OCT 22 - NOV 12


The Quiet Landscape - Online

Our signature course adapted for interactive online learning. Learn to remove the clutter and cliche from your images and hone your singular voice. 

Tuition: $495



Class will meet every Thursday at 3:15pm (Eastern Time) - October 22nd, 29th and November 5th. Each weekly group session will run roughly 1-3 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. One-on-ones with Jacob and Alissa will be scheduled on Thursday, November 12th. One-on-one sessions are 20-minutes long. 




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. This workshop will inspire existing photographers, as well as those new to the field, to create distinctive imagery that embraces the minimal while transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. 

The Quiet Landscape is our signature course that we have been teaching for the last decade at institutions all over the country. We have adapted our format for online, interactive learning and are excited to see the diversity of images captured from students all over the country (perhaps the world). A cathartic trip through other's pictures from the confines of our home bases. 

Through slideshows, class critiques and demos, Jacob Hessler, a fine-art landscape photographer, will help 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 weekly assignments, students are inspired to change their perspective and see photographic possibilities in seemingly familiar scenes. 

In addition, 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 begin to identify and hone their own signature style. She will provide insight on how to be a more ruthless editor, how to find hidden potential by revisiting your archives, and how to work towards developing a concise body of work for exhibition. 

At the end of the workshop, you will feel creativity invigorated and confident to shoot, critique, and edit your photography in new ways.


• Instructor and student introductions

• Lecture: Rules of composition applied to landscape and your toolkit to organize a chaotic scene

• Lecture: Embracing the Negative (space)

• Assignment: Using the rules of composition, deliver 5 images shot in your style


• Lecture: Signature Style & Bodies of Work

• Critique student images

• Demo: long exposure for day (neutral density) and night


• Long exposure - 2 images per student

• Construct a narrative - 3 images per student

• Brainstorm a body of work idea and write 1-3 sentence beginning artist statement


• Critique student assignment work

• Students read their 1-3 sentence artist statements. Feedback will be provided by instructors and fellow students.

• Closing statements 


Prepare for your one-on-one session by compiling any questions you might have, sending us any images your want to talk about or providing your website/portfolio information to review. 



Individual 20-minute sessions. This is your time so we can use it how you would like - Lightroom questions, technical questions, vision/artist questions, portfolio reviews, etc. 



Skill level

This workshop is designed for photographers of all skills levels who want to up their photography game. Sessions will be hosted on Zoom. Once you have completed registration we will send you your Zoom login information for the course. You do not need to download Zoom to participate on a desktop or laptop computer. You do need to download the Zoom app if accessing from a phone or tablet.


Weekly sessions will be hosted on Zoom every Thursday at 3:15pm (Eastern Time) from October 12th - November 5th (3 sessions). Sessions will run roughly 1-3 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. One-on-one sessions with Jacob and Alissa will be scheduled on Thursday, November 12th and will be 20-minutes in duration. 


A maximum of 15 students, and a minimum of 8* 


*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 25 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. 


$495* (+$15 processing fee) 

*10% of the proceeds of this workshop will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative


“Equal Justice Initiative is on the front lines of criminal justice reform, and racial justice. They are committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States.” - Alissa and Jacob Hessler



Click the pink registration button to pay your tuition via credit card or Paypal. You will receive an email with your course specifics after shortly after registering.





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Jacob Hessler is a contemporary fine art photographer, known for his expansive and meditative landscapes. Hessler’s work has explored rising seas, industrialized farming, borders and boundaries, invasive species, extinction, and more broadly, mankind's relationship with, and impact on, the natural world. His keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with the vastness of the human experience.

Jacob is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and pursued his master’s degree in graphic design at Parsons, The New School for Design. He worked in New York as a commercial photographer and art director from 2006-2011. In 2011, Hessler left New York and moved back to his childhood hometown in mid-coast Maine to focus on fine art landscape photography. Jacob’s work is widely collected and displayed throughout the world. He is a represented artist at Dowling Walsh Gallery, Corey Daniels Gallery and Soapbox Arts. 

With a diverse background in art direction, photography, and film production management, Alissa Hessler has worked as both the director for creative talent and as the creative talent. She has shot and produced content for international publications and brands, art directed and produced commercial shoots, managed global launch events, and orchestrated rebrands of international corporations. In her free time she continues to champion young farmers and rural small business owners through her Urban Exodus project. Her first book Ditch the City and Go Country, was released in 2017, distributed by Macmillan Press. 

Jacob and Alissa jointly teach workshops at Maine Media, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and other institutions across the country. They also operate their own destination workshops on Cumberland Island and the Lost Coast of California.