What I've always loved about working with photography students is their never-ending optimism, creativity and pure enthusiasm for the craft. They have no boundaries on what they're willing to try; they simply focus on what they want to create.
When I read the quote above from Franklin D. Roosevelt, I couldn't help but think about two groups in photography; students and Profoto. It's perfect for students, especially Kent Meister in Profoto's spotlight from the "Rising Light" archives, but think about Profoto as a company.
Profoto manufactures the finest lighting equipment in the industry. Every day there are photographers who, thanks to Profoto's technology, especially with Off Camera Flash are going anywhere and everywhere to create their images. There are no boundaries on the visions in their mind's eye.
If you haven't been into a Profoto retailer, just click on the banner below and check things out for yourself. You'll never be disappointed in the quality of their products or the consistency in the quality of light!
Meanwhile, Harley Anderson does a terrific job of sharing the work and the insight into Kent Meister's images in the post below. Kent is definitely an artist we should all have on our radar, and that's the fun of working with students; watching them grow and realize their dreams.
Headshots with Kent Meister
Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Kent Meister, at School of Visual Arts in New York .
Most photo majors get hooked on taking pictures early on, while others take a more roundabout route. Kent Meister, currently enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA) MPS Digital Photography Graduate Program in NYC, started out in the world of acting and theater.
Arriving fresh-faced out of Tulsa Oklahoma to pursue a career in Manhattan’s theater district about 10-years ago, many of Kent’s friends had cameras, and before long Kent caught the bug. Since then he’s managed to slowly turn that initial spark into a growing photography business.
Never one to get comfortable, Kent decided to go back to school in order to expand his technical and creative skill sets in order to further grow his photography business. Up till this point he had been mostly self-taught by experimenting on his own and scouring internet sites such as The Strobist for new tips and lighting tricks. The work of Mark Seliger also had an impact on his approach to picture taking.
Already an owner of a Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash system, Kent was eager to become more familiar with the schools Profoto D4 and Acute Studio Generator kits, including light shapers he had yet to play with.
As for cameras and lenses Kent is a Nikon shooter. Depending on the assignment he uses a Nikon D810 or a D4. His prime shooting lenses include Sigma 50mm/f1.4 and 24mm/f1.4 Art-series lenses along with a Nikon 85mm/f1.4G portrait lens.
Though he makes good use of the school’s Profoto Acute lighting systems, he’s primarily a B1 enthusiast, typically with a Profoto Softbox RFi 5’ Octa and/or a Profoto Softlight Reflector White.
One of his favorite photographs to date is one he captured while working on a personal photo project on Governors Island in NYC in which he wanted to push the envelope of not only his lighting skills, but his directorial skills with his subjects.
As for his future Kent hopes to shoot travel and editorial portraiture for magazines. He would also like to spend time in Cuba, a place he has previously traveled to that he finds incredibly seductive. A travel or portrait assignment from Vanity Fair or other prime time publication would truly make his day.
Make that an extended, no-rush deadline assignment in Cuba…
To see more of Kent Meister’s work go to his website: www.kentmeisterphotography.com
or check out is Instagram: www.instagram.com/kentmeister
Kent Meister’s favorite lighting tools:
- Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash System
- Profoto Zoom Reflector
- Profoto Softbox RFi 5′ Octa
- Profoto Softlight Reflector White