Guided Private Photography Tours in New Mexico with Michael DeYoung







Turn dreams to reality with a custom guided photo tour in New Mexico – the Land of Enchantment

The Active Photo Tour difference: Sharing years of New Mexico professional knowledge and expertise with you. Explore unique old world architecture and high desert landscapes.

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. 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 with all things outdoors including landscape, historic architecture and wildlife photography.



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

Greater flexibility with dates than a regular workshop

Options to team up with reputable adventure guides for a truly unique photo experience

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


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: November – June

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: November – 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: December & January

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

Photograph the unique gypsum sand at New Mexico’s newest National Park, White Sands.

WHEN: November – May

DAILY RATE: $500/day 1-2 people, $700/day 3-4 people


Michael & Lauri as your guides and drivers.

Ground transportation from and return to Taos. (Rental vehicle fees apply for more than 2 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 if trip is in Taos.)


Rental vehicle for more than 2 participants.

Entrance and locations fees.

Third-party guide and off highway transportation fees.

Tips & gratuities.


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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.

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Guided Private Photography Tours in New Mexico with Michael DeYoung

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC

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