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.

In-Person Classes 

You may be visiting our web site as you’re eager to capture stunning images but may be uncertain about the techniques , where to start, and how to unlock the potential of a powerful camera.

At McKay Photography Academy, we’re dedicated to guiding you on your photographic journey. Our courses offer an engaging and relaxed learning environment, breaking down complex concepts into easy-to-understand lessons. With a focus on small group and classroom settings, we ensure you receive personalized attention for the best learning experience.

Our diverse range of classes includes ‘Mastering Your Camera, Parts 1-3’, ‘Travel Photography’, and ‘Photo Editing Courses’. No matter your skill level, we have the perfect course tailored to your needs. Step into the world of photography with us and let’s create beautiful memories together!


Photography Tours 

Get ready to embark on a journey that transcends borders with MPA tours, where our key elements—Travel, Photography, Friendship, and Adventure—come together to craft unforgettable experiences! With a limited number of participants on each tour, we ensure you receive a personalized experience, providing a small client to instructor ratio one instructor on every tour. 

Whether you’re a novice with the camera or a seasoned photographer, we have got you covered! Our mission is to empower everyone to tap into their passion for photography, regardless of their level of expertise. We take joy in nurturing beginners and equally relish the challenge of working with advanced enthusiasts. Our aim? To help you fully embrace the joy of photography, build meaningful friendships, and marvel at the remarkable world we inhabit.

We’re excited to invite you on this amazing journey to create stunning images with confidence and indulge in our shared love for photography. But don’t just take our word for it. Head over to our  Trip Advisor page and see what our clients are saying. Get a glimpse of their incredible work and hear their own accounts of their experiences with MPA. We can’t wait to welcome you to our community!


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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