Private Photography Tours
Private Sightseeing Tours

Photography Tours

Tailored to capture stunning photos.
Colorado Private Photography Tours

Big Sun offers single day photography tours & multi-day photo safaris throughout Colorado (and parts of Utah).  We can handle trips of any length (we’ve done custom tours up to 14 days long).

Your guide is available to instruct you throughout the entire tour.  Many clients use the driving time between locations to ask questions about long standing gaps in their skill set.

Once on location your guide will help you with both technical skills and composition in order to produce the best images possible.

Think of Big Sun’s photo tours as a way to have a vacation adventure AND get private photography lessons at the same time.

Sightseeing Jeep Tours

Tailored for fun adventure in nature.
San Juan Mountains in Autumn - Photo Tour

Not a photography enthusiast?  No worries.  All of the photo tours & destinations listed on the site are just as amazing when visited as a sightseeing tour. 

Sightseeing tours do not spend extended periods of time at locations working on photography skills and waiting on perfect lighting.  Instead the focus is visiting more locations and exploring off-road 4×4 Jeep trails through the mountains.  

Does that mean we can’t stop and shoot photos when something beautiful catches your eye?  Of course not.  Plenty of time available whenever you need it.

Meet Your Guide / Instructor

Photography Instructor and Guide

Gene Tewksbury is a Colorado based photographer who has been leading photo tours and workshops throughout The American West and SE ASIA since 2009.

Gene is unique amongst photography guides.  Most photographers have a career in photography and then later become involved with workshops or tours. Gene entered photography specifically to run photography tours.  Photo tours are where his photography career started and they continues to be his main focus. 

With hundreds of tours under his belt Gene has built up significant experience as a photography guide, leading not only to quality instruction but also an improved overall experience on your vacation adventure. 

A tour with Gene is never a “tour bus / follow the flag” affair.

View Gene’s Photography:

  • All photography found on this website has been shot by Gene.
  • To see more work please visit

I love what I do, and enjoy meeting new people from around the country (and abroad).
So, drop me a line and let’s arrange a fun and unique photography tour for you today. 


Photography Tour Reviews

Some Words From Our Clients.

  • Saturday was a great day with John. He picked me up punctually at 5:30am and dropped me off after sunset (about 7:30pm). So we had a really full day in the park. The weather was great – sunny, quite warm, if a bit breezy (even more breezy on Sunday) I enjoyed the tour and would thoroughly recommend it to others. John was clearly knowledgeable about the park and knew the best spots at various times of day. John has clearly got a lot of photographic knowledge and was a very good instructor. We had lots of good discussions about the various locations and situations we found and how we could get the best out of them. John asked about my hiking ability and footwear when deciding where and how far we should be hiking. John also came well equipped with hats, gloves, cots, tripods, lights, drinks, water and food. We had a good break in the early afternoon – when conditions weren’t so favorable for landscape shooting – which meant I had the energy to continue until sunset

    Malcolm, United Kingdom
  • I had a full day to photograph Colorado and was on a budget to maximize my time and to get the photographs I wanted I had to hire a guide and Gene made it happen. I basically told him what I wanted to shoot and he took me to various spots to get what I wanted with a few surprises along the way (Mountain Sheep/Goats). I especially enjoyed the Continental Divide. Gene is super knowledgeable about the area and local history he really knows his photography. He is totally a work with what you got guide and I totally let him take the reins on this trip. I was surprised to even know that there was a back country to the old coal mines and he took me to all the nooks and crannies. Next time I am in Denver I have already discussed a couple of possible trips with Gene. Definitely a go to guide!

    Joe Asencios
  • Just took a 2 day extended jeep tour with Gene and let me say it was well worth it. I told him what I was looking for and he picked out some great spots. I walked away with not only some great photos but some great information as well. Gene is more than willing to answer any questions that you might have to help you become a better photographer. I would definitely tour with Gene again.

    Mark Yambor
  • With extremely short notice of only one day in advance, Gene managed to organised exactly what I wanted; a pickup from my hotel in Denver, a sunrise photo-shoot in the mountains, and a day at Mount Evans away from tourists/groups. Gene’s local knowledge also allowed for close-up encounters with mountain goats, big horn sheep and marmots, all in their natural environment. Hiring a guide gives you the flexibility of stopping any time you see something interesting, and spending as much or as little time as you like at each spot – far more preferable than a bus tour on a fixed schedule. At the end of the day my memory card was full with a variety of wildlife and landscapes from a unique mountain environment. Highly recommended.

    Richard Roberts, England
  • Gene was an amazing tour guide. We felt he really did a great job in showing us the Rockies and much much more. Gene was very informative and gave my son extremely helpful advice on the use of his camera. I would not hesitate to use Gene for more tours when in the area… Very much recommended!

    Bryan Rice, Georgia
  • Our family thoroughly enjoyed the tour offered by Gene. He was in communication with us before the tour and hit all of the items we were looking for (moderate hiking and spectacular mountain views) I especially liked how he checked in with us throughout the day to see how we were doing. I would not hesitate in recommending Gene for future tours in Colorado.

    David Frolick
  • Photo heaven! – Thank you Gene for taking me to some of the most fantastic photo locations I have ever seen! From the fighting elk to the sunset above the clouds, the bull elk in the forest and the shimmering aspens, I was in photo heaven! Your attention to the details, your expert guiding and your photo knowledge were all invaluable! Thank you for such a wonderful experience, I can’t wait to join you again on another photo adventure.

    Ron Goodlin, Toronto Canada
  • Thanks for a great photo shoot. I really enjoyed it and our almost perfect weather with plenty of clouds. It was nice to have someone drive me to the good spots that I may not have found myself. It’s a great way to go to have a private photo tour.

    Gwen Paton, TN
  • Gene, thank you so much for this amazing and unforgettable trip to Mount Evans. There was a wonder around every corner.This private tour went beyond my wildest expectations. I really enjoyed the breathtaking wilderness areas, the amalgam of hardy wildflowers, the alpine lake, the rainbows, the marmots, but the most fun was taking pictures so close to the magnificent mountain goats. That was one of the highlights. I consider myself now a much better photographer thanks to your accurate and specific advice.

    Roberto R, NY
  • Traveling for my job has given me opportunities to seek out and hire Photo ‘Safari’ guides in many unique spots. While on a business trip to Denver recently, I heard about Big Sun Photography in Golden/Denver area. I’m extremely happy I registered online for a photo tour with Big Sun. After shooting the mountains and lakes around Golden Colorado I know I’ll return. I loved the sites Gene hand picked for me and the wealth of photography information he shared in one day would compare to a week seminar elsewhere. Thanks Gene, I’ll be back!

    Elaine Silber, KY
  • Big Sun Photography, “I’m twice the photographer I was last week thanks to your tour. It really is amazing how learning basic concepts and strategies can make you see the world completely different through the camera. Anyway, I really enjoyed the tour. I appreciate the great locations we got to visit. I’m sure I would have never found those myself in any tour guide. I’ll be sending you some friends of mine this fall.

    Leslie P.
  • Dear Gene, “Thank you for the amazing photo jeep tour of the Rockies. It really made our visit better than it would have been. When we passed that tour bus jammed full of people filing out to view a “scenic view” on the side of the highway I laughed. We had just experienced a wonderful secluded trail with breathtaking views and wildlife, with just out family, and I thought to myself. “That could have been us on that awful bus tour”. We enjoyed every moment and I learned some real good tips for improving my photography. We will be back again next year to use your services.

    James Clarkson, Florida
  • We are lucky to get his tour. Our booking made only one day before of the tour. He learned some words of our own language as a nice gesture. We’ve really appreciated for his warm hospitality. We will promise to choose him when we visit Denver next time.

    Yoshiaki Maruyama, Japan
  • This is a fantastic tour where you get to experience the Rockies from a different prospective, through the eyes of a professional photographer so instead of just taking any photos you are able to take some different prospectives and get some excellent instruction on composition

    Alison Kent, Australia
  • Thank you so much for my tour.  During the Corona-19 Virus Pandemic I expected there would be no options for me to see the mountains of Colorado while I was visiting.  Finding your private sightseeing tours open for business (well actually photo tours I guess even though I didn’t take pictures) was such a relief.  My only contact the entire tour was yourself and that is just the way I wanted it.  I felt safe and had a wonderful time.  Thanks again.

    Martha Treemont, Utah
  • Many thanks for my wonderful Colorado adventure tour.  Truly the best week of my visit to the United States.  My wife and I were humbled by the beautiful locations we visited and are thankful for your attention to our needs throughout the week.  Be assured that we will seek your services again on our next visit to Colorado.  

    Javed Ahmed
  • Colorado is a state that I have always wanted to explore. When I came across Gene’s website, I contacted him and he was extremely helpful from start to finish. He offered recommendations for which hotels to stay at, and ways to improve my overall picture shooting experience given his photography background. Everything I needed he did what he could to make it happen. He drove me around from place to place, which was more than 500 miles of driving in 4 days. During that time, Gene was able to get me to The Great Sand Dunes, Mount Evans, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Garden of the Gods. Any stops along the way whether it was simply for food or to take a photo he was more than willing to do so. We also went camping at the Sand Dune area where he set up camp and made dinner and breakfast. The guy had everything covered. All I had to do was sit back and relax. I highly recommend. Being at the top of the Sand Dunes in particular was a terrific experience and one of the best moments of my life. Thank you Gene for making my Colorado experience one that I will treasure for a lifetime!

    Joe S., MD
  • My girlfriend and I just got back from an awesome photography tour through the Colorado Rockies with Big Sun Photography. I am an amateur photographer equipped with a Canon XSi and no training to speak of. That said, I was a bit nervous about making a fool of myself with a professional photographer, but I was immediately put at ease once we started shooting. Arriving at our first site (St. Mary’s Glacier), Gene’s photography expertise was obvious – explaining composition, exposure, the use of reflectors and diffusers and even explaining specific functions of my camera all in a manner that I could understand and immediately apply to my shooting technique. Gene’s patience and genuine interest in making me the best photographer he could in two days let me feel comfortable in asking questions and showing my mistakes so that I each shot I took was better than the last. The second day is when I got really excited. We met at 6:45 AM to head out to Roxborough State Park. We hiked approximately 4 miles up to a beautiful meadow overlooking Denver in the distance. 

    I’m the kind of person that generally judges an experience by asking myself ‘Would I do it again?’. I would absolutely do this again (although I’d definitely want to try out some new locations). I highly recommend Big Sun Photography and Gene Tewksbury. 

    Jay “JoJo” Tilak, New Jersey, USA

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