Hailing from Canadian shores, Alexis Desaulniers-Lea is a Melbourne-based photographer and music lover.

Over a decade ago Alexis picked up a film camera for the very first time, and she never looked back. Having spent much of her adolescence traveling from place to place, Alexis found comfort in her camera which quickly became an extension of herself. 

Alexis’s barefoot wanders have led her to explore Central America, Europe and Africa, where she set about capturing documentary-style detail landscapes and rich, textural images of the wildlife and the natural environment.

Fuelled by her passion for music, Alexis’s vibrant body of portrait work demonstrates a keen interest in sensuality, intimacy, colour, contrast, texture and all things unusual. Drawing inspiration from alternative and underground sub-cultures, avant-garde fashion, and eclectic genres of music,  Alexis endeavours to highlight the beauty of self-expression, freedom and creativity through intimate studio portraiture, live music and performance. 

As Image Editor for international print magazine, Archer, Alexis thrives on exploring themes of gender and sexual diversity in both a personal and professional realm. Her continually evolving archive reflects her insatiable curiosity to explore a diverse range of styles, aesthetics and processes, always taking her into new and exciting territory. 

Alexis has worked as a freelance photographer for the Melbourne Comedy and Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, and the International Burlesque Festival in Vancouver, Canada to name a few. In 2015, Alexis and the small team at Archer won the United Nations Media Peace Award for the visual content selected and featured in Archer Magazine's issue #4.

This year, Alexis will be launching her own artist-friendly studio space to expand her client collaborations and personal work, as well as provide an affordable space for creatives of all kinds to flourish.