Arek Rainczuk of
Five Castles Portraits

Belgrave, Victoria
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    Reviews

    Lyn August 8, 2016

    Thank you Arek for the lovely photo's taken of my pets. You took great care to allow both Smidge and Barney to get to know you. The photo's are absolutely beautiful.

    Scott & Sonoko December 12, 2015

    Thank you so much for the amazing photos and hard work you put in for our wedding photos. You are such a gifted photographer and your artistic sense and skill at capturing the moment is just superb. We are very grateful to know both you and Kate and we wish you nothing but the best! Thank you again!! :)

    Damien April 4, 2015

    The entire experience of having our family photos done by Arek was extremely gratifying. We are not the sort of people who like to celebrate ourselves but after seeing Arek's gallery we realised how tasteful and personal the portraits would be. Arek made us feel totally natural and comfortable throughout the shoot - it was actually fun! The results were truly breathtaking. It was very difficult ruling "out" any of the wonderful photos Arek took of our family. Thank you so much for the opportunity to preserve this special time in our family's lives as permanent memories. -- Damien and Sarah, Selby

    GiGi Designs May 5, 2014

    Arek from Five Castles Portraits captured a few beautiful pictures of my daughter and myself to be used as business images. They are stunning ,amazing !! I Love them.. I will be forever grateful to you for capturing these precious moments in time for me !! Thank You so much Melisa GiGi Designs

    Melisa May 5, 2014

    We had the pleasure of working with Arek from Five Castles Portraits to capture some of the most amazing images we have ever had taken as a family. They are so beautiful .He is a truly talented photographer and that shines through his work.He was so professional right from our first meeting yet has such a warm nature that was so easy for my children to connect with.Having our photos outdoors against stunning sunsets and scenery made for the most magical photos . We have had so many complements on how amazing they are . Thank You so much Arek for capturing our family memories so beautifully . Melisa,Gabe,Jai and Georgia Groza

  • Clients

    • Couples in love, celebrating engagement or anniversary.
    • People for whom the pet is family.
    • Families wanting to decorate their house with happiness.

    Awards

    • 2013- Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards:
    • 2x Silver Awards in Portrait Category
    • 1x Silver Awards in Wedding Category
    • 2012- Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards:
    • 2x Silver Awards in Portrait Category
    • 2x Silver Awards in Family Category
    • 2012- Australian Professional Photography Awards:
    • 2x Silver Awards in Portrait Category
    • 1x Silver Award in Family Category

    Testimonials

    Kylie and Pauline,
    Arek is creative and passionate about his work, which shines through his unique approach to photography. We were looking for photos that were natural, candid and not posed or staged. Arek delivered above and beyond what we had expected. He immediately put us at ease with his warm, open minded and friendly manner at a pre-shoot meeting at our home. He listened carefully to what we wanted and opened our minds to other possibilities.. We had lots of fun during the shoot and once we warmed up we hardly noticed Arek was taking photos. He uses a long distance lens for many of the shots and provides thoughtful direction during the session. We were delighted with the final product and several of Arek’s photos now adorn our walls. As well as producing incredible art work, Arek delivers outstanding customer service and we were delighted with the whole experience.

    Ophelia and Michael,
    Thank you so much for the lovely pictures. Michael and I really enjoyed ourselves during the photography session, totally not what we expected as it wasn’t about posing but about our relationship, how we met, when we fell in love, what we love about each other, our children’s future, etc. While we did all that, you were snapping away far from us, totally forgot you were there half the time. I like that you made us talk about our relationship and what we mean to each other, definitely helped reaffirm our love!! I highly recommend this to all couples, not just for the beautiful photos but also for the touching words your spouse will say to you.

    Teresa and Philipe,
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful pictures of your family. They have captured much more than our faces, much more than a lovely afternoon in the park. They have captured forever the laughs and our love for each other. We now have amazing pictures on our walls and they put a smile on everyone’s face everytime we pass by.

    Industry Affiliations

    • AIPP - Australian Institute of Professional Photography
  • Reviews

    Lyn August 8, 2016

    Thank you Arek for the lovely photo's taken of my pets. You took great care to allow both Smidge and Barney to get to know you. The photo's are absolutely beautiful.

    Scott & Sonoko December 12, 2015

    Thank you so much for the amazing photos and hard work you put in for our wedding photos. You are such a gifted photographer and your artistic sense and skill at capturing the moment is just superb. We are very grateful to know both you and Kate and we wish you nothing but the best! Thank you again!! :)

    Damien April 4, 2015

    The entire experience of having our family photos done by Arek was extremely gratifying. We are not the sort of people who like to celebrate ourselves but after seeing Arek's gallery we realised how tasteful and personal the portraits would be. Arek made us feel totally natural and comfortable throughout the shoot - it was actually fun! The results were truly breathtaking. It was very difficult ruling "out" any of the wonderful photos Arek took of our family. Thank you so much for the opportunity to preserve this special time in our family's lives as permanent memories. -- Damien and Sarah, Selby

    GiGi Designs May 5, 2014

    Arek from Five Castles Portraits captured a few beautiful pictures of my daughter and myself to be used as business images. They are stunning ,amazing !! I Love them.. I will be forever grateful to you for capturing these precious moments in time for me !! Thank You so much Melisa GiGi Designs

    Melisa May 5, 2014

    We had the pleasure of working with Arek from Five Castles Portraits to capture some of the most amazing images we have ever had taken as a family. They are so beautiful .He is a truly talented photographer and that shines through his work.He was so professional right from our first meeting yet has such a warm nature that was so easy for my children to connect with.Having our photos outdoors against stunning sunsets and scenery made for the most magical photos . We have had so many complements on how amazing they are . Thank You so much Arek for capturing our family memories so beautifully . Melisa,Gabe,Jai and Georgia Groza

    Natalie May 5, 2014

    Arek was amazing. As a person who is very uncomfortable in front of a camera, Arek took the time to get to know a little bit about me and what i wanted, which helped me feel more at ease in front of the camera. Feeling "normal" rather than under the spotlight was a big thing for me. Thank you

    Jodie And Trent Donnellon March 3, 2014

    Arek was willing to travel the 1.5hr-2hr trip from Melbourne to capture this special moment in time for us. You could not have asked for a more perfect morning (albeit cold not that you can tell by the photos)! Our little family of 3, enjoyed every minute and we were able to work with Arek to capture those special moments. Let me tell you it is not easy with an overactive 2 year old boy! Arek is very professional, coming to you before the actual photo shoot to get an understanding of who you are as a family/couple/individual. It made it so much easier on the day to just relax and enjoy, to some extent that it did not feel like a photo shoot at all. It felt like we were doing our thing as a family, like wed normally do on any other given day. We would highly recommend Arek from Sand Castle Portraits to all. These pictures are absolutely pricesless, a moment in time we will never forget and a day our son can look back on in his latter years. Thank you so much, Arek :)

    Anne February 2, 2014

    We struck gold through the google search engine and it came by the name of Five Castles Portraits. Arek is an outstanding photographer. He came to us with enthusiasm and a willingness to listen to our story. He beautifully captured our story and the memories are presented in an amazing array of pictures on our walls. The session was fun and we enjoyed the beautiful morning sunlight that captured many unpredictable moments that will be with us forever. Arek is a professional with an incredible talent. The portraits on the walls look terrific and have received many positive comments on how fantastic they are. We can't thank you enough for capturing such a special time in Hilton and our lives. Thank you Arek. Cheers Annie, Tracey and Hilton....woof woof snowy & Farmer

    Helen Alter February 2, 2014

    "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

    Jenny Ward January 1, 2014

    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!

    Belinda January 1, 2014

    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.

    Cameron January 1, 2014

    Arek at Five Castles was extremely professional and friendly. He has absolutely no problems taken photos of a same sex couple. We always felt relaxed and comfortable. An amazing experience that I would definitely recommend to other same sex couples wanting to capture their special moment! The photos were out of this world, very breath taking. Will be doing this again.

    Robyn And Family October 10, 2013

    Thank-you Arek for making the day with my family such a fun and special time and what a wonderful memory of the day I have on the wall beside me as I work. My mum loves her picture and although she is far away we shall always be connected :-)

    Helen And Neb October 10, 2013

    Arek from Five Castles photography was professional, yet friendly and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. The things he asked us to do to create beautiful natural photos made my husband and I feel like we were on a romantic date rather than have our photo taken and in the end, we ended up with the most natural photos of us we have. Arek helped us to document/capture my pregnancy in a way that was more about our relationship/history and looking forward to the baby's arrival rather than just some nice posed photos of my belly. I highly recommend his services and will be using him for all our photography needs in the future.

    Vanessa And Rod September 9, 2013

    Arek came to us highly recommended as we looked for someone to do a portrait of our parents and of their lives. Our parents were sceptical as it was not really their thing, but Arek went so much out of his way for them and made the day and the session so special, they had to call us immediately to rave about it. The photos were so impressive in the end, they had to hold back on buying everything! We too had him photograph us and it was indeed a special day. Arek not only, again went out of his way to have the right setting for the photo shoot, his rapport, enthusiasm, sense of fun and commitment to capture the moment was so infectious that even our dog was outdoing himself in posing for Arek! If youre looking for a photographer, Arek will not only capture who you are, but the experience on the day and the time leading up to it is definitely something to treasure and cherish!

    Vanessa Mollard September 9, 2013

    Arek came to us highly recommended as we looked for someone to do a portrait of our parents and of their lives. Our parents were sceptical as it was not really their thing, but Arek went so much out of his way for them and made the day and the session so special, they had to call us immediately to rave about it. The photos were so impressive in the end, they had to hold back on buying everything! We too had him photograph us and it was indeed a special day. Arek not only, again went out of his way to have the right setting for the photo shoot, his rapport, enthusiasm, sense of fun and commitment to capture the moment was so infectious that even our dog was outdoing himself in posing for Arek! If youre looking for a photographer, Arek will not only capture who you are, but the experience on the day and the time leading up to it is definitely something to treasure and cherish!

    Vanessa Mollard September 9, 2013

    Arek came highly recommended to us. We bought a photo shoot with him for our parents. Having never done something like this before, they were a little apprehensive. Arek went out of his way to not only make them feel totally comfortable and captured the best out of them, they had to call us immediately to rave about it. On top of that, he produced pictures that "blew them away". To say they were impressed is an understatement. We also had a photo shoot with Arek and again, he excelled in giving us all of him in order to get the best of us (which is not easy). We were impressed with the total package: the photos, his enthusiasm, his rapport and his love for a good photo. Even our dog got his enthusiasm by showing off and chasing his ball repeatedly and loving it. Thank you Arek for an experience and all your efforts to ensuring that when we look at the photos, we think of something special (even with no clouds).

    Alison August 8, 2013

    Looking at your photos from last year- thank you so much! They made me cry when I first saw them, Michael is 2 today and I'm viewing the book for the first time in a few months... I can't imagine how I'll feel when he's 20 :)

    Rebekah Symons August 8, 2013

    Arek helped us remember and celebrate why we fell in love and captured those thoughts beautifully in each photograph.

    John & Barbara August 8, 2013

    We were quite nervous at first thinking we were past having our portraits taken. Arek was great and made us feel very much at ease, chatting all the time to find out more about us. He also took some wonderful photos of our Kelpie and heifers. We now have four fantastic photos which create quite a talking point with visitors. Great work Arek.

    Josie August 8, 2013

    We just loved Arek's photographs, we will proudly display them on our walls as they truly captured our love for each other. But what was so unique about our experience with Five Castles was the extraordinary care Arek gave us. He met with us before the session to show us what to expect and how to prepare, and he visited us again after the session to present the images- we spent hours discussing them in detail and designing our products. He then delivered and installed our wall prints so we didn't have to do anything- it's hard to find such a service these days... *****

    Sara Zangana April 4, 2013

    Five Castle Portraits provides a very professional, friendly and patient experience. Arek communicated very well and the entire process from first consultation to receiving the final products was very fast. The wall prints were beautiful and top quality. Arek has an amazing passion for photography and the evidence is in the products.
  • Contact

    Company
    Five Castles Portraits
    Address
    26 Park Drive, Belgrave, Victoria
    Phone
    0467XXXXXX ( + Click To Show ) 0467676205

About this Photographer

Welcome,
I'm a professional, award-winning portrait photographer that documents the relationships- not simply what people look like.

I'm known for my approach in which I meet my clients 4 times and make sure everything is perfect- from start to finish.
I require an hour for our first meeting during which we'll get to now each other, we'll discuss your needs, I'll show you my samples, examples of my work and prices. We'll talk about how to best prepare for the session, decide on a location and date for your experience.
For best light conditions, I photograph exclusively around sunrise or sunset (depending on the age and routine of the children), I do not pose but I do direct the session. This allows me to make sure I get the best out of everyone and my focus is the love you all share.
Within the week from the session I'll come over once again and we'll review and discuss your images. I'll help you select your favourite ones and match them to best presentation option. That's when I take the order.
2-3 weeks later, when your images are printed and inspected I'll come over once again and install the wall art- making sure everything is perfect.

This all (including web-resolution images) is only $200 (now $100). Prints are priced a la carte and start at $199 for a hallway-sized wall print. Most of my clients purchase one or two statement pieces and get their favourite images in photobooks or our signature portfolio box. On average my clients spend anything in-between $1500-$3000.

All we need to do now is meet :)


About Five Castles Portraits

The Five Castles portraits brand was born out of a passion for magnificent photography. We love creating beautiful images. Pictures that capture unique moments in time, celebrate special events and most importantly tell a story about you, your family and your life.

At Five Castles we are also unashamedly obsessive about quality, precision and happy clients. We want you to look good, feel great and be delighted with your professional photographs today, tomorrow and for many generations to come.

Details matter to us. From the photography session itself through to the printing and framing of your images, we pride ourselves on attention to detail, a personal touch and creating an enjoyable, fun experience that results in magnificent images and your own unique works of photographic art.

It is our lens, but it is your story.


Five Castles Portraits consists of five specialties:
-Our Sand Castle Portraits focus on photographing children and families;
-Pet Castle Portraits specializes in pet photography;
-Silver Castle Portraits is all about celebrating relationships;
-Dorothy's Castle Portraits is dedicated to same sex couples;
-Mystery Castle Portraits will be announced in the future View More...

Contact Details

Company
Five Castles Portraits
Address
26 Park Drive, Belgrave, Victoria
Phone
0467XXXXXX ( + Click To Show ) 0467676205

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