William was born in San Mateo, California and discovered art through fifteen years of photography. He attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and opened a professional studio. In 2002, William made his final commercial photo, closed his studio and moved to Oregon. Over the last four decades, the equipment William uses and his basic artistic motivations have evolved. He believes his work represents part of his own intimate journey and experience, and attempts to convey similar feelings in the images he constructs.