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Private Lesson / Consultation 


Online lessons are conducted using the zoom application.

In person lessons are typically at Mary Louise's Studio at 311 Gallery on 311 West Martin St. in downtown Raleigh, NC, although other arrangements can be made.

If not at our studio, a travel fee of 50 cents per mile plus tolls and parking applies. The travel fee is waived for these additional Triangle locations, suitable for field sessions:

  • North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
  • JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC
  • Yates Mill, Raleigh, NC
  • Shelley Lake Park, Raleigh, NC
  • Lake Lynn Park, Raleigh, NC
  • Sarah Duke Gardens, Durham, NC

Appointments are required.

Please note private lesson hours at our Raleigh studio are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 am - noon or 4 pm - 8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am - noon or 6 - 8 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am - 2pm or 6 - 8 pm
Other hours may be available at other locations.


Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography
919 307 9054

Private lessons and/or consultation with professional photographer Mary Louise Ravese. Typical suggested session duration is 1 to 3 hours. 5 and 10 hour discount packages may be used over multiple sessions.

These sessions can be used for a variety of purposes like to conduct lessons on photography topics of interest to the participant/s, to get help with using image editing software, or to get constructive feedback on images participants have made.

If you are specifically interested in using the time for a portfolio review, I recommend you email or call me to discuss how much time may be needed.

For online lessons, we use a private, password protected "Zoom" video conferencing "meeting" for our session. You need an internet connected computer/laptop with integrated/connected webcam, microphone and speakers to participate. There is no additional software cost to you to participate in the private video conference we setup for our session. The video conferencing platform is easy to use and key features will be explained in a complementary orientation briefing that last just a few minutes at the beginning of a session, before we get into the content of the session.

 In the video conference you can see and hear me, see my presentation slides, see other programs I'm working with on my machine e.g. image editing software like Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik or Topaz, see and hear the other participants (if there are any). You can choose to share your video (webcam feed) so I can see your camera and direct you to where settings are on your camera. In addition, you can choose to share images on your computer with me, and you can raise your hand and ask questions in real time.


Rates for in-person or online lessons are the same. However, if in-person lessons are conducted at a location other than Mary Louise's studio, there is an additional travel fee ($0.50 per mile), plus parking and tolls if applicable.

1 Hr Private Lesson (one person) $80.00
1 Hr Private Lesson (additional person) $40.00
(50% off each additional person, up to 3 people)

2 Hr Private Lesson (one person) $160.00
2 Hr Private Lesson (additional person) $80.00
(50% off each additional person, up to 3 people)

Private Lesson Special Offer -
Digital Photography Essentials:

We typically cover this material in 3 to 4 Hrs of Private Instruction $225, $15 savings over normal hourly rate (one person), additional participants $112.50 (50% off each additional person, up to 3 people) This special rate is only applicable to this content.
This is our most requested private lesson offering. It covers the most essential topics participants need to know to be start being more effective using their digital camera off automatic/program mode. Practice exercises are offered as homework for participants to do on their own time. For those with limited time, this is a helpful quick start approach.

5 Hr Private Lesson Package (one person) $375.00
5 Hr Private Lesson Package (additional person) $187.50

10 Hr Private Lesson Package (one person) $725.00
10 Hr Private Lesson Package (additional person) $362.50