Alaska Private Photo Tours with Michael DeYoung

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











































Turn dreams into reality with an exclusive, full service private photo tour in Alaska – America’s last great wilderness

Alaska is a world class photo destination with 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.

Got a group of photo friends, a partner or spouse, or just yourself and want to craft your own unique tour? You’ve come to the right place! With our guiding and logistics expertise we create and guide a unique Alaska photography trip just for you.

How do I start? The hardest part is just checking our availability. Start here! (Inquire Now)

Once you’ve verified available dates, we get to work to make your tour the best it can be by preparing an itinerary and get your approval on the plan. Upon approval, a 50% deposit of the trip cost is due to secure the date(s) and we begin making the reservations. The final balance is due 90 days prior to tour start date.

Want to make hiking paddling glacier travel part of photo tour? Then you’ve come to the right folks.

The Active Photo Tour Advantage

Photo expertise on all things Alaskan. Our knowledge and passions include landscape, wildlife, travel and adventure sports. Though we can go anywhere in Alaska, we mostly cover Southcentral Alaska including Kenai Fjords and Lake Clark National Parks (bear viewing), Prince William Sound and Interior Alaska from Fairbanks to the Denali Highway. We take photographers to iconic mountain and coastal landscapes, glaciers and icebergs, wildlife, wildflowers, fall colors and northern lights.

Full service tour with a team, not just a guide. Michael and Lauri have worked together for 30 years. We combine our logistics experience with commercial photo productions as well as for our many self-supported wilderness trips, to create a one of a kind photo tour for you and will suggest itineraries that maximize the photo experience – all with your approval – based on your ideas and preferences. We arrange accommodations and provide all ground transportation, as well as book photo-driven venues, excursions and transportation off the road system during the tour. Prior to the trip we will provide comprehensive equipment and clothing suggestions to optimize your Alaska experience.

30+ years of professional photography experience statewide. We know Alaska inside out and upside down not just as pro outdoor photographers but as intrepid and seasoned wilderness travelers as well. We know the land, the light and weather patterns. We know where to be, when to be there, and what conditions yield the most impactful imagery. We work with local, reputable adventure guides and transportation providers that facilitate one-of-kind Alaskan photo experiences.

Michael is a natural lighting master, a former meteorologist and patient teacher who knows how and where to find the best light in a place with challenging lighting conditions. 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. We work with all skill levels and outdoor photography interests from globe trotting seasoned shooters to “just took my first camera out of the box” and everything in between.

Adventure Specialists: Add Adventure to your tour. Adventure is our passion and we love to share it with clients! Are you an active and fit shooter? Do you think it’s cool to explore unique back country photo ops under your own power? We certainly do! We are all about combining photography and adventure and even photographing the adventure, not just the landscape. Let’s exercise our muscles, lungs and creativity. We can make your tour more unique and memorable by adding hiking, paddling and/or glacier travel to the mix.


Unmatched wilderness and wildlife at your fingertips

Unparalleled landscape and outdoor photography possibilities

20 hours of daylight in summer and northern lights and miles of color in fall

Uncrowded at most locations – virtually no other photographers

Don’t know enough about Alaska?

WHERE: Specializing in Southcentral and Interior Alaska such as:


Kenai Peninsula

Lake Clark National Park

Prince William Sound

Denali State Park & Highway


WHEN: March/April, June – September


1 day (10hours), no overnight accommodations arranged : $1,200 (for group of 1-4 people)

Multi-day (per 24 hours): $1,500 (for group of 1-2 people)

Multi-day (per 24 hours): $1,600 (for group of 3-4people)

Multi-day (per 24 hours): $1,700 (for group of 5-6 people)


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

Lodging for your group and Michael & Lauri’s. (No lodging expenses for Michael & Lauri while staying in Anchorage.)


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


Tell us your interests and dates on the BOOKING REQUEST FORM located at the bottom of this page. (Inquire here)

We verify our availability. If we’re not available, we’ll provide alternative dates to see if they work with your schedule or we’ll provide you a reference to a reputable photography guide we work with if they are available.

With the information you provide on the booking request form and a separate questionnaire we send you, we will propose an itinerary of subjects and locations based on your preferences.

Upon your approval of the itinerary, 50% of the tour quote is due so we can start reserving lodging, third-party vendors, and other expenses related to your trip. Final payment is due 90 days prior to tour start date.


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.

What Clients Say

“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.

“Awesome. Both the scenery and Michael’s outstanding instruction were both superb.”

– Leslie D.

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Explore endless possibilities for pristine, stunning, panoramic and intimate landscape imagery right from the roadside and from short hikes into the backcountry.





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