2016 in Review

Wow, where does the time go! This is my first “Year in Review” since 2011. Why the long drought? Well, the biggest change was that we welcomed our firstborn, Odin, in December of 2012. Two years later, came his sister Teagan in December of 2014. Three short months later, we moved back to Virginia to be closer to family. Yeah, it’s been a little busy.

2016 was my first full year back on the East Coast and it was a really good year for my business. It did come with some sacrifice though. Now that I’m based in a small town, I have to travel a lot more than I did when I was based in Portland. Of the 35 shoots I did last year, only 4 were in Charlottesville and just 16 in Virginia. I’ve flown more miles for work in the last two years than I did in the last 5 years I lived in Portland. I’ve had shoots in Buffalo, New York City, The Hamptons, LA, Silicon Valley, DC, Ohio, Maryland, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, San Diego, and have been back to Portland, OR 3 times. I was on the road or flying for 57 days in 2016 with one shoot lasting almost two weeks.

I really have to thank my wonderful wife, Lauren, and our family in Virginia for their support and help with our young family during this time of transition. I feel very grateful to have them so that I can do something I love for a living and that it’s able to help support a family of 4 (7 if you count our three cats 🙂

On to the work. I have a lot of images to share and I’ll give a brief comment what each shoot was for. Coming soon will be a big update to my portfolios featuring work I’ve shot for Hunter Douglas, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Prometheus Real Estate Group, and many more. Thanks for visiting and looking forward to an even better 2017.

Country Living Cover Feature – I actually shot this in 2015, but it wasn’t published until January of 2016. A cover feature is a really nice way to start the year. Shot in Franklin, TN (near Nashville), I had a great time on this shoot because it was a beautiful home to photograph and, more importantly, the owners were so friendly. They had that true Southern Charm that just makes you feel like you’ve known them for years.

One of my trips back to Portland included doing a shoot of Jessica Helgerson’s new office space in downtown. It’s amazing open space and the front lobby is used a gallery. When I shot it, the installation I HAVE LOVE IN MY HEART AS A THIEF HAS RICHES by Mike Rathbun was truly something to behold.

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Huge Portfolio Update!

Ahh… new work on the website. It feels good. I’ve been super busy the past few years, not only with work, but with family, too. My son, Odin, was born in December of 2012 and my daughter, Teagan, was born in December of 2014. During that stretch of time, I also had some of my busiest years to date with shoots from so many great clients like Hunter Douglas, Country Living, OMSI, The Joinery, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, Boora, Mahlum, Nike, and Rejuvenation to name a few. On top of that, we decided to move from Portland, OR to Charlottesville, VA to be closer to family last April. Yeah, crazy busy.

Since moving back to the East Coast, I’ve been traveling everywhere for work: California (3 times), Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia… I’ve traveled more for work this year than I have in the past 5 years. I feel very lucky to have a loving and supportive wife (and in laws) that’s allowed me to continue my career on the road.

Anyway, I finally found time to get a lot of new work online and I have SEVEN new portfolios to share with you. Quickly, they are Interiors, Exteriors, Details, Education, Workspaces, Lifestyle, Food Culture, and Food & Drink. This body of work represents the very best of my 13 year career. Here are some highlights and clicking on a photo will take you to the full gallery.

Lincoln Barbour Interiors Portfolio
Media Room by Maven Interiors

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Alhambra Kitchen by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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Hidden Modern Addition – Shot for Dwell

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Rose City Flushmount by Rejuvenation Lighting & House Parts

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PCC East Library by SRG Partnership Inc

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Plurasight HQ by Roundhouse Agency

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Lifestyle Shoot for Hassalo on Eighth

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Andina Restaurant – Portland, OR

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Left: Food in Bloom, Right: Andina Restaurant

Thanks for checking out my new work and please let me know what you think in the comments below.

There and Back Again

Last Shoot in Portland

I wrapped my last shoot as a resident of Portland, OR last Friday (Rejuvenation’s Book 4 2015, crew photo above). On April 4th, my family and I will be moving back to Charlottesville, VA. It’s bittersweet to say the least.

I moved to Portland from “Cville” almost 10 years ago with my, then girlfriend / now wife, Lauren Brooks. Portland has been great for us. We established our careers here, got married here, and had two wonderful children Odin and Teagan. They say having kids changes your life in a big way and that certainly is the case for us as a freelancers. This kind of work makes juggling family and work a huge challenge. I just can’t leave set if my kid is sick at school and needs to go home. With two kids, logistics get ever more complicated. So, we decided to move back to be closer to family and raise our kids in a wonderful town that is very dear to both of us.

I’m excited for the change. Being based in Central Virginia is pretty ideal from a market reach standpoint. I’m two hours from DC, six hours from New York City, and eight hours from Atlanta, GA. That’s a lot big metro areas to work in with a doable commute. Plus, there’s a great architecture scene in Charlottesville due to UVA’s highly respected Architecture School. I’m starting up my marketing push over the next two weeks and also reaching out to my national clients to let them know about my relocation.

I would love your help. If you know any one I should reach out to, please let me know or drop them a link to my website.

Goodbye Portland! I will miss this town, all my friends, my clients, my crew, and the beer. Thanks for making it an awesome decade. Looking forward to coming back for visits!

Fall Update: Odin Gets Bigger, New Website & Portfolios, And…

Odin at 7 Months

What a year it’s been! As you know, my wife and I had our first baby last December. Becoming Odin’s Dad has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  It’s been a slight period of adjustment finding a balance between work and my new family life. So, that’s why I am seriously behind on my blogging. But we’re in a good grove right now and I’ve got lots of cool things to share with you other than photos of my son (he’s pretty cute, huh?).

First Off: A Brand New Website

About a year ago, I embarked on creating a scalable version of my website, optimized for high resolution monitors. It’s taken a while because, well, it’s busy with a baby and running your own business. I also really wanted something unique to me and not just another template. I’d really like to thank WerkPress for helping me with this redesign. I asked for a lot and they delivered. I liked the previous look & feel and this new site is not too far removed from what I had before. What’s improved most are the Portfolio and Work galleries. My photography is all about the details and these super sized images really help show off the quality of the photographs I create.  Plus it makes my food work look life-sized and you just might want to eat your screen.

Voodoo Doughnuts

Secondly: New Portfolios

All of my portfolios have been refreshed: Homes /  DĂ©cor, Life (formally lifestyle), Food / Beverage, Architectural. I’ve also added two new portfolios highlighting Travel / Landscape and Workspaces. In the WORK section, I’ve broken out my tearsheets into two separate galleries: One highlighting magazine articles I’ve been published in and the other showcasing advertising assignments for print and web. I’m also highlighting work published in Dwell and Martha Stewart Living. Some  new client work includes a great shoot I did for Northwest Pipe Company creating an image library for their marketing and advertising material. It was such a blast to fly all over the country and shoot lots of sparks, steel, and massively big machines making pipes of shapes and sizes.

Pleasant Grove - Northwest Pipe Company

Finally: Shoots Galore!

It’s been a super busy summer and I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to shoot some really fantastic assignments. Here’s a quick run down and some pics.

Ad shoot for Food in Bloom. Mmmm…. pork. Styled by Kevin Ward.
Food in Bloom

Cover and Feature Story in Portland Bride & Groom (blog post coming soon)
Portland Bride & Groom

Very cool office with a killer view by Risa Boyer Architecture
Goldstar Office

Huge image library shoot of food and restaurant lifestyle for Andina. My assistant and I tried to eat at least a little bit of everything we shot. I was full for days…
Andina Food

Super fun lifestyle shoot for Columbia Credit Union used in their home loan promotions in store, direct mail, and online.
Home Loan Campaign - Columbia Credit Union

Highest of High End – Library House designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design and built by The Works.
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Does it get any better than this? Alhambra Kitchen, also by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.
Alhambra Kitchen

Kick back a few beers and take in a Hillsboro Hops game, courtesy of SRG Partnership
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This might be the most amazing loft I’ve photographed to date. Designed by Emerick Architects. Blog post coming soon!
Division Loft - Emerick Architects

More work on the way! Just waiting for some things to get published. Subscribe now and stay in the loop!

Tiny House is the Third Most Popular Home Tour on Houzz.com

Tiny House

This just floated into my inbox today: Out of 1000 House Tours on popular home decor site Houzz.com, Jessica Helgerson’s Tiny House I photographed is the third most popular. I’m certainly not surprised. It was one of those magical shoots where the right pieces came together. Great design, great light, and a little help from the Lincoln Barbour touch and you get beautiful photography that gets noticed.

Sources: The Top 10 Home Tours on Houzz, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, Tiny House Gallery

Food Photography Tips & Tricks on Photoshelter

Croissant & Latte

Lauren Margolis posted a great piece today on Photoshelter’s blog with some food photography tips from photographers like yours truly.

Food photography, however, plays a huge role across many different businesses. Previously limited to the food industry (restaurants, markets, specialty food stores) and food-dedicated publications, food photography now spans a wide breath of editorial publications and commercial/advertising campaigns. Food is most often associated with comfort and happiness, so it’s no surprise that clients like American Express and CNN are now seeking food photographers.

Bottom line? No matter what kind of photographer you call yourself, it’s advantageous to have some food photography skills under your belt. You’ll also want to stand out from the crowd of amateur food photographers – showing clients that you have the experience and know-how to deliver the best images.

Keep reading on Back to Basics: Food Photography Lighting & Styling.

Interview in Popular Photography Magazine

For their February 2013 issue, Popular Photography Magazine interviewed me about one of my more challenging and technical pictures from my portfolio. I always get a little nervous when when speaking about how I did something, but I’m very happy with how the article came out. Attached are the tear sheets and full text is below.

Lincoln Barbour in Popular Photography Magazine February 2013

 

Lincoln Barbour in Popular Photography Magazine February 2013

ONE-MAN BAND

Depicting an original metaphor for sameness

THE TEXT for an advertisement promoting a new housing development asked, “What would life be like if everything was the same?” Lincoln Barbour, a Portland, OR-based commercial shooter, took on the creative challenge of answering that question visually in a series of images that included this shot of an all-tuba high-school band. “The ad agency hired me based on my personal work, which is quiet, subtle, and candid,” Barbour says. “So the hardest thing for me was finding my personal voice in the shot while meeting everyone else’s expectations.”

Barbour’s first challenge? Simply finding enough kids who had band uniforms and tubas. Unfortunately, he couldn’t. “We had six tubas and ten kids,” Barbour recalls. “I had to shoot the same picture three times and move the kids around with the different tubas, and then Photoshop it all together so it looked like one photo.”

Working with the agency’s art director, Barbour determined that the frames to be composited would need to be captured from the back row to the front in order to get the right overlap. “I shot six people at a time with tubas, and there was always one person on the next row below, overlapping so I could line them up as we went along,” he explains. “We had to think about the kids and where they’d be in the picture, and, yes, there are two or three repeated musicians, but who’s to say they weren’t twins?”

Barbour also faced a tough task in getting even light and lots of depth of field in the cavernous gym. He used four Profoto 7B packs and heads with magnum reflectors, bouncing the light off the high ceiling at full power. The light stands were placed at the four corners of the frame. The exposure on his Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II was 1/125 sec at f/11 and ISO 320. The lens: a 24–70mm f/2.8L Canon EF zoom at 57mm.

“When this job came in, I took it on myself to do everything— all the production, prep work, location scouting, and prop building. I was exhausted when it was over,” he says. “I learned a lesson here: Next time, I’m going to hire stylists, a location scout, and a tech guy for all the Photoshopping.” No more allowing himself to become a one-man band!

—Laurence Chen

WEHN WRODS FIAL Campaign

Lincoln Barbour - WEHN WRODS FIAL Campaign

Speaking of GRAY Magazine, I am currently running this sweet ad campaign to promote my architecture/interior photography business to the Pacific Northwest. The campaign was brilliantly written, art directed, and designed by my friend Craig Skinner. I first met Craig when he was at Owen Jones & Partners and art directed the I Am Home shoot we did for Prometheus Real Estate. We really hit it off and later that summer he joined my kickball team. We’ve been friends ever since. Craig is now over at Razorfish where he is a senior art director and has done superb work for clients like Microsoft, Bing, and New Zealand Tourism.

I love the direction Craig went with these ads. I feel it really speaks to the power of good photography in advertising and marketing. The ads are meant to show that even if your message fails (in this case deliberately), strong visuals can carry your brand and your audience will still connect to it. And also you should probably hire me to create those awesome visuals for you. I have to say, I’m lucky to have a friend like Craig.

Also, have to give a big thanks to Tim Kamerer for the updated logo and style guide we used for the ad. I’m working on a new website and brand refresh and I’ll have another post about Tim’s skills soon.

Here are the other ads that a running over 3 issues of GRAY December through May.

Lincoln Barbour - WEHN WRODS FIAL Campaign 

Lincoln Barbour - WEHN WRODS FIAL Campaign

 

A Tribute to Philip Beaurline

Philip Beaurline
Photo by Chip Mitchell

Last Saturday, I learned that my mentor and dear friend, Philip Beaurline, passed away from complications due to the flu. He was 59 and died after getting sick just 10 short days earlier. Shock, sadness, a great sense of loss… I’m not sure how to put in to words what I’m feeling right now. But I can talk about how great Philip was in life and how I will remember him.

Early in 2001, I decided to get out of the web design business and do something else. I was living in Charlottesville, VA and I met Philip through a web design project we worked on together. I was curious how he made a living as a commercial photographer and I so took him out to lunch. That lunch ended up becoming a job offer and a shift in my life so profound, it changed where I was going in my life and who I am today.

When I started working for Philip, I barely knew anything about photography. I knew a little about f/stops and shutter speeds and had done some graphic work in Photoshop. Philip was a 16 year Pro shooting a view camera with roll back film or 4×5 and then scanning it on a drum scanner. I had never seen a view camera or drum scanner before working for him. I didn’t know the difference from E-6 and C-41. I didn’t even know how to load film or set up lights. On top of that, I had never scanned film, done cleanup, or color management before. It took me a while to get up to speed, but I was eager and Philip was patient, if a little unforgiving.

He worked with me and my inexperience, but he never accepted failure or anything less than the best I could do. If I did something wrong, boy did I know about it. As I got better at my job, he rewarded me with praise as well as raises. I started noticing that my hard work was also earning his respect. And that respect grew into a strong friendship over the 12 years I knew him. I’ve always felt honesty was an important trait in a mentor. In my prior job experiences, I could do no wrong and thought I was pretty awesome. Philip really brought me back down to Earth and I am much more humble and honest person because of his straightforward guidance.

The way Philip worked was perfection in action. He never settled for good enough. He also never took a picture he didn’t intend to deliver. He taught me to see the shot before even looking in the camera. It’s taken me my entire career to get remotely close to what he did. Ironically, I never wanted to be an architectural photographer. It wasn’t until I had left  and started shooting on my own that I came to appreciate the art of architectural photography. There’s a certain methodical approach to it that is unique and fits my personality. I’m a tinkerer. If I hadn’t worked for Philip, I would not have the patience and skill to do what I do today.

There are many lessons I learned working for Philip. The one that sticks out the most is quality. I remember having a conversation with him about the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. He went on about how the main character loved his tools because they were the made from the best quality. He could feel the craftsmanship in their make and they were a joy to work with. Philip told me that he felt this was a metaphor for everything in life. Quality, be it a tool, a meal, a photograph, even a friendship, was to be cherished and sought after. Quality isn’t something that comes easily and it takes work to get it. But the rewards of quality will fulfill your life like nothing else.

Philip encouraged me to seek out quality and I have done that in my marriage, my home, my family, my friends, and my career. There are great men and there are great photographers. Philip was both. I will miss him dearly.

My heart goes out to his wife and son. I wish them comfort and peace through this hard time.

Lincoln

Meet Odin

Odin Brooks Barbour

Dear Clients, Friends, Family, and Wanderers of the Internet,

I couldn’t be happier to introduce our firstborn son, Odin Brooks Barbour. Born on Saturday December 15th, 2012 at 8:233pm in Portland, OR. He entered this world with a mighty yell and was absolutely perfect. He weighed 8lbs 8oz and measured 20.5 inches long. Many people have told me that the birth of your child is a special time. I would call that the understatement of my lifetime. Watching this little person emerge from my wife’s belly after 41 and a half weeks of pregnancy was the most amazing experience of my life. I could not believe my eyes when I saw my son there and then to hold him for the first time… it was just an incredible feeling of pure love and joy. I’ll never forget it.

I will be taking a slightly longer paternity leave since Odin came to us a bit late. I’ll be back to work on the 14th. Until then, Happy New Year and may 2013 be bright, prosperous, and wondrous to all of you and yours.

All the best,

Lincoln and the Barbour Family

The Barbour Family