photography business

Announcing Representation by 1Notion

I am very pleased to announce that I am now being repped by Adam Renfree of 1Notion. I have joined ranks with fellow photographers Erin Kunkel, Woods Wheatcroft, The Hendershotts, and Colin Erie.

1Notion represents some of the leading advertising photographers in the market today, while offering full production capabilities to produce shoots for both its represented artists and freelance photographers. Based in San Diego, CA, with strong roots in the production community of it’s hometown, 1Notion has produced successful shoots around the world including the Bahamas, Ethiopia, Zambia, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Whistler to name a few. Clients include McCann Erickson, Eddie Bauer, Sony, Intel, Bolle Eyewear, Ogilvy & Mather, and more.

“I first came across Lincoln’s work when I was in Portland for wedding and I saw his shot of bacon in the local magazine. Now, I don’t eat pork, but even my mouth watered, so I knew he had talent. It was months later when we finally connected and we shared our views on the business that I learned more about him as an artist, and realized he was more that just talent. Lincoln composition, passion, and narrative in his photography are going to make him a successful photographer for a long time, and I am honored to be partnering with him.” – Adam Renfree

I can’t begin to explain to you how excited I am about this new phase in my career (but I’ll try). The hardest thing about being a professional photographer is selling yourself. I’ve been able to get by over the years, but honestly, I’d rather let someone else handle it so I can focus on the work and my clients. Adam is the right person for the job. He’s been in the photography business for a long time on both sides of the lens. He’s thoughtful, easy to talk to, and listens well. He asks lots of questions and never assumes anything. He brings a level of expertise and experience that I feel will benefit me both professionally and personally for many years to come. They say a man is known by the company he keeps. I couldn’t be happier being with someone I trust.

For portfolios and more information about me, visit www.lincolnbarbour.com

For photographer roster and more information about 1Notion, visit www.1notion.com

Interviewed on PhotoShelter

As you may or may not know, I’ve been a PhotoShelter customer for several years now. I love their service. It is, by far, the BEST way to show proofs to clients and deliver high rez finals. It also easily fits in to my digital workflow with Lightroom via a plugin, so using it saves me tremendous amounts of time and energy. Time and energy that I now spend focusing on my business, rather than mundane tasks that waste countless hours like creating Adobe web galleries, FTPing files, or (cringe) burning DVDs.

Every job I’ve delivered since 2010 is online high rez. Not only can my current clients redownload their images at any time, but I can quickly share and relicense available images to new customers. As a bonus, it also serves as an offsite backup in case something every goes terribly wrong at my office (knock on wood).

Anyway, when Lauren Margolis of PhotoShelter asked me to do in an interview about my architectural and interior photography, I jumped at the opportunity. I was totally flattered and I think the interview came out really great. Click the link below to read it on PhotoShelter’s blog:

Architectural Photography: Just Like Playing Tetris…Right?.

The Wisdom of Arlo

Sometime back, I got a chance to shoot the folk singer Arlo Guthrie. He said something that day that has stayed with me:

The art of doing nothin’ is probably one of the most profitable things you can do, because it sets you up to be doing something.

When you are thinking about accepting an assignment where the fees will barely cover your costs, or giving in to an excessive rights grab with the justification that “it’s better than doing nothin’,” that’s a good time to reflect on Guthrie’s advice.

By John Harrington via Why Selling “All Rights” Is Wrong for Your Photography Business | Black Star Rising.

Marketing 101 for Commercial Photographers

I think one of the most challenging aspects to being a commercial photographer is the marketing. It’s ironic because we are in a commercial marketing environment, yet reaching the people we want to hire us can seem voodoo and difficult. In my experience, no matter how good you are or how “cool” you are, if no one knows about you, then you’re never going to get work. I’ve tried all kinds of photo business marketing and read many opinions about what you should or shouldn’t do. I thought I’d share what has worked for me. [Read more…] about Marketing 101 for Commercial Photographers

Please Don’t Take My Images

Dear bloggers, writers, designers, illustrators, anyone that wants my photography on their website:

Here’s the deal. If you want to talk me up or talk up my client, I don’t mind if you use my photography in a bloggy editorial kind of way. I just want a heads up. If you take my photography to promote yourself (even if by bringing traffic to your website where you sell products or services), then we have an issue. These photos are my intellectual property and are protected by US copyright law. All rights reserved means I decide how and who uses the images.

If I just took your car (or your horse) to run some errands without asking you, you’d probably be upset. Sure, no harm was done to your car (or horse), but it’s your property and you would like to know where it is. You’d probably want me to pay some gas money or feed it, too.

I feel the same about my photography. People, innocently or not, just lift my images all the time to promote themselves. In some cases, this is could be a very bad thing. For example, say someone said negative things about my best client and used my photography to prove their point. This puts me in hot water with the client and could even be interpreted that I provided the images to them to slander my own client. Thus, the reason I want a heads up before you use my images.

Hope you understand where I’m coming from. I’m not trying to be a jerk, I just am trying to look after my business. After all, I do this for a living and I can’t eat a photo credit.