Candid, emotional, nostalgic and real — that’s Pip williams’ trademark —by name and by nature.
Behind the lens is definitely where Pip Williams feels most comfortable expressing herself.
There is nothing superficial or photoshopped about her work, just natural expressions and connections which she achieves in her unstaged style of family photography. Pip’s photography business was created while she was living in Toowoomba, but her family has now relocated back to Texas where Pip’s husband Dave was raised. “We moved back to Texas to give our kids the freedom and independence that country living can offer and to let them experience a childhood similar to our own,” says Pip. The rural life has influenced Pip’s photographic style. She loves to capture families in their own settings doing what they would normally do together on a weekend — connecting as a family. She has a way of documenting a scene which evokes feelings of joy and happiness and in turn shows you how wonderful the life you have created with your loved ones truly is. You want your family photographs to show the love and the laughter and the ‘real you’ — that’s what Pip wants too; memories that will take you back and that will make you smile or think of what once was.
Inspiration for Pip is drawn from having a young family of her own and especially her two young daughters. She feels inspired to capture a moment when it triggers a certain feeling or memory from her own childhood. Her love for black and white photography started during her high school years learning about film and learning processes in the dark room. Having this early love of photography as a teenager she later reignited her passion through her children and documenting their every day. A few years later Pip’s business, The Real Deal Photography, was born.
One of Australia’s leading magazines for professional photographers, Capture, named Pip as a top 10 portrait finalist in Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2016 award which has been her career highlight to date. Also photographing her first magazine cover just recently is an achievement of which she is very proud. International child and lifestyle photographer Summer Murdock recently described Pip’s work thus: “She has quite the knack for capturing childhood in a way that takes you back in time to a day when all kids roamed free until the sun went down.” Pip says to have her work described in this way makes her realise that her vision and art is being received the way she intends. This talented photographer is going places.
Although based in Texas, Pip’s photography takes her to places all over Queensland and New South Wales. She is an Australia-wide photographer who happily travels anywhere requested. No distance is too far as Pip is passionate about capturing the family bond and snapping a true ‘family portrait’. No poses and no props.
Words by Ros Sinclair | Images by Pip Williams