive style of portraiture.

Tania’s ever-growing collection of commissioned and private work is not only testimony to her love of photography, but also her ongoing mission to strive for new levels of excellence.  It is no wonder, for Tania Niwa is an international multi-award winning photographer who continues to gather accolades from individual clients, companies and photography judges, worldwide.  Amongst many other achievements Tania is one of the youngest Fellows of the New Zealand Institute of Photography (with two gold bars) and is one of only 16 Grand Master of Photography (with five gold bars) with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

Another facet to Tania’s photography is the influence of her Maori heritage. Her ancestry provides an ongoing source of inspiration for her personal collection of tribal images spanning nearly two decades. Her spirited tribal portraiture blends ancient tradition with a modern interpretation. Tania’s fascination with cultures, combined with her own heritage has helped weave a unique style of documentary and high design. Tania’s affinity for indigenous cultures and recognition of her talent by other leading artists and agencies in NZ has lead to ongoing cultural and art related assignments in her home land.

Tania’s first major success of her career came in 1997 when at the age of 24yrs became the youngest ever New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Photographer of the Year.  At the time Tania was still working as assistant photographer.  Her folio of successful images were taken on assignment in Veitnam.

As part of her prize for winning the coveted title, Tania received Canon professional camera equipment, and so a long lasting relationship was born with Canon Professional Services (CPS).

Tania enjoys the support of being a member of Canon CPS. CPS is Canon’s support network for working professional photographers. It is designed to provide photographers with the best professional support service – bar none.

Alan Brightman, Professional Imaging Manager, Canon Australia has followed Tania’s career and is a great advocate for her talent as a portrait photographer.  When Tania launched her education division offering photography workshops a few years ago, Alan was very happy for Canon Australia to endorse them.

Through Tania’s success in the USA from winning a number of major awards at the WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photographers International Association) Tania was asked to be an ambassador for  Nik Software.  Nik Software Inc is an American company that develops software solutions for the growing digital-imaging and photography markets.  Nik Software has become the recognized leader in digital photographic filter development and produces award-winning technology and plug-in products for digital photography and imaging professionals.

The company’s products use a range of innovative technologies that make digital imaging and photography easier and more powerful.  Nik Software is headquartered in San Diego, California with branch offices in Germany.  To see who is on the Nik International Team with Tania Niwa visit:   http://www.niksoftware.com/teamnik/usa/entry.php?view=team_nik/usa_teamnik.shtml

 

 

Tania Niwa Photography

Level 2, Building A, Suite 10
148 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale NSW 2100

Tel (+61 2) 9939 5553

info@tanianiwa.com.au

Instagram @tania_niwa_photographer

  • A truly #breathtaking setting on #Sydneyharbour for a  #familyportrait with @haditomo, Tomoko and their precious babe Nadia #cremornepoint #Sydney #operahouse #cityscape @canonaustralia #summer #Canon #5DMarkIII #600exrt #northshore #familylove
    3 weeks ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    A truly #breathtaking setting on #Sydneyharbour for a #familyportrait with @haditomo, Tomoko and their precious babe Nadia #cremornepoint #Sydney #operahouse #cityscape @canonaustralia #summer #Canon #5DMarkIII #600exrt #northshore #familylove

  • Haven't ventured to this #beach in a couple of yrs so was very exciting and unexpected to come across this really cool little #beachhut. Underneath it I found @manlyseaeagles football. We decided it was good karma to leave it there in case it wasn't actually lost and belonged to the kids who look like they have lots of fun there.  Featured are Emily, Samuel and their dad Stuart.
#familyportrait #turimettabeach #nthnarrabeen #northernbeaches #Sydney #colour #australia #family @canonaustralia
    4 weeks ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Haven't ventured to this #beach in a couple of yrs so was very exciting and unexpected to come across this really cool little #beachhut. Underneath it I found @manlyseaeagles football. We decided it was good karma to leave it there in case it wasn't actually lost and belonged to the kids who look like they have lots of fun there. Featured are Emily, Samuel and their dad Stuart. #familyportrait #turimettabeach #nthnarrabeen #northernbeaches #Sydney #colour #australia #family @canonaustralia

  • Negotiating with a #toddler... #priceless. 23 mth old Aerin gave us a great workout to get the magic shots This was all part of the fun and games while her 6 wk old #baby sister Georgia was having a power nap. Think their mum and dad will sleep well tonight (same here.. hehe). Was 28 degrees here.  #professionalphotography #familyportrait #FiveDock #Sydney
    1 month ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Negotiating with a #toddler... #priceless. 23 mth old Aerin gave us a great workout to get the magic shots This was all part of the fun and games while her 6 wk old #baby sister Georgia was having a power nap. Think their mum and dad will sleep well tonight (same here.. hehe). Was 28 degrees here. #professionalphotography #familyportrait #FiveDock #Sydney

  • Like a kid in the #Canon candy store... with the latest super wide angle lens and #600EX-RT #speedlites (plus on camera trigger to set them off) to go with my new #5DMarkIII #SLR camera.

This wide angle 16-35mm F.4 with Image Stabilizer is really sharp right out to the edges of the image captures.  It's going to be helpful on my next #PaddingtonTerrace #interior shoot (ie: may not be quite so squished up against corners of petit #kitchens and bathrooms trying to fit everything in frame). @canonaustralia #professionalphotographer #Manly #Sydney #commercialphotography
    1 month ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Like a kid in the #Canon candy store... with the latest super wide angle lens and #600EX-RT #speedlites (plus on camera trigger to set them off) to go with my new #5DMarkIII #SLR camera. This wide angle 16-35mm F.4 with Image Stabilizer is really sharp right out to the edges of the image captures. It's going to be helpful on my next #PaddingtonTerrace #interior shoot (ie: may not be quite so squished up against corners of petit #kitchens and bathrooms trying to fit everything in frame). @canonaustralia #professionalphotographer #Manly #Sydney #commercialphotography

  • #Interiors shoot of a newly #renovated 2 bedroom #terrace rental property in #Paddington.  Simone and I got to play with the @CanonAustralia #TiltShift 17mm f/4L lens designed for #architecturalphotography which means you get low distortion on the edges of your image (ie the walls don't curve or distort when you use the tilt). It's also got awesome edge-to-edge sharpness.  Sounds a bit nerdy, but it's veeeery cool! #Sydney  #canon_official #photographer #Manly
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #Interiors shoot of a newly #renovated 2 bedroom #terrace rental property in #Paddington. Simone and I got to play with the @CanonAustralia #TiltShift 17mm f/4L lens designed for #architecturalphotography which means you get low distortion on the edges of your image (ie the walls don't curve or distort when you use the tilt). It's also got awesome edge-to-edge sharpness. Sounds a bit nerdy, but it's veeeery cool! #Sydney #canon_official #photographer #Manly

  • Nice to c u out walking #spring #Manly #Sydney. #Sun + gr8 #surf to make us smile here after 3 weeks of rain and another wk of rain to come... All good... Have a great week Peeps??
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Nice to c u out walking #spring #Manly #Sydney. #Sun + gr8 #surf to make us smile here after 3 weeks of rain and another wk of rain to come... All good... Have a great week Peeps??

  • Presenting latest #commercialphotography projects to my #Balmoral #business network in #Mosman. Showing how I help companies build intrigue, trust and desire for their #brand through carefully crafted imagery.  #architecture #building #homes #interiors #manufacturing #engineering #architects @canonaustralia #canon #canon5dmarkiii  #canon_official
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Presenting latest #commercialphotography projects to my #Balmoral #business network in #Mosman. Showing how I help companies build intrigue, trust and desire for their #brand through carefully crafted imagery. #architecture #building #homes #interiors #manufacturing #engineering #architects @canonaustralia #canon #canon5dmarkiii #canon_official

  • A little #familyportrait #adventure with super delightful #siblings Georgia and Thomas. They were #happy to jump the fence so I cld capture the old #BallsHead jetty in the b/gr. #Bestbuddies #beautiful #Family#Treasures #Love #Sydney #SydneyHarbour #Canon #speedlight
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    A little #familyportrait #adventure with super delightful #siblings Georgia and Thomas. They were #happy to jump the fence so I cld capture the old #BallsHead jetty in the b/gr. #Bestbuddies #beautiful #Family#Treasures #Love #Sydney #SydneyHarbour #Canon #speedlight

  • Reason to get a little excited about this view and have my clients keen to jump the fence to capture the magic golden light on the city. In the b/gr right is #Barangaroo, once a container port, now transforming into a mega new city extn which will accom 23K people who will live and work in the precinct. It will become a new global financial hub with a spectacular Park #FamilyPortrait  #Waverton #Sydney #BigSisterLittleBrother #professionalphotographer #siblings #SydneyHarbour
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Reason to get a little excited about this view and have my clients keen to jump the fence to capture the magic golden light on the city. In the b/gr right is #Barangaroo, once a container port, now transforming into a mega new city extn which will accom 23K people who will live and work in the precinct. It will become a new global financial hub with a spectacular Park #FamilyPortrait #Waverton #Sydney #BigSisterLittleBrother #professionalphotographer #siblings #SydneyHarbour

  • Meet Darcy, 5 mth old #minischnauzer from #Castlecrag #Sydney. Full of #intrigue + #curiosity. His #doggie #portrait is displayed at the local #vet…Designed to evoke #smiles when pet patients and their #families are visiting with sick pets. #meltinghearts #dogstagram #dogphotography  #schnazuer #professionalphotographer #manly
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Meet Darcy, 5 mth old #minischnauzer from #Castlecrag #Sydney. Full of #intrigue + #curiosity. His #doggie #portrait is displayed at the local #vet…Designed to evoke #smiles when pet patients and their #families are visiting with sick pets. #meltinghearts #dogstagram #dogphotography #schnazuer #professionalphotographer #manly

  • Meet #Frodo the super #cute and mischievous #westhighlandterrier with his family.  #familyportrait #mosman #sydney #manly #pets #professionalphotographer #dogs #westie #animals #redheads
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Meet #Frodo the super #cute and mischievous #westhighlandterrier with his family. #familyportrait #mosman #sydney #manly #pets #professionalphotographer #dogs #westie #animals #redheads

  • #Buddies4Life #Brothers #BestMates #ChildhoodMemories #FamilyPortrait #CliftonGardens #Mosman #FamilyPhotos #Family #ProfessionalPhotographer
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #Buddies4Life #Brothers #BestMates #ChildhoodMemories #FamilyPortrait #CliftonGardens #Mosman #FamilyPhotos #Family #ProfessionalPhotographer

  • The golden sandstone tones of Sydney's #northernbeaches and beautiful late arvo light reflecting into the cave made for a perfect 'outdoor studio' setting for #athlete @ellaoliviawilliams  It was a buzz to have this image featured in the announcement from @Ocean_Earth signing our #Kiwi #champ to their International #Surf Team. #whangamata #sydney #freshwaterbeach
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    The golden sandstone tones of Sydney's #northernbeaches and beautiful late arvo light reflecting into the cave made for a perfect 'outdoor studio' setting for #athlete @ellaoliviawilliams It was a buzz to have this image featured in the announcement from @Ocean_Earth signing our #Kiwi #champ to their International #Surf Team. #whangamata #sydney #freshwaterbeach

  • #repost from @ocean_earth and @ellaoliviawilliams. As part of Team Williams I'm very excited to announce her signing to their international team for #surfing #accessories. Great to have a portrait I captured of Ella used for their announcement  #kiwi #surfingiseverything #newzealand
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #repost from @ocean_earth and @ellaoliviawilliams. As part of Team Williams I'm very excited to announce her signing to their international team for #surfing #accessories. Great to have a portrait I captured of Ella used for their announcement #kiwi #surfingiseverything #newzealand

  • #Family #Photo shoot adventure at #Waverton Reserve with a backdrop of #BallsHead #Sydney.  #canon #speedlight used as a gentle fill light off camera with a #softbox #lightshaper #professionalphotographer
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #Family #Photo shoot adventure at #Waverton Reserve with a backdrop of #BallsHead #Sydney. #canon #speedlight used as a gentle fill light off camera with a #softbox #lightshaper #professionalphotographer

  • A casual resort feel created by #InteriorDecorator Anna Allen from #TheDressedNest #Mosman

A fav feature is the #antique #oildrum #chandelier from @thecountrytrader in #waterloo 
See more #photography at thedressesnest.com.au
#colour #texture #pattern #home #interiordesign #bliss #manly #northernbeaches #sydney #professionalphotographer
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    A casual resort feel created by #InteriorDecorator Anna Allen from #TheDressedNest #Mosman A fav feature is the #antique #oildrum #chandelier from @thecountrytrader in #waterloo See more #photography at thedressesnest.com.au #colour #texture #pattern #home #interiordesign #bliss #manly #northernbeaches #sydney #professionalphotographer

  • #interiordecorator shoot for Anna Allen of #thedressednest. Mission: to create an atmosphere befitting a #sophisticated, stylish and uniquely #gorgeous woman @Burkeboutique #Mosman 
Featured: #hangingpendantlights with a #Morrocan #French influence. Muted #faux #snakeskin #wallpaper

For more, see our blog at tanianiwa.com.au 
#interiors #sydney #northernbeaches #professionalphotographer
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #interiordecorator shoot for Anna Allen of #thedressednest. Mission: to create an atmosphere befitting a #sophisticated, stylish and uniquely #gorgeous woman @Burkeboutique #Mosman Featured: #hangingpendantlights with a #Morrocan #French influence. Muted #faux #snakeskin #wallpaper For more, see our blog at tanianiwa.com.au #interiors #sydney #northernbeaches #professionalphotographer

  • #Photography for #Sydney #interiordecorator Anna Allen of #TheDressedNest #Mosman. Mission: to highlight her style and flair through use of colour, #pattern and #texture. #photographer #NorthernBeaches #sydney #homes #beautiful #colour #art #interiordesign #interiors #Manly
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #Photography for #Sydney #interiordecorator Anna Allen of #TheDressedNest #Mosman. Mission: to highlight her style and flair through use of colour, #pattern and #texture. #photographer #NorthernBeaches #sydney #homes #beautiful #colour #art #interiordesign #interiors #Manly

  • #NorthernBeaches #TheDressedNest #InteriorDecorator Anna Allen #personalbranding #photography shoot. Mission: To reflect a warm and authentic representation of Anna with a view into her signature decorative style using her own home. To see blog visit: www.tanianiwa.com.au or Niwa Photography on Facebook

#Bamileke #interiordecorations #mosman #homes #sydney #professionalphotographer
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #NorthernBeaches #TheDressedNest #InteriorDecorator Anna Allen #personalbranding #photography shoot. Mission: To reflect a warm and authentic representation of Anna with a view into her signature decorative style using her own home. To see blog visit: www.tanianiwa.com.au or Niwa Photography on Facebook #Bamileke #interiordecorations #mosman #homes #sydney #professionalphotographer

  • #FairyBower #sunset #ManlyBeach ... #Magic sunny #beach day on the #NorthernBeaches of #Sydney ?? #SummerInWinter #Manly
    4 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #FairyBower #sunset #ManlyBeach ... #Magic sunny #beach day on the #NorthernBeaches of #Sydney ?? #SummerInWinter #Manly