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Private Photography Tours

Happy photographer on a guided Alaska private photo tour


1) Taos & Northern New Mexico, 2) Zion & Southern Utah, and 3) Southcentral Alaska


>> Click on the location button below to see pricing for each location. <<

Create your own photo adventure, on your own time, at your own pace, and at any fitness level from easy to extreme. Tell us your idea and we’ll do the rest. This is what we do.

Private tours are great for those who don’t have time for a week-long workshop or are traveling to our areas of operation at times other than a scheduled workshop, and for those who still want a quality and custom photography experience. The difference is you do it your way and to your preferences. Why would you do this? Simple, ROI. You get more return on your investment being the only client. You participate more in creating your own venue.

A private tour is location driven and based on a 10 or 12 hour per day fee. The goal is similar to a structured tour: We still take you to our favorite cool and majestic places and help you capture the best imagery an area has to offer using our experience and expertise.

Let us work with you and arrange everything for your private photo tour to be a creative success.


Tailored to your photo preferences, fitness level and appetite for adventure

Exclusive to you with more individual attention

Expert logistics, location knowledge, technical and creative guidance

Greater flexibility with dates than a scheduled workshop

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


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.


1. Complete the form located at the “BOOK PRIVATE TOUR” button on the state you are interested in with your preferred private tour dates to verify Michael (the guide) has 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 (or you can pay in full). Payment can be made via credit card through PayPal (no PayPal account required) or check (if reserved date is more than 2 weeks away).

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


Michael as your guide, instructor and motivator

Transportation to and from your lodging depending upon the location of your private tour.

Pre-tour logistics

Recommendations for accommodations and tour itinerary

2 hour pre-trip presentation or constructive critique


The Daily Fee does not include:



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.


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 deposit 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.


“I asked Michael to by my guide and mentor in Zion. Michael adjusted to my goals and skill level as an accomplished mentor should. Michael personalized content, location and style that was very effective for me. Not only did I return home with high quality images, but more importantly, the ability to apply what I learned immediately. After working with Michael, I have a working knowledge of more advanced exposure techniques, composition guidelines and shooting in different kinds of weather.”

– Christopher Fitch (Texas) – C Fitch Foto

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“Landscape photography is my passion in life so when deciding on our next vacation destination, my husband and I wanted something unique. Taos was a place that excited both of us and it was indelibly engraved in our minds and imagination before we even took our first step. Everything about it sounded intriguing: its amazing New Mexican culture, unusual architecture and legendary light and vistas. And so, our mission became finding a photographer who would help us paint these digital “portraits.” We read about Michael DeYoung, a Taos adventure, lifestyle and landscape photographer and figured it was a no brainer.

Our vision was very much on target both with the extraordinary beauty of Taos and our experience with Michael. He knew and understood the landscape, felt passion for the architecture, and was familiar with weather patterns (as a former Air Force meteorologist) which proved to be most helpful.

The most important thing that Michael taught us was no matter what the weather conditions, there are no excuses; you just come back with the shot. Our day turned out to be amazing even with all the earlier weather challenges. It snowed the night before and little did we realize that this would be a gift. We returned home to Charlotte, North Carolina with images we had dreamed about! The Land of Enchantment … it’s that and much more. Our adventure ended with some delightful New Mexican cuisine with Michael and his lovely wife, Lauri (and partner in crime). Our experience in Taos is one we will not soon forget!”

– Elle & Craig Kriser (Charlotte, NC) – Elle Creative | CDK Photo


Exclusive and Unique Private Photo Adventures

Pink skies over Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, NM

TAOS & NORTHERN NEW MEXICO – The Land of Enchantment – Explore unique old world architecture and high desert landscapes.

A section of The Narrows of the Virgin River - Zion National Park, Utah

UTAH CANYON COUNTRY – The Best of Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and surrounding redrock canyon country.

Landscape photo of fireweed with Surprise Glacier in background - Alaska

MAJESTIC ALASKA – Mountains, glaciers, lakes, wildflowers, waterfalls, and wildlife around Anchorage, Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Questions about Private Photo Tours? We're happy to help so ask away!

Create your own photo adventure with veteran photographer and workshop leader, Michael DeYoung, an intrepid wilderness traveler and widely published Adventure and Landscape Photographer with decades of commercial success in Alaska and the desert Southwest.

Private Photography Tours

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC

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