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!