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

In 2008 I created a simple sling strap that turned camera world upside down and mine as well. I knew nothing about having a product, let alone how to getto market. I did know photography, how to quick, how to sell something I believed. These characteristics were the driving force in the creation of the BLACKRAPID brand. I love this strap and still get excited when I see a photographer try it on for the first time, and with a smile say “wow, now I get it! This makes more sense and it’s so comfortable.”

Word of mouth is how we’ve grown to where we are today and I believe word of mouth will continue into the future. BLACKRAPID still has a long way to go in letting people know how we can help ease their photographic experience.

I have always honest and treating people with respect. Because of this, we offer customer service and it has been that way since day one. With that said, I want to thank you for believing in us here at BLACKRAPID. We are always open to hearing your thoughts and ideas so that we can better ourselves for a brighter future.

Welcome to the family. Lets turn the camera world upside down together while living the life we love.

Ron Henry