Hello! I am Sarah-Jane (SJ) principal creative at Lady Bella, and I’ve been a Byron Bay wedding photographer for more than eight years. I have a unique perspective as a qualified Photographer, Hairdresser and Makeup Artist. Known for our award winning and Internationally trusted collections.
We specialise in candid story-telling moments with a fashion-esque inspired edge. We pride ourselves on being lots of fun while gently guiding you. It’s all about making you feel beautiful, comfortable and in the moment!
We love natural light and do our best work outside amongst Mother Nature! We service Byron Bay (Northern Rivers), Tweed Coast & Hinterland and South Gold Coast. We are regularly abroad perfect for Elopements (Maldives & Bali 2017, Europe 2018).
“I would best describe my imagery as having editorial concepts from an extensive background in the fashion industry. It’s beauty styling, nostalgic, powerful and feminine.”
– Creative Director, Sarah-Jane
2017 Young Entrepreneur Business Excellence in Tweed Shire
2016 Business Excellence in Personal Services in Tweed Shire + Regional NSW
2016 Awards Business Excellence in Personal Services at Northern Regionals Awards
I have sourced a talented team to support me so we can offer our popular ‘One-Stop-Shop’ Photography, Hair & Makeup Packages for any size wedding. Don’t worry we offer JUST Wedding Photography too!
Imagine your day is being captured by not only an Award Winning photographer but also an Internationally trusted Hair and Makeup artist? Think about that for a second…. someone photographing you, by your side all day who is an expert in the wedding industry and trained in beauty styling, posing and direction!
I always carry a camera and a touchup kit. When you book Lady Bella you have a touchup Queen by your side! Some of our brides have a second dress for the reception… what about a second hair & makeup look!?
The short of it…. I launched “Lady Bella” in 2010. We grew quickly trusted by brands and magazines like Billabong, Cotton On Body and New Idea Magazine. I have a background in business and marketing. Naturally the commercial side of Lady Bella expanded. I found myself mentoring like minded women in business.
This lead me to launching Bella Creative Agency in mid-2017. It was the perfect opportunity to separate my ‘commercial’ projects so Lady Bella can focus on beautiful Weddings!
Due to my unique skill set as a qualified photographer, hairdresser and makeup artist I was booking a lot of elopements. I was lucky enough to travel to the Maldive’s in 2017 for a breathtaking elopement! Luxe Elopements was a natural progression.
I’ve been accused once (or twice, hehe) of being hyper-active, excitable, fun and driven. With a tendency to snort when I laugh and wave my ‘Italian’ hands around when I speak. I’m always up for a laugh and have a very healthy sense of humour.
A creative-hippie soul with an entrepreneurial mindset.
I would best describe my imagery as having editorial concepts from an extensive background in the fashion industry, it’s beauty styling, nostalgic, powerful and feminine.
I believe my previous life experience operating businesses and managing teams of people enables me to calmly deliver professional services in challenging wedding or business environments.
Many people ask me HOW I do it all – its simple really – I don’t, I have a team who supports me ;P But if you are referring to the skill sets? They all overlap and have fundamentals in common ie: Lighting, Composition, Colour and most importantly PEOPLE skills! There is just a little bit more “chemistry” in Hairdressing and a little bit more “Maths” in Photography ;P What it all comes down to… helping people become the best versions of themselves.
I love to learn, create and enjoy ongoing professional and personal development.
I am a mother of two beautiful girls Sophia and Isabella-Rose. We live for the ocean, arts, music and dancing.
Now more than ever I feel a sense of duty to make a difference. I have a platform and a voice (a loud one at times ;P). I want to be an advocate for women in business. For women to collaborate not compete. Too gather your tribe and encourage one another. For women’s rights to nuturer their babies in public without shame or judgement. To make women feel beautiful my enhancing their natural beauty with my skills but show them it’s their inner light that shines the brightest. To be a genuine, kind and hardworking role model for my girls. Most importantly… I feel a sense of duty to make people feel good about themselves in my presences. I hope I make a stranger smile at least once a day. It’s selfish really because it feels so God damn good!