Adventure, landscape, and lifestyle photographer Michael DeYoung is featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine.
A former Alaska resident, DeYoung shares his 24+ years of knowledge and experience photographing his former backyard, Chugach State Park and surrounding area. In the interview-style article he offers advice on photographing the many landscape and wildlife opportunities in and around the Chugach.
“The Chugach are different and unique from what I was used to seeing in the Rockies. The sheer scale of endless peaks, vast deciduous forest, and steep cliffs and glaciers that come down to sea level have always captured my imagination.”
Read the full online article at Outdoor Photographer.
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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 outdoor gear manufacturing, health and fitness, and travel and tourism 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.
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.
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 to Alaska for assignment work and personal projects.
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.
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'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.
One of his specialties is being 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 clients like Alaska Travel Industry Association, Visit Anchorage, Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce, Town of Taos, Holland America Line, Patagonia, The Territory Ahead, and Coldwater Creek.
As a corporate photographer, Michael has shot campaigns for employee recruitment, annual reports, company web sites, and other marketing collateral for luxury remote lodges to industrial facilities.
Corporate photography is made on location at your facility so that you, your co-workers, and/or employees don't disrupt their workday to make a trip to a studio. Most of a corporate photo shoot would involve only our crew: analyzing the location, setting up and working out the lighting, breaking down the equipment, etc. This way we minimize the amount of disruption to the client.
Corporate portraits take about 15 minutes for each person needing to be photographed. We strive to create portraits in a fun and creative environment to bring out the individual1s personality. It is all done at your location usually in a conference room or using a business or natural environment as the background. No studio back drops would be used unless requested by the client.
Michael enjoys illustrating stories particularly involving outdoor adventure, fitness, and destination travel. His photography has been featured recently in Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Backpacker, Canoe & Kayak, and Trail Runner magazines to name a few.
Thank you for your interest in Michael DeYoung Photography.