MPA offers trip-of-lifetime photography tours across the globe, and on-going photography instruction in our Sacramento classroom. Join us to experience Photography, Travel, Friendship, and Adventure.


Many of you visiting this site have a good camera and the interest to enjoy its potential much more. You probably have a desire to learn to take great photographs but are just not sure how all of it works or where to begin.

McKay Photography Academy is here to help you learn photography in a fun, relaxed environment and in an easy to understand way. The MPA photography courses are designed around a small group and classroom setting giving you optimal learning exposure.

Offering a variety of classes such as Mastering your Camera, Parts 1-3, Travel Photography and Photo editing courses. We have a course just right for whatever level you are at! 



MPA tours take place all over the world and feature our 4 core ingredients of Travel, Photography, Friendship, and Adventure! Tours are limited in people and give you hands-on experience always offering a minimum of 1 instructor per 5 participants.

No matter what your level of photographic experience, you are in great hands! We pride ourselves in helping brand new photographers as well as working with advanced photographers. Our desire is to help you enjoy photography to the fullest, create new friendships, and experience the amazing world in which we live.

We invite you to experience the joy of creating images with confidence and share in our passion for photography. Please don’t take just our word for it, be sure to visit our Student Spotlight page and see what some of our clients have to say. You will see work they are creating and hear what they have to say themselves about MPA. 


McKay Photography Academy photography tours take place around the world. We invite you to join us on trips of a lifetime to experience Photography, Travel, Friendship, and Adventure!

Here is a sample of some of our upcoming tours!

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“Thanks again for everything!! I had such an amazing time and cannot stop thinking about it!! I’m very excited about the things I learned and the relationships I’ve made!! It was truly one of the best experiences of my life and I have you and ally to thank for that!!! Again I cannot thank you enough!! Iceland will be amazing!!”

Shiloh N.

“Dave and Ally …. WOW An amazing trip ….. Loved the animals I learned SO much … Your instructions were so informative and easy to follow … I do now understand how difficult conditions can be to get a great shot!!!! Walking over boulders, streams, getting very wet and very cold …. But it was really FUN. Thanks for a great time…. I am planning on going on another trip sometime……”

Margy M.

“David and Ally- The world of photography has been opened to me and I have appreciated all the learning! So much more to explore and enjoy and places and people to experience. Life has so many adventures and simple pleasures to be blessed by. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time together and cherish our friendship!”

Susan S.

“I would like to send my gratitude and thanks for Sunday’s seminar in South San Francisco. My wife purchased it for me as a gift and it was the most informative and fun class I have ever attended. Thank you and please put me on your mailing list. Hope to see or maybe even go take some photos with you all soon. Thank you!”

Steve C.

“Big kudos to you, David & Ally!!  You guys rock!!  The level of professionalism, enthusiasm and pure passion to teach and share just never cease to inspire me!  I’m counting the days until the next McKay safari!  I’m really glad I found you guys April last year.  You’ve helped me discover photography as a form of true art AND fire off the creative pistons in me that I never knew existed!  THANK YOU!!”

Daniel C.

“I can’t say enough about this remarkable group of people. From the enthusiastic leadership of David McKay to the quiet coordination of Nick Sharples to the patient teachings of Tobias Gelston, the gentle coaching of Steve Scurich and the creativity of Ally McKay, they are top notch and tons of fun!”

Kari D.

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