About Les

My name is Leslie (Les) Taylor, and I’m a photographer specializing in landscape, travel, and architectural photography. My interest in photography began in high school when I bought a point and shoot Kodak film camera. Soon thereafter I began taking photography classes using my father’s Canon film SLR and have enjoyed this craft ever since. Currently, I’m a stock photographer as a member of Stocksy United, and have done work for companies including GaijinPot and Japan Travel.  I have also shot for major hotels, including the Tokyu Hotels in Japan and the Hampton Inn in the USA. My work has appeared in publications like National Geographic Traveler and Jetstar Magazine, and I was one of Nikon’s featured photographers as part of their “Nikon 100” celebrations.

Currently I live with my wonderful wife (who helps a lot behind the scenes!) and our three children in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Aside from photography, I also enjoy music, as well as theology & philosophy. I’m a big baseball fan (go Sox!) and love cycling, too. If you have any questions about anything here on my website, please feel free to contact me here.

Select Publications, Clients, and Honors


  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Jetstar Magazine
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • Pensacola City Guide


  • Japan Travel
  • Hampton Inn
  • Tokyu Hotels
  • Tall Timber Lodge


  • Nikon 100 Top 100 Photographer
  • Outdoor Photographer Nature's Colors Contest Finalist

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