Mary Virginia Swanson


Mary Virginia Swanson has spent her career helping artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences, and present their work in an informed, professional manner.  


Unique among authorities in our field, Swanson’s in-depth knowledge, professional reputation and relationships throughout our industry offer a broad range of perspectives on both the making and marketing of photo-based work. 

Her private mentoring, online group learning lectures, in-depth workshops, and Master Class Retreats have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. 

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I recently faced a career opportunity new to me. Mary Virginia was my first phone call. With laser-like precision, a passion for the possible and a warm heart, she gave me an action plan to follow. Prior to every consultation with me, she had researched my situation, and prepared key information, guidance and insight. Leading up to an important meeting, she coached me on what I might be asked, what I need to know, and the right questions I need to ask. Thanks to her mentoring, I walked in fully prepared and confident. I left with the commitment of a major institution to create an archive for my life’s work. I have immense gratitude for Mary Virginia Swanson and her unique role in supporting me in this process.

Upcoming Events

  • 2021 - ARIZONA WORKSHOPS BY MVS - The Role of a Photobook in Your Career: Why, When and How
    Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Phi
  • 2021 - The Long Term Personal Project: From Concept to Audience
    Wild Rice Retreat
  • 2021 NEW YORK CITY - Your Work and Its Audience, Making the Match
    La Luz Workshops
  • 2022 - ARIZONA WORKSHOPS BY MVS - The MVS Master Class
    Location is TBD

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