Dog & Pet Photography in South East Melbourne

Pet portraits to make your heart smile

we help you celebrate the best dog in the whole world... who's a good doggy?

A pet friendly studio

We don't care about the shedding hair, nor the drool or a wee in the corner (it happens to all the dogs). We'll have cool water ready for your dog, and are more than happy to rub his belly for an hour.

Truly personal yet professional

We will take care of everything, organise the appointments, help you with the outfits and assist you with the selection and design the best artwork for your home.
This is what we do :)

More than just for instagram

While we're very happy for you to share your pet portraits on social media, they are, however taken with wall art in mind. You know, something that will last more than a weekend.

We promise you this

We are dog people!

We speak your language, and more importantly, can read your dog's body language. We know when they are comfortable and happy, and how to get them there for those truly amazing and real portraits.

All ages, sizes and temperaments welcome

I bet you think your dog is too big, young/old or troublesome to sit for a photo... we've heard it all before. We always meet everyone we're to photograph ahead of time and discuss the plan of action. And we've never met a dog too boystrous to photograph.

We're happy to try things

Every dog is different and that's what we want to celebrate with you. Your pet's portrait should reflect their personality and be special, just like your dog. We never say no to trying things, so come with props and ideas :)

Multiple Award-winning studio


In our client's words:


"Dear Arek,

Thank you for such a great day. You were so patient with our camera-shy pups and without you we would never have gotten the results we did.

You're the best!"

Jessie and Daniel

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"Dear Arek, I would just like to thank you for the amazing experience.
All three of us had such a great time during the photo session and felt very relaxed and at ease.
Both Harry and Lena loved the throwing of toys across the room (apologies for the smacko on the head!) and the great sounds that you make!
Thank you for this wonderful gift, and I can't wait to get the portraits hanging up at home!"

Sue, Harry and Lena

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"Dear Arek, I was very impressed by the quality of all of the photos that you took of both myself and Caesar during our session.
You made us both feel at home throughout the the entire process from start to finish with a warm welcome every time and a nice cup of tea.
I'll be sure to let all of Caesar's extended family know about you so they can come and have a wonderful experience too."

Gary and Caesar

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"It was a great pleasure getting to know you!
Thank you so much for take the time to get to know Sprocket before the photoshoot day. And working it so the Puffing Billy train would come by for the perfect shot of my baby girl.
It truly did make for a great experience!"

Erin & Sprocket

How it works

1. Meet with us

Simply book an in-person appointment at our gallery to get to know each other, discuss the details and plan your couple's photography session with us.

-Pet portrait sessions are ONLY $200-

2. Have fun during the photoshoot

Our portrait sessions for couples are relaxed and fun for everyone. We'll worry about everything so you don't have to.

3. Custom artwork design appointment

Once your beautiful portaits are ready for our cinematic viewing, we'll invite you to our gallery once again and help you design the perfect artwork for your home.

-Our clients happily spend
between $1000 and $4000 with us-

4. Enjoy it for decades to come

Once your new dog's portraits are hanging on your walls they will bring a smile to your face everytime you glance at them. They are like windows in which you see your perfect relationship and recall that perfect time.

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We believe that the

perfect dog's portrait

has the power to bring a smile and a tear

They just don't live long enough! It is extremely saddening hearing about all the dogs we didn't get to photograph before their time came, and love hearing from our clients how much their beloved pet's portaits mean to them when that's all that's left.

Don't hesitate and put it off, having a professional dog photography session and resulting artwork will be bringing a smile to your face for a long time.

It all begins at our castle with

a discovery appointment

To begin your experience at Five Castles Portraits simply make an appointment to visit our gallery in Belgrave and meet Arek, your photographer, to plan your pet's photography session.

The meeting lasts about an hour, we'll have tea, get to know each other, go through all the options and touch some samples.

You may give us a call directly on 046 7676 205 or use the button below to choose your preferred time. Please note that our appointments are held only on weekdays (as weekends are reserved for portrait sessions) during business hours, however on Tuesdays and Thursdays we offer extended hours and we can meet as late at 7:15 PM.

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Arek Rainczuk, APP

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