Instructional Photo Tours Tailored to Your Preferences, Schedule, and Goals

Alaska Instructional Photo Tours and Photography Mentoring - Private photo classes in Anchorage, Alaska, Taos, New Mexico, and Zion National Park, UtahPortage Valley, Southcentral Alaska

Zions Instructional Photo Tours and Photography Mentoring - Private photo classes in Zion National Park, Utah, Taos, New Mexico, and Anchorage and Southcentral AlaskaThe Narrows - Zion National Park, Utah

• Help you define your creative vision

• Master lighting and visual design

• Streamline your post production workflow in Lightroom

• Strengthen your technical skills

Instructional Photo Tours and Photographer Mentoring
Taos, New Mexico | Anchorage, Alaska | Zion National Park, Utah

“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


Photography 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 1:2 (for couples and partners) instructor/participant ratio.

Your advancement doesn’t have to stop in the field. We can add post production (bringing your RAW files to life in Lightroom) and professional development to the mix.

Workshops can be and often are extremely beneficial where you not only learn photography but possibly make new lifelong friends. On a private mentor session you get undivided attention and can advance faster. You finish with not just getting the best shots at the best times at the location you’ve chosen, but as a better photographer motivated to continue perfecting your art and vision wherever you go.

Alaska New Mexico Zion Photography Mentoring and Photo Instruction - Private photo classes in Utah, Alaska, and New Mexico
Our Cover Image - March 2017


My expertise comes from a long commercial career specializing in landscape and adventure photography and from teaching outdoor photography workshops on my own and at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography where I teach aspiring pros the 'Business of Outdoor Photography'. I’m here to help.

Hiring consultants and experts on a private basis has proven to be very valuable in advancing my professional career. Here is my story


  • $450 - 1 person
  • $650 - 2 people (same party)

Discounts for multiple day bookings and 2 - 4 people from same group.


  • • Anchorage, Alaska (late June & July)
  • • Taos, New Mexico (January - April, late November & December)
  • • Zion National Park, Utah (May, October - mid-November)


  • • Hands-on Instruction
  • • 10 hours
  • • Bottled water and snacks


  • • Meals & Lodging
  • • Transportation (client must provide transportation from meeting location)
  • • Any entrance fees/permit fees not already held by instructor
  • • Instructor Gratuities


To start, complete the 'Check Availability' form to inquire about our availability at your preferred location.

Once an available date is confirmed, make your deposit (20%) to reserve it. Payment can be made via credit card (through PayPal), check, or money order.

Final payment is due two weeks prior to your reserved start date.

Or, you can call us at 907.360.3609 to check our availability.

Once you've completed your reservation, we will send you a short questionnaire to help you further define your goals.


Taos New Mexico Instructional Photo Tours and Photography Mentoring - Private photo classes in Taos, New Mexico, Zion National Park, Utah, and Anchorage and Southcentral AlaskaSunset over Rio Grande Gorge - Taos, New Mexico



"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

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“Working with Michael for a private mentoring session took my photography skills to the next level. Michael opened my eyes to creative, new compositions, he taught me how to read the changing light, and he shared new techniques for achieving tack-sharp images. In addition to the wonderful photography learnings, Michael was an entertaining and experienced companion for exploring the canyons of Zion allowing me to see places I had not yet seen or explored.”

- Ali Curtis (Long Beach, CA) - Ali Curtis Photography


Photography Mentoring and Coaching - Private Photo Instructional Tours for Landscape and Outdoor Photographers