New Mexico Private Photography Tours in Taos

View of the Rio Grande Gorge located near Taos, NM

Exclusive Guided Full-Day and Multi-Day Private Photo Tours in Taos, New Mexico

Taos is known for its historic adobe buildings, high desert landscape photo opportunities, and golden light in any season. Situated at 7,000 feet, Taos experiences all 4 seasons. Capture the flowers blooming in spring, the cactus flowers along the Rio Grande in summer, the fall colors in the cottonwood and other trees in autumn, and the snowy landscapes in winter. Taos has you covered!

The Sangre de Cristo mountains serve as Taos’ backdrop. Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, located just outside of town, offers photo opportunities of the 800 feet deep gorge with views of the river below. We can drive down into the canyon in a couple of locations to capture images by incorporating the river into the landscape – some of my favorite.

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 Taos, New Mexico including landscapes in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and surrounding area as well as Taos’ rich, historic architecture. 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.

Flowers below the historic San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Taos New Mexico

Historic San Francisco de Asis Church

Winter reflections of San Francisco de Asis Mission Church - a historical church in Ranchos de Taos

San Francisco de Asis Church in Winter

Spring time in Taos New Mexico

Field of flowers & mountain views

Photograph of blooming cactus along the shores of Rio Grande

Cactus in bloom along the Rio Grande

Colorful blue gate door against adobe wall - Northern New Mexico architecture

Adobe architecture abounds in Taos

Picture of Rio Grande with snow covered canyon walls

Winter view of Rio Grande Gorge


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

DAILY RATE: $700/day 1-4 people


Michael & Lauri as your guides and drivers.

Ground transportation from and return to Taos. (Rental vehicle fees may 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


Rental vehicle for more than 2 participants

Entrance and locations fees

Third-party guide and off highway transportation fees

Tips & gratuities


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.

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