Oakland, California based … but West Coast nomadic for my work
I’ve had a camera in my hands since my first Kodak Instamatic in grade school, shooting snippets of expat life in Europe. I’ve also had an enduring love for animals, nature and ecology. But, it wasn’t until I volunteered at a wildlife hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area that my passion for photography merged with my environmental advocacy. Working in wildlife rehabilitation gave me an intimate view into the lives and struggles of species so often inaccessible and removed from our own.
I do my best to paint my experience and theirs in pixels … that heart-stopping moment when ten thousand Snow Geese take flight overhead … when an old elk bugles under the season’s first snow drops … when a pod of Orcas glides past the boat, sharing the pulse of the ocean. Through the intimacy of my lens, I hope to promote love and appreciation for our fellow beings, their lives interwoven with our own.
Every eye, every heart, every lens turned toward their well-being helps build a model of compassionate co-existence and ahimsa — the spirit of non-violence toward all. I hope this will someday be our norm, not our anomaly.
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
Nature Blog Network
Wildlife Photography Blog Network
My work appears in publications, exhibits, and installations that include:
Featured cover photos: Colorado Review • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Magazine • Functional Ecology Magazine • Penguin Publishing’s “Morning Glory” • Puget Sound Partnership’s “State of the Sound” • Acker Records album art (A more complete list of credits is here: Published Images)
Via Magazine (AAA) • Bay Journal • San Francisco Chronicle • Scottish Wildlife Trust • Bluebird Journal • Bay Nature • Visual Arts Collective
Writing + Research
I’m an independent book researcher, credited in 16 best-selling books and four book series.
Until 2009, I worked at About.com as city editor and writer for the San Francisco website, covering civic and cultural issues and events.
I’ve been certified as a California state wildlife rehabilitator, completed 24-hour Hazwoper training for oil spill response, received certification in Wildlife Emergency Response training for field rescue, and volunteered for Emergency Animal Rescue Service, a domestic animal rescue for disaster mobilization.
In 2014 I co-founded the Wildlife Conservation Pass Project with my colleague Larry Jordan, of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network — a grassroots effort to implement a new non-hunters’ revenue pass for our National Wildlife Refuge system.
I regularly volunteer and donate my work to benefit environmental and animal advocacy organizations.
Wildlife Field Ethics
Field ethics are a priority for me when photographing wild animals, and I do my best to put the well-being of the animal over the photo. As a general rule and to the best of my ability, I work to reduce how intrusive my presence is. My complete nature ethics statement is here.
Cameras: Olympus OM-D cameras (E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 and E-M5ii)
Wildlife Lenses: m.zuiko 300m f/4, 40-150mm f/2.8, 14-54mm, zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5)
Post Processing: Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, as well as Nik Software.
For fine art images and prints, I do take artistic license with effect and outcome. I love the creative tools of the digital dark room process. In naturalistic or documentary photography, I make standard edits on RAW files, and I’m currently cataloging my older images to add any additional editing notes. Some adjustments on my images include: sharpness, levels, contrast, noise reduction, wb/color adjustments where needed, vignettes, and in some cases, spot removal.
In my blog, I take a bit more liberty in playing around with my images. It’s one place where I can exercise some creativity over realism and have fun with the tools technology affords us.
Enjoy your browsings and drop me an email if you have any comments or need more information. Thanks for stopping by!
~ Ingrid Taylar
Photos + Usage/Licensing
For all uses or permissions of images posted here, please feel free to contact me for the specs.
Photos, writings, and graphics © Ingrid Taylar
The family move to Europe that sparked a lifelong photographic adventure. (I’m the one with the stuffed toy.)
Wildlife rehab work in my volunteer apron …. feeding an orphaned raccoon kit
The photographer, bottom right, as just a tiny component of the greater universe. (Photographed at Los Vaqueros Reservoir)