Our Story

Founded in 2008 by Seattle photographer Ron Henry, BLACKRAPID was established from a revolutionary idea. Ron saw a need for an ergonomic solution for all day shoots and so the original camera sling™ was born..

Our patented ConnectR and FastenR system allows your camera to quickly glide up the strap and into shooting position, improving the speed, comfort and efficiency when it matters most – never miss a shot.

Trusted by photographers worldwide, we create our products with high quality materials and innovative designs. We know you’ll feel the BLACKRAPID difference from the moment you first put on one of our straps.

Brand pillars & Mission

Customers First

We listen and respond with respect. BLACKRAPID products are trusted by professional photographers and photography enthusiasts from around the world. Our relationship with you begins before purchase and continues throughout the life of your strap – from offering suggestions on the best products to exceptional after-service care. We stand behind our products and would love to show you the BLACKRAPID difference.

A Passion For Everything We Do

Passion is in our DNA - from Ron Henry’s initial idea to the today’s BREATHE line, we are obsessed with bringing you the best products in the market. As creators of the original camera sling we turned the photography industry (and their cameras) upside down and we know that when you try on our straps you’ll feel this passion and your photos will never be the same.


At BLACKRAPID, we believe life is made of moments and we help you capture them. We were founded with the core vision of when you believe in yourself anything is possible. Our company culture is collaborative, creative, and casual. We are inspired by the moments you live and proud to be a part of the photography community. How did you #LiveTheMoment today?

Meet our Founder

Ron Henry, born in a small town in Idaho, moved to Seattle in his 20s to pursue his dream of becoming a professional photographer. Wanting to live a life without limits, he searched the universe for the answer and in 2007 it responded with the idea for the R-Strap. A simple idea that revolutionized the industry.Today Ron can be found traveling with his dog, Woof, capturing the beautiful places and people of the Pacific Northwest. Living his life without limits, Ron encourages you to live the moment.