Building Confidence. Inspiring Creativity. Making Breakthroughs.

Michael DeYoung is a landscape and adventure photography mentor and workshop instructor with a successful commercial photography career.
We offer private instruction, mentoring, and workshops in New Mexico, Utah, and Alaska for photographers of all levels.

Photography Mentoring and Coaching - Private Photo Instruction for Landscape and Outdoor Photographers

Photo mentoring is private instruction in an inspiring location. You set your goals, choose your date(s) and location, and take your landscape and outdoor photography to the next level. You learn at your own pace with a 1:1 or for couples and partners a 1:2 instructor/participant ratio.

Some of the skills we can work with you on include:

  • improving your lighting skills
  • helping you develop your creative vision and personal style
  • mastering the operation of your digital SLR
  • getting the most out of your images in post processing
  • professional development

One-on-one instruction and career development is offered at different times of the year in the following locations:

  • Anchorage & Southcentral Alaska
  • Taos & Northern New Mexico
  • Zion National Park Utah

Photo Workshops in Utah's Zion National Park, Alaska, and New Mexico

With photography workshops in Alaska, New Mexico, and Utah's Zion National Park, you’ll learn photo techniques that strengthen your outdoor photography and personal vision.

Topics covered in our photo workshops include travel photography, landscape, lighting (use of one or more flashes), and action photography.

Group sizes in our workshops are kept small and the instructor shoot only to demonstrate technique. This leads to greater personal attention to participants.

Our format strives for a balanced mix of lecture, field demonstrations and individual instruction, and useful image critiques with more emphasis on shooting in the field. Whenever possible, we utilize private property locations to minimize any disruptions while we have all our gear out and are learning a technique or practicing with talent.



"Mike is one of the best outdoor-location-action-adventure photographers I know. And in his 'Speedlights, camera, action lighting workshop' I took, he taught and demonstrated his successful techniques for us all to learn. I came away with new knowledge I could put to practical use right away. He and his wife Lauri make a great teaching team."

- Jeff Schultz Official Photographer of the Iditarod since 1982 (Anchorage, AK)

"This workshop [Spring Landscapes in Zion National Park] gave me everything that I needed to jazz up my photography – adventure, camaraderie, new friends, new accomplishments, a challenge to my physical being and my creative being. Each time we did a critique, I could see how much I grew as a landscape photographer. Each time I’ve shot since the workshop, I’ve found myself delving deeper into my composition and thinking, “How would Michael shoot this?” Thank you Michael and Lauri! I’m looking forward to the next workshop!”

- Donna Bush (Pearl River, LA)

"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. ... We returned home to Charlotte, North Carolina with images we had dreamed about! Our experience in Taos is one we will not soon forget!Thank you Michael and Lauri!"

Elle & Craig Kriser (Charlotte, NC)

“Michael is an accomplished photographer and instructor and has the ability to teach to a group with vary experience levels. I would recommend his workshops for those who want to improve their photography skills. The quality and creativity of my photography has definitely improved through the lessons I’ve learned in his workshops.”

- Lynn Wegener (Anchorage, AK)

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