education for creatives

I mentor and teach photography workshops because of my innate connection to people.
The most impactful and transformative workshops are those in which you not only learn something of value, but wherein you develop a connection and relationship, one that can support you, not only technically, but personally.
I don’t want to just teach you how to use a camera or how to take quality film photos — I want to support you as you use this camera to create a sensational photography style — one filled with passion and innovation.

Why I teach

Whether you participate in a film workshop or invest in a one-on-one mentorship, you’ll discover new skills and grow, as a photographer and as an individual.

This is education with soul and power, using the study of light and elements of connection to create something breathtaking. I want to look at your resulting images and think, "I wish I had taken that picture." I want to see you go further than I have.

— rudney novaes

"I want to be a part of your story,
and I want you to be a part of mine — to grow together, try creatively intoxicating things and support each other in this ever-evolving path of photography."

Opulence, Meet Structure

april 12th, 2021 — anderson House  — Washington D.C

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designed by Elizabeth gopal East made co 


Join us as we explore Larz Anderson House, a luxurious real-wedding venue overflowing with opulent, European-inspired textures and details. We'll be juxtaposing ornate, French-inspired style with structural, streamlined elements, yielding the ideal aesthetic mix suited for a modern, chic wedding. This editorial will feature two styled vignettes (one bridal, one fashion), lush floral design, a still life/dessert scene, and flatlays. Every detail will appeal to a discerning, luxury clientele, designed to enhance the quality and style of your portfolio.

The overarching concept behind this shoot is to showcase a highly stylized wedding that showcases all the traditional elements included in a wedding, curated in such a way to highlight impeccable style and design. The theme for this shoot is “East Coast Traditionalism” with the backdrop of the Ocean House setting the stage for these components to be on display. 

East Coast Traditionalism

april 27TH, 2021 — OCEAN HOUSE — RHODe ISLAND

The Details

DESIGNED BY kaleb norman james


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The Film Theory Workshop / Video by SOK VISION

Our 2019 workshop class

- Sidney Leigh Photography

"Rudney is a FANTASTIC mentor, and I learned more in one day at his workshop than I have in months on my own. He taught with a hands-on approach and demonstrated film techniques patiently and repeatedly, which helped me as a visual learner. I cannot possibly recommend his workshop or his mentorship enough!"

Katherine Johnson 

Rudney is a wonderful instructor! He’s personable, patient, and ready to help. He really inspired me to start shooting more intentionally and to slow down with my work. At the Film Theory Workshop he made sure we were all comfortable — there were absolutely no stupid questions!! His willingness to continue teaching within the Facebook group even after the conclusion of the workshop has made my journey learning film even easier. 

Oscar piña

After 3 years of being mentored by Rudney, my craft has tremendously improved. He has taught me one-on-one, but also through the amazing Film Theory Workshop. He has empowered me to feel like I can take over the film photography world, something I was afraid to do because it was so unknown. At every wedding, workshop, or styled shoot we have worked, Rudney executes with excellence and performs with passion.

Ica Remo

Rudney is an incredibly patient & kind instructor/educator. While attending his workshop, Rudney was generous in answering our questions, lending his gear & giving us practical tips throughout the day while we were shooting. I was so encouraged by his helpful tips & his kindness in answering every single question we had. Rudney's passion for film & for teaching film photography is infectious & inspiring. I'm so grateful to have attended Rudney's workshop & I can't thank him enough for investing that time into helping me grow as a photographer. 

Thank You Notes from Workshop Attendees

Thank You Notes
from Workshop Attendees


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