Jeff’s Alaska Photo Tour Guides/Instructor
Michael & Lauri DeYoung

Sunset view of Bear Glacier and Bear Glacier Lake. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

There is no other photographer that I would trust as much as Michael DeYoung to take over any of my Alaska photo tours.

Over the past 30+ years, when emergencies came up, or the situation demanded, I would turn a commercial photo assignment or my photo tour over to Mike DeYoung. He always does a first-rate job.

Now, as the demand grows for my custom Alaska photo tours, I enlist the help of Mike and his wife Lauri when I cannot perform them on my own. I hope you will consider completing your custom Alaska photo tour via Jeff Schultz Photography and allow Mike to be your guide & instructor.

He and his wife Lauri are two great people and complement each other well. Mike is an extremely talented photographer, solid photo instructor (I know because I took a 2-day class from Mike on using flash for outdoor landscapes and adventure) and he knows Alaska as well or better than I. Lauri is stellar at communications and logistics. And they are good, honest people. You’ll like them.

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) pouncing on prey along Denali National Park road


I first met Mike shortly after I started the stock photo agency ALASKA STOCK IMAGES in 1992.

I distinctly remember the day he walked in the office door, slide sleeves in hand. He lay his half-dozen sheets of 35mm film on the light table. The brilliant images jumped off the pages at me. Always looking for quality, unique new talent to represent, it was a feast for my eyes. This guy had what it took—stunning composition, the decisive moment captured, proper exposure, and unique subjects and locations others did not have.

I offered him a contract on the spot. Over the next 22 years in which I owned the stock agency business, Mike was always our top earning photographer—every year. He’s just that good.


Michael DeYoung

Whether I do the pre-logistics & reservations for your tour or whether I must turn that over to Michael & Lauri, everything will be meticulously taken care of before and during your trip. Communication will be flawless, and you’ll have everything you need to capture your Alaska dream photos and for an outstanding Alaska photo-tour experience.


“Michael was very helpful in teaching all about photography from
basics to advance. He is very knowledgeable and friendly and informative.
Lauri was an absolute delight and very helpful during our photography trip. Michael was very patient and worked with me every step.” Parimal D — 2021


“Alaska’s sights and other experiences are well known – Michael and Lauri DeYoung. The knowledge they have is very evident when one travels with them. Their logistical execution, a crucial part of any trip, was flawless, which allowed them to focus even more intensely on providing us with premier photographic opportunities and a full realization of the full beauty of the Alaskan landscape.” Bob S — 2021


Look over his work below. I think you’ll be as impressed now as I was back in 1992.




Contact me at your earliest convenience to continue the custom tour process.