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Why choose Sand Castle Portraits

We value your time and understand that to create beautiful photography you have to be comfortable in your own environment. That’s why we come to you!

But to create beautiful art that reveals true emotion, we want to get to know you and your family. We want to be inspired by your story, and to hear about your favourite places or activities. This allows us to get passionate about creating the best mix of candid and naturally beautiful photographs for display in your home.

We specialise in custom wall art and family portraits. We have invested in the best equipment and have attained the highest qualifications to ensure you receive stunning artwork to showcase your memories for decades to come.

But we’re not all talk. Arek has proven his skills by winning awards in both Portrait and Family photography categories at the 2012 AIPP Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards, which recognises the talent of our local photographers who strive to create stunning works of art.

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Our Personalised Process

At Sand Castle Portraits we pride ourselves on giving you a completely tailored experience in a relaxed and friendly environment. You’ll never be rushed as we want you to be as confident and comfortable as possible on this special day. But most importantly, we want you to have fun!

There are four stages to our personalised process to ensure we deliver on all your needs, which include:
1. Briefing Consultation
2. The Shoot
3. Viewing Session with Design Consultation
4. Production and Delivery

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Briefing Consultation

Once you have confirmed your date and time, we will provide a pre session consultation either over the phone or in person, where you can ask as many questions as you like.

We will discuss the best location for your family, whether it be at your home or at an outdoor area where your family has enjoyed many special occasions. We’ll also suggest what to wear and what to bring to get the most out of your session, and the best time to meet as well.

Most importantly, we want to hear about what you want to get out of the day, and what special moments you want captured. We would love to know what’s most important to you so we can tailor your photography experience to make it as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

We also understand that sometimes the little ones, and the big ones, can be unwell or even have bad days. So in the event you need to postpone, then please notify us the day before your shoot, and we will happily change the date of your session. Unfortunately there are no refunds and we encourage you to ask about our policy for full details.

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The Shoot

Expect your shoot to be lots of fun! There will be plenty of giggles and laughs throughout your session as you are gently guided through a whole range of shots which include individuals and the entire family. We also encourage you to bring along props or accessories to personalise your experience even more.

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For those wanting to add a professional touch to their hair and make up, then our stylist can be booked for the session. They can even help you select the perfect outfit from your wardrobe to make you look fabulous on the day.
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Viewing and Art Consultation

Once we have compiled some of your amazing family photographs you will be invited to a viewing session generally within 2 weeks of your photography session.

The viewing session may be conducted at your home, where we have the opportunity to discuss and highlight all the intricate details of each portrait and how they can be best presented. We’ll even discuss how you would like your favourite images formatted, printed and displayed.

The purpose of your family portrait session is to create stunning works of art for display in your home. That’s why we provide a complementary design consultation as part of our personalised service to help you make the right choice for your home. Our artisans will help plan your wall galleries with your favourite images and suggest how they can be framed to match the style with the décor.

There are also many design and arrangement options to choose from which may include mounted prints or museum wrapped canvases. For those that really want their artwork to stand out, then we have a diverse range of customised framing options for you to choose from. Alternatively you may prefer a set of beautifully mounted photographs that can be presented in a series to tell a story. The options are endless.

Once your selection has been finalised, we will organise the printing and production of your images and bring them directly to you.

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Production and Delivery

At Sand Castle Portraits we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality artwork for your home, which is why your photographs will be printed on 200-Year Archive Quality Kodak Professional Supra Endura stock to ensure it will last for generations to come.

Depending on the type of print and frame you have chosen, your gorgeous new artwork will typically take between 2 – 4 weeks to be produced and delivered. We even go the extra mile to assist with the mounting and display of portraits in your home!

To view our diverse framing and photobooks options, and any other storage or display needs, please see the section below for details:

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Wall Art for Your Home

The goal for any portrait session is the creation of stunning art for display in your home and keepsakes to last a lifetime.
The best way to display portraits is to marry the collection with the style of your décor. When considering lifestyle photography, groupings of portraits in a series are an effective and contemporary way to tell your story. At Sand Castles Portraits we will gladly walk you through our Wall Gallery options, showcasing all of our most popular arrangements.
Because part of the custom service we offer is to assist in creating interesting and unique displays for your home, our artisans will help plan your wall galleries with your favourite images, coupled with frames, or displayed as mounted prints or museum wrap canvases. Our goal is to provide you with images as dynamic and original as you are.
Alternatively, you can opt for a portrait collection in a form of a set of beautifully mounted photographs that come in a stylish box and an easel for easy display.
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Collection of Matted, Fine Art Prints

The true measure of your family portrait session is the creation of stunning custom portraits for display in your home. That’s why Sand Castle Portraits can provide a range of customised options for collections of matted, fine art prints, which are great decorative feature and will remain a joy for years to come.

This popular collection comes with your favourite photographs printed on amazing metallic paper, mounted in stylish matts, and beautifully packaged and presented on a easel for easy display.

Need smaller prints? Then we also offer 5” x 10” gift prints which make wonderful presents for friends and family.

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Modern Foamcore-Mounted Wall Prints

Foamcore-mounted wall prints are a popular and appealing option for display in any home because they are so durable and long lasting. Your photographic print will be carefully mounted to a think, yet lightweight board and finished with a solid 20mm edge.

Your stunning wall art will arrive ready for display and does not require additional matting or framing. It is the perfect design solution for those tight spaces where you want to maximise the size of the image in the area provided.

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Custom Framed Wall Prints

Custom framed wall prints provide the ultimate style and appeal in any home. Just imagine your favourite photograph printed on the highest quality material and professionally framed. This completely tailored option includes mounting your photographic print directly to a thick, yet lightweight board and finished with a solid 5mm edge.

Your custom frame is very durable and designed to last, and is resistant to warping, finger prints and scuffing. As your artwork is further protected by Artshield laminating film, a glass overlay is not necessary. This means your printed artwork will stand out clear, sharp and free of added reflection, allowing the full beauty and colour of your image to feature prominently.

During your ordering session you will also be able to preview all the available options and select your favourite frame.

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Our standard rate for a portrait session is $200 (payable on booking) and it includes: 2 hours photo session at your chosen location for you and your immediate family, professional post-processing of images, my transportation in Melbourne area, consultation before the session and viewing experience at your house.
Files- We include all photographs in web-resolution to share with friends and family.
Wall prints from $199
Wall portraits come in a variety of sizes from 8″x10″ to 40″x60″, finishes and framing options.
Albums from $550
All albums are hand crafted and printed in Japan to highest standards.
Signature collection boxes from $500
Perfect alternative to album. These collections provide you with a selection of your favorite photographs, ready to display or give away.
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