Challenge yourself to see Maine with a fresh perspective.
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The world around us has changed, yet the creative approach to landscape photography has remained largely the same. The Quiet Landscape is a fresh approach to traditional landscape photography. Break the rules, look deeper and ignore the easy postcard shots. In this workshop you will be challenged to remove the clutter, the obvious and the cliché from your frame to create memorable and powerful images with your own distinct visual voice.

The coast of Maine has long been an artist’s paradise. The diverse ever-changing landscapes of Maine’s coastal regions have been an inspiration to working artists for centuries. This workshop will inspire existing landscape photographers, as well as those new to the field, to create distinctive imagery that embraces the minimal while transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Alissa and Jacob Hessler, both residents of Mid Coast, Maine, take students off of the beaten path to some of their favorite shoot locations, including their 18th century farm with an orchard and blueberry barrens.

Through slideshows, class critiques and demonstrations, Jacob Hessler, a fine-art landscape photographer, helps students capture their own interpretation of the modern landscape, distilling it down to its unforgettable essence. This class is a balance of honing the artist’s eye and advancing technical skills. Through daily shoots and field work, students are inspired to change their perspective and see photographic possibilities in seemingly familiar scenes. Shooting the unique early morning and late evening Maine light, attendees will leave empowered with useful new skills that will bring their photography to the next level.

In addition to the fieldwork, this class will explore the work of other contemporary photographers using the landscape as a subject. Alissa Hessler, an art director and photo editor, will help students define and refine their developing signature style. She will work with students to edit, sequence and add the final polish to their completed images. She will also assist attendees interested in developing a strong portfolio, photography book project, or a concise body of work for exhibition.

At the end of the workshop, you will leave feeling confident to shoot, critique, edit and sequence your photography in new ways.


Alissa Hessler

ALISSA HESSLER is an art director, photographer and instructor, with over a decade of creative industry experience. She has led diverse creative teams in the photography, design and film worlds, working as a photo editor, photographer, art director and executive producer. Her clients include industry giants Nordstrom, Microsoft, Boeing, Edelman, Colliers International and Starbucks.

Hessler was a project manager and photography art director at the award-winning design firm Turnstyle Studio in Seattle. At Turnstyle she was responsible for sourcing commercial photographers for projects and developed a keen eye for selecting the best talent for specific jobs. Following Turnstyle, she joined the Global PR team for smartphone giant, HTC. At HTC, she was the creative director and project manager for all product launches, bringing over twenty devices to market at couture press events around the world.

For the last five years, Alissa has been co-teaching photography classes across the country with her husband Jacob Hessler and consulting working photographers wanting to develop a wider-audience for their work. In addition, Alissa co-operates Hessler Creative, a branding and photography agency and shoots for various publications, including Modern Farmer, The Guardian and Good Housekeeping. For the last three years she has been shooting and interviewing ex-urbanites across North America for her project, Urban Exodus. Her first book “Ditch the City and Go Country” is releasing in July of 2017, distributed by Macmillan Press.



Jacob Hessler

JACOB HESSLER's photography has been described as introspective, nostalgic, meditative and spiritual. Focusing primarily on large-scale landscapes, his keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with the vastness of the human experience. His images feel expansive and serene, with a whispering tension between the familiar and the deeply mysterious. Hessler’s signature style has developed a strong following of collectors and interior designers around the world.

In 2007, he graduated at the top of his class from the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After Brooks, Hessler assisted celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg on numerous high-profile projects, including work for New York Magazine, Time and Wired. Following Greenberg Studios, Hessler moved to New York City to pursue a master’s degree in graphic design at Parsons, The New School for Design. After Parsons, he worked in New York as a freelance commercial photographer, art director and graphic designer.

In 2011, Hessler left New York and moved back to his childhood hometown in Mid Coast, Maine to pursue fine-art landscape photography. For the last five years he has been teaching photography workshops at institutions around the country and running Hessler Creative, a branding and photography agency, with his wife Alissa Hessler.  

Hessler is in the final stages of “Boundaries,” a fine-press artist book collaboration with the inaugural poet Richard Blanco, pairing Blanco’s poetry with Jacob’s photography. The artist book is releasing in 2017 through Two Ponds Press.

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