Our personalised process

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.

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.

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.

Our photography sessions are conducted on location. They can be in the comfort of your home, in the backyard, at your local park or even on the beach. It’s entirely up to you! Although we do recommend somewhere with a much natural light as possible.

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.

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.

I had been searching for some time for a photographer. When i saw Arek's work i knew that he was the right one. Arek's ability to take photos that are not posed are amazing. In fact i didn't realise he was taking photos. His gentle nature with my 4 year old daughter brought out her cute,cheeky and play full side. Arek listened carefully to what i wanted. and beautiful pictures were delivered. The only issue i had was that there were so many great photos i wanted them all. Highly recommend Arek his work speaks for itself. Thankyou for for capturing the special love my daughter and i have.


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.

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.

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.

But be careful, our wall art has the power to transform any house into a home!

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 family, professional post-processing of images, my transportation in Melbourne area, consultation before the session and viewing experience at our gallery.
Files We include all photographs you purchase 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 $850
Perfect alternative to album. These collections provide you with a selection of your favorite photographs, ready to display or give away.

We recently had the good fortune to have a photo shoot by Five Castles. This was a major event for us as having 7 kids makes this sort of event more than a little stressful. The fact is we all had a great time. The kids, young and old responded really well and the whole session went without a hitch. The results were truly spectacular! When we had a chance to review the photos we were impressed by the way the natural characters came through with amazing backdrops coming to life. The process was fun and that was what the photos captured. We have no problems recommending Five Castles Photography. A wonderful experience

Stephen and Helen Alter