About Denali Photo Guides
Terry Boyd started running tours out of his Falcon Van in 2010 and since then has grown the business to what it is now; Premier instructional photography excursions along the boundary of Denali National Park.
Our excursions are designed for photographers, by photographers and you’ll feel it immediately. We don’t waste time shuttling you around or filling time with fluff content. From the moment we pick you up, we hit the ground running and are immediately diving into how we can best personalize your experience and support your photography goals. We are passionate about chasing the light and sharing our knowledge. Being out with us is like the movie ‘Twister,’ but for photography (did we just age ourselves? 😉 ) We are a scrappy bunch and absolutely love what we do.
Every guide on our team is an accomplished photographer and top rated photography guide. We will be your location scout, driver and instructor – seeking out the best locations and the most dramatic lighting.
With a maximum of 4 participants per tour, our excursions are designed to benefit all skill levels with any type of camera (smart-phones are welcome). We have plenty of room in the covered bed of the Toyota Tundra, so bring all the gear you want (we provide professional tripods and filters) and enjoy the luxury of being able to capture photos at a pace that is comfortable to you while having a truly immersive experience with one-on-one instruction and support.
Beginners will learn techniques to get more out of their equipment (no matter the make or model – we work with it all!) and how to photograph Alaska’s stunning scenery and wildlife in a way that “does it justice.”
Advanced photographers will enjoy the luxury of being driven to the best locations without having to rent a car or trying to scout the vast and unfamiliar landscape.
Meet the Team
We all have lived in Alaska for many years. Some of us migrate like the birds when it gets too cold, and some of us stay through winter, but all of us call Alaska home. And we’re thrilled to share a little bit of it and a little bit of ourselves with you. Meet the creative individuals behind our Denali photo tours.
I grew up in Arkansas and spent my younger years mountain biking and fishing as if my life depended on it. But, in my early 20s, I decided that I might not make it to “the pros” in either of those fields, so I walked into a pawn shop and bought a used 35mm camera. I knew absolutely nothing about photography and had never even touched a camera with more than one button before – all we had growing up was an old Polaroid. The first time I photographed a sunset from a bluff over the Arkansas River, I knew this was the path for me. Since then, I have dedicated my life to the light, doing my best to be in the right place at the right time. I first traveled to Alaska in 2003 and have returned every summer since, working in a variety of positions until I started offering photography tours in 2010. I am truly living my dream, sharing my passions with others, all while in a setting I consider to be one of the most captivating places on Earth.
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Unlike most people who visit Alaska during the summer, I first arrived in late fall – planning to visit my cousin in Anchorage for a month and heading back south to the lower 48, but I ended up staying through winter and the following summer. I fell head over heels for Alaska and I have returned every summer since 2009 guiding hikes in Denali National Park. There was one year when I thought I was not going to return – not that I didn’t want to, but it just wasn’t going to work out. My friend Terry caught wind of my plans and changed them, for which I am forever grateful because we are now married and I get to spend half of my life in the most wonderful place on Earth. I help with all the behind-the-scenes stuff here, so you likely won’t meet me, but you might talk to me on the phone or through email. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of this special place with you and helping you make the most of your Denali visit.
I’m a born and raised Alaskan with a deep passion for nature and adventure. Denali has always held a special place in my heart, thanks to my father’s exploits climbing the mountain and family friends, Brad and Barbra Washburn, who shared their own history with the Great Mountain over dinner. I even accompanied my dad on a survey trip in the park in the late ’90s, which coordinated with climbers on the summit to capture more accurate elevation data that was later used to change the official elevation of Denali. More recently, I’ve explored the park on my bike, even bringing my dog along in a trailer.
In 2007, I earned a degree in Video Production and have since worked on various film projects, including documentaries and commercial work. Currently, I run my own small product studio photography and video production company, focusing on outdoor brands and produce fine art prints of my photography. If you’re interested, you can check out my work on my website or see it in exhibitions at various locations across Anchorage.
In my free time, I love to ski (BC, classic, skate, and monster nordic), splitboard, hike, cycle, and even dabble in nordic ice skating (I even help make Nordic Ice Skates in Anchorage over the winter). I’ve had some incredible adventures over the years, including being one of the first hundred people to hike the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail, bikepacking 3200 miles from Seattle to New Jersey, and lots of assorted guiding, and Search and Rescue operations in Washington.
I’m stoked to be able to share my enthusiasm and expertise in nature and outdoor photography in one of my favorite parts of my home state. Let’s explore together!
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Hi, I’m Maddy
I grew up in Ohio along Lake Erie always dreaming of the mountains. As a child I was constantly taking photos with my mom and learned to use Photoshop and Lightroom with her when she started digital scrapbooking. Then, in high school, I got my first DSLR camera when I started borrowing my mom’s camera a bit too often. I took my camera everywhere- hanging out with friends, any trip, on hikes, to the lake, to sporting events, even on a walk around the neighborhood. I started photographing events regularly at 16 then photographed weddings throughout college while studying sustainable ecosystems and environmental photography. During my studies, I was able to travel around the lower 48 photographing weddings while doing nature photography projects and sustainability research about the amazing environments I was visiting.
I had studied Alaska frequently so when both my cousin and my best friend moved to Alaska I had to visit. I spent 2 weeks in this beautiful state and a few days after returning to Ohio my best friend told me about this job. Not even 2 weeks passed before I was back in Alaska ready to work. I couldn’t be happier to be doing what I love here while getting to share that passion and this amazing place with everyone!
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Hey, I’m Mike.
I’m a professional landscape photographer with over 17 years of experience in the field… the mountains, the desert & the beach too! Since 2019, I’ve lived nomadically in my Sprinter van, traveling all over the West. This is my first season in Alaska, and I look forward to discovering its immense beauty, guiding people to the best spots, and sharing my love of photography.
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