Most weeks I work with photographer Chris Warnes. And most weeks he goes quiet when people who we meet through Warnes & Walton mention Daily Imprint. About two years ago I sent him the questions that I send through to the various interesting and creative people I meet through work who I hope to feature on the blog. And for two years he's been busy, which I know to be true.
Since we met at real living magazine - when he was the art director and I was the deputy editor - he has gone on to forge a new career as a photographer. In a short period of time since going freelance he has not only been a regular contributor for the leading interior magazines but he's also shot covers for Country Style, House & Garden, Inside Out and Real Living. Chris is passionate about his fine art photography too, which he plans to exhibit in the near future. Notwithstanding his busy work schedule, he is also a hands-on father to two young sons.... and a keen renovator.
For many years I've had the good fortune to work with Chris. He is someone who not only creates beautiful images - and cares deeply about what he does - but also someone who respects the process of what we do. And while shoot days with Chris are always fun and full of chatter, they are primarily focussed on creating work that we can both be proud to call our own. I couldn't ask for more.
Which five words best describe you? Creative, perfectionist (it’s a curse), approachable, down-to-earth, fun.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I studied and started out as a graphic designer, working up towards being an art director in publishing and advertising. I was lucky enough to work with some very inspiring people. Some time ago I rekindled the idea of being behind the lens instead of standing next to that person. I studied some more and then threw myself in the deep end. I love my job and often think how fortunate I am.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Take risks and nurture your passion.
What’s your proudest career achievement? I find it hard to appreciate my work, as I often am a little too close to it. I have been enjoying working on an exhibition I hope to exhibit in the near future. It's something that gets me out of bed in the early hours chasing the right conditions, and keeps me standing in driving rain waiting for the right moment. I am proud of the shots I have so far so I think when I finish it, it will be great.
What’s been your best decision? To do what I love.
Who inspires you? My two boys, they are fearless!
What are you passionate about? Making sure my little boys grow up to be happy, kind and loving men.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Harold Holt. I would like to ask him what happened at the beach that day.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? I would like to win the Tour de France. Somehow I think I have missed the boat on that one. Go Cadel!
What are you reading? I am stuck on page 62 of a book my good friend wrote. It’s a romantic paranormal novel targeted at young teenage girls. Obviously it’s not something I would not normally read. I will finish it, Mick.
images courtesy of chris warnes