Challenge yourself to see Maine with a fresh perspective.
Maine has long been a photographer’s paradise. From season to season, the landscapes change dramatically and offer many visual delights. This workshop will challenge photographers to see their environment through fresh eyes, using Maine as the backdrop. We will look beyond clichés, extract the tranquility and discover exciting new ways to photograph the world around us.

Jacob Hessler, a fine art photographer and lifetime resident of Maine, will take us to his favorite places, includingquiet lakes, rolling hills, coastal islands, and his 138-year-old farm. Hessler's farm has a working photography studio housed in a historic 1877 barn, and is almost a square mile in size, with wild blueberry fields, woods, an old sugarhouse, and miles of stonewalls. We will also visit several iconic landmarks, with the goal of capturing them in a new way. 

In addition to the fieldwork, the class will hone their skills in the digital darkroom using their own laptops and imaging software. The group will leave at the end of the week feeling empowered to critique and sequence their own photography in new ways. There were also be ample time to discuss exhibiting and promoting their art in the future. 


Alissa Hessler

Alissa Hessler is an art director and creative project manager. A new transplant to the Mid-Coast, she grew up in redwood forests of California’s North Coast.

Alissa has worked in the design management, photography and film worlds for over a decade. She was a project manager and photography art director at the award-winning design firm Turnstyle Studio in Seattle, WA. At Turnstyle she was

responsible for selecting all commercial photographers for projects and developed a keen eye for selecting the best talent for specific jobs. Her client list included industry giants Nordstrom, Microsoft, Teague and Starbucks.

In addition to her career in the creative management world, Alissa's real talents lie in being an incredible editor. After moving to Maine in 2011, she has stepped into the role managing Jacob’s fine-art career and acting as the director client relations for their creative branding agency, Hessler Creative.



Jacob Hessler

Jacob Hessler is a fine-art photographer specializing in large-scale modern landscapes. His work has been described as introspective, nostalgic, meditative and spiritual. Jacob’s keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with thevastness of the human experience. His images feel expansive and serene, with a whispering tension between the familiar and the deeply mysterious. His work has been praised for offering a completely fresh and unique perspective. At only 28, Jacob’s signature style has developed a strong following of collectors and interior designers. 

Jacob’s fascination with photography began at the age of 10, when he first stepped into a darkroom. After attending the young photographers courses at Maine Media Workshops, he solidified his goals of making photography his lifelong pursuit. 

In 2007, Jacob graduated at the top of his class from the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. After Brooks, Jacob assisted celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg on numerous high-profile projects, including work for New York Magazine and Wired. Following his time with Greenberg Studios, he moved to New York to pursue a master’s degree in Graphic Design at Parsons The New School for Design. 

After Parsons, Jacob worked for two years as a freelance commercial photographer, art director and graphic designer in New York City. In 2011, he decided to make the move back to his childhood home in Mid-Coast Maine to commit himself full time to his work. 

Jacob lives in a farmhouse in the wilds of coastal Maine with his wife Alissa and their insanely energetic dog, Dot. He is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland. When not photographing or teaching, he operates the boutique-branding agency, Hessler Creative.

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