– the shy and the adventurous
Professional photography and pet portraits of dogs, cats, horses and any four legged, winged or furry members of your family. Let Pet Castle capture the character and personality of your pet and the special relationship you share.
Your pets. Our lens. Your lifetime.
Our aim is to get to know your pet and what you love about it the most. We will then try to photograph it so you can display it proudly at your home.
We guarantee that every time you look at it you will find your self smiling!
Custom portraiture is an investment in beautiful artistry that will be treasured for generations to come and we are committed to capturing your pet in an original, artistic and natural way, creating the heirlooms that will become your family’s history.
You too can have a professional portraits of your beloved pet decorating your walls and reminding you about that special bond between an animal and human- they will always make you smile.
The Pet Castle Portraits boutique photography experience is designed for humans who:
With Pet Castle Portraits you can be assured that we want to take the time to get to know your pets and your specific needs so that you can feel comfortable and confident during the shoot. We want to conceive unique images reflect and represent your best friend.
Together we will be creating original photographic art that you can display on your walls and enjoy for many years to come. This is a custom, creative experience and the result of a combination of variables that come together on the day of the shoot: the lighting and environment, mood, personality and interaction of the subjects and of course, the vision and skill of the photographer.
During the initial Briefing Consultation we will discuss all these factors. Please call us today on 046 7676 205 to book your consultation with our award-winning photographer.
Amazing! I couldn't believe that in 1 hour of photographing our horses in a paddock that Arek produced such variety and quality of pictures. We find horses notoriously difficult to photograph, as you can't control their movement from the ground. He really managed to capture their essence & magnificence. Highly impressed with the entire process, including the viewing of the photos. We wished we had invited all our friends to the viewing!
Arek is a Melbourne based photographer specializing in pet portraits. Born and raised in Europe, Arek always enjoyed photographing people and his surroundings, but it was not until he migrated to Australia that he pursued his passion professionally, launching the Five Castle Portraits brand in 2011.
Meticulous about technical detail (a skill fine-tuned in the laboratory during his previous career as a scientist), and print production values, Arek’s signature style is clean, contemporary and natural. His philosophy is all about capturing the ‘stuff of life’ –the unique and individual characteristics of his subjects and the things that matter most to them.
Arek is also a proud daddy to two beautiful, rescued pointers- Tiamat and Marduk. Those very active and magnificent dogs changed his life as much as he changed theirs.
Whether it be the funny little things that pets do, or the mood and emotion of that special connection between an animal and his human, his insightful lens and creative intuition work together to create beautiful pictures that can be shared and displayed today, tomorrow and for generations to come.
You did such an amazing job Arek! I cannot believe how beautiful the photos turned out. We would recommend you to any one looking for a photographer.
Morgan and Cameron
Tell us what you love about your pet, tell us about your favourite place or activity, tell us what defines you –we’ll listen to your story and get you passionate about the process of creating your special portrait.
Quality, quality, quality
-we invest in the best equipment, never-ending training
and pride our selves in offering only the best professional
photography products for you to enjoy for decades.
At Pet Castle Portraits we pride ourselves on providing a boutique experience with personalised service, exceptional quality production and a relaxed, warm environment in which you feel comfortable, confident and most importantly, have fun.
Our personalized process involves four key stages; a briefing consultation, the shoot, a detailed viewing and then final delivery.
Once you have confirmed your session, we will book in a briefing consultation of approximately 60 minutes either in person, or over the telephone.
This is where we share information, ask questions and really get down to details – discussing topics such as what you would like to achieve with the session and highlighting anything special you would like to capture in the shoot.
At Pet Castle Portraits, we want to know what is most important to you, so we can customize our service to suit your needs and create a memorable, enjoyable and personalized experience.
Our photography sessions are conducted on location - they can be at your home, in the backyard, at a local park or even on the beach. Wherever you feel comfortable. We come to you. (Though we do recommend somewhere with as much natural light as possible).
The shoot itself is relaxed, easy and fun, usually running for about an hour or two. We will gently guide and direct the process, but on the whole, it is a fairly natural and informal approach.
During our consultation we'll discuss all the details of the session it self so don't worry if you think that your dog is not great around other dogs or that your cat is shy- we'd have it sorted by this stage.
Our viewing session is typically booked in one to two weeks after the shoot. We invite you to our gallery in Belgrave to present all the photographs from the session, discussing and highlighting all the details in each shot.
Together, we select your favourite images and will go through how you would like them formatted, printed and displayed. All our photographs are printed on 200-year Archive Quality Kodak Professional Supra Endura paper and we also handle framing, photographic albums and any other storage or display needs.
Fantastic photographs! And to be able to get such quality images of our little ferret, which can only stay still for a maximum of one second, was amazing in itself. Arek from Pet Castle Portraits had great understanding and vision for the photo shoot and importantly fun was had by all, especially Poppy.
Nick and Ang
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 Five 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.
Stunning beyond measure, the true treasure of your portrait session is the creation of stunning custom portraits for display in your home. Five Castles Portraits is proud to offer custom choices to ease you into beautiful, decorative art that will remain a joy for years to come.
This popular collection comes with your favourite photographs printed on an amazing metallic paper, mounted in stylish matts, delivered in a beautiful box and presented on a novelty easel.
Need smaller prints? Our specialty 5”x10” gift prints make wonderful presents for friends and family.
Modern Foamcore mounted wall prints
A popular option for display, foamcore mounted wall prints are not only sturdy and long lasting, they deliver immediate appeal.
For this custom treatment, your photographic print will be carefully mounted directly to a thick, lightweight board and finished with a solid 20mm edge.
Because standouts arrive ready to display with hanging strings on the back, these images do not require matting or framing and are the perfect solution for tight spaces where you want to maximize the size of the image.
Custom Framed Wall Prints
For ultimate style and appeal we suggest custom framed wall prints. Your photograph is printed on a quality board and professionally framed.
These frames are designed to be tough, durable, warp free, resistant to finger prints, and scuffing. Moreover, because the print is protected by ArtShield overlays glass is not necessary. The printed image will stand-out clear, sharp and free of added reflection, showing the full beauty and colour of your image.
During your ordering session you’ll be able to preview all the options and select your favourite frame.
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 pet, 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.
Visit us in the hills, it's a beautiful drive!26 Park Dr.Belgrave VIC 3160
We're only 15 minutes from Berwick, and there are no traffic lights on the way!
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