William Debious is this week's Monday Male.
William Debious is this week's Monday Male. Mike Richards

Monday Male puts city and family in the frame

SUNSHINE and a friendly atmosphere are just two of the reasons William Debois and his family are glad they made an international move.

Arriving in Gladstone in January 2013, he said his family had been attracted to Australia because of the climate and lifestyle.

William, his wife and two children moved from England where most days were dark and raining.

"The lifestyle is so much more laid back than in Europe. People are a lot friendlier generally and things are easier to do like starting a business.

"Up until recently England was in a recession so it was quite difficult to get by and running a business was tough," Mr Debois said.

Since moving here the family has done little travel, but it does not bother them.

"We've been to Canberra. Having two young kids we tend to not go very far. We will travel to between two to three hours.

"But there are some amazing places around here. You don't have to travel far to have a great time," he said.

Mr Debois is a self employed photographer, currently working for Photopia Portraits.

"I've always enjoyed taking pictures of families and children," he said.

He is not lacking in experience, having 24 years of photography experience.

"It's lively, different every time and you have to stay creative while being very patient - there's lots of factors to it," he said.

Mr Debois's wife Emma Jackson works at CQUniversity.

The family was recently approved for permanent residency and plans to stay in Gladstone.



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