Welcome to the website of respected creative consultant, author and educator MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON.
With decades of experience in the field, Ms. Swanson guides artists on making and marketing their artwork. She has inspired many artists to build on the strengths of their work, refine their craft, and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, and licensing placements.
Swanson’s informative seminars and educational lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level.
Within this website you can view “MVS On The Road” to learn about forthcoming lectures, seminars and workshops, keep up on opportunties for photographers on “MVS Marketing Blog,” download recent articles to get “Advice” and buy her books and Resource Guide, learn “How We Work Together” and read the testimonials her clients have shared.
You will gain knowledge and be inspired here.
I consulted with Mary Virginia Swanson for some help with my Fine Art photography business. I needed advice on limited editions and gaining a wider audience in galleries. MVS convinced me to do a book on the Wasatch Mountains. The Wasatch has lately been the site of conflict between developers who wish to expand and interconnect ski resorts and the majority who wish to protect natural areas and wildlife.
My initial idea was to involve other photographers to make the strongest visual statement possible; MVS convinced me that I should use only my photography. Because of her advice, “Utah’s Wasatch Range: Four Season Refuge” has been a great success. MVS helped me strike a balance between over 20 essays and 160 of my photographs. She provided help with front and back cover design and gave me the additional courage to market the book on my own without a distributor. This proved to be valuable advice and certainly improved my profit. Because my book was a collaboration with over 20 people,
I got some wonderful advice. Anyone considering doing a photography book would be wise to have Mary Virginia Swanson on their team.
—Howie Garber (website)