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To Newark, With Love. From Newark, With Love

To Newark with Love, Ryarmo Photography Studios

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Ryan, is a fellow Brooklynite, entrepreneur, client, and friend. We connected on so many things, but the one that brought us together was our passion for our dreams and our great love of Newark. I sat down with Ryan for a Webex edition of From Newark With Love.

Listen to the whole story:

How did you begin your business?

RyArMo  Photography Studio is the 10+ year evolution of a  disgruntled wall streeter using photography as a means of escapism during the 08’ financial crisis to an incorporated full-service commercial photography studio/flex use space dedicated creative placemaking. Photographic capture started off as escape from reality to becoming  reality! Ryan Arnez Monroe (the person) and RyArMo Photography Studio (the brand) exist in a symbiosis unimaginable ten years prior.

I’ve always had a love of photography! I developed skill by “doing” and being prodigious in my desire to refine my skill/capture over time; this coupled with my  business acumen (as a former wall streeter) has afforded me the ability to turn a passion into an income earning business that empowers others economic endeavors directly or indirectly.

Did you engage Newark prior to choosing this City ?

Yes; my first two connects prior to relocation was with Jeremy Johnson (Executive Director of Newark Arts) and Aisha Glover (Former CEO of NCEDC, Current CEO of Newark Alliance); proactive outreach to these two fine folks has proven to be the best strategic decisions I’ve made as it pertains  to the sustainability/long term viability of RyArMo Photography Studio full stop!

Why Newark ?

I’ll answer your question with a question: Why Not Newark? 

Where to begin..?? Newark is a transit connected, culturally rich community that is a hotbed of creativity. Newark is a gritty city that rewards determined innovators who choose to set their own path/lane with conviction and purpose; there is honestly no better place (at least in the NYC Metro Area) more advantageous to create from than Newark at current.

What would you say you are bringing to our chosen city?

A different narrative! Newark has been a blessing to me in all aspects; I feel a deep sense of honor to be in Newark and a sincere desire to do my part to make sure other black/brown men see a model of positivity & perseverance – even in struggle/adversity that we all have to cope with in various forms.

In relocating and setting up RyArMo Photography Studio I’ve discovered the importance of building it first without fear while building it right with compassion/drive/integrity/purpose!

From Newark, With love Ryan Arnez Monroe, Owner/Creative Director of
Ryarmo Photography Studios

Describe Ryarmo Photography  Studio.

RyArMo Photography Studio is a full-service commercial photography studio that provides flex use space for creative placemaking space for rental to other artists/creatives/entrepreneurs.

RyArMo Photography Studio occupies a formerly abandoned auto repair facility that has been purposefully rehabbed into a space that has become a mini anchor institution of creativity/positivity in the Lower Broadway Section of Newark.

RyArMo Photography Studio is a special place that you just have to walk through our red doors to understand what it’s all about, there is  a vibe/energy that is bigger than my presence and stewardship as the Owner/Creative Director that is hard to articulate into words. I can say that my space is unique and welcome all who are interested in a visit..just reach out!

Connect with Ryan on:

www.ryarmophotographystudio.com
on IG @rymothephotoguy

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The Speaker

A Podcast: Newark Is . .

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Truly loved my moment with Tamisha for Newark Is, if you know me then you know talking all things about my chosen city is a favorite pastime of mine. Check it out!

I Knew when coming to Newark I was going to have to earn the trust of it’s citizens.

About the Episode:

Tamisha sits down with Citi Medina, the founder of Equal Space. Medina picked up his business from Brooklyn and moved to Newark 12 years ago, and hasn’t looked back. 

Medina is a Creative Strategist and has worked in the Design & Strategy industry for over 10 years. Medina leads campaigns in an ever-immersive media world, driven by demanding multicultural millennial audiences. His passion for strategy and design led to the creation of MEDINA = CITI, a design collective, which delves into the worlds of Print Design, Web Design, Multimedia, Film Production, Photography, Ongoing/Contributing Marketing Strategies and Social Media campaigns. MEDINA’s tireless passion for entrepreneurship and technology has led to his founding of a Sharespace & Incubator facility in Newark, New Jersey called = SPACE (equalspace.co), a unique co-working space for financial tech, securities tech and large media platforms, which focuses on founders of color, LGBT-led startups and women ventures.

Hear about his co-working space and everything else he’s working on around the city and check him and his company out around the web! @citimedina @equalspaceco

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