Alaska Private Photography Tours with Michael DeYoung

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











































Turn dreams into reality with a custom, guided, instructional photo tour in Alaska – America’s last great wilderness

Southcentral Alaska is an outdoor photographer’s dream. 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. Many possibilities await the adventurous and fit photographer who wants to seek a truly unique and awe-inspiring backcountry photography experience by foot, glacier travel, and paddling.

The Active Photo Tour difference: Sharing decades of Alaska professional knowledge and expertise with you.

With 30 years of professional photography experience statewide and countless wilderness miles traveled by foot, paddle, and ski, we KNOW Southcentral Alaska. We know the land, the light and weather patterns. We know where to be and what conditions yield the most impactful imagery. We know reputable adventure guides and transportation providers (air and water taxis) that facilitate life long memories and photo experiences.

We will bring your ideas to reality. We suggest and create itineraries that maximize the 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.

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.



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



Photographing an ice canyon while day trekking on Spencer Glacier in the Chugach Mountains
A fireweed and high bush cranberry red understory is a visual delight below the peaking aspens, upper Matanuska Valley, Alaska
A yearling moose calf pauses from feeding to take a look around - Anchorage


ONE DAY (UP TO 10 HOURS): $1,000 (1-4 people)

MULTIPLE DAYS (PER DAY): $1,500 (1-4 people)


Michael & Lauri as your guides and drivers.

Personalized photography instruction.

Ground transportation from and return to Anchorage. (Rental vehicle fees apply for more than 3 participants.)

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.

Michael & Lauri’s meals.


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.

Tips & gratuities.


HOW TO BOOK Complete the “Request a Quote” form below



PAYMENT TERMS: A $250 non-refundable deposit (applied towards the total trip cost) is due upon confirmation of trip dates to begin the itinerary planning process. Upon itinerary approval, a deposit of 50% of the quoted trip costs is due to secure your trip dates and other reservations. Final payments are due 60 day prior to private tour start date.


Cancellations made prior to 60 days of tour's start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date except for the initial $250 non-refundable deposit and possibly some non-refundable deposits made to secure additional venues (such as lodging facilities or charter companies). Most venues have a refundable 60 day or more cancellation policy.

Cancellations made within 60 days of the tour's start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date minus the initial $250 non-refundable deposit, 25% of the quoted guide fee, and any non-refundable deposits made to secure additional venues (such as lodging facilities or charter companies).

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 although we understand rescheduling is not always possible due to both parties schedules. Please note that 5% of the non-refundable deposit will not be applied towards a future booking to cover administrative costs.

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


“Michael is a great teacher and works hard to ensure that you have an enjoyable learning experience and that you come away with a better understanding of your camera and great shots. He shows you what he looks for in the great pictures, how he prepares for them and how he uses the camera to take them.”

– Rick J.

“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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