+1 575.737.3030 ask@activephototours.com

Adhering to the COVID-Safe Practices to limit the spread of COVID-19 implemented by the State of New Mexico, Alaska, and Utah, we have resumed accepting private photo tours and private instruction as long as the state and local authorities continue to deem it continues to be safe. We will also continue accepting private instruction requests via Skype or Zoom.

Some of the COVID-Safe Practices we have implemented include: the wearing masks (where appropriate or necessary), maintain safe distances of at least 6 feet (minus the few moments we may need to assist you with a technical camera issue), and will ride in separate vehicles.

With ample time before their scheduled start dates, we still plan to run the Alaska Northern Lights & Fall Colors (Aug 26 – Sep 1) and Zion & Grand Staircase-Escalante Southwest (Nov 1 – 6) photo tours.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as well as your continued support. Stay safe and we look forward to working with you when you are ready to experience some amazing photography based adventures and learning.


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

November 1 - 6, 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



Flowers below the historic San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Taos New Mexico

Northern New Mexico

with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

Oct 20 - 24, 2020 (NEW DATES)


Sandhill Cranes mating dance ritual at Bosque del Apache

Southern New Mexico

with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

January 17 - 22, 2021


Winter sunset with new snow from Canyon Overlook

Zion In Winter

with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

February 21 - 25, 2021



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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)

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DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC

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