Tuition & Payment

  • Pricing is for tuition only and does not include transportation, lodging or food.

  • There are no additional fees.

  • We require a non-refundable, transferable deposit of $350 to hold your place in the workshop. Reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is received.

  • If you are on a waiting list, you will not be charged a deposit fee or tuition until space becomes available for you and you confirm your desire to register.

  • Participants will be billed full tuition 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.

  • We accept cash, check, money orders and major credit cards.


  • Student enrollment for studio workshops is limited to 12.

  • Student enrollment for field workshops is limited to 14.

  • Space is reserved on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is received.

Waiting List

  • Be the first to hear about it.

  • We schedule workshops more flexibly than other programs and if there's significant demand for a workshop we'll make it happen.

  • Sign up for our waiting lists to receive special advance notice when...

    1. Space becomes available in a sold out workshop.

    2. Alternate dates for a scheduled workshop are determined.

    3. Dates for an unscheduled workshop are determined.



  • Early registrants (8 weeks prior to the start of the workshop) receive a 10% discount.

  • Returning students (alumni) receive a 10% discount, regardless of time of registration. This discount is not cumulative with the early registration discount or transferable.

  • You will receive a 10% discount for every workshop participant referral you make. This discount is cumulative and transferable.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy for Caponigro Arts Workshops

  • If for any reason you need to withdraw, please notify us 30 days or more before the start date of your workshop.

  • At that time we will transfer your deposit, less a $150 cancellation fee.

  • If notification of cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the start of the workshop, we will retain the full deposit amount, non-transferable.

  • If notification of cancellation is made less than 15 days before the start of the workshop, we must retain the entire balance paid.

  • No refund of any fees will be made for withdrawal after the workshop begins.

  • Caponigro Arts reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 15 days before the workshop begins. 

  • Caponigro Arts is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We recommend you purchase travel insurance through Travelex.

  • In the event that a workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months.



  • Participants need to bring their own computers. While we recommend you bring your own software, we can provide software for use during the week. Digital cameras are required for field courses only. Our studio equipment (printers, scanners, spectrophotometers, etc) is available for participant use during each workshop.

  • In special cases, we may be able rent you a computer for a workshop. An additional lab fee will be charged. Please inquire about availability when you register.

  • PC users should have few concerns about compatibility, as courses are Adobe-centric.

  • Paper and ink is provided at no extra charge. We use Epson media. If you would like to print on alternate substrates feel free to bring your preferred media.


  • All Caponigro Arts workshops are held at John Paul's private studio in Cushing, Maine. (See Studio for more details.) Workships typically run from 9am - 5pm. Studio courses offer one early (5-7) and one late evening (5-9) lab session.

  • Studio workshops are held primarily indoors. Short field trips are scheduled by request only.

  • Field workshops involve some travel and substantial time on location. Preliminary and final sessions are held in studio.

  • Maine is beautiful! You may want to photograph in the area before or after class. You may also want to arrive or depart a day or two early or late and experience some of the gems of the area. See Maine Destinations for recommendations.

  • For workshops at other venues contact that specific venue for information regarding their policies.



September 24th - 28th, 2018

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

The Contemporary Landscape

Registration opens for our September course in early Spring of 2018.

October 15th - 19th, 2018*

Hessler Studios (Camden, Maine)

The Fall Landscape 

*Open only to students that have completed a previous course with us. 

June 25th - July 1st, 2017

Maine Media Workshops 

The Quiet Landscape 

Register Now


October 9th - 13th, 2017

Madeline Island School of the Arts (Lake Superior, Wisconsin) 

The Modern Landscape 

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"I had the very good fortune of taking the Hessler's workshop - and because of that - my photography has reached a new level. The workshop provided me the clarity that I struggled to achieve for many years in determining what/if any style I had with my photography. Alissa and Jacob's style of teaching was so inclusive and welcoming - each student felt safe to share and explore and expand their vision. I came away with many, many marvelous photos that I am very proud of - but more importantly, I learned to see not only my work but the work of others in a new way. Both Alissa and Jacob were open books and no question was off limits - the time and effort that they put into their workshops goes beyond the norm - they truly have a gift for teaching and sharing. The week spent with them was the best photography workshop investment I have ever made. I look forward to future opportunities to work with them - it is not everyday that you have an opportunity to work and study with such genuine people." -Anthony Jager (Pittsburgh, PA)


"Jake and Alissa’s workshop completely transformed the way I see as a photographer. One of my favorite images I’ve ever taken was during their workshop, and I don’t think it would have been possible without their support and insight. Their boundless energy and enthusiasm is contagious, pushing you new levels of creativity. They have a vast knowledge of both the commercial and fine art side of photography and offer plenty of information and guidance. During my week-long workshop with them in Maine, we explored offbeat locations that I never would have known about, as well as the quintessential Maine locations. The variation of locations brought a new experience and challenge each time. I will never forget the time and care they both spent to help critique and unify each student’s work. I continue to carry what I learned from them with me in my photography of any genre. I would recommend anyone that can, to take this workshop." - Christine Moriello (New Paltz, NY) 


"Alissa and Jacob bring differing teaching styles to the classroom through their unique personalities, each ideally suited to maximize one's learning experience. Balancing classroom instruction with the practical application of these ideas in the field, they tailored their approach to the wide variety of interests and skills of twelve photographers, yet each of us felt we were given ample time for personal attention. Alissa and Jacob were generous, caring, interested, positive, and "connected" to our group in a way that brought our class together personally. It was a special experience and one which I would highly recommend to anyone seeking to raise their photographic skills to a higher level." - Andy Price (Mystic, CT)


"The Quiet Landscape exceeded my expectations and far surpassed my experiences in other creative workshops. The Hessler's lectures provided technical direction in a useable and memorable way and went beyond the well known “rules of composition."  More important, for me, was their skill at helping each participant recognize their individual style and how to develop creatively. In other words, they weren't teaching us their style or way of shooting but helping us further develop our own voices. The distinction is important and sets them apart.  I look forward to a “Quiet Landscapes II." - Kerry Maxwell (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 

"Being a student in the Hesslers' workshop, "The Quiet Landscape," was more like being welcomed into a new family for an incredibly transformational week. Jacob and Alissa are a dynamic teaching duo not to be missed. Their mindfully-balanced creative and technical lessons, photographic critiques, and marketing tips are deeply insightful and delivered with laughter, joy, and a synergy that only they can bring. With the breathtaking landscapes of Midcoast Maine as our classroom and these two as my mentors, I felt the freedom to start expressing my creativity through images in new ways and empowered to acknowledge my singular voice. I have and will continue to recommend their workshops to my peers. - K.M. (Thomaston, ME)


"The course was well organized and well paced, with an excellent mix of classroom work and location shooting -- every minute was well spent. Jacob and Alissa are great instructors -- inspiring, good-humored, flexible, patient, and encouraging, focused always on helping participants develop and deepen their own creative vision. They created an atmosphere in which all of us felt free to share our work and learn from one another through positive, constructive feedback provided to each student in the workshop." Barbara Bogart (Evanston, WY) 


"I can say unequivocally that key elements of the workshop were the tremendous amount of energy and attention the Hesslers and their assistant gave to the participants. The sharing, the knowledge, the patience -- all were seriously appreciated. When I began to understand more about Jacob's style of shooting and what was being conveyed in the workshop, I found the way I looked at potential images was forever changed for the better." -Tim Hayes (Portsmouth, NH)


"The Quiet Landscape" workshop by Jacob and Alissa was more than I anticipated. The quality of their instruction and guidance was top shelf. I felt comfortable and excited for each new day of location shoots and looked forward to the assignments they gave us. Most of all I embraced the nurturing and loving way they enveloped all of us into the week we spent together. Their talent of enabling us to unleash our creative eye and spirit was powerful and heartfelt. I look forward to more from this dynamic team." -Mary Bowman-DeMent (Hilo, HI)


"The glimmer of light on water, a jetty leading into fog, the curve of windblown sand along a beach, snow lying in small drifts along a stone wall - images that evoke quiet, stillness, serenity,  From Jake and Alissa, I learned that the quiet in landscapes is not simply given to us to record. We have to look for it, to coax it from the elements of a landscape, and to wait for the moment when those elements align." - John Yrchik (Rocky Hill, CT)


"Alissa and Jacob’s workshop was one of the best weeks I have spent in recent history. My camera had been somewhat dormant of late, and I came in wanting this workshop to help me reenergize my photography passions. It truly did! Each participant shared their own interesting perspectives, interests and levels of experience. The instructors artfully used this mass of positive energy to tailor the class so that everyone walked away feeling accomplished, capable, and most of all, inspired to continue to grow.  Alissa and Jacob complement each other as a team, and create an environment where each participant is able to focus on their own goals while playing off others’ experiences. I have taken several workshops at Maine Media - all of them have been good - and for me, The Quiet Landscape really was the best of the best based on high marks earned for learning, practice and inspiration. I highly recommend taking any worship with these two awesome professionals." - Nancy Hinckley (Boston, MA)




The work our students produce in our workshops never ceases to amaze us. Here are a few images taken during our five-day landscape workshops. 





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