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.

Mission Statement

We invite everyone to "live the moment" with us as we make life exciting this day forward.
We believe in being honest and real. Keeping life simple. Taking chances to go where you have always dreamed.
Freedom to live without boundaries and dream of a place you have always wanted to go.
As a company we live without competition, surrounded by innovators who strive to create a life that makes a difference for themselves and for the world.
Live the life you love.
–Ron Henry, Founder

Brand Pillars

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 Founder Ron Henry’s initial idea to 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

As a professional photographer in 2007, I was not a fan of camera straps. While playing around with a nylon climbing sling, I found something that works so much better – keeping the strap under the camera, away from the lens, allowing the camera to slide freely up and down the sling. After trying it out and testing it at an event, I knew I had something other photographers would love.

It was a simple idea but made a huge difference. It changed the way many of us carry our cameras today. Once you try it, you get it, and you will never go back to standard straps again.

Many thanks to all our customers who write in and tells us how much this strap has changed their life. We appreciate your input and comments. It helps us know what more we can do to make your shooting day easier.

Ron Henry