Local photographer Julie Williams has published a coffee table photobook and has set a goal of raising $5,000 from book sales to support York Region Arts Council.
Williams built her photography business, Pretty in Pictures, from the ground up. From the early days of photographing her kids on class trips to sporting events and family gatherings and vacations, she enrolled in her first digital photography course through York Region School Board’s night classes. Through live and online workshops, tradeshows, networking and sheer determination and drive she learned the ropes of what it takes to be a solopreneur juggling numerous roles and client demands.
Williams is the official photographer for a number of high-profile organizations including the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Women’s Executives and Entrepreneurs. She was also the photographer for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville magazine OTR for a few years.
Williams is particularly active and passionate about promoting local businesses and connecting people within her community and York Region.
Her debut coffee table photobook, STOUFFVILLE Canada: Music Capital of the World is on sale now. The book highlights Stouffville’s successful attempt to break two GUINNESS World Records for the longest continuous concert. The inspiration for the book title and cover came from, ‘a hand-made sign that someone had placed on stage on the 18th and last day of the concert!’ Williams said. She wants to raise awareness and funds to support the arts industry that has been devastated by the pandemic, rally and reconnect her Community.