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. 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. 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

Photographing ice formations in glacial ice cave © Michael DeYoung

Alaska Range Aurora & Winter Landscapes Photo Tour

Mar 26 – 31, 2023

Just 2 hours down the road from Fairbanks, the aurora displays are just as active but with mountain foregrounds of the Eastern Alaska Range. The views of big rugged peaks just south of Delta Junction are stunning and this area will serve as our base for 4 nights as we pursue the northern lights during peak activity. But that’s not all. During the day our photo quests will include big mountain landscapes still cloaked in winter white, a unique glacier ice cave and a shoot of Alaska mushers and their dog team with scenic backdrops.

Sunset over the Clearwater Mountains with warm light reflecting off one of the numerous ponds on the tundra of the Denali Highway. © Michael DeYoung

Denali Highway Fall Colors and Northern Lights Alaska Photo Tour

Aug 27 – Sep 2, 2023

This landscape intensive workshop will feature 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. © Michael DeYoung

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

Sep 10 – 16, 2023

Southcentral Alaska is a visual delight of wilderness landscapes with rugged mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes and cascading streams during the display of fall colors can be photographed in all directions right from the highway system. But there is more included in this action packed 7-day adventure than just roadside landscapes – things that can’t be found at other popular fall destinations. Backcountry excursions including guided moose in rut to remote access to sweeping glacier views via helicopter to the possibility of 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. “

– Gayle 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.


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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