I thought I would make my last post of the year about me ….. for a change.
First and foremost, I just wanted to thank everyone for their support. Whether it be through facebook, twitter, personal emails or the many comments I receive on the blog it’s all good. All the positive feedback makes me work even harder and helps me pursue my dream.
I get many requests from people asking about the guy behind the lens. Who is he? What makes him tick? Why does he do this? Well, here it is. Not many people know about the many changes that have happened to me just recently so I will just blab it all out now.
I have worked in the fashion industry for many years but I always felt there was something missing. I did love it but I wanted more. I just wasn’t sure what it was. Recently I quit job. Actually a good job that paid the bills. Yes, that’s right and with no new job to go too. It was a very scary thing to do but I thought it was going to be now or never.
I have loved all things fashion for many years and I have also loved photography. The fashion thing, as I mentioned I have already done but the photography didn’t come so easily. I simply didn’t really have the money to blow on an expensive camera and lens to get me started. Also the photography courses were something I didn’t really have the time or the money for either. I know …. poor me, get out the violins blah..blah..blah.
In my last job, I had many clients I dealt with. Like any job, some were painful and some I just loved to chat with as they were so inspiring. One in particular I would chat with on a regular basis. Over time we became friends and we would talk about all sorts of things fashion related. One day he came out and said “I used to be a professional photographer but I don’t do it anymore”. As his old camera sat idle and no longer in use, he offered it to me to start using. I was very embarrassed to say yes. All as I could think about was if I break it, I wouldn’t have the money to fix or replace it. I guess life is all about taking chances… He always said I had an eye for fashion and I should pursue my passion. So without any further hesitation I just said yes.
As you can see from my very first photos on the blog, I had no idea what I was really doing. For these past 7 months, I have worked so hard practising almost everyday with it. With the little money I had I lashed out on a couple or short photography courses to get me started but most of the stuff I have learnt is really self taught. Maybe I shouldn’t spend so much money on clothes and I would be able to do more. I’m working on that….haha
So far, I am having the time of my life. It’s the best feeling. It feels like I was born to do this.
Every time I hold mine (his) camera I feel the connection between me and photography.
The blog has been an amazing networking tool. Something that I never thought it would be. Actually, most of what has happened in the last 7 months I really wasn’t expecting. That’s life and I guess that’s what makes it so exciting. I have made some amazing connections and have met some great friends along the way too.
Probably the most exciting thing that has happened and some of you know already is that I have gained a sponsor. A few months back I was contacted out of the blue by “Gloss Cosmetics” I couldn’t believe it. They liked what I did and wanted to be a part of it. The rest is history and I now have a sponsorship deal with them.
The best thing right now is doing something that I love. That is, wandering the Streets of Sydney with my camera looking for street fashion photography moments and sharing some quality shots with you all on my blog. Some friends have said to me, why don’t I just go out with any old camera to do this. For me it’s a combination of the street style fashion and the quality of the shots that I take. I like to make people feel good about the photos they are in.
suit-Calibre; shirt-Dolce&Gabbana; tie-Calibre; fragrance-Voyage D’Hermes
Do you know when you feel you belong somewhere? I just know.. “I belong in Fashion”
The new leeoliveira.com 2011 will be full of new surprises so get ready. You may just see a little bit more of me along the way as well.
Stay tuned and thank you again for all your support.
By the way… as I really can’t take photos of myself, I had my blogger friend Peter (souvlakiforthesoul.com) taking these pictures.
Wishing everybody a wonderful 2011.
Lee Oliveira x