Member Spotlight: Julie Williams

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Meet Julie Williams, owner of Julie Williams Fine Art Photography

I am a chemical engineer by training. After taking time off to raise a family I turned my passion for photography into a successful business and career. I am the official photographer for a number of organizations including the Women’s Law Association of Ontario and until recently the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville where I live. I service York Region and the GTA.

I built my photography business from the ground up. I am active and passionate about promoting local businesses and connecting people within my community.

Prior to COVID-19 I was primarily a service-based company, specializing in portrait and event photography. The pandemic has allowed for an intentional time to reflect and shift gears.

I am transitioning and using my experience in documentary-style reporting to produce wall art, coffee table photobooks with themes on travel, cooking, pets, nature and gardens; offer mentoring and storytelling workshops; and find ways to monetize my extensive digital library of  images I have made through the years.

I  launched my debut coffee table photobook, STOUFFVILLE Canada: Music Capital of the World. It highlights behind the scenes images of Stouffville’s successful attempt to break two World Records for the longest 18-day live concert. Our arts community has been incredibly impacted by COVID-19. My goal is to raise $5000 for York Region Arts Council through  the sale of 1000 books.

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my online Art Gallery! You can visit the site at www.julie-williams.ca which features curated images from my travel locally in Canada and around the globe. Experience the LIVE PREVIEW tool which allows you to view my art on your walls. This feature enhances the buying experience and enables you to see how my art fits in your space and makes sizing a breeze!  First time buyers receive 20% off – just in time for the holiday season.

What is an achievement that you are very proud of?

Having Jane Philpott choose the portrait I created of her for her 2019 election campaign.

What is a piece of advice that you could offer others who would like to follow in your path?

Love what you do – it will be your motivation when times are extra challenging!

What has kept you feeling driven and motivated even during the harder parts of entrepreneurship?

My family’s support, encouragement and faith in me to succeed and my passion and love for creating art.

What made you decide to pursue your business?

My son had health issues at birth. I took time off to be a stay-at-home mom. I never returned to engineering; instead I created a career and successful business from my passion for photography.

How do you hope to see your business grow?

I would love to have a successful e-commerce launch and go global.

Is there a message you’d like to share with other female entrepreneurs?

Help and support and promote other women entrepreneurs.

How has CanWCC helped you?

CanWCC has been a wonderful network of like-minded and interesting female entrepreneurs. The benefits that come with the membership are exceptional.

Talk to me about:

  • Managing burnout 
  • Key elements of storytelling
  • Tips and tricks to self-publishing

Contact Info:

Portfolio

Art Shop