You can read more about the inspiration behind my camera in these Q&As with International Bird Rescue and Empirical Magazine.


My work appears in publications, exhibits, and installations, and includes cover photos for:

Colorado Review • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Magazine • Functional Ecology Magazine • Penguin Publishing’s “Morning Glory” Novel • Puget Sound Partnership’s “State of the Sound” • Acker Records album art

[A more complete list of credits is here: Published Images]


• Member NANPA Ethics Committee (2016 to 2020)

• Co-Founder Wildlife Conservation Pass Project (2014 to 2018)

• Volunteer at Palomacy Pigeon & Dove rescue

• Member California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators + International Wildlife Rehabiltation Council

From 2016 to 2020, I served as a member on the Ethics Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association. The mission of the committee is to promote standards of ethical practice in the field of wildlife photography.

From 2015 to 2010, I was a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer at a hospital in California, completed 24-hour Hazwoper certification for oil spill response, and received training in wildlife rescue field response (Wildlife Emergency Services). I’ve also volunteered with Palomacy Pigeon and Dove rescue, and previously, completed volunteer training for Emergency Animal Rescue Service disaster response.

In 2014, Larry Jordan (of the Birders Report) and I co-founded and administered the Wildlife Conservation Pass Project — a grassroots project to implement a new revenue pass for our National Wildlife Refuge system.

I regularly donate my time, work, and photographs to benefit environmental and animal advocacy organizations. You can see some of those images on my Published Work page.


Working with words in various forms has been a central part of my creative career. Since I began photographing, I’ve illustrated my images with the stories behind them. Some of those stories can be found here or at my previous nature blog, The Wild Beat.

For the past 10 years, I’ve also been an independent book researcher, credited in best-selling mystery novels and series, including the Women’s Murder Club books.

Until 2009, I worked at as city editor and writer for the San Francisco website, covering civic and cultural issues and events. 



• Member of the NANPA Ethics Committee (2016-2020) – contributing to best practices and guidelines for ethical wildlife photography

Because of my background in wildlife rehab, ethical interaction with wild animals has been integral to my practice since I began photographing wildlife in 2007. But we all start somewhere, however imperfectly, and it’s been a learning curve over time to adopt my personal “best practices” model. 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.

And: blog posts I’ve written on the subject of ethics.


My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic, a life-changing gift from my parents at the time our family moved overseas. I’ve also had an enduring love and passion for animals and ecology. In 2005, I found my way to a Bay Area wildlife hospital as a volunteer, and it was there that my photographic pursuits merged with my environmental advocacy.

Working in wildlife rehabilitation gave me a vivid and intimate view into the lives and struggles of these animals whose experiences are often removed from our view and understanding. Outside of the hospital setting, my telephoto lens gave me the ability observe and learn more about that experience from a respectful, unobtrusive distance. Being immersed in their world taught me the profound power of connection, the simple truth of seeing, feeling, breathing, and living in the moment.

I do my best to paint that experience 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 this 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.

I hope this will someday be our norm, not our anomaly.


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; 12-100mm f/4 • lumix 100-400mm f/4-6.3


For fine art images and prints, I 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. 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.

Some adjustments on my images include: sharpness, levels, contrast, noise reduction, wb/color adjustments where needed, vignettes, and in some cases, spot removal. 

Enjoy your browsings and drop me an email if you have any comments or need more information. Thanks for stopping by! ~

Ingrid Taylar


For all uses or permissions of images posted here, please feel free to contact me for the specs.

Photos, writings, and graphics © Ingrid Valda Taylar


The family move overseas that sparked a lifelong photographic passion. (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)