Alaska Photo Tours

Private and Group Photography Tours and Workshops in Alaska

Alaska is on every outdoor photographer’s bucket list. It has more pristine and magical vistas right off the highway system than anywhere else in the US. A short distance off the highway system, by private boat, helicopter, float plane, and even by railroad, await even more magical and remote wilderness photography opportunities of both landscape and wildlife subjects.

Sharing decades of Alaska professional photographic knowledge and expertise with our clients.

With over 30 years of professional photography experience statewide and countless wilderness miles traveled by foot, paddle, and ski, we know Alaska. We know the light and weather patterns. We know where to be and what conditions yield the most impactful imagery.

We are big supporters of sustainable tourism so as much as possible we support local businesses with a commitment to quality and service during our photo tours. The lodges, B&Bs, restaurants, and even the van rental (when needed) are all from locally owned businesses. On location we practice and insist on Leave No Trace principles during our tours. Our small groups traveling in one vehicle allow us to minimize our impact and presence. Aviation and boat travel are mainstays of transportation in Alaska in this vast and largely roadless wilderness and allows access to outstanding wilderness locations. Our use of helicopter transport is over vastly uninhabited and trail-less areas so there is minimal, if any, disturbance to residential areas, wildlife or to wilderness travelers.

Our Current Offerings

Alaska Group Photo Tours

Sunset over the Clearwater Mountains with warm light reflecting off one of the numerous ponds on the tundra of the Denali Highway - from one of our popular photo tours. © Michael DeYoung

Denali Highway Fall Colors and Northern Lights Alaska Photo Tour

Aug 27 – Sep 2, 2023 – 2 SPOTS OPENED UP

This landscape intensive photo tour features a loop route starting and ending in Fairbanks, Alaska, where we seek out stunning glacier-clad peaks of the Eastern Alaska Range with sweeping views of fall colored tundra in the foreground. With ponds close to the road and mountain views to the north, the remote Denali Highway has excellent foregrounds for northern lights displays with zero light pollution.

Fall sunrise on Alaska's Weiner Lake with cirrostratus clouds. - taken during one of our private photo tours. © Michael DeYoung

Best of Alaska Fall Landscapes, Glaciers, & Moose Photo Tour

Sep 10 – 16, 2023 – TOUR FULL – CLICK BELOW TO GET ON WAIT LIST

The majestic mountain landscapes of Southcentral Alaska is a fall color photographer’s dream. A visual delight of wilderness landscapes with rugged mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes and cascading streams. Untold miles of yellows of aspens, birches and cottonwoods with colorful red and orange understory below rugged peaks greet the intrepid photographer seeking the ultimate fall color photo destination absent of crowds of photographers found at other popular fall destinations

There’s more to this action packed 7-day adventure tour than just roadside landscapes though. Included in this photo tour are guided backcountry excursions from photographing moose in rut to remote access to sweeping glacier views via helicopter. And, if conditions permit, the possibility of photographing northern lights displays.

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Alaska Private Photo Tours

Custom Full-Day and Multi-Day Guided Photo Tours in Alaska exclusive to your group

We suggest and create itineraries that maximize your photo experience – all with your approval – based on your idea and preferences. We book accommodations and provide all ground transportation on the road system during the tour.

“My wife and I have taken 6 private photo tours with Michael and Lauri. They have the ability to check off all the boxes for those that want a successful photography tour. Michael and Lauri know how to create the experience. “

– Gail M.

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Photography Workshops in Alaska
with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

Workshops include lecture and classroom time, field demonstrations, group location shoots, student assignments and critique sessions.

Humpback whale photographed in Southeast Alaska photo tour © Michael DeYoung

Best of Southeast Alaska: Whales, Glaciers and More Photo Workshop

Jul 22 – 28, 2023

The crown jewel of Southeast Alaska situated on the northwestern end of the North American mainland has it all: Towering mountains, glaciers, and fjords teeming with land and marine wildlife. Nestled in the world’s largest temperate rainforest, our base will be Juneau and nearby Auke Bay, arguably the prettiest setting of all 50 state capitals with its eclectic mix of Victorian charm and a port town vibe with cruise ships lighting the harbor in the short summer dusk.

Our tour is timed to capture maximum humpback whale activity where we will possibly see and photograph breaching whales and bubble net feeding from our private boat charter with our knowledgeable lifelong resident boat captains.

Grizzly cubs high five interaction from Alaska's Lake Clark National Park taken during one of our private photo tours © Michael DeYoung

Coastal Grizzlies of Lake Clark

Aug 5 – 9, 2023

Remote, rugged, beautiful, and wild are a few words to describe one of Alaska’s most beautiful national parks, Lake Clark. Along the shores of western Cook Inlet with sand and crashing waves below the towering peaks of the Alaska Range is one of the most popular and sought-after wildlife subjects, coastal grizzly bears free roaming in their natural habitat. Thanks to a delicate balance of cooperative visitor management and limited access one can safely photograph these amazing omnivores in the comfort and safety of a full-service remote lodge reachable only by bush plane. Bear viewing is increasing in popularity and space at remote bear viewing venues is limited. Join Alaska photography expert Michael DeYoung, a 34-year professional, for this unique opportunity to safely photograph coastal grizzly bears in a majestic mountainous coastal setting.

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Michael is a natural lighting master and a former meteorologist who knows how and where to find the best light in a place with a difficult and challenging climate. Known for being a patient teacher, sharing weather and light expertise, and having extensive knowledge and experience in wilderness travel, Michael can help you capture the best of Alaska with all things outdoors including landscape, wildlife, travel and adventure photography.

As diverse as Alaska is, we highly encourage participants to extend their stay an extra day or two at the end of their private or scheduled tour or workshop to give themselves more time to explore many other opportunities Alaska provides with their newfound photography skills.

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC