Underwater Video for “Boy’s Life” – Small Black Music Video

Pretty stoked to share with you all the brand new music video for Small Black! I assisted camera for a few days of production, pulled focus and operated for all of the underwater scenes. I was happy to be on board and being on set with director Nick Bentgen was a great learning experience. I’m blown away by how awesome this video is. Enjoy!

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A Whale of a Good Time – Sandy Hook National Park

I wanted to post a few snapshots of a lucky Humpback Whale sighting a few hundred feet off the shores of Sandy Hook National Park in New Jersey. These images made the local news as well as appeared on the front page of The Asbury Park Press. Glad I brought my camera fishing, total serendipitous moment!

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Shooting Soapbox – Asbury Park

It’s no secret that Asbury Park is my favorite seaside city. The community is rich with artists, entrepreneurs, and fresh young energy. Cafe Volan has been such a great place to meet people and it was here I connected with Rob Feinstein of Soapbox. Soapbox is a simple and versatile furniture solution, and when Rob asked me to photograph some new and existing tables I jumped at the chance.

Images have been rolling out a bit on the Soapbox instagram and I’m happy to share a few here. The location we chose suited the tables well. The space filled with natural light (filled with Profoto) and seaside texture lent itself quite well to the Soapbox brand.

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Summer Fun – Underwater in Vermont

As summer pushes forward I realize how fleeting this season can be. In keeping busy in June/July I’ve been commissioned to shoot video, portraits, still life, lifestyle, weddings and live music. I’ve been assisting on still and video sets for other photographers and production companies, I operated an underwater camera for a music video, pulled focus for a steady cam, and a host of other projects. This industry teaches us that the more we work commercially (and share that we’re doing so) the better our job security. I certainly understand the value in marketing myself, networking and assisting, shooting, and learning. Sometimes I forget that the periods in between the madness are what it’s all for. I recently made time for a few days of camping and the great outdoors in Vermont.

Photography and filmmaking makes me so happy in a way that I can’t explain; it’s a dream come true to make a living doing something that truly excites me. I find time away from it all to be the best recharge, and to allow inspiration to seep in. Below are a series of underwater images I shot while on vacation in The Green Mountain State.

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4th of July Weekend – Asbury Park

4th of July was an incredible weekend for Asbury Park, New Jersey. I was lucky enough to be commissioned by The Boardwalk to photograph the festivities. I started the day photographing the new food truck park on 7th, on to South Side Johnny at The Stone Pony Summer Stage on Friday night, and capped off the 4th shooting the fireworks atop Convention Hall on Saturday night. Happy summer!

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Paws and Anchor – Bradley Beach

I had the recent opportunity to photograph Bryan and Nicole, owners of Paws & Anchor for the triCityNews. Paws & Anchor is the Jersey Shore’s newest pet care and grooming store located in Bradley Beach.

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Painting With Pau – The Asbury Park Boardwalk

The Asbury Park beach front is filled with culture, art and music. Located in Monmouth County, this coastal city is a favorite spot of mine along the eastern seaboard. Recently, the artist Pau was commissioned to paint 2 beautiful murals on the historic Casino located on the border of Asbury and Ocean Grove. I spent some time with her chatting about life in Chile and Germany, the places she’s called home, art and america. Thanks for the fun times Pau, and for making our City by the Sea so beautiful.

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Polycor – 1cm Video

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I’m happy to share a recent video I directed and produced for Polycor, North America’s premier marble and granite group. Their 1cm, carbon fiber backed stone is unique by design and its strength is unmatched. The idea was to show ease of fabrication on location at International Stone Collection in Brooklyn, following the steps from cutting to polishing, through instillation in a private residence in Long Island City.

I felt like I got to tag along at the shop and see how something was made. I can truly appreciate craftsmanship. Many of my favorite projects include people creating with their hands and this video fulfilled that excitement.

Please have a look by clicking this link: Polycor – 1cm Stone or by pressing play below.

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Eastern Surf Magazine Cover – Panama

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Travel is one of the best parts of being a photographer. There’s nothing better than arriving on-location, team in place and capturing meaningful images for a feature print story.

I’m excited to share news that my image of Pat Schmidt is the cover of the World Travel Issue for Eastern Surf Magazine. In January we headed to Bocas del Toro, an island off the Caribbean side of Panama. You may remember seeing photos from that adventure in a blog post here. A few more action and lifestyle images from our trip can be seen inside the current issue, please grab a copy at your local surf shop or click over to the digital version of the magazine. Congrats Pat on your first cover and thank you Eastern Surf Magazine for running our trip on Page 1!

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#VanLife in Southern California

California! I love the expansive beaches of the West Coast. From the pristine Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur to the surf centered zones of San Clemente, California is a bucket of inspiration. I recently spent a few weeks camping, sight seeing and shooting Santa Cruz to San Clemente. I even manged a day in Mexico to surf Baja. Just wanted to share a few images from my time in SoCal and a glimpse into the #VanLife. For more travels follow along on Instagram: @RyanStruck

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