Our Vibe

Hello! I’m Sarah-Jane but by now you probably already know that 🙂  Here is what you REALLY what to know.
What I do: 
  • Bring energy, professionalism and FUN to your wedding day
  • Capture your newly-wed portraits at Golden Hour for that dreamy and flattering light 
  • Guide you with a detailed timeline
  • Guide you through making the best decision with your ceremony time – best light, location, weather, tourists 
  • Give you a bunch of photography locations to chose from – we aim for 3 x different “looks”
  • Plan a fun engagement session, teach you direction posing to get flattering angles and help with your styling to maximise your images 
  • Spend 2-3 hours with you trialling and photography different hair and makeup looks to show you what looks best on you 
I am not afraid too: 
  • Put my years of project management skills to good use so your wedding day runs smoothly 
  • I am a master pseudo bridesmaid and awesome at keeping “emotional” Mothers or Bridesmaids at ease
  • I am not afraid to dance around like an idiot to capture kids or distract them
  • I will connect and chat with your guests 🙂 Granddads love me and Uncles always want to talk about photography equipment during dinner 
  • I will stand back with a long lens and capture candid moments 
  • I will bring my step ladder because I am short AF and 10 bucks says you and majority of your guests will be taller than me and I will need to use it at some point! 
  • I am compassionate, understanding and Motherly… but not afraid to get my “Mum voice” on to hurry up your Bridesmaids getting dressed so you are not late ;P 
  • I don’t care if you are are LGBTQ, black/white/green/purple or there is someone with special needs. I WILL talk, engage and capture your inner beauty 
  • I will have a hair and makeup touchup kit in my photography bag, even if you don’t book me
Sarah-Jane Ryan - 2017 Business Awards Winner - Lady Bella Photography

Recent Awards 

2019 Awarded Business Excellence in Personal + Retails Services
2018 Finalist Business Excellence in Personal Services
2018 Finalist Superstar Startup  
2018 Finalist Business Excellence in Professional Services 
2017 Awarded Young Entrepreneur at BEATS Awards 
2017 Young Entrepreneur finalist at Northern Regionals Awards 
2017 Finalist Business Excellence in Professional Services
2016 Awards Business Excellence in Personal Services at BEATS Awards 
2016 Awards Business Excellence in Personal Services at Northern Regionals Awards 
2016 Finalist Business Excellence in Professional Services
2015 Finalist Business Excellence Awards in Personal Services 
2015 QLD Finalist Australian Bridal Industry Awards in categories: Photography, Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist 

The History
Wedding Photography Elopement Photographer Byron Bay Gold Coast Lady Bella Photography
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.


Kind Words
"SJ, we are so grateful for the amazing job you did capturing our special day. From start to end you create such a relaxed, positive and fun energy that makes everyone feel at ease. Your ability to manage large groups for photos is fantastic and we are so stoked with the outcome - the photos are beautiful! Thanks so much, definitely recommend!”
Wedding Photography Gold Coast Northern NSW Byron Bay Lady Bella Photography
2018 Brisbane Bride
"LADY BELLA IS AMAZING!! SJ went above, and seriously, beyond to arrange, orchestrate, photograph and choreograph Sean and my incredibly emotional and intimate wedding. SJ even arranged the most incredible, divine celebrant (Ben Carlyle) to make our moment THE most beautiful moment ever. We will never be able to thank SJ enough. Our moment was perfect thanks to Lady Bella. 10 out of 10! Cannot recommend Sarah Jane Ryan and her Lady Bella team enough! Thank you SJ “
2018 Byron Bay Bride



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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!


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