Sandra Eisert

Sandra E.

Redmond, WA
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Sandra delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 18+

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If you just want to learn software programs, go elsewhere. But if you want to learn to SEE and become a true photographer, Sandra is the person to work with. Although software and hardware are certainly part of the discussion, software and cameras don't make pictures – you, your eye, and your experience are what make your pictures different and interesting.

Every person's path toward becoming a better photographer is unique. Sandra has helped hundreds and hundreds of professional (and amateur) photographers significantly improve their photography and their enjoyment of it. Working with her, results are quick.

You will get far more out each session with Sandra than from a dozen sessions with others and you will learn more about yourself and your potential. Just bring your questions, a collection of your pictures and we start from where you are.

Sandra is an internationally respected picture editor and designer with a unique experience that runs from contributions to scores of visual books to editing for the White House, work on major newspapers, and the Associated Press. She was instrumental in the creation of the original ground-breaking news site as well as spearheading creation of the Defense Department's public web program. She has taught photography and editing at three universities and at workshops all over the U.S. and judged multiple national and international photography competitions. But Sandra is still easy to talk to and interested in YOUR concerns and pictures.

Sandra's key skill may be her ability to articulate visual concepts and issues, to find and convey the underlying currents and needs in a photographers work and then help him/her find a personal, unique route to reaching his/her potential.

Always fully honest, Sandra is also completely supportive of helping any photographer, from beginner to seasoned professional, become better, see more, and understand their own work on new levels.

Sandra can certainly help with technical matters but her special forte is in helping photographers and designers see in new ways. She has worked with documentary, landscape, fine art, portrait and other photographers as well as designers and website builders.

Group sessions and critiques can also be arranged on request for additional fees.

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Picture Editor, Design Director, Project Manager, Consultant
Sep 1990 - Present
The White House, The Washington Post, Associated Press,, Department of Defense, San Jose Mercury News

Sandra has worked with hundreds and hundreds of photographers and brings you her broad national-level experience creating, directing and designing complex, high-profile content projects – from creating the original site and innovative design, from transforming the U.S. Defense Department’s web approach, from creating the key component of a Pulitzer Prize to contributions to over 90 books, experience with newspapers, magazines, and wire service – plus government service as White House staff for three sitting U.S. presidents, as well as project work for a fourth. In more than a decade of corporate consulting and freelance work she has emphasized business strategies, media options, visual approaches, content management, writing and design.

Her skills include standard-setting abilities in picture editing, design, informational graphics and information organization plus a strong journalism core, all aimed squarely at maximizing photography and content resources and effectively connecting with the audience. She understands not just photography but how to make the best use of it with the highest impact. Her products consistently win awards and consumer compliments. And her students find that she always brings new levels and insights to them and to their work.

Sandra has twice been named a distinguished alumna of Indiana University, has made key contributions to a Pulitzer Prize, and is a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, as well as winning scores of awards for her picture editing and design. She is a member of the American Society of Picture Professionals and an associate member of the White House Press Photographers Association.

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Mary Aug 24, 2018
Photography · Online

I wish I could give Sandra TEN stars; five are not enough. She's the best! She helped me see my pictures, and the world, in new ways. I was lucky enough to see her work with a variety of photographers, from students just starting out, to professionals who had been working in the field for years. They all had great things to say about her, and how she showed them how to improve their portfolios. Many of them went on to win contests thanks to her teaching. If you want a teacher that is easily approachable and very accessible, has a wonderful sense of humor, and will take you and your photos to a new level, do yourself a favor and contact Sandra. You'll be amazed!

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