Sarah Van Ryn – Light the SPARK Emerging Artist 2024

SPARK Photo Festival Signature Exhibit

Hands and Feet by Sarah Van Ryn


Sarah Van Ryn
Light the SPARK: Emerging Artist Exhibit


YMCA Balsillie Family Branch
123 Aylmer Street South
Phone (705) 748 9642

Mon to Fri: 6 am to 9 pm
Sat & Sun: 7 am to 5:30 pm

SPARK Opening Reception and Juried Awards Ceremony
Sunday, April 7
2 pm to 4 pm
Space is limited. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

SPARK is grateful for funding support for the Emerging Artists Program and Exhibit from:
Bellwether Family Wealth – Weichel & Associates
Griffin’s Greenhouses
Pearle Vision Peterborough
Stoneguide Realty Ltd.

Thank you to:
our host venue YMCA Balsillie Family Branch



Print Partner

Exhibit: Siblings

This micro series explores the remarkable bond developing between 2 young sisters and their very new brother in the context of an in-home newborn session. To view the colour edits, along with more images from this newborn session, please visit

Artist Statement

Your Life in Photos

I believe wholeheartedly in family photography as a form of story-telling. In other words, I love to make photographs that reflect families, just the way they are.

Parents often hear the adage that “the days are long, but the years are short”. The idea that childhood can be suddenly fleeting is true, but scary. Sometime soon, you will pull out your own family photos to recall THIS very particular time in your life, because so much will have changed already. The smell of your infant’s head, the way sunlight catches in the strands of your preschooler’s unruly hair, the intense, sometimes unpredictable emotion and hilarity that come with being a child, and being a parent. The funny part is, as you look back at these images, you’ll come to realize that all the things we humans worry about in front of the camera…what we’re wearing, who is smiling…don’t actually matter. The only thing you’ll want to remember is what it felt like to be there with your family, in that moment, together.

Making authentic, connection based, “kid-first” family photos is important to me. I love working with natural light, in wide open spaces or the safety of home, where kids can feel free to move, explore and engage with the world around them.

Artist Bio

Sarah Van Ryn is a Lakefield based family, newborn and event photographer. Using a unique session format, Sarah combines casual lifestyle portraiture with a more documentary approach, allowing her to create images that reflect the power of authentic human connection.  As a firm believer in relaxed, stress free and “kid first” family photos, Sarah loves working with natural light, wild settings (inside or out, haha), and encouraging children to engage with the world around them.

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