Zion & Southwest Utah Custom Photography Tours & Adventures

The Best of Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,
and the surrounding redrock canyon country

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Fantastic photo opportunities exist year-round in Zion and vicinity although spring and fall are the best seasons, followed by winter. Snow in the slick rock country and canyons is fantastic. In addition to Zion National Park proper, we have access to other fantastic canyon locations nearby.

WHEN: October thru mid-May

RATES: $700/day 1-2 people, $950/day 3-4 people

INCLUDES: Michael as your guide, instructor and motivator, pre-trip logistics, transportation to and from your Zion lodging (with Michael as your driver), Michael’s meals, recommendations for accommodations and tour itinerary, 2 hour pre-trip presentation and/or constructive critique.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Meals, personal expenses, accommodations (including Michael’s), and park entrance fees.

For camera clubs and corporate groups of more than four, please CONTACT US for custom quotes and packages.


Exclusive and Unique Photo Adventures


  • 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
  • Greater flexibility with dates than a normal workshop
  • Options to team up with reputable adventure guides for a truly unique photo experience


A uniquely personal and exclusive photo tour for photographers of all levels including individuals, couples and any private group up to 4. Non-photographer companions, partners, family members and friends always welcome. Let us arrange a tour tailored to your preferences. We can enhance your one or multi-day event by combining your day(s) with a reputable, guided adventure such as glacier hiking, technical canyon exploration, kayak touring, or remote access via water taxi.


Make memories at special locations. Custom photo adventures can be a one or multi-day event designed to maximize time creating images in inspirational locations and tailored to your preferences. I’ll take you to my favorite places where I know the lighting and seasonal conditions intimately – locations I’ve explored and photographed for years that have yielded successful commercial or personally rewarding images.

You can elect to start your tour with a 1-2 hour Keynote presentation focusing on simple but effective creative techniques designed to help you improve your outdoor photography. Or, skip it in lieu of more time on location. On location, you’ll benefit from my patient approach with attention to both technical and creative development and lighting expertise through the eyes of a former meteorologist.


  • Can be up to four participants all from the same party. 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.



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“Working with Michael for a private workshop 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

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“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.

Michael is a great mentor, but I respect Michael as a friend..”

- Christopher Fitch (TX) - C Fitch Foto


Working with a photographer on improving her photographic creative vision

As a successful commercial photography team best known for our Alaska work, we have shot assignments, stock productions and personal wilderness trips in Alaska, the Desert Southwest and Rocky Mountains for 25+ years including around Zion and we know many great places. Lauri and Michael have explored and photographed virtually every corner of Alaska since 1988 including the Brooks Range, the Arctic Slope, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords National Parks and the rainforests of Southeast Alaska. Our images have appeared in countless publications including Alaska, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Backpacker, Outside, National Geographic, Ski and many other magazines as well as in numerous catalogs, calendars, greeting cards, and visitor guides.

Together, we have oared the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, canoed whitewater rivers in Alaska, the Yukon, Idaho and Utah on dozens of multi-week, self-supported wilderness trips. By foot, we have backpacked thousands of miles on the Colorado, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest Trails, the Italian Dolomites as well as in the Grand Canyon, and have explored many walk-in and technical slot canyons in Utah. Let us take you to both iconic easy to reach locations, and/or off the beaten path to truly beautiful inspirational places visited by fewer photographers.

Take your photography to the next level with careful attention to both technical and creative development and mastery of lighting through the eyes of a meteorologist.


Create Your Own Zion & Utah Canyon Country Photo Adventure - Custom Photography Tours & Adventures
for Landscape and Outdoor Photographers