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Alaska Custom Photo Tours with Michael DeYoung

Guided Full-Day and Multi-Day Private Photo Tours in Alaska
































































What is a custom private tour? It’s a custom, full service instructional based tour just for you, created and guided by Michael and Lauri. We help you every step of the way, creating a once in a lifetime photo adventure. Let us take you to our favorite Alaska photo locations.

Alaska is a world class photo destination with jaw dropping untouched wilderness, free roaming wildlife, and a world of adventure outside the ordinary. Welcome to our playground, our office in the great outdoors, and our biggest source of inspiration. We decided a long time ago, life is too short to do something we don’t love. Alaska can awaken that adventurer in all of us. Whatever photography genre you like most, travel, landscapes, wildlife, or all three, it’s all here for you in the Last Frontier. We do what it takes to make it happen for you. That’s what we love to do. So, get out and live your photo adventure. Experience something new, magical, and truly wild.

Turn dreams into reality with an exclusive, full service, custom private photo adventure tour in Alaska


30+ years of professional photography experience statewide

We know Alaska inside and out as professional outdoor photographers and seasoned Alaska wilderness travelers. We’ve photographed Alaska’s most beautiful places, statewide and year round for commercial clients and photo libraries for over 30 years. As such, we know what locations yield the best images and when to be there. In addition, we work with reputable adventure guides, boat captains and pilots that get us to and from awesome places.

Photo expertise on all things Alaskan

Decades of experience and never ending passion for Alaska landscapes, wildlife, and adventure travel defines who we are. We go statewide, but the best of all things Alaska can pretty much be found in Southcentral with Anchorage as your hub. We take photographers to Alaska’s most beautiful places to capture images of Alaska’s iconic mountain and coastal landscapes, glaciers, icebergs, wildlife, wildflowers, fall colors, and northern lights.

Full service tour with a team, not just a guide

Alaska is large and complex and planning a photo centric trip can be daunting. No worries. Michael and Lauri have you covered. Creating custom, one of a kind photo adventures is in our wheelhouse and logistics are us! We arrange everything: accommodations, ground transportation, quality photo-driven venues and remote excursions. We will provide comprehensive equipment and clothing suggestions to optimize your Alaska experience.

Michael is a former meteorologist, natural light master and patient teacher

Sharing his weather and light expertise, Michael guides you in how to capture the best possible imagery in all lighting conditions. He works with all skill levels, doing what it takes to get you to the next level. Whatever you want to work on, even if it is just motivation to push yourself creatively, Michael patiently helps you get there.

Adventure Specialists

Combining photography and adventure is our passion! Do you have a taste for adventure and the willingness to get out to really cool backcountry places under your own power? We are all about the backcountry photo adventure. Hiking, paddling, glacier trekking? Let’s do it. See and capture even more unique Alaska locations few other photographers will see.

Portrait of Alaska Photo Tour guide Michael DeYoung

Michael DeYoung is an award-winning adventure, lifestyle and landscape photographer creating imagery for stock libraries and commercial clients – primarily in the travel/tourism industry.


“Our main focus with our clients is to provide the highest quality Alaskan experience possible in addition to helping capture the best possible imagery. We support local businesses and sustainably showcase the places we love. Helping people grow as photographers, building skills, confidence, and creative vision is what we love to do. We strive to awaken that outdoor photography passion in all of us.”


“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.

“I only had a few days with them to explore and capture amazing Anchorage but will never forget it. Not only did I learn so much from Michael but I felt like I had know them for years, felt safe the entire time, saw and photographed places I would never have found on my own.”

– Susan M.



(subject to third party vendor fee increases)

Custom Alaska photo tour total costs vary depending upon many factors. These factors include: remoteness of location traveling to, season traveling, lodging location, your lodging style preference, and additional modes of transportation required or desired (e.g. helicopters, chartered boats, etc.)

The tour ideas listed below are tours based from Anchorage. Costs include our guide fee, 1-2 hour orientation and presentation, ground transportation in our private van or rental vehicle (for 3 or more clients), and all expenses including accommodations, location fees, and third party vendor fees, such as air and boat charters. Client meals in most cases are separate and not included in costs.

These are merely suggestions and not packages. If you like, you can go with what the suggested tour describes. Or, you can modify and add to them to suit your photographic preferences.

Click on image below to see the details and estimated cost on the selected trip idea.

Lupines along Turnagain Arm © Michael DeYoung


Virgin Creek falls in Girdwood, Alaska © Michael DeYoung


Vibrant blue glacial pool formation © Michael DeYoung


Grizzly cubs high five interaction - Alaska's Lake Clark National Park © Michael DeYoung


Winter sunset over the Chugach Mountains near Sheep Mountain Lodge, Alaska © Michael DeYoung


WHEN: March & June – September


  • 1 day (10-hours), no overnight accommodations arranged : $1,200 (1-4 clients)
  • Multi-day (per 24 hours): $1,500 (1-2 clients); $1,600 (3-4 clients); $1,700 (5-6 clients)


  • Michael & Lauri as your guides and drivers
  • Personalized photography instruction
  • Ground transportation from and return to Anchorage
  • Pre-tour logistics including developing the itinerary and making reservations for lodging, additional transportation (such as air-taxi, boat, or helicopter rides), and other guided excursions


  • Your Meals (pay as you go)
  • Lodging for your group and Michael & Lauri’s. (No lodging expenses for Michael & Lauri while staying in Anchorage.)
  • Fuel
  • Rental vehicle for more than 3 participants
  • Entrance and locations fees
  • Third-party guide and off highway transportation fees such as glacier guides and air and boat taxis


PAYMENT TERMS: First payment is 50% of total tour quote and is due at the time of booking to secure your requested dates and reservations. The first payment includes a non-refundable deposit that equates to one day’s worth of our daily rate. This deposit is non-refundable for any reason and is applied to the total balance of the tour. Final payments are due 90 days prior to private tour start date.


Cancellations made prior to 90 days of tour's start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date except for the non-refundable deposit.

Refunds for cancellations made within 90 days of the tour's start date are not guaranteed. If we can fill the space with another booking, we will refund the amount paid to date minus the initial non-refundable deposit and any non-refundable payments made to secure additional venues (such as lodging facilities).

Cancellations made within 90 days of the tour's start date where we cannot fill the space will forfeit 100% of the payments.

In the event you are unable to make your initial date, we will work with you to reschedule without forfeiture of your non-refundable deposit and as much of the deposits made to secure the additional venues although we understand rescheduling is not always possible due to both parties schedules.


Active Photo Tours and DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC are not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets or lodging arrangements you made in the event of you or anyone in your group had to cancel. You may want to invest in trip insurance to cover these circumstances. We highly suggest TravelGuard® or similar travel insurance policies to assist you in case of last minute plan changes and emergencies.

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