Baran-Unland: What advice do you have for people who'd also like to shoot barns?
Theimer: The best advice is to not invade or trespass onto properties without securing permission. There are plenty of wonderful locations that can be captured from the side of the road. Put on your flashers and pull off of the road for safety. Then, take out your long lens and shoot away.
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about your photography and the barn tour?
Theimer: Anyone interested in learning more about the barn tour, volunteer opportunities, or would like to offer up their property to be included on this inaugural event, can contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baran-Unland: Anything else you'd like to add?
Theimer: I also would like to remind people to put their car into park before running to get the perfect shot. On a recent shoot in Dekalb, I was so excited to see one of the barns I forgot to throw the car into park. I left the car running as it was going to be a fast shot. I ignored the relentless beeping and closed the door anyway to go and take some photos. As I stood planning my shot, I noticed the car starting to move. It went down a ravine and back up on a hill before coming to rest outside of a cornfield. I had to run after the car to put it into park. If anyone had a camera on me that day, I am certain they would have captured a great short video of the crazy lady running after her car!
(Above is barn owned by Jerry and Lorainne Davidson).
Editor's note: All photos in this story are courtesy of Donna R. Theimer.