MVS On the Road

As of September 2015, MVS will not begin any new private mentoring relationships. To learn from her, please attend one of her public appearances listed below or attend one of her workshops.

December 10-13, New Orleans: MVS participating in PhotoNOLA

December 10, 2015toDecember 13, 2015

MVS will be participating in the 10th Annual PhotoNOLA Festival in New Orleans.

PhotoNOLA Education Day: Your Work/Your Brand: Towards Building Professional Relationships
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration: $40 in advance/ $50 at the door

“In today’s world, making meaningful contact with industry professionals is challenging. Of course your work speaks for itself, but how can you effectively present your work in a productive and memorable way?

In this seminar, you will learn what components comprise a successful brand, and learn how combining and even integrating your print and social media tools can make the strongest first impression with your targeted audience.

Participants will learn about establishing brand identity from celebrated designer, Tom Varsico, and hear first hand from photographers Frank Relle and Eliot Dudik about their experiences putting their brand to work for them. Lastly a panel of industry professionals will share with the audience which means of presenting your work in a memorable manner are best for their respective business. A publisher, gallery director, museum curator and magazine editor will each offer insights into best practices for catching – and holding – the eyes of key decision makers.

Featured Panelists
David Chickey, Publisher, Radius Books
Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
Maja Orsic, Director, Robert Klein Gallery
Drew Sawyer, Curator of Photography, Columbus Museum of Art

Mary Virginia Swanson will serve as host for the 2015 education day, and will lead with a introductory visual presentation on the value of brand clarity for artists; she will also moderate the closing Industry Panel.

This workshop is presented with support from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.”

December 20, NYC: MVS Available for Consultations

December 20, 2015

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations with existing clients while in New York City.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at to schedule a session.  Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

January 19-24, 2016: Finding Your Audience: MVS Master Class

January 19, 2016toJanuary 24, 2016

Offered in Tucson, Arizona, this workshop is designed for photographers who have begun to present their work to targeted audiences, with career strategy at the core of our discussions. Photographers will gain a deeper and broader understanding of today’s print collecting, licensing and publication markets and more in this advanced workshop.

Participants benefit a great deal from the experience of others. Artists accepted to this workshop will be expected to share their professional experiences with the class.

A portfolio of images and overview of professional experience will be reviewed for consideration of participation.

Learn details on submitting applications here.


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