We are looking for diverse and amazing Melbourne families to help raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project

The "normal" family in Australia used to be Mum, Dad getting married and popping out 2.4 kids. NOW families are created in many amazing and divers ways and we want to meet you all!

Are you a blended family?

Are you a same-sex family?

Did your family become complete via IVF or surrogacy?

Are you a solo parent by choice or other circumstances?

Is your family chosen and not blood?

Is your family just you and your dog?

Then it’s time to celebrate your story and help kick cancer’s butt!

Photobat is on the look out for ANYONE who calls themself a family to be part of our EXCLUSIVE book, “KIN” that celebrates families of all kinds. 

Expect these Portrait Sessions to be fun, full of laughter and with lots of personality!

Funds raised will be donated to “The Kids Cancer Project”, and each family photographed will be featured in the book. 

Wouldn’t YOU LOVE a lasting memory of your family celebrating how it all came together? 

Help us raise $10,000 for kids cancer research!

In 2022 we did our first book, Barkology, which raised over $2000, so we are off to a good start!

Book in for a KIN Portrait Session, and 5% of all sales of artwork and digital collections will be donated to The Kids Cancer Project.

It also includes:

Total Value $650 for $75.

Here is a chance to do something special for your family and support a worthy cause in the process.

Want to be photographed, but prefer not to be in the book? No problem, you’re still most welcome to make a donation and have your name listed in the book as a supporter.


The Kids with Cancer Project raises funds for medical research to help kids with cancer. They believe the only way to improve outcomes for kids with cancer is through advances in medical research and to help find kinder, more effective treatments.



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What does a Photobat Kin Portrait Experience Involve?

Session Planning Call

How can I take your portrait if I don't know you! This call is all about finding out who you are, what you love about your family and working out how to can capture that in a way you will smile at forever.

The Portrait Session

Your portrait session will be at the location we work out in the planning session, it could be home, the park, the beach... anywhere! Sessions normally last 45min - 1 hour and include 5 fart joke references.

Personalised Viewing and Design Session

Once I've added some additional magic to your images we will jump onto Zoom and I'll guide you through them and give you some ideas on how to best to turn them into artwork that suits your home.


Each session includes a digital file of your favourite photo and also $200 towards our digital and wall art collections.

The Kin Book

A gorgeous soft cover A4 book, printed on high end premium papers by a local Australian company. Staring your family and story.

Your Donation

Your participation fee covers the high quality printing of the book. We will donate our time for the session, AND 5% of ALL print and digital sales to kids cancer project.

Ready help fight kid's cancer?

Nice words from some of our awesome families.

What is a Photobat? And who is this Alan guy?

Hi, I’m Alan the photographer and everything else at Photobat. I’m a life long photographer, starting in grade 5! I’m a Dad, husband and pet wrangler or two cats and a gassy dog. I often subject my family to dress in onesies for family photos.

I grew up being dragged each year to portrait studios and made to sit on a weird couch, put my arm awkwardly on my brother (who smells) and say “CHEESE” into the camera as a man squeezed a little squeaky toy. I didn’t like that and that is why I choose to take portraits that are full of fun and personality! Nothing boring! 

It’s why I often have to change my clothes at the end of a session (wet, dirty and often a mix of both). I love channeling a families energy, fun and uniqueness into fun sessions and then turn them into artwork that make you smile and your friends say “That’s so you” when they see them on your wall.

FAQ + Not So FAQ

For the $75 participation fee you will receive: 

A full Photobat Portrait Experience, including a planning session, to get to know you are your family. The photography session itself and a personalised purchasing appointment (valued at $265)

A digital file and $100 towards any additional artwork purchased.

5% of all sales will be donated to the Kids Cancer Project.

The photos taken on the session are not included. 

At your purchasing appointment you will get to see the whole collection of photos from your session with us and you can purchase prints, artwork, albums and digital files if you wish to. 

You will have the option of purchasing a copy of the KIN book with your photos included on their own double page spread with your story included. 

Good question! We are up front with all our pricing of our beautiful artwork. Our artworks range from $185-$2590. Our digital and wall art start from $795 ($695 after your credit)

An introduction to all the presentation options and pricing is available here.

Yes, totally that’s what this is all about! As our mission is to raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project, 5% of all the sales from each Barkology Session will be donated.

What a good thinker you are! We love grandparents being involved in family portraits. Many kids have fantastic and fun relationships with their grandparents so it’s so great to include them in the session too.

Once we have found the top top photos that you will love, we jump onto Zoom and I’ll guide you through them and work with you to choose what will suit you and your home the best.

Just get them all! Seriously you can…. even more seriously over the last20 years we have been helping people choose their artworks and have many great ways to help you. 

Yes, we use Payright to help our clients have more options regarding payment.

You pay a deposit of at least 10 percent, and Payright pay the balance on your behalf, straight away, and you can spread payment over 3,6,9 or 12 months.

What this means is that you receive your artwork straight away right away!

We ask that you allow 4-6 weeks for your artwork to arrive in our studio or to be shipped directly to you. 

  • Every family photographed for the project will be included in the book. To keep the design consistent, we will choose the image. However, rest assured we will be picking our absolute favourite!  Families who invest over $1200 will be guaranteed a double page spread in the book. Families who choose to simply donate will be included in a contributors section at the back of the book. 
  • With all Photobat Gift Vouchers, your Photobat Portrait Experience must be booked prior to the registration date, but the actual photography session can be held up to 4 months after.
  • Spaces are limited in the book and shoots are subject to availability. Priority will be given to applicants who
  • Only One Viewing + Design sessions in included per photography session and all orders and payment are completed at this time. To make sure you receive any bonuses goodies, vouchers/product credits, we ask that ALL decision makers are present at the Viewing + Design Session.
  • Your Photobat Portrait package credit is not redeemable for cash, cannot be used with any other offer and is not transferable.  Any offers cannot be used towards prior photography sessions. Wall art credit is only applicable to wall art purchases.
  • If you live a bit away from Beaumaris, Victoria we  may change a small travel fee.
  • A guide to prices and products can be viewed on our website at HERE.

We are committed to raising a funds for the Kids Cancer Project. However, the project has been very popular so we anticipate being able to publish the book in time for Christmas.

Final pricing will depend on the number of families in the book, but we expect it to cost about $55-$80.

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