Sarah-Jane van Ruiswyk is a photographer and event stationery designer based in Bendigo, Victoria.
Who am I?
Hi, I am Sarah-Jane, SJ for short and never Sarah! I am a Wife, Mumma, Groodle lover, Photographer, Designer and Art Teacher. I was born on a farm just out of Ganmain, NSW (you may need to google that one) and now reside in Bendigo, Victoria.
When I’m not photographing or designing you can find me enjoying the outdoors with my family, visiting cafes, travelling, cooking, trying to garden and supervising our house renovations.
How did I get here?
Photography was a passion from a young age shooting on a Kodak analogue camera and eagerly waiting for it to be developed. Half way through Year Eleven I changed High Schools as my Photography class clashed with Modern History and I wanted to do both. I went on to study a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Design at University in Wagga. It was in my second year that I was approached by one of my lectures to Photograph a Wedding. I was a nervous wreck, however, here I am 11 years later still doing it!
I started doing small Design jobs for friends. When my sister approached me to design her Wedding Stationery, I fell in love with all things Weddings, adding this component to my business. It started with invitations and now includes on the day signage, stubby holders and so much more.
From here I decided to go back and study. I wanted to specialise in Visual Arts and teach my passion of The Arts to the younger generation. You can find me teaching Art part-time at a local school in Bendigo whilst running my business on my days off (with a toddler underfoot). The perfect balance of doing what I love!
Is it hard at times? Yes?
Would I change it? Not a chance!
Get to know me! I am currently loving…
Lindt 78% chocolate
Strong almond latte
the lost flowers of alice hart
Australian Birth Stories
SERVICES I OFFER
WEDDINGS | COUPLES | NEWBORNS | FAMILY
I believe photography is a way of telling stories, it’s about capturing those precious moments and finding hidden beauty in unlikely places. An art of observation and interpretation, I draw inspiration from the love, laughter, characters and atmosphere surrounding you, all while aiming to document your story as it unfolds in a natural and unobtrusive way. I offer photography services to capture moments from engagements, weddings and couples through to maternity, newborns and family. I would love the opporunity to discuss your sessions futher, so please feel free to get in touch.
WEDDINGS | ENGAGEMENTS | BABY SHOWERS | EVENTS
We have invested an incredible amount of time and budget sourcing our print suppliers. We work with only the very best printers around Australia who we trust to take your invitation designs and give them the love and care they deserve at the print press. Each of our print type orders are sent to our specialist printers who are the masters in their field of printing. SARAHJANEVR is a curated collection of designer pieces, without the designer price tag. Any invitation you fall in-love with is at the forefront of design. It’s innovative, intimate and essentially yours.