"I am a satisfied repeat client of M&M Photo Tours, Inc. Over the last 30 years, I have taken over 75 tours to places around the world - Alaska, South America, Africa, & the U.S.A. I have experienced many different types of organizations, guides, & leaders and have noted that many have had itineraries and/or prices changed from what was advertised and expected. It is very important to me and my wife to know the what's, where's, & costs of trip before signing up. I have been on 4 photo tours with M&M led by Mike Gulbraa over the last 7 years (two to Indochina & two to Tanzania) and will be going on future tours with him because his business expertise and his all-inclusive trips.
Mike does extensive research into places that are interesting to photograph and has chosen some the best ones for his small group tours. All in-country guides have been vetted and are experts in their field. The accommodations are a mixed selection of in-country selections with Western standards and meals range from local to Americanized offerings. Mike, although an expert with Canon camera equipment, is willing to share his knowledge with camera usage and ideas with his quests. A photo pro will usually be on the tour as well to help one get the ideal images.
Over the many trips, I have learned that things don’t always go the way they were planned. This has been true on the M&M Tours. However, Mike & his guides always have interesting optional plans available. Flexibility is the key."
Hal C., NJ, USA
Croatia & Slovenia
“The recent photo tour (June 2015, Croatia and Slovenia) was fantastic. Mike Gulbraa, with M&M Photo Tours, Inc. was the best and most gracious host that one can hope to have. The accommodations were excellent and they reflected the culture and warmth of Croatia and Slovenia. Getting “the” shot was easy with the best local guide Luka Esenko working with us. Whatever questions we had – about the country, the history, the people and culture, were answered graciously – whether or not it was photography related. And having the enormous knowledge of guest pro Deborah Sandidge available was simply fantastic and the very best part was making new friends in a like-minded group in two beautiful countries. Thank you for a memorable experience.”
Stan F., CA USA
China’s Best Treasures Photo Tour
“China’s Best Treasures trip was amazing! There was so much to photograph I wasn’t sure where to start but M&M and the guest pro, Ron Wyatt, were understanding, patient and always there to help with suggestions, feedback and encouragement. The food and hotels were amazing. I never thought I could eat so well in China but there was plenty even for me a vegetarian! The cultural highlights and shows were a good surprise. They helped me understand China better. M&M always knew where we were and kept a close eye on us. The guides were great and along with M&M made sure I didn’t get lost no matter how adventurous I was. They even gave me a walkie talkie to stay in touch as we wandered the street and sights of China. They were not even upset when I dropped it in the Li River! I was so thrilled with my China images that I spent 2 months learning how to make a slideshow of the images coupled with music in Aperture. I highly recommend M&M for anyone thinking about taking a photo tour! I will travel with them again.”
–Anita S., NY
“The recent tour/workshop (Sept 2010, China) was a wonderful experience. M&M was most gracious and accommodating in all facet of the trip. The hotels were first rate, as well as the instruction from M&M and our traveling Pro (Mr. Ron Wyatt). Whatever questions I had they happily answered, whether it had to do with photography or not. That was very much appreciated. I also appreciated Mike M. taking the time to give me a little personal time in learning a little bit about processing in photoshop. Thanks for a great trip M&M and thanks for the new friends I made along the way.”
— Dave W., CA
“I went on my first tour with M&M in 2010 and had the time of my life. My normal mode of travel does not involve a group, but being with like minded people is a plus. The tours are small and packed with photo ops. We were constantly on the move and everything we saw was worth it. I took the tour to see three things, but I got so much more. I saw and photographed so many wonderful things. M&M and the guest Photographer were available and willing to help with any of our photographic needs but were not pushy. They were there to help you make the best memories of the trip. They were even fun to be with on a tour.”
— Carol C.
“I have been traveling on photography workshops since 2003 and China’s Best Treasures is the best trip I have ever taken.”
— Bob E., PA
"Hi! My name is Jim K. from New York. In 2013, I traveled with M&M tours to China. It was, without a doubt, the best photographic trip that I have ever been on. As an amateur photographer, I am always looking for the shot. M&M provided not only the perfect opportunity to take it but also has the pro standing by if you have questions as to the best way to accomplish that shot.. There were professionally trained tour guides as well. They spoke perfect English and were very equipped to handle any situation. Organization is key on this sort of a trip and they (M&M) have mastered it. Each day was planned but there were opportunities to change things, if the need arose. The food was amazing and I could eat like that for ever. M&M travels to many areas of the globe and I look forward to another trip with them in the future. If you have any questions, ask. They keep in communication with you before, during and after the trip. Don't just take a trip, experience it."
— Jim K. New York, USA
Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia Photo Tour
"Our photo tour to Southeast Asia (Laos, Vietnam, & Cambodia) was totally outstanding. Our only criticism would be the relatively predictable food, I’m sure because M&M was trying to keep us healthy; but, I should note, this wasn’t billed as a gourmet tour. The photo opportunities were wonderful and we came back with images and experiences we’ll never forget. We have both been on photo tours where we just didn’t feel comfortable with the tour leaders. Mike G. is a jewel, very considerate of his clients, and our arrangements/accommodations/guides were exceptionally good. We will definitely travel with M&M again and have recommended them highly to our photographic friends."
Richard & Donna, NV, USA
“Simply Fantastic!” –Neil D. Manchester, UK
"I am happy to say M&M Photo Tours was my choice for two unforgettable photo workshop experiences to Asia, a destination that I can return to many times over. Going with M&M Photo Tours gives me a balance between a group tour and being off on my own.
Learning from the wisdom of the guest pro and travel veteran Mike Gulbraa makes it easier to "hit the ground running" when arriving at a new destination. We are all pulled in different directions when our cameras come out but we all come back together again like a rubber band.
I appreciate getting us out to predawn sunrise shoots and not dining when the sun is setting. Impromptu stops to photograph something interesting along the way are also the norm here.
Their travel operator provides superb hotel choices, excellent photography oriented local guides and the culinary experiences is a mini-tour unto itself. M&M Photo Tours also has many industry sponsors with products to try out and the raffles are fun when everyone gets to win something." - Jook L., NJ
"Our association with M&M Photo Tours began when my husband and I (both established long time photographers and experienced travelers) signed up for the Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia trip. We had seen Ron Wyatt speak a few times and found him to be, not only a sweetheart, but a fine photographer and thought this might be a great travel opportunity. Needless to say, we were NOT disappointed!! Having traveled all over Europe ourselves, we were familiar with the ins and outs of these trips, but never having been to Asia, we were more apprehensive about safety, the nuances of different cultures and exactly how we would maneuver around, etc. From the moment we landed until the moment we were back on US soil, I felt safe, protected and knew I could relax, enjoy the trip, concentrate on making some fabulous images and everything would be taken care of! I can NOT express how important that was to us! Mike G. continued to wow us with fantastic, out of the way spots for shooting where we barely ever saw another tourist. We enjoyed every aspect of our trip, from the small/intimate group size to the fabulous authentic food to the wonderful/unique lodging to ALL the amazing photo experiences...these are things we will never forget! If you are in ANY way on the fence about taking an M&M Photo Tour...do not hesitate...GO NOW!! You will not regret it! As a matter of fact, we will be be joining them again in January 2015 for their Tanzania, Africa Safari! Already excited!
Anastasia T. & Harvey A., New York, USA"
Japan Photo Tour
“I really enjoyed the trip - cherry blossoms in Japan are not to be missed and I had so many wonderful opportunities to photograph them. Mike certainly gave me things to think about on improving my photography.”
–Lisa W., New Jersey
Tuscany Photo Tour
"Just want to send a big Texas Thank You to Mike Gulbraa and M&M Photo Tours for a great time in Italy over the last three weeks (May 2015). In our tour, we started with the M&M Tuscany tour and added on Cinque Terra region on the front and Sorrento/Amalfi Coast on the back end for about a 21 day outing. So this gave us Cinque Terra, Tuscany, Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii.
Weather was very good and cool… usually in the mid to high 60’s, which was perfect for all the getting around we were up to the entire tour. Got many great images which we are still sorting through.
The thing about traveling with Mike and M&M, is not only do have all of Mikes’ knowledge of the region, but he put’s that knowledge to work for you with great locations, and really nice additional ground support in the form of additional knowledgeable and personable local guides and drivers. And the Tuscany villa is wonderful. Set on top of probably about 25 acres on a hill with a 270 degree view of beautiful Tuscany valleys, and the villa’s hosts, Mirella & Stefano were wonderful. As were our guides in Tuscany and Amalfi Coast. And if it was at the villa or in the evenings in the towns, you are going to eat well in Italy and from what we hear on all M&M trips! We had many great experiences throughout our entire exploration of Italy.
But the main thing is we want to express our great thanks to M&M for such a wonderful trip! Will certainly plan another with M&M in the future. Thanks Mike!"
Don & Edie R., Texas, USA
"I definitely came away a better photographer. I loved the trip, mostly because I loved Tuscany. As I've told friends, I could happily live there forever. Dinners at the villa were beyond wonderful, if I could kidnap Mirelle (our private chef) and bring her home with me, I'd be a happy camper. Andrea and Sarah (our drivers and local guides) were lovely.
I'd love to travel with you again one day. My knowledge of photography grew exponentially in the time I was with you. Thank you so much for everything you did to make the trip enjoyable."
Marcy N., PA
Tanzania Photo Tour
"I went on a trip to Tanzania with M&M Photo Tours in January 2015. The trip was marvelous. Mike Gulbraa, the leader, is a photographer who knows what people who want to learn photography need. The two week trip was first class all the way. For example, while the vehicles (Toyota Land Cruisers) had seats for 6 passengers, there were only 3 (plus a driver/guide) in each vehicle. This meant there was plenty of room to move around to take pictures. Mike had a guest professional photographer (Ron Wyatt) on the trip who was a great help in learning to take better photographs. All-in-all, the trip was a wonderful experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Christopher M. PA, USA
"Tanzania marks the sixth trip I’ve taken with M&M Photo Tours and this might lead one to
believe that I believe in this particular tour group. My belief starts with the phrase that M&M
believes in strongly…”You don’t just take a photograph, you experience it!”. This was
especially true in Tanzania. I look for trips that will enhance my vision of the world as well as
provide great photographic opportunities. I was able to get photographs of animals in unusual positions not normally seen by…to a lion on his back with an extra full stomach…to a cheetah eating on the catch of the day. The visit to the orphanage and the Maasai village helped provide an insight to the culture and character of Tanzania. The experience of the camps that provided the nightly shelter was a special treat. The staffs at all the camps were especially friendly and helpful. Our guide/drivers were a special treat and provide additional knowledge of both animals and culture. I think I will go on another M&M photo tour as there are a few on my list of places. This was all enhanced by a very compatible group of travelers… to Mike G., our fearless leader; to Jeff C., the guest pro; to the rest of us."
Carol C. NYC, NY
"It's been a few weeks since we returned from our amazing trip to Tanzania with Mike and M&M Photo Tours, Inc. I can honestly say that this trip of a lifetime totally exceeded my expectations. When my husband suggested looking into M&M's photo safari to Africa, I was a bit skeptical since I am not a photographer. But I can unequivocally say that I am SO glad that we chose to go that route. We spent two amazing weeks seeing just about every animal that we hoped to see and we were able to take our time and observe their behaviors. Mike was a wonderful host and he always consulted the group to determine what we wanted. Our guest photographer, Jeff Cable, was a patient enthusiastic instructor who actually succeeded in getting me to pick up a camera, and I came home with more than 3500 pictures! We are definitely planning another adventure with Mike and M&M Photo Tours. We loved the small group and attention to detail that Mike offers.
"My first ever trip with M&M Photo Tours was on a Tanzanian safari in 2016 and M&M packaged an incredible experience. My new family of fellow photographer enthusiasts bonded on day 1. Mike G. is so well connected and plans the best experience from the second you arrive to the second you depart. I can't wait to go on another trip! I learned so much about photography, the culture, the geography...and the places we stayed were incredible. I highly recommend M&M, even if you're not a photographer. I'm still in touch with my safari friends including the wonderful drivers and guides. Outstanding!
Scotland Photo Tour
"My trip to Tanzania with M&M Photo Tours was the first time I've ever been a part of a tour group. I knew I didn't want to plan my own trip to Africa and wanted someone with a sound knowledge of both travel and Africa to be my guide. I found that person in Mike Gulbraa. He gave us all a lot of good information prior to the trip and was quick to answer all my questions. That was important to me as there is a lot to think about when going on a two week photo safari. From the flights, to the places we stayed, the different locations we went to, learning about the culture, every detail was carefully planned. Although this was a photography trip, with Jeff Cable as our awesome guest pro photographer, it was SO much more than just a photography trip. The 10 of us (including Mike & Jeff) quickly became friends, always sharing our favorite moment of the day at dinner each night. We had three vehicles and 3 amazing driver/guides who not only were our drivers, but were a treasure trove of knowledge and quickly became our friends as well. Every day was different, but we saw so many animals and birds that as time went on we joked that we only had to mention what we wanted to see, and we would SEE it. Jeff also made sure that I was learning, getting great shots and having FUN! When I booked this trip I thought it would be a once in a lifetime trip but having had such a wonderful experience, I would love to travel with Mike and Jeff again.
Sara C. PA, USA"
"My wife and I went on the M&M Photo Tours Safari to Tanzania, in Jan. 2017. Like many others we had long wanted to go to Africa. As an avid photographer, I did not want to go on a regular tour and return home with more missed than captured images. My wife, a non-photographer, just wanted the experience of being on safari in Africa and therefore approached the trip with a more frugal attitude. Hence we had discussion over spending the extra money to go on an M&M tour.
Right from the first day it was evident that M&M Photo Tours was a cut above. First, Mike Gulbraa is pleasant, calm and highly organized. The lodges were selected thoughtfully both in terms of their proximity to the parks and the standard of their accommodations. The comfort level, service and food were all very good. Most of all, being lulled to sleep with the sounds of Africa all around you was an unforgettable experience. Mikes’ choice of staff was superb. Jeff Cable was an excellent photo pro with an affable demeanor and broad fund of knowledge. The driver/guides were knowledgeable about the wildlife and helped us better appreciate the behaviors of specific animals. Most importantly they were all friendly and personable. Getting to know each of them and learn about their culture enhanced the total experience immensely.
Then there were the photographic aspects of the trip. Where and when to look for wildlife and specific animals was discussed daily between Mike and guides. With a little luck, they always seemed to find ways to get us to the right place at the right time. Everyone got great shots. My wife was not the only non-photographer spouse. With Jeff’s’ easy encouragement, by the end of the trip, everyone was taking shots and having fun doing so. Not only did we photograph wildlife but there were quality opportunities to interact and photograph people in different settings. I thought this provided a very nice balance to the trip as a whole.
While Mike is the man in charge, he is soft-spoken, easy going and responds to requests and needs of the participants. What I found personally appealing was that every detail was taken care of. That made it easier to just relax, go with the flow of the safari, relish taking photographs and sharing these experiences with our fellow travellers. The congenial group made for lots of enjoyable moments with shared good humor.
With all of memorable aspects of the trip, I feel that M&M Photo Tours more than lived up to their motto “You don’t just take a photograph, you experience it!” It was a pleasure from start to finish, worth every penny and would highly recommend them.
Dennis T., NY, NY USA"
"Gotta say that our local driver/guide Chris added a great deal to our trip! He was a wonderful driver and was very tuned into what the group wanted to do at any minute! He was excellent.
I really liked our hotels. M&M did a good job of choosing where we would stay. And meals were above average as well!
Since we were doing photography rather than history I would give all our guides an excellent rating. Both Mike and Neil gave the perfect amount of help with photography for me. Sometimes, I really wanted to bump up my photography skills and sometimes I was content to do my usual snapshots. Both of them (Neil & Mike) were good to give advice when needed.
The photography locations were amazing! Loved Skye! And I didn’t even realize how wonderful one of the photos was when we stopped on the side of the road until I viewed it!
I particularly liked the day that we hiked on Isle of Kerrara. Lunch was really fun in the small tea room near the castle. And the castle was fun as well. Perhaps both were more sensational because of the hike.
The group did a good job of deciding as a group the pace of the tour. I loved Neil. And the whiskey tasting we enjoyed was lots of fun! I learned a lot from you! And Mike, I think you did a wonderful job of putting the whole tour together! You are absolutely a rock!
I give M&M Excellent marks."
Marsha M., West Virginia, USA