I was born and raised in Winnipeg. In 2003, my husband and I moved to a lovely rural property amongst the pines and poplars where we can experience God%u2019s glorious creation through nature in all four seasons. We are blessed with two beautiful children, and currently share our lives with three Labrador Retrievers so wonderful and loving. Then in June 2012, we welcomed Sassy into our hearts and home --- a beautiful Lynx Point Siamese Cross kitten that we adopted from Rescue Siamese and Stray Cat Rescue. Less than a month later we adopted little Meezer from the same rescue --- a darling Seal Point Siamese. Both kittens are such joys and turning out to be quite the supermodels extraordinaire! Together, as a family, we have our feet planted firmly in Christ, and share a passion for the outdoors. I am also passionate about growing in my faith and deepening my walk with God --- but most of all, seeing others come into a saving relationship with Him. A favourite inspirational verse that always encourages my heart is found in Isaiah 40:31. It says: %u201Cbut those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.%u201D For me, these are words to live by, for my constant strength, encouragement and comfort has been our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and in the promises He has given us through His Word!
I have been involved with dogs --- mainly purebreds --- for over 30 years. As a child I was forever bringing home stray animals: cats, dogs%u2026I even rescued and helped re-home injured birds. While I grew up with Yorkshire Terriers and a menagerie of goldfish, the love of my life for close to 16 years was a chocolate point Siamese named Tao. And it was my love of animals that prompted me over the years to work at a local riding stable and as a volunteer veterinary assistant. Since 1997, our family has owned and managed a hobby breeding kennel dedicated to producing sound Labradors of the highest quality for show, obedience, field and devoted family companions. At the present time I also enjoy competing with our dogs in the conformation ring. My education has been ongoing; over the years I learned a lot about animal behaviour, health, nutrition and training. I feel that this experience, combined with my unending amount of patience and skills in working with a variety of animals and their personalities, has enabled me to be a better pet photographer.
Just as animals have always been a big part of my life (two of our female black Labs looked on as %u201Cflower girls%u201D while our 6 month-old chocolate pup %u201Cstole the show%u201D as he led the wedding party up the isle at our wedding in 2002), the same holds true for photography. I was inspired to begin taking pictures at an early age, as I always had an eye for detail and possess a natural artistic talent. I picked up my first camera at age 10 --- a family antique. I was later given a 35mm as a birthday gift. As a young teenager, I would often spend hours sitting in the bush at the family cottage waiting for a chickadee to land at a nearby feeder or a butterfly to settle on some wild flowers --- just to capture the beauty of nature around me through the camera lens. I took my camera everywhere and photographed just about anything and everything. Over the years that converts to literally thousands of images, but careful editing has allowed me to select some of my favourites for inclusion on this website. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
After graduating from high school, I enrolled in the Advertising Art program at Red River College in Winnipeg where I perfected some of my photographic skills. In addition to photographing wildlife, landscapes and people of all ages, I am now creating pet portraits. It is, after all, what I love to do best; I enjoy both the challenges and rewards that photographing my animal subjects brings. I am thankful to my parents for helping me to believe in the gifts God has given me! And I am so thankful that the Lord saw fit to tie those gifts into this amazing opportunity of creating art through pet photography! My work has brought much joy to many pet owners and dog lovers alike. What started out as a co-worker commissioning me to photograph her beloved horse that she has since lost, has turned into a growing passion reflecting the loving bond between people and their pets. I welcome the opportunity to portray a lasting memory of your best friend today!
Lesley Bailey is a multi-award winning professional pet photographer, and has earned the distinction of an Accreditation in Animal Portraiture by the Professional Photographers of Canada. She was also awarded a Mark of Excellence for her submission in a Dog Photo Competition in February 2012 out of 1421 entries. Lesley then won a second Mark of Excellence in the March 2012 Dog Photo Competition out of 940 entries, plus a third Mark of Excellence in a Dog Photo Competition dated May 2012 out of 743 entries. In June 2012, Lesley received a Mark of Excellence award for her participation in a Cat Photo Competition; there were 340 entries. And in July 2012, she was awarded a third placement in yet another Dog Photo Competition out of 423 entries. Lesley went on to receive Two Marks of Excellence in a Dog Photo Competition dated September 2012; there were 474 entries. Further, in November 2012, she earned a Mark of Excellence for her work in a Dog Photo Competition out of 397 entries.
(Lesley Bailey pictured with her female black Labrador, Shyne ~ Photo by alexandra-morrison.com)