Guided Private Photography Tours in New Mexico with Michael DeYoung

Unique old world architecture and Southwestern culture in Taos New Mexico

Exclusive Guided Photo Tours in New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment

A private photo tour is a one or multi-day event designed to maximize time creating images in inspirational locations and tailored to your preferences.

We take you to places in New Mexico where we know the lighting and seasonal conditions intimately – locations we’ve explored and photographed for years that have yielded successful commercial or personally rewarding images.

A uniquely personal and exclusive photo tour for individuals, couples and any private group up to 4. Non-photographer companions, partners, family members and friends are always welcome.

Explore unique old world architecture and high desert landscapes.

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

RATES: $500/day for 1-2 people, $700/day for 3-4 people

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

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

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

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

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 – June

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


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



Can be up to four participants all from the same party. We do not mix clients from different parties on private tours.

Not all people in your party have to be photographers. We regularly take non-photographer companions and family members.

Start and end times vary depending on time of year and are determined upon booking.

A detailed recommended camera equipment and suggested clothing list and custom itinerary will be sent to registered participants via email shortly after booking.


Fee includes:

Michael as your guide, instructor and motivator

Transportation to and from your lodging in Taos

Pre-tour logistics

Recommendations for accommodations and tour itinerary

2 hour pre-trip presentation or constructive critique


The Daily Fee does not include:

Your Meals


Personal expenses

Entrance and locations fees

Third-party guide and charter transportation fees

Additional tour logistics, like lodging, third-party guides, and charters, can be, and often are, arranged by us. The costs to secure these amenities will be itemized and added to the total cost of your package.


1. Complete the form found at the “BOOK NEW MEXICO GUIDED PRIVATE PHOTO TOUR” button below with your preferred tour dates to verify we have no other conflicts on your desired date(s).

2. As we may be traveling on the road or out on a shoot at the moment, we will be contacting you either by phone or email within 48 hours of receipt of your form to discuss your request.

3. Once an available date is confirmed, a deposit link will be emailed to you so you can reserve your tour date by making a 25% deposit. Payment can be made via credit card through PayPal (no PayPal account required), check, or money order.

4. Final payment is due 60 days prior to your reserved start date.


PAYMENT TERMS: A 25% non-refundable reservation deposit applied towards the total trip cost is due at registration to secure your trip dates. 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 25% non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations made within 60 days of the tour's start date will receive a refund of all amounts paid to date minus the initial 25% non-refundable deposit 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.

Questions about a New Mexico private photo tour? We're happy to help so ask away!


For camera clubs and corporate groups of more than four, please contact us below for custom quotes and packages.


Guided Private Photography Tours in New Mexico with Michael DeYoung

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC

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