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 was released in July 2017, distributed by Macmillan Press.