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."

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coming soon...

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!"

 An Educational Editorial, styled exclusively for you...

Coming october 26-27, 2022

Designed to expand and elevate your portfolio, this educational editorial offers superior styled shoot prospects together with guidance from the professionals behind its creation. Capture visually stunning images over the course of three shoots and receive expert personalized instruction to help you make the most of this unique and exciting opportunity.

Expand your aesthetic with an experience for artists, by artists.

Access to multiple scenes for portfolio enrichment

3 styled editorials by renowned professionals with multiple vignettes

8 total hours of shooting time, in a small group setting

Guided in-person film photography instruction

An inviting atmosphere, enabling your comfort and creativity

Collaboration with our team of professionals

Guest speakers from KEH

Experienced models with professional hair and makeup

Don't worry, we have the answers!

A REAL educational Experience!

Enrich your shooting experience with two full days of an intimate film photography education workshop curated by accomplished and approachable artists. Experience Vizcaya museum and gardens like never before with fresh, editorial-style content to enhance your portfolio and technique for a highly personal experience in a group setting. 

Welcome dinner and lunch (2 days)

A tribute to the glamorous, jet-set snaps that made Instagram possible. A stylish poolside welcome party where style isn’t what you wear but how you wear it. A portal to another place where the sun is shining, the grass resplendent, the pool temperate, and money, well, we don’t talk about that. Slim Aaron's photographs brought back to life for a 21st century audience.

Poolside Welcome Party

october 26th & 27TH, 2022 — miami  — vizcaya

The Details

DESIGNED BY kaleb norman james



Clean backdrops and bold color blocks, this is a reflection
of the Miami that surrounds Vizcaya. The pastels tones, the architecture, and the rainbow skyline of Miami inspire here to create decadent Miami style in the heart of the gardens of Vizcaya. An engagement session as unique as the people who live here.

Engagement in the Gardens



october 26th & 27TH, 2022 — miami  — vizcaya

DESIGNED BY kaleb norman james

The Details

The overarching concept behind this shoot is to showcase a highly stylized wedding that incorporates all the traditional elements of a luxury wedding, curated in such a way to highlight impeccable style and design. The theme for this shoot is the luxury and glamor of the “Gilded Age,” with the backdrop of Vizcaya setting the stage for these components to be on display. 

Vizcaya Wedding Editorial

The Details

DESIGNED BY kaleb norman james



october 26th & 27TH, 2022 — miami  — vizcaya

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 Navarre

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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