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Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area





I use a highly respected local print shop called BayPhoto for all of my printing needs! They offer reliable, high quality, and most importantly, environmentally friendly products. BayPhoto is certified through the California Green Business Network for their eco-friendly business standards.

Absolutely! Contact me at lauren@earthlingelle.com for all inquiries regarding custom print sizing, materials, finishes, mounts, and/or photo requests.

I define ethical wildlife photography as the conscious practice of prioritizing the wellbeing of the wildlife above all else, even if it means missing a shot. I believe that wildlife photographers carry the responsibility of minimizing our impact on wildlife in every way possible when in the field. It is a highly complex and nuanced topic, which is why I dedicated my entire first blog entry to it! Read more about my take on ethical wildlife photography here.

I am a fully self-taught photographer with an extensive academic & work background in all things wildlife. In 2016 I received my Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation and have been working with wildlife in a wide variety of settings ever since. Explore the rest of my credentials here.

The easiest and most obvious answer is that without the earth and all of its creatures, we wouldn’t be here today. Human beings are biologically and fundamentally interconnected to wildlife as fellow earthlings. The highly specific conditions of the earth that allow us to breathe air, drink water, grow food, and exist at all, are all created and maintained by wildlife. This means that when wildlife suffers, we suffer. But when we, both as individuals and as a society, connect with and care for the natural world around us, not only do we improve the health of the planet, but we ourselves are innately happier and healthier. And as the most dominant species on earth, we have a duty to make sure we don’t mess it all up. As Wendell Berry said, “the earth is what we all have in common.” 

While it is certainly true that we need large-scale, systemic change in order to adequately protect wildlife for future generations, there are plenty of things you can do as an individual that really do make a difference. After all, we each represent the small parts that make up the whole of society. 
  • Get involved. Find a local wildlife conservation organization. Volunteer. Donate. Educate your friends. Spread the word.
  • Be a responsible pet owner. Every year, billions (yes, billions, with a “b”) of wild animals are killed by domestic pets. Domestic animals are a nonnative, invasive species that devastate local ecosystems. Leash your dogs and keep your cats indoors. 
  • Eat more plants. It’s not news that the animal agriculture industry has massively detrimental impacts on our environment and wildlife. Many studies suggest that reducing your consumption of animal products is the single most effective way to minimize your individual environmental footprint. 
  • Use less plastic. You may not think you use much plastic, but the average American creates nearly 300 pounds of plastic waste every year, the vast majority of it ending up in landfills or the ocean. With plastic alternatives becoming more and more accessible every day, there are dozens of daily household items you can easily find sustainable alternatives for.
  • Download AnimalHelpNow. This is a free app that locates your nearest wildlife rehabilitator if you find a wild animal in need of medical help.

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