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Landscape and Adventure Photography Guide & Trip Leader

in Alaska, New Mexico, and Zion National Park

We offer a few carefully crafted, guided, nearly all inclusive landscape-centric group tours for active and adventurous photographers from advanced beginner to pro skill levels as well as customized, guided private trips for individuals, families, and friends. We focus on helping participants develop their creativity and photographic vision, provide technical advice on camera operation in order to achieve that goal, and help you capture memorable images in places with inspirational, striking and majestic backcountry landscape locations.

An award-winning adventure lifestyle and travel photography team, let us guide you on your next unforgettable photo adventure!

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Alaska Northern Lights & Fall Colors Photo Tour

Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2020


A Guided Photo Trip in Southern Utah

Zion & Grand Staircase-Escalante Southwest Utah Photo Tour

October 18 - 24, 2020


Improve your photographic techniques with private one-on-one in person photo instruction with a working professional photographer

Private Instruction & Consultation

Private photo instruction and consultation involves only you and the instructor, focusing on exactly what technique or process you want to learn or improve upon. It's your personal workshop.


Guided photo excursions in Taos, New Mexico, Anchorage, Alaska, and Southern Utah

Private Photo Tours

Dates & Locations vary



Winter sunset with new snow from Canyon Overlook

Zion In Winter

with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

February 23 - 27, 2020


RSVP Wanderlust Calendar Cover

Going Pro With Outdoor Photography

with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

March 11 - 15, 2020


Southwest adobe wall and chile ristra near San Francisco de Asis Church in Taos New Mexioc

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

May 20 - 24, 2020



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“Mike is one of the best outdoor-location-action-adventure photographers I know. And in his ‘Speedlights, camera, action lighting workshop’ I took, he taught and demonstrated his successful techniques for us all to learn. I came away with new knowledge I could put to practical use right away. He and his wife Lauri make a great teaching team.”

– Jeff Schultz (Anchorage, AK)
Official Photographer of the Iditarod since 1982

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“I was hoping for adventure and you delivered! I can’t wait to practice all I learned in the last week. I feel I have better tools and a better eye to see landscapes through a camera. I feel like I will be able to make more impactful landscape photos thanks to the guidance and knowledge you passed on to me.”

– Tammy Andie (Missoula, MT)

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“I asked Michael to by my guide and mentor in Zion. Michael adjusted to my goals and skill level as an accomplished mentor should. Michael personalized content, location and style that was very effective for me. Not only did I return home with high quality images, but more importantly, the ability to apply what I learned immediately.

After working with Michael, I have a working knowledge of more advanced exposure techniques, composition guidelines and shooting in different kinds of weather.”

– Christopher Fitch (Dallas, TX)


Taos Ski Valley Print Ad photographed by Michael DeYoung

Taos Ski Valley Print Ad

Alaska Magazine Cover June 2018 photographed by Michael DeYoung

Alaska Magazine Cover – June 2018

2019 Alaska State Vacation Planner Cover by photographer Michael DeYoung

Alaska State Vacation Planner Cover – 2019

Backpacker Magazine Cover March 2018 - Pacific Crest Trail image taken by Michael DeYoung

Backpacker Magazine Cover – March 2018


Hiker ascending the Pacific Crest Trail with views of Mt Ranier.

A Year in Images – Best of 2019 Adventures

This blog features 19 of my favorite images from 2019 adventures. They included a 343 mile hike through the Washington Cascades on the Pacific Crest Trail, two remote multi day backpack trips to the Grand Canyon, an overnight Rim to Rim to Rim Grand Canyon Hike, a...

5 Tips to Better Trail Photos

1. Have your camera ready to shoot. Carry it on your chest, shoulder strap or hip belt. This is easy with a smartphone but a bit more challenging with a DSLR. Use a chest harness or shoulder/hip belt. Don’t rely on taking off your pack every time you want to take some...

Develop Your Creativity

A Working Pro’s Transition To Mirrorless Cameras

There is a wealth of reviews of virtually every piece of photo gear made, both on dedicated review sites as well as thousands of customer reviews on retail sites such as B&H. My review is not meant to re-hash what’s already been revealed. My goal is to offer a...

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