between shadow & light

INTENSIVE DRAMATIC Portrait Lighting masterclass
+ Retouching A-Z

Portrait Photographer of the Year 2014


Roza Sampolinska

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"Sharing my passion for photography is what makes me happy...

I travel the world teaching my craft and my happiness multiplies, because I share it ... "

- Roza Sampolinska

I am beyond excited to announce:
 Intensive Dramatic Portrait Lighting Masterclass in BOSTON


Amesbury, MA - 35 miles north of Boston
June 10-11, 2023 (Saturday-Sunday)

It is the first portrait lighting workshop focused on creating dramatic film noir portraits, while also covering a wide range of other lighting techniques.

This unique workshop is 100% hands-on and will leave you inspired and with your head full of practical knowledge. You will learn how to use different types of studio lights (strobe/flash & continuous), how to work with models and you will take photographs under Roza’s expert guidance. You will also have an opportunity to see her in action - she will show you her workflow, from the moment the model enters the studio, to the finished photograph.

During her workshops Roza teaches her techniques for creating stunning dramatic portraits and generously shares her knowledge. Come ready to make a huge leap in your portraiture and lighting skills.

“Between Shadow & Light” photography workshop is a perfect place to learn how to create magical portraits playing with emotions, shadow and light. Bring your portraiture to a whole new level.

Learn from ROZA SAMPOLINSKA, an internationally recognized, awarded and published PRO and a Portrait Photographer of the Year 2014.

ROZA SAMPOLINSKA'S portraits have been published in Vogue Italia, Stern, Dark Beauty Magazine and many more (full list HERE)


During this 2-day intensive masterclass
, you will go back in time, you will take your lighting skills to a whole new level, elevate your creativity and learn how to create timeless portraits, reminiscent of AN Old Hollywood ERA, and so much more.

This intensive masterclass focuses on learning the intricacies of portrait lighting and creating beautiful, impactful images. 

There will be multiple wardrobe changes, hair & makeup variations - everything to make this 2 day workshop an unforgettable experience.


- different types of studio lighting: - continuous light - strobe
- different ways to modify the source of light 
- how to find inspiration and awaken your creativity
- how to plan and execute a successful photo session
- posing
- how to work with models
- how to work with clients/non-professional models
- importance of body language: DOs and DON’Ts
- importance of details in a perfect portrait
- secrets of Roza’s post-processing (part of the 2-day workshops)


DAY 1:
9:30am - 10:00am: Meet & Greet
10:00am - 11:00am: Introduction: Learn about Roza's story, how she plans her sessions etc.
11:00am - 1:00pm: Introduction to theory of light and Roza's lighting techniques
1:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)
1:30pm - 5:00pm: Hands-on lighting setups with one of our amazing models

DAY 2:
9:30am - 11:00am: Postproduction - learn Roza's process, from A-Z from developing in Lightroom to a final image in Photoshop, based on 1-2 images taken on DAY 1.
11:00am - 1:00pm: Hands-on lighting setups with one of our amazing models
1:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)
1:30pm - 5:00pm: Hands-on lighting setups with continuous lights with one of our 2 amazing models


- lots of good energy and positive attitude
- Tylenol (you will get a headache from all the knowledge you will absorb - I am not even joking, ask previous attendees:)
- cameras and portrait lenses (50mm, 80mm or longer (f1.4-f2.8 preferred) although you should know by now, that cameras does not take pictures - you do... :)
- comfy shoes
- notebooks and pens


In order to book your spot,  50% non-refundable deposit is required. This reserves your spot.  Due to the nature of the course and costs involved in planning and execution of an international masterclass, if you need to cancel your attendance after a payment has already been made, you will need to resell your seat, in order to receive a refund.

The remaining 50% is due no later than by May 20, 2023. Failure to pay the remainder of the fee will result in you losing your spot and you will not receive a refund of your deposit.
Should the workshop be cancelled, due to unforeseen circumstances or force majeur, any money paid will be fully refunded.  Travel & accommodation fees will not be refunded.

The cost of the workshop includes two 7-8 hour days, lunch, snacks, coffee and beverages. It does not include travel & accommodation.  Please make your bookings ahead of time, to ensure you have a place to stay. Studio address will be given to booked participants.

Attendees will be allowed to use images taken during the workshop for portfolio use only (website and online). Attendees are not permitted to use images taken at the workshop for commercial purposes. Social media usage is allowed but only to showcase your portfolio. Attendees must credit "Roza Sampolinska Photography" when posting images taken during the workshop.

Images must not be submitted to magazines, exhibitions or competitions without permission. Images must not be used to advertise photo shoots, workshops or products sold by an attendee.

Roza Sampolinska is NOT responsible for any injuries damage to property caused by incidents during the above mentioned workshop.

Any video/audio recording during the workshop is strictly prohibited.


(ends March 15, 2023)

What's included:
2-full day workshop with TONS of hands-on knowledge
2 stunning models
1.5-2hr Post-processing intensive on Day 2
Lunch, beverages and snacks on both days

*Accommodation and flights are not included.

Spots are limited to 15 attendees.

50% DEPOSIT $850

50% REMAINDER $850

Spots are limited!

Are you ready to take your portraiture skills to a new level?


behind the scenes

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Hello. My name is Roza and I am a Boston portrait photographer specializing in portrait, boudoir, headshot and personal branding photography. I make people look beautiful, empowered and professional - one portrait at a time. I am also an educator, teaching my signature portrait lighting to photographers around the world.


the artist


the studio

I invite you to my Studio.

It is located in a historic Trades Mill building in Amesbury, MA, 35 miles north of Boston. This is where all the magic happens and I can't wait to create yours.

My Studio is equipped with all the tools and lights to create timeless portraits for your and your family. I have an extensive wardrobe you can use during your session - gowns, maternity gowns, lace, tulle, flowers, jewelry, and so much more. 

Schedule your studio tour and a free consultation - let's meet and talk about how you would like to be photographed.


Where do i begin? I have been following Roza for couple of years now and since i live in a different state, there was always something in the way that kept me away from attending her workshop. But the day has finally come and i was on the way to San Antonio!

Im a professional wedding photographer with almost no knowledge about anything larger than speedlights. I was always afraid of studio lighting, it seemed so technical and complicated. Until i attended Rozas workshop.

Roza is such a friendly and hospitable person. The moment i walked into her studio i felt i have known her forever! 2 days of our hands on workshop passed like an hour and i could not believe the quality of knowledge i recieved!

Roza has a talent of explaining technical things so easily! She pays attention to all the questions and makes sure they get addressed and explained. The workshop was so much more than just a studio lighting.. Roza introduced us to a beauty of a portraiture world, showed us correct placing of light and shadows along with proper posing and her signature editing method.

I highly recommend this workshop for everyone who wants to take their photography to a next level. Thank you Roza, it was a privellege to learn from such professional as you!

Masha Ray

Genuinely this has been one of the best workshops I’ve attended. I found it insightful and interesting along with the friendliness of instructor which really helped me to understand things.
One cannot take this workshop and come out empty handed. You will be even better and full of new ideas and knowledge!!
 I also gained a resource and long distance friendship that I still stay in touch with and look to see her next work/projects she turns out. Roza you ROCK!!!! 
-Thank You

Tiffany Perez

This was the most practical and inspirational photographic workshop that I've experienced in over 40 years of study. Roza Sampolnska has a teaching style that is respectful and engaging with those who study with her. I was delighted that Rosa's vision of what makes great photographs of people dovetails with my approach to portraiture. I must say that I continue to be favorably impressed with Efrain Cruz's selection of professional photographer teachers, and the evolving growth of Illuminate Workshops offerings.

Robert Couchman

Rebecca Bonner

I can not say enough about the "Between Shadow and Light" workshop I attended last weekend with Roza Sampolinska through Illuminate Workshops. I have taken workshops in the past where I am left feeling overwhelmed or that I learned nothing at all. This was NOT the case with Roza. She shared her techniques and equipment with us and made learning very simple and easy for us. In addition, the atmosphere was relaxed and open, our questions were answered and Roza was always eager to see our images and gently critique us if needed. This workshop was above and beyond what I had hoped for. The investment was worth every penny and I am so excited to begin creating my own work with my new knowledge.

One of the best photography workshops I have taken! Spending two days working alongside the talented Roza Sampolinska was a honor. Not only is she an incredibly talented photographer, her gift for teaching shines through. She provided great instruction and helpful critiques throughout the two day workshop, where the majority of the time was spent "hands on". I came away with great new skills that I am excited to use in my photography.

LeeAnn Mill

Ron Cooper

Roza is not only an outstanding photographer, she’s also an excellent teacher. Her personality, preparation, attention to detail, patience and enthusiasm all contributed to a very productive two days. The models were also excellent – totally professional, patient and easy to work with.”

I took part in the workshop "Between shadow and light-portrait" (twice) and also "Portrait of a mature woman - plus marketing and sales". I love the atmosphere that is at the Róża's workshops. She transfers her knowledge in a simple way, without creating a barrier between the students and herself. She is an incredibly talented person who I admire. At her workshop I learned a lot of important and interesting things, and at the same time I had a great time. I heartily recommend.Roza is so informative and helpful! She made me feel very comfortable during the shoot and made me feel like a movie star. I did not know I had it in me to produce such great pictures! It took less than 2 weeks to see my pictures. During the Reveal & Order Session, I was so overwhelmed! All the pictures came out so nicely and it was a very tough choice to choose which ones I wanted! I did not expect to have such nice photos. Roza informed me about her pricing and how we can work things out. She is very helpful and is there to support! She understands that this is an investment. I recommend going to her for all your photography needs. Her work is exceptional.

Jowita Trzcielinska

I attended Roza's "Shadow and Light" training, and it was truly one of the best experiences I've ever had. Her instruction is clear and delightfully delivered. If you want to learn how to take breathtaking portraits, this class is for you.I am so grateful that I was referred to Roza! I first met her for my glamor portrait session. The results were so amazing we did not have any doubts who should be our wedding photographer. The detail and quality of her work is impeccable! She has left us with such a detailed storybook of our wedding day. I love my pictures - I can't stop looking at them! Thank you Roza for paying so much attention to all of those little things that are so important and meaningful to us! You truly caught the emotions of that day, and I am so excited about that! I will absolutely recommend you to all of my friends!

Lisa jarema

Roza’s class is worth it! We learned lighting, styling, make-up, and posing with models she brought in. There was also time to have open dialogue and we talked about websites, what kind of other equipment everyone liked, and what kind of editing tools were best. She’s patient with her students and her creativity is so inspiring. I love her work and loved being able to learn from her.

Jenny Wilson

So... I admire Roza work many years and many times i tried get this effect on my work. I saw lot of tutorials but still I didn't understand something and I missed something. Actually, I spontaneously went to Roza's workshops and I have to say that it was only at Roza's workshops where I understood how light works and how is easy, quick way to achieve amazing results. OK, is not easy ;-) but if you know how understood light and how it works and you start practising you can create every picture from your imagination.
I have to say one thing more. I was on second Rosa's workshop as well. SHE reveals all its marketing and business secrets! so if you want to learn how to successfully run a photography business, you also have to be at these workshops.
Ok, I have to say second thing more ;-). She don't hide any tricks and secrets. you can ask about everything and I guarantee that she give you proper answer.

Marcin Katarzynski


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