New Mexico Private Photography 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
Have 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 Mexico photo 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 and make a non-refundable deposit, we get to work to make your tour the best it can be.
The Active Photo Tour Advantage
Sharing over 15 years of New Mexico professional knowledge and expertise with you. Explore unique old world architecture and high desert landscapes.
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 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.
✓ Exclusive to you or your small group with more individual attention
✓ Tailored to your photo preferences, fitness level and appetite for adventure
✓ Expert logistics, location knowledge, technical and creative guidance
Sunset over Rio Grande Gorge & Sangre de Cristo Mountains – Taos, NM.
WHEN: November – May
Capture the natural and cultural riches of Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, and Plaza Blanca.
WHEN: November – May
Thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese winter in Bosque del Apache.
WHEN: December & January
DAILY RATE: Starting at $700/day 1-2 people; $900/day 3-6 people
INCLUDED IN DAILY RATE
✓ Michael & Lauri as your guides and drivers.
✓ Personalized photography instruction.
✓ Ground transportation from and return to Taos. (Rental vehicle fees apply for more than 2 participants. Additional charges apply for locations outside Taos.)
✓ Pre-tour logistics including developing the itinerary and making reservations for lodging, additional transportation (such as air-taxi or helicopter rides), and other guided excursions.
✓ Michael & Lauri’s meals.
NOT INCLUDED IN DAILY RATE
✓ Your Meals
✓ Lodging for your group and Michael & Lauri’s. (No lodging expenses for Michael & Lauri while staying in Taos.)
✓ Rental vehicle for more than 3 participants.
✓ Entrance and locations fees.
✓ Third-party guide and off highway transportation fees.
HOW TO BOOK
✓ 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 are available, we’ll send you a link where you make your non-refundable $250 reservation deposit. (Deposit is applied to the final cost of the trip.) 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, we ask for 50% (less the $250 deposit) of the estimate so we can start reserving lodging, third-party vendors, and other expenses related to your trip.
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
“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.
Led by photography guides based in Taos and with over 15 years experience photographing Taos and Northern New Mexico
BOOKING REQUEST FORM
DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC