Private Mentoring: How We Work Together

Mary Virginia Swanson is a sought-after professional advisor and mentor who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences, and present their work in an informed, professional manner.  


She has a robust roster of clients with whom she helps strategize all phases of producing personal projects, including funding research, audience consideration, foundation grant applications, preparing exhibition proposals, editing copy / image selections for industry submissions, maximizing print, website and Instagram presence and much more.

LACP | To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options & Considerations for Artist Artists Today | September 24, 2022

The print-on-demand revolution as well as an increasing number of small presses interested in photography titles has opened up new publishing possibilities for artists. Mary Virginia Swanson will demystify the process of making a photobook in an online informative and richly illustrated presentation in an online Webinar with the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Details here.


MVS Online 12-week class successfully completed in April 2022 : In partnership with La Luz Workshops, Mary Virginia developed a comprehensive online educational series for photographers. She and her fourteen Special Guests guided  participants through essential research and business practices to succeed in our post-pandemic world. New knowledge to apply to your creative and business practices were explored from our Zoom classroom each week from January - April 2022, with Small Group Project Reviews continuing through Fall 2022. Details here.

NOTE: There is currently a waiting list for new private mentoring clients. Appointments will be offered based on the date your Client Fact Sheet was submitted, thank you for your patience. Photographers interested in consulting with MVS are strongly encouraged to enroll in her on-line course offerings.  

Click here to learn about terms and conditions for working privately with Mary Virginia. 

With current challenges to public health, no in-person appointments are being booked until future notice.*

To express your interest in booking an initial consultation with MVS, please submit a “Client Fact Sheet". 

If you have further questions about how to work with MVS, please read through the Mentoring Frequently Asked Questions.

Terms & Conditions

At the conclusion of the Client Fact Sheet you will be asked to agree to the following Terms & Conditions to work with Ms. Swanson:

  • A two-hour minimum "Initial Consultation" is required for all first-time clients.

    • The fee for the Initial Consultation is currently $600 USD ($300/hour x 2 hours).

    • After this Initial Consultation period is completed, clients may schedule additional time as needed for as little as fifteen minutes by phone or email at the "Existing Client" rate of $250 USD/hour.

    • As of January 1, 2014: To be considered an Existing Client you must have completed a consultation with Ms. Swanson within the past 3 years.

  • Payment in full is expected at the end of each in-person consultation session via check, cash, money order or payment with credit card. Payment online can be made through this website here.

  • If the session was on the telephone or via email, you will receive an invoice shortly following the remote session(s). Details to pay by check, money order, or credit card will be provided on the invoice.

  • A 25% cancellation fee may be charged if less than five (5) business days notice are given and the appointment cannot be filled.

  • If you do not show up for your appointment you will be charged the full amount for the meeting time scheduled.

  • Ms. Swanson's business is incorporated and as such, does not provide a 1099 or W-9 for clients.  Her EIN will be provided upon request.