About me

I am a freelance photographer based in Piding, Bavaria, Germany. Originally from the Baltic Sea in Germany, I decided in 2013 to live in the US for at least a few years and take a big chance in my main job as a mechanical engineer – which led to my long-term business goal to become a Project Manager (now in the medical machinery industry).

After 3.5y and many precious life experiences in the USA, I moved back to Europe and did settle in the very South-Eastern corner of Germany right at the Austrian border.

The decisions to relocate were also driven by my need to travel and explore – which of course is a perfect combination for my love for photography.

I first developed my appreciation for serious photography while I was on my first big trip in life to Peru and Bolivia in 2008.

Peruvian Senior
The Peruvian Senior who got the ball rolling…

One fine Gentleman allowed me to capture a glance of him – and will never be forgotten. Even though this shot wasn’t even taken with a DSLR with a fancy lense but a compact camera, it reminded me in all those years ever since that it is the right moment that counts – not a photo gear for 8000 EUR.

Now, over 13 years and a lot of staged photo shoots, one lost flash unit, dirt in my lenses and sand grain in my camera later, I am shooting with a full-format camera and are looking forward to all the incredible landscapes and the adventures they offer – as well as to the stories of the people who will come along!

thomas willig williphotography portrait

I will be ready with my camera…


And while I´m on my winding, rocky road of life through North and South America, Scandinavia and Europe, I´d like to share my adventures with you.

To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to see and be amazed.

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4 thoughts on “About me

  1. Frank Rumpf says:

    Lieber Thomas Willig, ich habe mir Ihre Fotos aus Alaska angeschaut — sehr, sehr gut. Und in der Tat hatten Sie mehr Glück mit dem Wetter am Denali als ich.
    Herzlichen Gruß
    Frank Rumpf.

    1. tw says:

      Hey Frank,

      vielen Dank fuer Dein Feedback. Hoer ich gerne!
      Hmmmm, denke immer noch zurueck an den Trip. Jederzeit wieder!

      Beste Gruesse,

  2. janna says:

    Hallo Tom, habe mir brav den Namen deiner Seite gemerkt und gerade mal etwas gestöbert. Tolle Bilder allesamt, wobei mein Favorit Alaska ist- das Winter Camping wäre mir doch eine Nummer zu tough gewesen.
    Komm gut wieder in die Staaten und mach weiter Bilder- alleine das online durchblättern der Alben entschleunigt ungemein.
    Bis zum nächsten Mal am U-bar Tresen, lg janna

    1. tw says:

      Das laesst sich einrichten!
      Besten Dank fuer Deinen Kommentar. Alaska ist und bleibt tatsaechlich der absolute Koenig der Abenteuer… Und wenn mal was in der Richtung geplant ist: Melde Dich! Ich helfe gerne bei der Vorbereitung!

      Beste Gruesse,


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