HOWE HILL FARM

Welcome to Howe Hill Farm, a historic farmstead and creative workshop destination nestled in the lush hillsides of Camden, Maine. Join us for a workshop led by esteemed artists, writers, herbalists, photographers, farmers and makers. Stay in our dreamy, newly renovated 2-bedroom artist hideaway. Book our facilities and grounds for your film or video shoot. Schedule a studio tour to view works by resident artists Jacob Hessler and Alissa Hessler.

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For the last decade Alissa and Jacob Hessler have been teaching photography workshops around the world. Their passionate about inspiring photographers to reach their maximum potential in the medium and help students establish and hone their own unique singular voice. We inspire attendees to change their perspective and see photographic possibilities in seemingly ordinary situations. Photographers leave our workshops feeling empowered and energized. 

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS

OUR UPCOMING COURSES

THE LOST COAST

January 3rd - 6th, 202o

 5 SPOTS LEFT 

Hessler Workshops (Humboldt County, California)

INTO THE WILD: SESSION 1

March 23rd - March 28th, 2020 

 6 SPOTS LEFT 

Hessler Workshops (Cumberland Island, Georgia)

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INTO THE WILD: SESSION 2

March 30 - April 4th, 2020 

 SOLD OUT 

Cumberland Island, Georgia

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ICELAND: GOLDEN CIRCLE

April 27th - May 1st, 2020 

Golden Circle Region of Iceland

Are you looking for a consult tailored to your specific photography needs? We offer one-on-one portfolio reviews, website reviews/refreshes, marketing strategy and book/project development. Please  email us  to inquire about availability and rates. 

 

 

REVIEWS

FROM OUR STUDENTS

"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. I would recommend anyone that can, to take a workshop with them." - Christine Moriello (New Paltz, NY) 

 

"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 the next workshop I take with them." - Kerry Maxwell (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 

"Being a student in the Hesslers' workshop was 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 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! 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)

 

WORKSHOPS

STAY WITH US

Offering weeklong stays for folks visiting the area or taking courses at Howe Hill Farm or Maine Media Workshops. The artist hideaway is a fully-furnished artist sanctuary. This beautiful, newly renovated guest house has a kitchen, full bath and two guest suites - one with a king bed and one with a queen. It can accommodate up to four guests. Located on our 18-acre farmstead and just a short walk to the 154-acre Hodson and Rheault preserve. 

The artist hideaway is not listed on Airbnb or other vacation rental sites. If you would like to book your stay please email us with the week you are interested in and include your name, phone number and address in the email. Guests check in on Sunday between 4pm and 10pm and check out on Saturday morning at 11am. If you would like to stay for more than a week or if you would like to include Saturday night as well just let us know in your email. Once we receive your email we will send the rental agreement. Payment can be made by check or credit card. 

RENTAL RATES

$1,250: Standard weekly rate (Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning stay)

$1,450: If you would like to add Saturday night to your stay

 

$1,550: Peak season weekly rate (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day)

$1,750If you would like to add Saturday night to your stay

AMENITIES

Fully furnished 2-bedroom, 1-bath guest house

Guest room with a King-size bed 

Guest room with a Queen-size bed

Full bathroom with tub, towels, toilet paper and hand soap

Kitchen with oven/stove, fridge/freezer, cooking pots/pans, french press, paper towels and dishes/silverware (for 4 ppl)
Laptop friendly workspace
Free parking on premises for up to two cars

Wood stove & central heating (A/C not available)

PHOTO TOUR

RULES & USEFUL INFORMATION

  1. Travel Info: Howe Hill Farm is perched in the mountains above Camden, Maine. Our closest airport is the Knox County Regional Airport located in Owls Head, Maine (a 25-minute drive from HHF) 

  2. Getting Around: Our farm is not within comfortable walking distance to town. There is one Uber in the area but it is often unavailable, so a rental car is recommended. Onsite parking is available for up to two cars. 

  3. What To Do On and Around Midcoast Maine: There are some great restaurants in Midcoast Maine (advanced reservations strongly recommended during the busy summer tourist season), wine tasting, hiking trails, schooner sails, ferry excursions to islands and so much more. 

  4. Special Events: No parties or loud noise will be permitted as part of the Artists Hideaway stay, however if you are interested in renting our facilities and grounds for a film or photo shoot please email us to inquire about rates and availability.

  5. Pet Policy: We love animals, but unfortunately pets are not allowed because our spirited terrier mix doesn't play well with other dogs.

  6. Minimum Stay: Sunday night to Saturday morning. Weeklong stays are required by the town of Camden for short-term rentals. You do not have to stay the full time but we only rent by the dates outlined above.  

  7. Payment: Please click on the week you are interested in and send us an email. We will then send you our rental agreement and invoice. 

  8. Check In / Check Out: Check in is between 3pm and 10pm. Check out is by 11am. We will try to accommodate early check ins as best we can, so please let us know in advance if you’d like to check in early.

  9. No Smoking