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“I” Becomes “We”

Announcing LINCOLN BARBOUR STUDIO

For much of my 18-year career, I have thought about my business as the lone photographer model. It’s been centered around just what I could do with my own hands. I’ve become an architectural and commercial photography expert and now have over 1000 shoots under my belt. I’ve shot for firms like ZGF, DLR Group, and IDL and for brands like Hunter Douglas, Rejuvenation, and Hilton.

Now that I’m 43 and looking ahead to the future of my business, I’ve decided to change the nature of what I can offer to the world. To transform the business from “I” to “We”. To work alongside a team of highly creative and talented people that will help me expand my services for the AEC and Home Decor markets I mainly serve. To grow the business beyond just my talents. To take my careful attention to detail, thoughtful preparation, and easy-going nature and scale it up, if you will.

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I’ve already been doing this sort of thing by outsourcing production services like casting, prop styling, location management, and set making on larger commercial jobs. Yet, the core of my business has always been centered around making high-quality images of architecture and home decor.

Over the past year, I started to ask myself these questions: How else can I serve my clients? How can I help them with their imaging needs beyond the finished product? How can they get more value from working with me and my team? The more I asked myself these questions, the more I came back to the architectural lifecycle.

Design > Plan > Build > Deliver

What if I could offer imaging services at each of these stages? What if a client could have a consistent level of quality of imaging from a trusted partner; from someone who understands the end product as much as the beginning?

The answer to these questions came to me with two key findings:

Reality Capture

Enhanced Virtual Tours

Reality Capture is the process of using specialty cameras to scan and collect images and data of as-built conditions. These scans can be used to create enhanced virtual tours that not only allow you to virtually walk around a space but also get measurements of that space that are 97-99% accurate. In addition, the data we collect during a scan can be exported to XYZ Color Point Cloud and used in CAD workflow to create Scan to BIM outputs like schematic floor plans, elevations, a digital twin of the final project, and more.

We are proud to announce Reality Capture services are now available. Click here to learn more.

CGI Renderings

Full CGI Rendering

With recent advances in CGI (computer-generated imaging), photo realistic renders of architecture and home decor are finally possible at an affordable price. The CGI artists we work with can take your existing CAD files or PDF Floorplans and create a beautiful lifelike 3D model of your design. For Architects and Interior Designers, these renderings can be used to help you win your projects or previsualize the finished project. For Home Decor brands, the renders can replace having to photograph prototypes and can be used in everything from brochures to advertising.

To learn more about our CGI Services and see examples, click here.

Here for You at Any Stage

Combining these two services with my long history of architectural photography and retouching allows us to become a true full-service studio of architectural imaging. A studio dedicated to delivering the highest quality images and data for the needs of architects, interior designers, construction companies, engineers, and home decor brands.

 

Let’s take a journey together so you can see how our services all work together to benefit you.

Imagine you are working on a 10,000 sq ft interior remodeling project of a commercial building. In order to accurately estimate the project, you need it measured. Rather than go to the project and measure everything by hand, you send our Reality Capture team out to do the initial scan. Within 24 hours, we deliver to you  4K 3D virtual tour and a schematic floor plan of the as-built conditions. You feel confident in your bid because you know the costs are accurate based on the measurements taken. All your subs have looked at the space and are happy that they don’t have to visit the site in person just for a bid. You’re saving everyone time and money.

Now imagine you’ve won the job. Congrats! We can then take the original 3D Scan and convert the Point Cloud to a Revit or AutoCAD file ready for you to work on your remodel designs. Once you’re happy with your design work, you pass the file back to us and we will create a photo-realistic rendering for you. This way, if your client wants to see what furniture will look like in the space or if they want to see different options for the wall color. The renders give you and your client a clear vision of the finished project.

And now the construction phase begins. Because of your busy schedule, you can’t make it to the job site every week. Instead, you send our Reality Capture team to do weekly construction updates. You can keep an eye on the progress and discuss problems that may arise once the walls are opened up. You’ll be able to see what your contractor is seeing on-site. You can share the progress with your client and many of their questions can be answered with a quick glance rather than everyone taking time out of their day to visit the site. You can even tag points of interest like virtual blue tape for the punch list.

Finally, the remodel is complete and it’s ready to be photographed. Since we have been part of the process from the beginning, we already know the shots we’ll be taking and you won’t need to make a scouting visit. During the shoot, we will capture everything to a laptop workstation and compare the photos to the virtual tours and renderings. The final photos will be beautiful and our intimate knowledge of the project will help us capture the true spirit of the project.

After the photoshoot, we will retouch the images to enhance the look and remove distracting elements like exit signs and sprinkler heads. We will also follow up with the final scan and create a virtual tour as a gift to the client and as a record of delivery. The model can be used on your own website as a portfolio piece or a case study to pull out during presentations.

Now that is full-cycle architectural imaging.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting video presentations of our new reality capture services. Please join our mailing list or subscribe to the blog to stay in the loop and learn more.

In the meantime, no matter where you are in the architectural lifecycle, we are here to help you with your imaging needs.

Please contact us today to get started.

Thank you!

Lincoln

UPDATED: Coronavirus Photoshoot Policy as of 8/3/2020

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As a small business owner, I’m writing you today to let you know we take the current events of COVID-19 very seriously and want to outline what we are doing to protect you, your team, your clients, as well as myself and my team members.
 
I also understand the current economic situation may impact you in the short or long term and want to offer some flexible terms for your upcoming shoots.
 

Coronavirus Photo Policy

As of today, we can only perform shoots on assignment from media or real estate related photography (architecture, exteriors, and interiors with people at appropriate social distance.)  Here are our guidelines:
  • Photographer, crew, talent, and client must wear facemasks during the entire photoshoot. If talent is on set, talent may remove facemask as long as they are 6ft from anyone else.
  • Temperature check on set the day of shoot of all crew and clients.
  • All equipment shall be wiped down with antibacterial cleaning agent prior to use.
  • Hands washed and/or sanitized on arrival to location/set.
  • Shoes off and stored outside on all residential shoots.
  • Temporary no physical contact policy (handshakes, high fives, etc).
  • Photographer and crew must remain 6ft apart as much as possible
  • Remote art direction can occur but will limit the scope of shoot.
  • Hand washing before and after all meals and snacks.
  • Meals are to be eaten outdoors and with 6ft of space between people.
  • 24-hour cancellation fee waived if illness occurs.

Flexible Payment Terms

Because of the uncertain state of the economy, I am offering the following terms to reduce your upfront expenses on future photoshoots.

  • 12 Month Interest-Free Payment Plan – You may opt to spread the costs of a shoot over the next twelve months interest-free. After twelve months, payment is due in full or a 10% finance charge will be incurred on the balance every month.

  • 2, 5, & 10 Day Retainer Packages – If you know you have multiple shoots to do over the next year, I can create a custom retainer package and discount all fees by 20% (except travel costs).

  • Subscription Package – If you need ongoing photography, you can subscribe to a monthly service plan and pay a flat amount each month. The Monthly Subscription Fee ranges from $5000 to $500 depending on the number of shoots and usage. Feel free to contact me to set up a time to discuss.

I am watching the situation closely and will be sure to let you know if anything changes with our policies.

All the best and stay healthy,

Lincoln

Back to Portland Oregon

Portland Skyline from the Eastbank Esplanade
Portland Skyline from the Eastbank Esplanade

Exactly 4 years and one day after I made the announcement I was leaving Portland, OR for Charlottesville, VA I drafted this post. What makes that remarkable is that today… I am announcing that my family and I are officially moving back to Portland, OR! We’ll be back in PDX early this June of 2019.

It’s been a wild four years.

On April 4th, 2015, my wife, my mother-in-law, and I got on a United Airlines flight with a spirited 2-year-old toddler, a tiny lil’ 3 month-old-infant, and two fuzzy cats to set up life back in the town where my wife and I met. Ironically, immediately after arriving on the East Coast, I started booking lots of shoots back out on the West Coast. I instantly became a bi-coastal photographer. I continued to shoot in Oregon and California while growing my client base here in Virginia, New York, and throughout the Southeast. I’ve flown more in the past 4 years than I have in my entire life. Not mention, I nearly doubled the mileage I was driving for shoots when I was in Portland. Life has been very different since we moved to Virginia.

New beginnings

2018 was a transformative year for me and my family. We started digging into what we really want out of life and a big piece of that puzzle is where do we want to live. Though we love Charlottesville and being close to family here is super helpful, ultimately Portland is a special place to us and we feel it’s where we belong. As luck would have it, we’re actually moving back with some family; my mother-in-law has decided to join us on this next big adventure. We’re stoked!

“Stumptown Photographer” has a nice ring to it

I’m really looking forward to being based out of Portland again. If you’ve never been, I can best describe it as super friendly green city, that’s bike friendly, full of amazing parks, and brimming with hygge. Plus the food / beer / coffee scene is amazing. I’m into that kind of stuff. ????

And so, with hopeful excitement I say, “Hello again!” to Portland and with a warm heart I say “Au revoir” to dear Charlottesville.

See you Portlanders on June 7th, 2019!!!

If you have any projects you need photographed in Portland, Seattle, the Pacific NW, and beyond, reach out to me today!

Hunter Douglas “Beauty Awakens” Ad Campaign

Okay, I’ve been excited to share things before, but this takes the cake. It’s the feather in my cap. It’s the bees knees to Nth degree. It’s the biggest ad campaign my work has been featured in… ever… or least in my 16 year career so far.

I’ve loved this shot ever since I took it for Hunter Douglas. It’s really me all summed up in one picture: architectural, great styling, people naturally placed, beautiful light, and technically superb. It’s flawless, yet relaxed… timeless, yet real.

And now, Hunter Douglas is using it as an iconic hero photograph in a massive fall print ad campaign. Over the next three months, you will see this double-page ad featured in the following magazines:

That’s a lot of ink! I just picked up some of the September issues. Guess what’s in all these magazines?

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Boom!

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Now, that’s how you do a brand awareness campaign.

When asked why they decided to go with this shot for the campaign, Hunter Douglas’ VP Creative Director, Donald Montgomery, simply said, “It’s the best shot we have.”

And I’m done. Drop the mic, exit stage left. Thank you to everyone helped me out on this shoot. I couldn’t have done it without you. Big hugs and high fives all around.

Stylist: Bergren Rameson
Photography Art Direction: Nicole Stowe – Ramey
Producer: Heather Smith – Smith X Union
Model: Nicole Herold
Location Scout: Lisa Rothmuller – San Diego Locations
Camera: Alpa XY with PhaseOne Digital Back from Capture Integration


Are you ready to make an iconic photograph for your brand?

Contact me today about your vision and I will make it happen for you.

Art Buyer Survey 2018

Dear Clients, Art Buyers, and Photo Editors,

I need your help! I’m working on a project to help make it easier to find the right photographer for your next shoot. I have a couple ideas of where to start, but I’d love to get your input to figure out what would be the most useful service that I can create for you.

Please fill out the survey below and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks!

The Best Time of Year to Photograph Architecture

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August is rapidly coming to a close and I am super excited for September. Why? You may ask. Because we are approaching the Autumnal Equinox and that means great light… all… day… long.

For the few weeks before and after September 22nd, the sun angle is right around 40˚ which is like Rembrandt lighting for buildings. The shadow lines are perfect. There’s just the right amount of low angle light during early morning and late afternoon. And in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer haze has cleared for gorgeous skies with all the plants and trees still pretty much green. You really can’t go wrong shooting in September. Check out this diagram to see what I’m talking about.

Here are some of my favorite projects that I shot in September’s beautiful light.

Even if you have already wrapped up your project, if it wasn’t captured in September, you really should shoot it again to see what an improvement the light at this time of year makes.

Fortunately, I still have a few spots open in September and if you’d like to book a shoot, click here to reach out to me.

Bonus Guide for Architects and Interior Designers

Want to know some easy ways you can improve your architectural shoots? Check out my handy little guide called: 10 WAYS TO MAKE AN ARCHITECTURE SHOOT BETTER. It’s a free download! Just enter in your full name and email and I’ll send it your way.

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