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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

  • #Buddies4Life #Brothers #BestMates #ChildhoodMemories #FamilyPortrait #CliftonGardens #Mosman #FamilyPhotos #Family #ProfessionalPhotographer
    1 week 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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 weeks 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

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

  • #BehindTheScenes  with Natasha @_tashaamurray  Staff #headshot #shoot for Explore and Develop Child Care Centre at #Brookvale. Love using my #Canon speedlight flash off camera with a 'foldaway' softbox to give a gentle, #beautiful illumination on a person's skin, with a sparkle in the eyes #photographer #5DMkIII
#NorthernBeaches #Manly
    1 month ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #BehindTheScenes with Natasha @_tashaamurray Staff #headshot #shoot for Explore and Develop Child Care Centre at #Brookvale. Love using my #Canon speedlight flash off camera with a 'foldaway' softbox to give a gentle, #beautiful illumination on a person's skin, with a sparkle in the eyes #photographer #5DMkIII #NorthernBeaches #Manly

  • Pro Junior World #Surf Champ @ellaoliviawilliams showing her support for the mighty @allblacks who played #England last night. Final score #NZLvENG 29 to 28 to the #worldchampions Ella is all set to kick off on the other side of the globe in #Mexico She's in the first heat at the #LosCarbos Open of #Surfing Qualification Series #Zippers in #Mexico @asp She is proudly supported by Team Williams: @tonykemp607 @janinemarywilliams @bread_onwilliams @deanwilliams61 @jackcoghlanphoto and myself #GoElla #imaginedreambelieve #kiwi #nz #champion
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Pro Junior World #Surf Champ @ellaoliviawilliams showing her support for the mighty @allblacks who played #England last night. Final score #NZLvENG 29 to 28 to the #worldchampions Ella is all set to kick off on the other side of the globe in #Mexico She's in the first heat at the #LosCarbos Open of #Surfing Qualification Series #Zippers in #Mexico @asp She is proudly supported by Team Williams: @tonykemp607 @janinemarywilliams @bread_onwilliams @deanwilliams61 @jackcoghlanphoto and myself #GoElla #imaginedreambelieve #kiwi #nz #champion

  • #NorthernBeaches #Architect Michelle Walker #personalbranding #shoot at her newly #renovated #home

One of the things I really love about capturing personalised #business #portraits is working out the best way to tell a story about a person. 
I have carefully placed Michelle in between the hanging lights to feature as graphic elements using them as subtle leading lines through the image. I've continued the #red theme making use of her #Ipad in it's #red jacket. Resting her other hand on the red ladder helped add a relaxed feel.  As an Architect who is #artistic and #creative it is very important to show her hands which can help convey trust.

#Camera #Canon #EOS5DMarkIII  ISO 200  1/60 sec  F5.6  35mm. Speed light: 600EX-RT (bounced) #photography #sydney #manly Another great reno by Shaun @jetcharm_ #builders
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #NorthernBeaches #Architect Michelle Walker #personalbranding #shoot at her newly #renovated #home One of the things I really love about capturing personalised #business #portraits is working out the best way to tell a story about a person. I have carefully placed Michelle in between the hanging lights to feature as graphic elements using them as subtle leading lines through the image. I've continued the #red theme making use of her #Ipad in it's #red jacket. Resting her other hand on the red ladder helped add a relaxed feel. As an Architect who is #artistic and #creative it is very important to show her hands which can help convey trust. #Camera #Canon #EOS5DMarkIII ISO 200 1/60 sec F5.6 35mm. Speed light: 600EX-RT (bounced) #photography #sydney #manly Another great reno by Shaun @jetcharm_ #builders

  • To raise awareness of the devastating consequences of PTSD, today from 5am Cpl Andrew Summers and comrades marched 40km in 40kg of combat kit on #Manly Beach to honour the 40 #Australian #soldiers killed in #Afghanistan.  #aussieflag #bravehearts #battlers
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    To raise awareness of the devastating consequences of PTSD, today from 5am Cpl Andrew Summers and comrades marched 40km in 40kg of combat kit on #Manly Beach to honour the 40 #Australian #soldiers killed in #Afghanistan. #aussieflag #bravehearts #battlers

  • With my buddie #Maori #Artist and #designer @tuta_tuheke Over the years you may have see some of his #beautiful #inkwork featuring in #portraits I've captured. Tuta is based here on the #NorthernBeaches but reigns from a little town called #TeKuiti  a couple hrs north of my hometown. #moko #tamoko #artists #manly #waitara
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    With my buddie #Maori #Artist and #designer @tuta_tuheke Over the years you may have see some of his #beautiful #inkwork featuring in #portraits I've captured. Tuta is based here on the #NorthernBeaches but reigns from a little town called #TeKuiti a couple hrs north of my hometown. #moko #tamoko #artists #manly #waitara

  • Having fun today shooting #barristers with Ziva @zeevybeev conveniently right next to the #Lindt Chocolate Cafe. #photographer #sydney #martinplace #headshots
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    Having fun today shooting #barristers with Ziva @zeevybeev conveniently right next to the #Lindt Chocolate Cafe. #photographer #sydney #martinplace #headshots

  • #behindthescenes with Michelle Walker #Architect capturing her #personalbranding imagery.  This is her youngest son who along with his older brother were both intrigued to see what we were up to. #architcture #photography  #manly #northernbeaches
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #behindthescenes with Michelle Walker #Architect capturing her #personalbranding imagery. This is her youngest son who along with his older brother were both intrigued to see what we were up to. #architcture #photography #manly #northernbeaches

  • An awesome couple of days judging the NSW and ACT Aus Professional Photography Awards at The Rocks with my colleagues.  I walked away very happy with 3 Silver Awards for 3 portraits of 3 generations. 
This series was commissioned by my extended family in #Auckland to capture their dad Hoani Watino Niwa before he passed away. We are all so grateful we got to capture this series of family portraits, which are now treasured memories remembering this magnificent man. The image in his #VietnamVet uniform was used for his order of service.  Soon each of his 3 children will have a wall portrait on their walls. 
The centre portrait is of his youngest daughter and my incredible cousin, Erika Muna Lee (from my #ManaWahine series). To the right is Erika's daughter Te Manu who was 6yrs old at the time. Such a talented young girl - an incredible singer who loves to entertain and perform.

Now there is a new edition to capture.  Just after Erika's dad passed she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Tumanako, who will grow up seeing these artworks incl one of her grand-dad, giving her a glimpse of his big hearted, loving personality and smile.

All images taken at #HoaniWaititiMarae in Akld.  #fineart #photography #manly #maori #taranaki #waitara #niwa
    2 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    An awesome couple of days judging the NSW and ACT Aus Professional Photography Awards at The Rocks with my colleagues. I walked away very happy with 3 Silver Awards for 3 portraits of 3 generations. This series was commissioned by my extended family in #Auckland to capture their dad Hoani Watino Niwa before he passed away. We are all so grateful we got to capture this series of family portraits, which are now treasured memories remembering this magnificent man. The image in his #VietnamVet uniform was used for his order of service. Soon each of his 3 children will have a wall portrait on their walls. The centre portrait is of his youngest daughter and my incredible cousin, Erika Muna Lee (from my #ManaWahine series). To the right is Erika's daughter Te Manu who was 6yrs old at the time. Such a talented young girl - an incredible singer who loves to entertain and perform. Now there is a new edition to capture. Just after Erika's dad passed she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Tumanako, who will grow up seeing these artworks incl one of her grand-dad, giving her a glimpse of his big hearted, loving personality and smile. All images taken at #HoaniWaititiMarae in Akld. #fineart #photography #manly #maori #taranaki #waitara #niwa

  • #brazillian @silvanalimasurf - a great story of triumph after challenging times and no major sponsor - She had to sell one of her two #surfboards while in #nz to find the trip #winner #porttaranakipro at the #nzsurffest  Silvana is carried up #fitzroybeach by fellow #prosurfer @paigehareb of #taranaki #surfer
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #brazillian @silvanalimasurf - a great story of triumph after challenging times and no major sponsor - She had to sell one of her two #surfboards while in #nz to find the trip #winner #porttaranakipro at the #nzsurffest Silvana is carried up #fitzroybeach by fellow #prosurfer @paigehareb of #taranaki #surfer

  • #brazillian #pocketrocket @silvanalimasurf winner of the #porttaranakipro #nzsurffest  An incredibly exciting final against #prosurfer @lauraenever of Nth #Narrabeen (AUS) who was leading right up til the last couple of minutes #taranaki #nz This is Silvana's first final in 3 yrs after a knee injury and battle back up the ranks.
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    #brazillian #pocketrocket @silvanalimasurf winner of the #porttaranakipro #nzsurffest An incredibly exciting final against #prosurfer @lauraenever of Nth #Narrabeen (AUS) who was leading right up til the last couple of minutes #taranaki #nz This is Silvana's first final in 3 yrs after a knee injury and battle back up the ranks.

  • @ellaoliviawilliams after winning a great heat in the @asp World Women's Qualification Series #nzsurffest #PortTaranakiPro  Interview for TV national news and  Sky tv #skynext ⭐️Ella finished 9th and top #kiwi She is now ranked 20th equal overall in the QS???. The next QS is #Mexico in 3 Wks #imaginedreambelieve
    3 months ago

    by tania_niwa_photographer

    @ellaoliviawilliams after winning a great heat in the @asp World Women's Qualification Series #nzsurffest #PortTaranakiPro Interview for TV national news and Sky tv #skynext ⭐️Ella finished 9th and top #kiwi She is now ranked 20th equal overall in the QS???. The next QS is #Mexico in 3 Wks #imaginedreambelieve