Lincoln Barbour had been working with Country Living for a number of years when he was first living in Portland, Oregon. His move to Virgina put him back on Art Director Erynn Hassinger’s radar and well a little bit closer to that “Country Living” lifestyle.
The goal of this particular feature was to focus on the Koehler Family’s retreat cabin, the surrounding areas of the house and landscaping, as well as lifestyle shots featuring the horses that live on the farm. Beechwood Farm is a freshly built homestead meant to resemble the traditional storied 18th-century farm home where owner Debra Koehler spent her childhood summers. Debra and her husband Todd worked with architect Keith Summerour to design a ‘dogtrot’ home — a typically elevated, breezeway-split style that was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now they use the home as a getaway with their kids, along with hosting many friends, family, and even as the site for their wedding!
You’d think that planning a shoot in a town with a population of 88 and the closest shopping center being 40 miles away would be a problem for any photographer. Luckily for Lincoln, the team at Country Living did most of the legwork before even getting him involved in the shoot.
They scouted the location, drafted the story, hired the Stylist (Raina Kattelson), came up with the shot list and creative direction before reaching out to me. My job was to pull it all off. I had to fly to Atlanta with my camera gear and lights, rent a grip truck, and pick up a local assistant.
For Lincoln, the three-hour drive off State Route 110, deep into a small Alabama town of Fitzpatrick did nothing to hinder the overall ease of the shoot and the privilege he feels not only to photograph so many beautiful homes like this one but connect with the lovely homeowners themselves. Lincoln had two days to shoot everything which gave him enough time to smoothly grab all the necessary shots and send proofs to Country Living while he was working.
You get to experience what it’s like to be in a place that someone put a lot of heart and soul into. You learn just as much about people as you do about interior design or architecture.
The feature, which hit newsstands this past October, was well received by the editors at Country Living and the images and outtakes that Lincoln has shared on social media continue to gain traction and likes! Since this piece came out, Lincoln shot another job for them down in Mississippi which will run in Fall of 2018.
See more of Lincoln’s work at lincolnbarbour.com