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New Mexico Custom Photo Tours with Michael DeYoung

Custom Full-Day and Multi-Day Private Photo Tours in New Mexico







Turn dreams into reality with an exclusive, full service private photo tour in New Mexico – the Land of Enchantment

New Mexico’s diverse natural landscapes, turquoise blue skies, and the magical light make it a fantastic photo destination. From historical adobe architecture, wave-like dunes of gypsum sand at White Sands National Park, abundant winter migratory snow geese and sandhill cranes, and the enchanted town of Taos – home to a world-class ski resort, a World Heritage Site, and one of the most photographed and iconic churches, there is plenty of variety to satisfy the intrepid travel and landscape photographer.

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 New Mexican 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.

The Active Photo Tour Advantage

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 excursions during the tour. Prior to the trip we will provide comprehensive equipment and clothing suggestions to optimize your experience in New Mexico.

Michael is a natural lighting master, a former meteorologist and patient teacher who knows how and where to find the best light. 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 New Mexico including landscape, historic architecture, travel, bird, 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.

Sharing over 15 years of New Mexico professional knowledge and expertise with you.

Sunset over Rio Grande Gorge - Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Taos New Mexico

Sunset over Rio Grande Gorge & Sangre de Cristo Mountains – Taos, NM.

WHEN: Nov – Feb & Apr – May


Golden light hitting the cliffs on Ghost Ranch - Abiquiu, New Mexico

Capture the natural and cultural riches of Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, and Plaza Blanca.

WHEN: Nov – Feb & Apr – May


Sandhill crane in flight - Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

Thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese winter in Bosque del Apache.

WHEN: Dec – Jan


Wind swept designs in sand - White Sands National Park, New Mexico

Photograph the unique gypsum sand at White Sands National Park

WHEN: Nov – Feb & Apr – May


DAILY GUIDE FEE: $800/day 1-2 people; $900/day 3-4 people


Michael & Lauri as your guides and drivers

Personalized photography instruction

Ground transportation from and return to Taos

Pre-tour logistics including developing the itinerary and making reservations for lodging, 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 Taos.) **

Fuel **

Rental vehicle for more than 3 participants **

Entrance and locations fees **

Third-party guide and off highway transportation fees **

** These expenses will be reflected in the total estimate of the tour.


Tell us your interests and dates on the BOOKING REQUEST FORM located at the bottom of this page. (Navigate to form now)

We verify our availability. If we’re not available, we’ll provide alternative dates to see if they work with your schedule.

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

“In preparation for an international adventure trip I hired Michael for a one day private class. In the one day of instruction Michael showed me the value of shooting in manual mode, depth of field, lighting and use of a tripod. I was so impressed with his instruction I signed up for his Zion Class, which was outstanding. I highly recommend Michael as an instructor and encourage anyone from beginner to pro to take one of Michael’s classes. “

– Jack G.

“I booked a private tour with Michael to explore the photo shooting opportunities in the Taos and Santa Fe areas. Awesome. Both the scenery and Michael’s outstanding instruction were both superb.”

– Leslie D.

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Led by photography guides based in Taos and with over 15 years experience photographing Taos and Northern New Mexico





DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC