Yesterday I had the very sad task of saying goodbye to one of my friends. Chris Turner, my photographer and friend died from lung cancer at a far too young age. Chris was kind, generous and extremely talented. He will be missed by many, as evidence by the number of people who attended his funeral yesterday. His funeral was filled with love and happy memories as well as sadness at saying goodbye. I first met Chris through his wife Sharon.
When I moved to the local area, the Wool and W(h)ine group that meets in the local pub on a Tuesday night was one of my first ventures into the village. Sharon and the other knitters/crocheters made me feel very welcome and it is such a friendly group. It was Chris who suggested that Sharon set up a local knitting group and I am so grateful that he did.
When I started designing, I knew I had to ask Chris to be my photographer. Chris ran his photography business, Enjoy Photography, from the village and I loved walking past his studio window. It always contained beautiful photographs that not only looked stunning, but captured peoples personalities too. He had an amazing way of getting people to relax in front of the camera, something many people (including me!) struggle to do. The Enjoy Photography website can be found here and I recommend having a browse of some his amazing photos.
Chris did a photoshoot for me in 2012. It was meant to be spring, however that did not stop the snow from falling! I managed to capture this shot of him in action photographing Suzi modelling my Bela Cowl pattern. What really amazed me on the day was Chris’s eye for a good backdrop for each photo. The photos were all taken in my village along the side of a disused mill and a local reservoir. My favourite photo from the shoot is this one for my Kali pattern. I have walked past this rusty green fence hundreds of times but I never would have considered it for a background to a knitting photo. Yet, it sets off the colours and patterns in Kali perfectly and received a lot of positive attention.
This photo of Crowberry is also one of my favourites. Crowberry is my best selling pattern and I’m sure this beautiful photo is one of the reasons. Chris even managed to fit a final photo shoot for a new sample of Kali that also featured on Knitty.com whilst undergoing chemotherapy. Sharon, his wife, kindly knitted and modeled the sample for me and Chris took some fantastic photos whilst unwell and for which I am extremely grateful. You wouldn’t believe this was taken over Christmas, they both did a fantastic job making the photo look summery. I have lots of fantastic photos to show from Chris as several of the patterns photographed I have not released yet but plan to do so over the next year, including this slouchy hat design that has not got a name yet. I look forward to sharing them with you soon. I am pleased that despite Chris no longer being around, his talent and photos remain and will still be showcased for years to come. Thank you Chris for the wonderful photos but also for being a wonderful friend. I will miss the raised eyebrows at the amount of new yarn purchased on field trips with Sharon and the gentle teasing on how small my needles are and what I plan to make (or get Sharon to make) with them.
Rest in peace xxx
Chris and Sharon – with kind permission of Enjoy Photography