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Kevin Focht

I started my career in photography over 25 years ago in Portland Oregon ( has it really been that long? Sheesh i’m getting old!}. After spending years shooting model portfolios, and local ad agency work, I needed to grow as a fashion photographer and moved to Italy, Greece, London, Miami and finally New York. Then 9-11 happened. Without going into too much detail, it was a live changing experience. I lived 2 blocks from the World Trade Center on that day. After going through a pivotal event such as that, you change your perspective on what is important to you in your life. For me it was being closer to my family. We packed our belongings and moved back to Portland.

Photography is one of the most important things in my life, but THE most important are my two wonderful kids. Every day I just feel so grateful to have them in my life.

Photography is the one thing that takes me away literally. When I am shooting, nothing else matters and I can block out everything else. It’s a very strange feeling, but when I am in my zone, nothing else matters.

I struggled early to find out what I should be doing with my self. I started out shooting landscapes, and was published early but it just didn’t feel right. I went back to college for graphic design. When in college a fashion photographer came in and showed his book. I was like “I can make a great living shooting really hot women?” Being a young 25 year old kid, it sounded like a great idea to me. I shot my first model a few days later, and it was like a duck to water. It was what I supposed to be doing.

I have some advice to attendees to After Dark. Get a lot of sleep before you get here. Never ever go back to your hotel room. Stay downstairs. Don’t stand back, get in there and give it a shot. Most of all be open to any and all types of photography. I have learned so much being a mentor at AD from other mentors that shoot nothing like me. You will make lifetime friends at AD. I know I have!!!!

How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
“I started out wanting to be a graphic designer, and saw a fashion photographers portfolio. When I learned I could make money shooting beautiful women, I knew that is what I wanted to do. My studio manager and girlfriend both push me.”

From Kevin:
“Albert Watson and Peter Lindbergh are the two that I always look to as well as Philip Dixon. I normally get my best ideas when I am driving for some reason. If you’re thinking about coming to another After Dark Event, remember the amount of information you can get in one place, and there are photographers from everywhere mentoring. If you’ve never been to After Dark Before, get a lot of sleep and just be open. Everyone is there to help you! ‘No day but today.’

Contact Info:
Left Turn Weddings
Focht Forum
Facebook Kevin Focht
Email KevinAfter Darks Attended: 6

Favorite AD moment: Anything with Brian DeMint. That dude kills me every single time I work with him. We are so different in our styles, but we are so much the same in process and thoughts.

Fun Facts:

  • Nikon Shooter
  • Studio in Portland
  • Location Session (NYC)
  • I specialize in fashion. Everything I do has a fashion sense to it. Seniors and weddings.

Majority of Business:

  • HS Seniors
  • Commercial advertising/Fashion


  • I use all Bowens lighting in my studio. It’s bullet proof and has such a great quality of light.

Top 5 Skills:

  • Lighting
  • Lighting
  • Lighting
  • Business/Marketing
  • My Sparkling Personality:)