Summer Workshop at Villa Lina  • July 25-31, 2021

In Summer 2018 we launched a new workshop, with Ira Rokka.

It was not the traditional body/portrait/nude workshop: this one was more concentrated on how to work with models, how to interact with them, and create together the right atmosphere for a perfect photo shoot – be it for portraiture, personal research, fashion or advertising.

From breathing techniques to voice intonation, working at a high level of concentration, the workshop had a very strong physical impact, on students and models.

Everybody came back with a new approach to photographing people, and also with a the capability to work with others as a creative team.

It has been such a out-of-the-ordinary (box?) workshop, that  we want to offer it again. For students interesting in portraiture, body, personal research and art-photography, it will be a unique moment of confrontation and growth.

In my view, the individual style of any photographer can be determined by his approach to his subject, to visual language and to working with a model.

This workshop covers the entire spectrum of methods for directing a model on the shooting stage: from good quality natural posing to complicated project format, including the creation of specific characters for your story and the discipline of working to a strict brief.

Models are an essential part of every photographer’s work. Through interaction with the model, a photographer can express a personal vision of the human body.

In this workshop, you will learn to turn a photographic shoot into a live performance, a creative collaboration between photographer and model. You will explore ways to elicit real emotions from a model and how to convey character by working precisely on all the necessary aspects of psychology and body language.”

During the week, through regular critiques, demos, group and individual shoots, you will have the chance to learn the best way to create unique portraits and body photographs.

We will thoroughly examine many subjects, including:

Emotional and bodily freedom– Basic principles of posing
– Actor relaxation & breathing techniques
– Working with hands- classical techniques
– The most popular modeling poses– Models with no experience- how to teach model posing during the shooting
– Basic director skills – working with the voice , synchronizing with a model
– Classical and modern approach
– “What’s wrong with my face?” – three psychological blocks that models experience, and how they play out on the shooting stage
– Brief relaxation techniques, ‘if you’ve only got five minutes’



– How to read body language
– Manipulation of body language
– Distinctive qualities of a pose
– Gender peculiarities of posing styles
– Female/Male/Androginous
– natural vs unnatural posing?
– STATIC shooting and Semi –DYNAMIC shooting


– Setting a character and working with a brief – shooting preparation.

– Setting an acting goal for the model. Model briefing

– Expression and real emotions – actor and director tricks

– Meditative way of shooting-“deep dive” technique

– Author tricks

– Nuances of the nude genre

Method of working:

Almost all models who participate in projects have no modelling experience.

Story and characters are set in advance , but  we will also use improvisation  during the shooting stage.


1st day: Sunday
Evening:   Introduction

2nd  day: Monday

Morning: portfolio review
Basic principles of directing – part 1 Portrait
Emotional emancipation
Afternoon: Classical and Modern Portrait style   – practical advice for  shooting
Late evening:
Round table –Individual artistic style- what is it. Discussion.
3rd day: Tuesday
Morning: Student’s shooting material review, discussion
How to teach a model to improvise on the set – intro
Afternoon: Improvisation – practical advice for  shooting   SHOOTING
Late evening: Round table – Unique artistic style – How to define your own priorities? Discussion.
4th day: Wednesday

Morning: Student’s shooting material review, discussion
Body language: female/male/unisex style
Afternoon: SHOOTING – Shooting with individual tasks- to try at least 2 gender styles.
Late evening:
Different approach to gender posing represented in works by classical and contemporary authors.

5th day: Thursday

Morning: Student’s shooting material review, discussion . Individual plans for shooting – how to level up the complexity of your projects.
Afternoon  SHOOTING
Late evening:
Basic treatement – intro – how to offer your project for your team or for magazine publication.
6th day: Friday

Student’s shooting material review, discussion

Preparation to slideshow

Afternoon SHOOTING +free subject

Late evening: Slideshow

7thday : Saturday

VENUE – Villa Lina, Ronciglione, Italy

LODGING & MEALS  see  info on Summer workshops


Ira Rokka – a fine art photographer, video director, teacher – was born in Moscow, graduated from the Music and Theatre College of Galina Vishnevskaya and the Moscow Government Institute of Culture and Art.
Ira’s education and professional experience became the foundation for an original system called “Director’s methods of working with a model» , based on basic director and actor skills.

Ira currently lives and works in Moscow, and Paris.

Works have been published and exhibited in Japan, USA, Italy , Switzerland, Germany, France , Russia.
Collaboration : Vogue Brasil, GQ Spain, Bvlgari, Dyson, Tod’s, Vogue Arabia, FRANCE 2 tv Chanel  and others .

She is represented by Gallery z22 , Germany and Marco Antonio Patrizio, Italy.


2017- Tokyo International Photography Award ( Tokyo, Japan) – 3 place ( people category), Сolor Awards ( Los- Angeles, USA ) honorable mention

2016 – International Photography Awards ( Los-Angeles, USA) – Honorable mention 3 categories

2015 – Monochrome photography awards –honorable mention (professional, nude category)

2014- International Photography Awards ( Los-Angeles, USA) – 1 st place (professional , special category)
2013- International Photography Awards ( Los-Angeles, USA) – 1 st place (professional , special category)


WORKSHOP DATES Summer Workshops   July 18-24, 2021
 WHERE  Villa Lina, Ronciglione, Italy