Alaska Photo Tours – Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close in Prince William Sound

WHEN: July 16, 2018

WHERE: Whittier, AK
Meet at the Lazy Otter Charters Inc. office. See "DIRECTIONS" and "SPECIAL NOTES" below.

FEE: $450 (deposit $100)



Intermediate and Advanced photographers

* What is this?

Alaska Photo Tours  – Field of dwarf fireweed seen during this Alaska Photo Tour

Alaska Photography Tours  – Icebergs seen during this Alaska Photo Tour

Alaska Photo Tours  – Icebergs

Alaska Photo Tours  – Sea lion rookery in Prince William Sound

Alaska Photography Tours  – Harbor seals sunning themselves on icebergs

Alaska Photography Tours  – Lazy Otter Charters boat used during this Alaska Photo Tour

Alaska Photography Tours - Glaciers, icebergs, and wildflowers in Prince William Sound


  • A privately chartered boat (for our group only) with flexibility in itinerary
  • 2 beach landings (conditions permitting) for land-based photography
  • Tour date picked for a morning low tide that maximizes potential to walk up to and among icebergs stranded on beach for unique photo opportunities
  • Usually lots of fireweed in bloom
  • Potential to see and photograph marine wildlife such as sea otters, harbor seals, orca whales and bald eagles
  • Expert photography guidance by long time pro and successful Alaska photographer



This full day tour on a privately chartered boat with Lazy Otter Charters EXCLUSIVE to our group takes us to one of the most spectacular places in Prince William Sound: Harriman Fjord, where we created the cover image for the 2015 Alaska State Vacation Planner. We begin in Whittier, gateway to western Prince William Sound, keeping an eye out for marine wildlife as we travel to Harriman Fjord.

Here we will find 5 tidewater glaciers, icebergs, spectacular waterfalls, wildflowers and massive peaks of the Chugach Mountains thrusting 8,000 feet above the water. There are two planned beach landings where we stand a good chance of taking close-up photos of icebergs with glaciers and mountains in the background. Along the way and once in Harriman Fjord, there will be ample opportunities to capture glaciers and mountain views as well as the possibility to photograph sea otters, birds, harbor seals, and other marine wildlife.


PHOTO TOUR: All-day, on-location adventures designed to maximize time in pursuit of creating images in target rich landscapes. Tour leader has years of experience photographing at that location and provides creative suggestions while assisting participants with light and technique to capture the best possible images. Laptop computers are not needed on photo tours.


  • Private boat charter with Lazy Otter Charters on landing craft specially designed for beach landing and ease of loading and unloading.
  • An Alaskan style boxed lunch provided by Lazy Otter
  • Photo guidance, suggestions and tips


  • Whittier tunnel fee ($13 passenger vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from the meeting locations
  • Lodging & Meals (other than lunch on boat)
  • Photo Guide/Boat Crew Gratuities

Participants who disembark on planned beach landings will climb down 6' ladder from the boat and walk on rocky beaches that may be slippery in spots.

WEATHER: While many of us want warm sunny conditions with direct light for our photography day, that unfortunately is the exception. Any place on earth (Prince William Sound is no exception) where coastal glaciers exist have predominantly cloudy and wet climates. That is why the glaciers are there. Please do not get discouraged that great images are not possible in cloudy conditions. Our tour is timed to take place during peak summer wildflower displays with maximum color, predominantly dwarf fireweed a.k.a. river beauty. The colors of the flowers, lush green mountain sides and the blue glacial ice are more saturated in cloudy weather. With careful and creative techniques, which you will learn, it is still possible to get colorful and beautiful landscape images in cloudy and even light rain. Remember, often times, bad weather can equate to great photos.


You will receive a Confirmation notice of your registration once you complete the process. Additional information - including lodging suggestions, meeting location, and more detailed itinerary - will be delivered to you within 30 days of workshop start date.

Photography Mentor, Coach, and Photo Workshop Instructor Michael DeYoung
© Makayla Crist

A former Air Force meteorologist, Alaska photography authority and guide, Michael DeYoung, specializes in landscape, tourism, and adventure sports imagery. DeYoung’s Alaskan image photo credits are numerous and widespread across a broad spectrum of magazines, calendars, catalogs, brochures, and websites.

It all started in 1988 when he arrived to the Great Land as a newlywed and a young Air Force weather forecaster. He began cutting his teeth as a photographer in 1992 when he separated from active duty and has not slowed down since. He remained with the military part-time until 2001, serving in the Alaska Air National Guard as a photographer for Public Affairs. The early days were lean and full of hard lessons, spending most of his time photographing landscapes and wildlife and visiting several of Alaska’s well known wildlife photography locations.

DeYoung served as president for 2 years for the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers. Since then, he taught several workshops for the club, on his own ranging from landscape intensives to the use of flash for outdoor photographers in Alaska and Zion National Park, Utah as well as working with Rocky Mountain School of Photography and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Michael and Lauri, his wife, business partner and adventure companion, have traveled statewide, weaving photography with extended wilderness journeys and even just day hikes. In addition to having hiked many of the trails in Chugach State Park, they have done extensive self supported long distance river trips in the Brooks Range, as well as the Canadian Arctic in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

In addition to shooting assignments for clients in the outdoor industry, they have shot many campaigns for clients promoting Alaska tourism state-wide. Denali national park is one of their favorite and most thoroughly worked places. They photographed Denali National Park under a professional photographer’s permit for 20 years and produced many of the images that appear at the Eielson Visitor Center.

Though the DeYoung’s reside in northern New Mexico where more sun and less oxygen feed their winter skiing addiction, they continue to return to Alaska for photography, workshops, backcountry adventures, and seeing their friends and clients.

You can leave Alaska but Alaska never leaves you!


DAY 1:
8:00 AM Meet at the Lazy Otter Charters Inc. office in Whittier for to prepare for our 10 hour photo tour.

Participants MUST make the 7:30 - 7:45 tunnel crossing in order to make the 8:00 meeting time at Lazy Otter Charters. Travel time from Anchorage to tunnel crossing near Portage Lake is about 1 1/2 hours. See "DIRECTIONS" and "SPECIAL NOTES" below.


After driving through the Anton Anderson tunnel between Portage Valley and Whittier, continue heading into town, keeping the small boat harbor on your left. Turn left at the stop sign (at the ferry terminal) and look for their big green roof which is next to the East boat ramp.

If you prefer to use a GPS method to locate Lazy Otter Charters, please be sure to use Google Maps and not Mapquest. Use the link provided here where you can enter your starting address to get specific Google Maps directions to Lazy Otter Charters.

Elevate your creativity and technique with concentrated instruction and individual attention.


Alaska Photo Tours - Glaciers, Icebergs, and Wildflowers Up Close in Prince William Sound