Group Learning with MVS

After decades of presenting lectures at industry events and teaching immersive in-person workshops, Mary Virginia has adapted her learning options to occur in the online environment during the current public health crisis.  She is deep in research, updating her content to reflect the changes in our industry.


Beginning Fall 2020, MVS will be offering her valued lectures, workshops and classes for photographers serious about their professional practice as online courses.  Several upcoming offerings cover in-depth topics. Two such sessions will include optional group portfolio reviews that follow the presentation. Hosts: Palm Spring Photo Festival, Joshua Tree Center for the Arts, and the Print Center (Philadelphia).


La Luz Workshops will offer a small-group online workshop meeting daily for six consecutive days.  In addition to seminar-style learning with MVS, special guests will share their knowledge and participants will receive private sessions focused on editing their work and strategizing relevant markets for their work. 


 All online offerings for 2020 are conducted in partnership with respected industry organizations who will handle all registration and payment details,  and serve as ‘hosts’ for their event(s).

To attend any or all of  MVS’ 2020 online learning options (lectures, seminars and a multi-day workshop) please visit her EVENT SCHEDULE for complete details and registration information.

On Location

Traditional small group workshops and retreats with extended time together held in ideal locations for learning, sharing and showing work will return as soon as safe travel can resume.  


Two offerings are planned for 2021 and the next MVS Master Class is planned for 2022.


To learn about MVS’ 2021 & 2022  in person / on location workshops and retreats held in the USA, please visit her EVENT SCHEDULE for complete details and registration information.


Image courtesy of Wild Rice Retreat.


Mary Virginia Swanson is the greatest. Her knowledge, which she so generously shares, and her “you go girl” encouragement consistently move me and my work ahead by giant leaps. I have never known anyone in the photo world who did not know and respect her. She has a unique way of bringing the right combination of people together. My recommendation: take her workshops, work with her, get to know her, you will never regret it.