Paisner received a MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts. He earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. He has been nominated for awards such as, the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer in January 2014 and the 5th Annual Jeunes Talents Photography Program in January 2011. He was born in Oregon in 1982, his family moved to Santa Fe, NM, where he grew up. He is Executive Director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, and special faculty at Calarts.