Rocky Mountain School of Photography has a nice write-up about my interview and feature image (shown above) in the May 2012 issue of Popular Photography. Read more at ‘Paper Airplanes’, Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s renown blog.
Thank you Rocky Mountain School of Photography for the ‘kudos’.
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Taos, NM Anchorage, AK
Featured as one of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Best of 2012 for a South Carolina ad campaign, named "Master of Outdoor Lifestyle" photographer by Digital Photo Pro, and a first place winner in PDN Great Outdoors Photo Contest in 2011,
Michael DeYoung is a left handed, right eyed commercial image creator, adventurer, and workshop instructor.
A long time former Alaska resident, he has photographed extensively for the Alaska tourism industry. The Taos, New Mexico based photographer specializes in adventure, landscape, lifestyle, fitness, and travel photography for advertising, corporate and editorial clients. His images are widely published in visitor guides, corporate websites, catalogs, annual reports, magazines, brochures, calendars, cards, and many other places.
Michael and wife and business partner, Lauri, live and run their business in a sustainable home office powered 100% by solar energy.
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New Mexico Photographer | Adventure Fitness Tourism Lifestyle Photography
Michael DeYoung began his photography career as a nature and wildlife photographer. Over 20 years ago he transitioned into the commercial lifestyle photography specializing in adventure, fitness, lifestyle, travel and tourism photography.
Shooting on location for clients, Michael DeYoung Photography specializes in creating imagery for corporate, advertising, and editorial uses especially for the adventure travel and tourism, outdoor gear manufacturing, and health and fitness industries.
Passionate about the outdoor experience, Michael brings a sense of authenticity - often from a participants' point of view - to his adventure travel, fitness and lifestyle imagery.
Michael brings a broad and diverse range of creative, technical, and outdoor skills to his commercial photography. He has a vast working knowledge of the West's and North's geography, weather patterns, and outdoor culture to the degree one would expect from a location photographer. He is perfectly comfortable in uncomfortable environments and in dealing with harsh conditions.
In 2006, Michael DeYoung Photography moved from Eagle River, Alaska south - and up - to an altitude of 7,400 feet just outside the adventure and ski town of Taos in Northern New Mexico. It is here where he bases most of his outdoor adventure, fitness, and travel lifestyle photography shoots while still traveling frequently to nearby states and regularly to Alaska for assignment work and personal projects.
One advantage to being a Taos, New Mexico photographer is the close proximity to several creative centers - Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Denver. Being close to these locations also gives us the advantage to plan our shoots with a variety of climates and locations to choose from ... all within easy reach!
Michael DeYoung Photography launched in Alaska in 1992 after having moved there in late 1988. After 12 years with the Air Force as a meteorologist and while working as a commercial photographer, Michael transferred to the Alaska Air National Guard and served as a photojournalist in the Public Affairs department where he photographed many assignments ranging from PJs from the 210th Rescue Squadron on training missions, commander portraits, congressional delegation and other VIP events. He retired from the Alaska Air National Guard in 2001.
As an Alaskan photographer with nearly 20 years of experience in Alaska alone, he built a vast and diverse body of commercial adventure, lifestyle, fitness and travel and tourism work statewide which helped him land several major tourism assignments with the Alaska Travel Industry Association and Visit Anchorage to promote Alaska as a premier vacation destination.
Michael's "studio" is the great outdoors. Using his experience as a former meteorologist for US Air Force and Army pilots, he often analyzes NOAA weather forecasting models and satellite imagery to determine when the environmental conditions are best for a given photo project.
He is considered a lighting specialist - seamlessly blending artificial and natural lighting especially on location. He thrives on getting portable, studio-quality lighting into remote and beautiful locations. Simply put, he creates imagery that makes the viewer want to "be there" or "do that."
The lighting in his imagery is easily one of its most distinctive characteristics. The vividly colored landscapes add a depth missing in much of outdoor location photography.
As an adventure photographer, Michael focuses his photography on his passion for core outdoor adventure and mountain sports that are accessible to everyday people including: hiking and backpacking, canyoneering, fly fishing, paddlesports - touring and white water canoeing and kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, trail running, yoga, skiing and snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
Michael uses nearly all "real people" talent in his shoots - i.e. everyday people who actively participate in and are proficient at one or more adventure sport or fitness activities we shoot - capturing both portraits of the individuals and the people in their environment.
Travel and Tourism photographer
As a travel and tourism photographer, Michael specializes in creating captivating imagery from the little details to the big picture that inspires the viewer to want to travel to the location and experience it for themselves.
As a fitness photographer, Michael creates images that focus on core fitness activities like yoga, trail running, and snowshoeing frequently incorporating rich, beautiful scenery to the background to give the image a motivating and inspirational quality.
The crisp, vivid colors and simplicity in his imagery are part of why Digital Photo Pro magazine named Michael as the "Master of Outdoor Lifestyle" Photographer.
As a very experienced advertising photographer, Michael is a team player and collaborator, working with both the client and art director on site, as well as being perfectly comfortable working with a simple creative brief when the client and/or art director cannot be on site. His images have been used on a variety of web sites, catalog, magazines, billboards, trade show displays, and busses to advertise for our clients.
Thank you for your interest in Michael DeYoung Photography.