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Big Red Lighthouse in Holland, MI
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Welcome to our website. Since 2013, Black River Studios has been working from our custom-built photography studio in Holland, MI. We specialize in studio photography, but if you need us to go on location, we’ll be thrilled to do it. Call us anytime or send us an email at if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment. Even if you just want to know a little bit more about us and what we do, we’d love to hear from you.

'Go ahead and browse our site and let us know if there's anything we can do. From newborns to graduations, here at Black River Studios we have photographers who specialize in capturing the priceless moments that make up your life. Our team has a diverse and accomplished skill set to meet your needs for years to come. There is no such thing as an event or experience too small for us to shoot. We believe getting to know you is a vital part of the artistic process, which helps us capture you and what you love best. 


With an interest in technology and art, photography soon became a passion that Benjamin Herrera couldn’t deny. Though Black River Studios got its start with the photographers shooting photos of family members, friends and nature, now they all work with paying clients. Over the years, we have not only improved our technique, but developed our own personal style. 

Black River Studios always ensures that we use the best equipment in the industry, and we hold consultations with clients to better understand their vision and preferences. If you’d like to learn more about Black River Studios and work with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 


We offer a variety of creative and innovative services, always keeping the client’s vision in mind. Through pioneering technology and tools, we strive to take visual storytelling to the next level. Take a look at our services above and get in touch today.

Our logo was made by Blowout Entertainment of Holland, Michigan. Visit his Facebook page at  



Filming Clapper for scenes
Letterbox for "ON AIR" Podcast Shows
Summer in Holland, MI at Holland State Park



The history of Black River Studios started in 2005 as Twin Star Productions. It was started by my brother and I...who is my twin brother. It only lasted until I moved to California in May 2006. It died out until I started Digital Age Productions when I lived in Hanford, CA. From 2006-2009 I started making videos for friends who would do videos for their homemade dirt bike track. That lasted until I decided to move back to Michigan after being in California for 6 years. In 2012, I renamed the company to 616 Studios. Then I made my first video called "Final Brawl" with friends and family. After a year of nothing, I decided to change the name again due to naming rights. I changed it to Red Lighthouse Studios. Since at the time I moved back to Holland, Michigan. From 2012-2013 I would do side projects and do more photos than anything else. I decided to enroll in Kalamazoo Valley Community College to major in Film/Photography. Where I learned how to do more editing to film and photos. In 2014, I renamed the business to Black River Films in 2015 is that I was in the area where the "Black River" flowed through. After a year of ups and downs, slow production, nothing happening. I changed the name to its current name of Black River Studios since we do more than just films. 2013, is Black River Studios founding year, since its when I became my own business. 


Winter scene in Michigan.

About the owner:


My name is Benjamin Herrera, the owner of Black River Studios based in Holland, MI. I started Black River Studios in 2013 after moving back to Michigan after spending 6-years in California as mentioned above. I am married with two kids. My wife and I got married in 2013, her name is Tracy Herrera, she is my best friend. I was born and raised in Holland, MI on August 31, 1979. I have earned several degrees in the film industry, I'm a current graduate of Full Sail University as a Digital Cinematographer.



Full Sail University - GRADUATED IN MARCH, 2021 WITH A 3.74 gpa with Associates Degree (2021) Currently working on Bachelor's Degree (2023) both degrees are for Digital Cinematography.

Studied: Creative Presentation, History of Motion Pictures Arts, English Composition I, Art History, Intro to Film & Video, New Media Tools, Project & Portfolio I, II and III: Film & Video, Personal Branding, Scriptwriting Techniques, Intro to Postproduction, Composition & Visual Design, Career Research, Fundamentals of Production I, II, Resume Fundamentals, Lighting Techniques, Camera Shots/Angles.

Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Lightroom Pro, Movie Magic Budgeting/Scheduling, Casting.

Graduating in June 2023, with my Bachelors Degree in Digital Cinematography


Studied: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, InDesign. Film/Directing/Production/Editing, photography lighting, photo editing, history of photography.

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