Photographer Profile

Tânia Araújo

My passion is to create memories


Being a designer, photography has become a natural part of Tânia’s work. After ten years of working as a web designer in Portugal, Tânia swapped her city-office life in Lisbon for a new way of life on a paradise island. Here, she embraces the wonders of South East Asia with all her senses.

Photography had been an interest from an early age. Getting to use her grandfather Rolleicord (film camera) as a little girl was always fun. Interest turned into a passion that has seen Tania photograph some of the most stunning locations across Asia (Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam)

Based between Bali and Sumba, she’s the Official Photographer and Designer of the most unique resort in the world:Nihiwatu Resort (2016 Travel+Leisure World’s #1 Hotel in THE WORLD) for the last 3 years.

Tânia’s photography portfolio is distinct for its very diverse nature: underwater, surf, yoga, culture, entertainment, aerial, candid and lifestyle. It is always the natural, spontaneous moments of people and places that inspire her. She particularly loves it when a photo records a moment laced with traditions, culture and history as she believes these are the pictures that speak for themselves.

She often follows people on different activities, setting off to faraway seas to capture the way life unfolds around these places, during these times she also mastered skills such as scuba diving, helping her uncover an entirely new eco system to photograph. With the help of underwater gear for both for herself and her Nikon camera, she is able to capture amazing underwater creatures as well as everlasting moments.

With works published in over 40 top international magazines and websites, she has recently landed the cover of Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Departures Magazine and on Nikon Asia website, continuing to be enjoyed by inspired eyes all over the globe.

Published Work

Although most of her time is dedicated to Nihiwatu, her passion to travel often sees her exploring new photographic adventures. She covered TEDx Ubud 2016 edition, as well as several social events in Seminyak Bali. Her last adventure lead her to Cambodia and Maldives, where she did some photography work for Six Senses Laamu.

Fascinated by the ocean, she started to scuba dive in 2008 and last year fulfilled a life long goal of becoming a PADI scuba dive instructor.

Whats next on her bucket list? To capture the image of a volcano as it erupts!

NOTE: all photos of this page were taken by Jason Childs and Umbu Woly

  • Mary Tilson
    Mary Tilson
    Tania has a unique ability to capture the magic of some of the most beautiful places in the world. After seeing her work at Hariharalaya Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center and Nihiwatu Resort, both of which I have lived and worked at, I asked her to help out with my personal projects. Tania is not only a talented photographer and designer, as demonstrated by her portfolio, but her strong work-ethic and uplifting attitude make her a joy to work with!
  • Bruno Pinho
    Bruno Pinho
    Tânia is a fast learner. When she joined the team at OceanLab, we had some ambitious projects going on and Tânia easily surpassed her lack of experience with great learning eager and turned out to be decisive in the projects' success. She evolved a lot during and since the times we worked together and I would work with her again with no reserves.
  • Cyrus Hendry
    Cyrus Hendry
    I met Tânia a few years ago in Sumba where she took some incredible shots of us surfing. She was able to really capture the best waves of the trip which took a lot of skill and patience! I was also lucky enough to have her stay at my place in Bali where she took some very special pictures of the villa and of the villa's two residents - Lucas and Ombak - 2 Bali pups! She's very professional and has a great eye and amazing skill - anyone would be lucky to have her take pictures for them. And to top it off ... she's wonderful!
  • Sean Borland
    Sean Borland
    Tania Araujo did all the design work and photography for my new website. Her work has been excellent. She is professional, creative, driven and always delivers before deadlines. Tania has also created invitations, Facebook banners and promotional flyers for me. Her versatility with design, videography and photography have meant that I could use the same person for everything I needed. I would highly recommend Tania and plan to continue working with her for all future projects.
  • Carla Petzold-Beck
    Carla Petzold-Beck

    Tania is a great asset to a management team and with her amazing eye for detail, captures moments that are priceless.

    With her international background, she can host and guide guests from all over the world. Whether small families, Honeymooners or adventure seekers, she is a fearless photographer bobbing in high waves on zodiacs to catch surfers cutting their epic wave or hiking hours on end through tropical landscapes to capture the magic when clients are experiencing a new culture and not even aware of her lens capturing those moments.

    Her passion, along with photography is SCUBA diving, where her heart sings underwater just as much as above. With this added experience, it rounds up a most interesting resume of a young, dynamic woman, seeking adventure and mirroring those memorable moments back to you through her lens with talent, heart and soul.

    Her never ending smile, engagement, ease at adapting to any culture gives value added souvenirs to your esteemed guests.

    I recommend her without hesitation and can attest that she would complement any dynamic team, no matter where in this world she will head to next.

    Best of luck and Godspeed Tania !! Regards, Carla

  • Winnie Lui
    Winnie Lui
    Dear Tania
    I really appreciate you being the hot sun taking pictures. I really love the ones you took of me surfing!
    Thank you for your professionalism and I look to meeting up with you again in the near future.
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