Life is all about change!

by Lee Oliveira on June 2, 2011

Some of you might remember I did a post at the end of last year entitled “The last post for 2010… The real me“. In that story I mentioned how I got started and how a good friend lent me his camera to start doing my street style photography. After 1 year of I kept thinking to myself… what’s next? Even though I was getting some great shots with my Nikon camera, I knew it was time to upgrade.  So… I decided to buy a new camera. The crazy part about this story is I ended up buying a Canon. Yes, people told me I was crazy to switch brands as I had to learn a new operating system. You’re probably thinking the same.

Well, after one week using my new camera, I couldn’t be happier with it. From tomorrow you’re going to see an even better standard of photography than what you have been seeing with my 10 year old Nikon. My Nikon was good to me but it’s time to say goodbye and hello to my new Canon baby. The fact that I will be eating bread and water for the next year to pay for it is another story….haha

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What can I say! I’m crazy. My philosophy has always been ‘you need to keep challenging yourself in order to grow’.

I have some more exciting news for you as well. I will be attending Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week SS 2012. I am over the moon about this as I have never been to Berlin. If you have any tips for me, I’d be more than happy to hear about them.

After Berlin, I’ll have a quick stopover in Milan for a very important meeting. I can’t reveal anymore at this stage but I’m working on something quite big and will let you know when it all comes together.

As the Pointer Sisters once said… “I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it, I’m about to lose control and I think I like it..”

Lee x

Ps. This photo was taken by another really good friend and photographer, Anthony (from ahphotography).

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Louise (Table Tonic) June 2, 2011

Oooh a new camera Lee! You must be BESIDE YOURSELF!!!
Well done – let the new chapter begin.
Exciting times!

Tash June 2, 2011

you are so cute! love the outfit.

catch up soon xxx

Andy Sophie June 2, 2011

Change is always good as long as u are happy ! oh, “in bocca al lupo” for your projects !!!

GRIT & GLAMOUR June 2, 2011

Yay, yay, yay! I’m so excited for you, for the camera, for Berlin, and for your stopover with our friend in Milan! You deserve ALL OF THIS, Lee, you truly do. I cannot tell you how proud I am of all you have accomplished, and how proud I am to call you friend.

Looking forward to your news, and of course, September.


PS: I don’t blame you for switching to Canon. It’s my fave too. But I need a new lens, for realz!
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alexandre June 2, 2011

amigoooooooooooo!!! Saudade!!! Está belo na foto!!! E arrasou na nova aquisição!!!
Bj bj bj saudadesssssssss!!! Boa viagem a Berlin.

sunday June 2, 2011

Lee! reading this just makes me so happy! happy for you because you’ve come so far in just one year and happy for me (and all the other 1,000,000) bloggers who are on the edge of the “i’m going to quit my job but i’m so f’ing scared to eat beans for next 100 years”. You are the living proof of the ‘new crop’ of bloggers who have made it on their own. Im not talking about Scott or Garance – they were the first in the trade and hence didnt have so many others to compete against. We are essentially ‘borrowing’ their original concept and making it our own along with so many other bloggers. Anyway, I’m so excited for you! I started following your blog last year when you first started with your Dior post and geez you’ve come far! I’m not gonna lie – your photography is so much better now! I was talking to a blogger-friend a few weeks ago and he asked me if i follow you.. I said i did back in the day but havent been for ages. He told me to have another look as i would be surprised at how much LeeOliveira has change in the last 12 months. Hesitatingly i did. Oh boy have you changed! I’m following you now and check your blog everyday to see some ‘home grown’ aussie street style. All the best to you buddy and hopefully I will get a chance to meet you one day! xx
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Emma June 2, 2011

Look forward to seeing what’s next. :)

BusiChic June 2, 2011

Congratulations – which Nikon did you get? Lense looks great too!

I used to live in Berlin so hit me up anytime. Where are you staying? I am majorrr jealous, Berlin is such an ace city with a great vibe and spades of edgy style – can’t wait to see your captures.

BusiChic June 2, 2011

d’oh – CANON! which Canon!?

Trying to blog/comment after a very long day at work is not ideal. Please excuse my fried brain!

JellyBen June 2, 2011


Parabens pra vc!!!
Que isso seja so o começo e que vc continue atencioso como tem sido, carinhoso e humilde. Porque o orgulho e a raiz de muitos males, e q vc nao deixe de se o Lee que eh.
Fico feliz em saber das suas conquistas, e assim vamos caminhando e correndo atras do que realmente o nosso coracao almeja. Sucesso e quando for p Chicago me avise, ta? Pq no dia 4 de julho eu nao vou ai nao. O lugar caro de se ir viu?! Bjss

SACRAMENTO June 2, 2011

I am so happy for you, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
I absolutely agree: life is made of challenges.
I use a Sony digital camera, and should be jumping to something better, but what???
You will find that Berlin is different to any other city. It is not all out there greeting you. You have to find your own Berlin, and that my dear friend, is magic.
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Monika June 2, 2011

Enjoy your bread and water, Lee 😛

OK, let’s be serious… I understand your passion, so I’m really looking forward to seeing new (Canon) photos!:)
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Francesca June 2, 2011

look at u! so handsome!!


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Cafe Fashionista June 2, 2011

You are too adorable, Lee; I cannot wait to see the photographs you snap with your new camera!

BTW…you MUST read Last Night at Chateau Marmont – it is phenom! :)
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Fashionistable June 2, 2011

Brilliant post Lee with a myriad of great news. The moment I went digital I went with Canon. All my film cameras were Nikon. But I had heard so many great things about Canon digital I was happy to make the switch too. My camera body is quite old now and would love the 5D Mark II also. Wonderful news on your continued success. Enjoy Berlin and excited for you for your big Milan meeting. Xxxx

Cathy Benavides June 2, 2011

I absolutely admire your willingness to step out of your comfort zone and try something new in order to grow. I look forward to hearing about the new project. Have a great time in Berlin!!
PS- I totally quote that song all the time :)

Ambuji June 2, 2011

You are an inspiration to take a chance in life. We all have our fears and hesitations and most of us live life carefully. You have set an example and an inspiration to go after your dreams and if you work hard they will be realized at some time.

You are a beautiful photographer and human being with an open heart like a child. You truly deserve all the success you are receiving and more!! I have always told you that your photography has reached the level in any of the fine, glitzy magazines. You have an eye of an artist. I am so proud of you!!!
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Claire June 2, 2011

Excellent – new camera and a lot of new opportunities – good for you – enjoy Milan – my fave city – sooooo fashion x
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Lucy June 3, 2011

Got yourself a “little” beauty there :) Very nice! Stylish people in Berlin are all over the place. Go and have a look around “Die Hackeschen Höfe” and Kreuzberg. Lots of diversity there. xxx
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Couture Carrie June 3, 2011

Love your jeans!
And congrats on BFW!!!


Marissa June 3, 2011

Lee, Congratuations to you on the new camera.. and some new exciting opportunity! Cannot wait to hear and read more about it. You are so talented and deserve the best life has to offer you.

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Maddy June 3, 2011

You were doing amazing things with your 10 year old Nikon, so I can only imagine how incredible your 5D Mark II photos will be!! Congrats on the camera and all the big things going your way :)

CessOviedo June 3, 2011

Congrats for the new camera! I’m pretty sure that no matter what the brand is, talent can’t be bought, can’t wait to see pictures by the new Canon and Berlin FW!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries
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a!kO June 3, 2011

Congrats on the new camera!! 😀 I am sure you wont have to starve a year long to pay for that! 😀 I always do prefer canon than nikon tho 😀 I am glad you are enjoying your new baby and for another good year on! :) You have gone very far in a year and loving your posts! Maybe I would be able to interview you someday 😀 (fingers crossed!)
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A Brit Greek June 3, 2011

Bold move lovely! But life is definitely all about growing and learning.

I hope you have oodles of fun with your new camera… congrats on Berlin too, that sounds awesome, and I hope Milan is a success trip too!


STYLE'N June 3, 2011

Congrats Lee! Love the jeans, love the new camera, and how exciting the opportunities coming your way.

Rocquelle June 3, 2011

Wow so much greatness in one post! Yay for a new camera; it’s nice to take on new challenges. Milan and Berlin sound amazing…can’t wait to see the photos!
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akiko June 3, 2011

Love your philosophy! and look forward to seeing your new photos :))
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mary jo June 3, 2011

How very exciting on so many levels! I have always wanted to go to Berlin, so I’m envious. And the new camera–so glad you got that. I saved up for a Leica and although I don’t use it enough it was worth every penny! Can’t wait to hear your big news!

xo Mary Jo
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Bella Q June 3, 2011

I am loyal to Canon, and you just validated that for me- you bought one! I am very excited to hear your good news and for all the positive changes underfoot for you dear, and handsome man! You have been very inspiring to me- wishing you all the best!
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Courtney June 3, 2011

Congrats Lee!
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mystyle June 3, 2011

hi there! congratulations on the new camera and also going to Berlin too, sounds like it will be a fabulous experience so good luck indeed!! xx
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Jason June 3, 2011

i stumbled upon ur blog few months ago and thought : one day ill take great images like that. to me camera’s brand doesn’t really play big role. The eye that is and we all think that u have the eye to catch amazing beautiful photographs. ive been using Canon ever since i get myself into this blogging thing and actually quite content with the images ive made with it. not the greatest one like u have now (tho its my dream to own 5d mark II one day)
camera aside… BERLIN fashion WEEK!! my heart jumps the moment i read this post!!!
I KNEW id meet u one day!! i’ll be there and we’re certainly going to meet!! we could even go out n hang out somewhere after the shows!!! (well if u like) ;))) and uve to pose for me (thats be the greatest honor) :)
pls stay in touch!

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Laura Tenshi June 3, 2011

I’ve just changed my camera too. I am very happy for you, I can’t wait to see what’s the big project you’re working on in Milan.
I believe everything in life happens for a reason, so, the decision you made to quit your job in order to focus on your blog was really a turning point for your career.
Have fun in Berlin !
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Kirstin Marie June 3, 2011

Congratulations on your new camera!!! I’m using a Nikon D90, but I’ve always wondered how the Canons are. That is amazing that you are attending Fashion Week in Berlin!! I cannot wait to see your photos. That’s so exciting!!

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Anika ByAnika June 3, 2011

I love your attitude, Lee! I couldn`t agree more! That camera is a beaut! I am so exited to see what you bring us next, and I am so happy that you are going to Berlin! Want to make a stop over in Oslo? 😀 Just shared your post all over the place. Hugs!
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Gigi June 3, 2011

Oi Lee,

Desejo-te os melhores sucessos!!! Vai em frente! Gostei da nova foto!

Um abraço e beijos

PS. e bom apetite com o pão e a àgua….LOL

Anthea June 3, 2011

Congrats on the new camera and upcoming travels! I am really enjoying watching this blog grow!

stylemefab June 3, 2011

I have heard great things about Canon cameras…but you know what they say….. the camera only tells half the story, The person behind the camera tells the other half. You are unbelievably fantastic behind the camera so, I for one can`t hardly wait to see what you will show us. Congrats on the camera!!!!
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Tanvi June 3, 2011

That is great Lee! Congrats on the new camera and all the fabulous things ahead … Your blog and growing and I am happy to witness the journey! :)

♡ from ©
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Morrocanfashiondiary June 3, 2011

So cool !
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My Republic of Fashion June 3, 2011

Ah Lee, I’m delighted everything is going well for you at the moment. That Canon. Well, that is just amazing. Fantastic buy! That Berlin/Milan trip sounds amazing!! Have never been to either places….. Oh, and I can I just say, loving your jeans. :)SarahD xx
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Ana Carolina June 3, 2011

Hi, Lee! So I found out your Brazilian but you live in Australia. So, do you speak Portuguese? Cause you left me a comment half Portuguese and half English and I wouldn’t know exactly which one you speak Lol
About your post, I’m glad I read it cause my mom wants to by a camera and she didn’t Know between which one to chose, I now that you say Canon is better, I’ll tell her to go for it!
Congrats on your achievements!!


Chez Carolinette
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Katie June 3, 2011

Congrats on the camera and everything else! Lots of exciting things coming your way and its all well deserved :)
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Best Of Palm Beach June 3, 2011

Oh honey I am so excited for you! congrats on all the amazing experiences you are having. Cannot wait to see the images of your upcoming trips. As for the new camera, I agree, sometimes we just need to step our game up.

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Verena June 3, 2011

A Canon! I have one too and I love it. Hope you’ll get to have the occasional butter on your bread 😉

Berta June 3, 2011

that is a good pic!!
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Lauren Nicole June 3, 2011

Canon is the best. i have a Canon aswell. Congrats on the great news Lee, you will be great. You are already great.

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She Wore It Well June 3, 2011

I’m sure the new camera will bring many opportunities and will pay for itself very quickly!

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nydontleaveme June 3, 2011

Love seeing the man behind the camera!!! Looking forward to your photos from Berlin!
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