I have offered in person mentoring and group workshops as well as "mom-tographer" classes since early 2012. I have been honored to teach photographers from all over the US as well as internationally. Below you'll find information and rates for mentoring options I currently offer.


1 full day jam-packed with one-on-one Q & A and hands on training. We'll be covering branding, marketing your name, your business and your art, workflow, styling shoots, how I work with my clients, the in’s and out’s of business, finding the best natural light in different scenarios, shooting, post processing and everything in between. Come with a notepad full of questions!


Just you: $1500

You and a friend: $1200 each

You and 2 friends: $1000 each


A non-refundable retainer (50%) and signed agreement are due upon booking. The remaining balance is due 1 month prior to the workshop date. Available to photographers residing outside of 200 mile radius.


I am now happy to offer Skype/Facetime mentoring online, due to popular demand. These will be accepted on a limited basis.


1 hour online mentoring session - $350

2 hour online mentoring session - $600

4 hour course with image critique- $850

A non-refundable retainer (50%) and signed agreement are due upon booking. The remaining balance is due 48 hours prior to the session. Available to photographers residing outside of 150 mile radius.


The 4 hour course can be broken up into 2 separate dates-- but must take place no more than 30 days apart.


A 4 hour class designed for mom's who are looking to take better pictures of their children. Take your camera out of auto mode and learn how to shoot in manual in all lighting scenarios.

Please inquire via email ( for more info or for the next opening for a class.

Reviews from past “in person” workshop attendees:

I just wanted to take a minute to write you and tell you how impressed I was with the mentoring session from this past February. Not only did you provide a perfect session for us to “shoot” according to my personal needs, but you blew me away with the attention to detail and insight about the business side of our profession. To say that I learned “so much” would be cliché and an understatement. Our session involved everything from equipment knowledge, to editing, to the fundamentals of my business. I can’t thank you enough for the insight that you gave over little things. Sometimes when we are in our own business it is hard to see where problem areas may lay, but as an outside source you were able to pick up on them and guide me in the right direction. I know you are HUGE on branding and I appreciate the guidance you gave in this department. The session has literally turned my growing business into a thriving, confident business. I highly recommend spending the day with Mrs. Tara Swain! It will be a game changer for your business! :) -Magen (Texas)

"Tara's workshop is a TON of fun! She is so personable and fun to be around! She puts a lot of work into this workshop,lots of helpful hints and questions answered! It was not once like a classroom which I LOVED it felt like I was getting all the info I needed and wanted with out the lecture, felt like I was just hanging out with friends with good ideas! I went in as an underdog, never did I feel "less" than anyone else in the room! She made me fell like I could do it, like I could be as successful as I wanted to be! She encourages and shows you how to be unique and yourself during all of it! It was a blast! You will never want to leave but when you do you will walk away inspired to be the best that you can be and feel like you have to tools to take on the world! All of her assistants and models she brought in were amazing and just as fun to be around." -Crystal (Alaska)

"I highly recommend Tara Swains workshop! I found it to be casual, fun, entertaining and educational. Tara is a down to earth, fun and inspirational teacher that was helpful and willing to answer any questions. There are so many dynamics to learn from at the workshop from shooting to business. Something for every level photographer. I have found a great friend in Tara and the other ladies that attended with me also. I will forever be grateful for all of their inspiring words and encouragement. My photography and business is better because of it." -Deanna (Texas)

"Tara's workshop was by far the best learning tool I have gained throughout my photography experience. She is genuinely interested in your business, in helping you improve, and really puts so much work and creativity into what she provided us. The quality of the shoots were amazing!!!! I now see her as a mentor and friend especially for giving me the confidence to push forward and really boost my business:) Tara Swain rocks!" -Celina (Texas)

"Tara is amazingly wonderful! :) I had the best time, she is so sweet and totally helpful! Her creative mind might just blow you away lol! I would defiantly recommend her workshop...she covers anything YOU want to know about and doesn't judge your ideas, questions or opinions!" -Kacy (Oklahoma)

"I consider myself so very lucky to have been able to go to Tara Swain’s first ever photographer workshop a couple of days ago. I knew from the moment she announced that she was having a workshop those many months ago that I HAD to go. Luckily God had a plan for me to go and it all worked out. The information I received is so valuable to me and my business that I feel more confidant than ever before moving my business to Texas later this year. Tara has a brilliant creative and business mind with even more to spare. Her in home studio and office area are to die for (I am love with the setup and colors, just my style!) and her ginormous prop closets. Tara’s loving attitude and willingness to help out a lowly photographer like myself (haha : ) is a win win. Seriously go to her workshop! Not only that we all got awesome gifts and discounts from Etsy vendors including: Organic Bloom, Miss Ruby Sue, and Little Dreamers just to name a few." -Lauren (Hawaii)


Texas state sales tax applies to all rates. Tara Swain Photography reserves the right to decline mentoring. All retainers are non-refundable and non-transferrable for any reason.