The Journey

Headquarters/Location:
El Paso, Texas

Dates:
October 26-29, ​2021

Cost:
Tuition: $1500

Limited Enrollment:
15 available spaces
10 spaces left

Project El Paso 2021

Photographing Nonprofits

On August 3, 2019, a gunman entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and killed 22 people while injuring 24 others. The events of that day will be burned in the minds of many Americans including those of us at Momenta as we watched the news in horror.

Now the city faces another terrible burden as the COVID-19 impact creates even more strain on the city’s resources. The nonprofit partners are working tirelessly to support their city and, in 2021, they will need us more than ever to help tell their story.

Momenta stands with the citizens of El Paso. Every year, we seek new domestic workshop locations with a thriving nonprofit spirit that needs our support. The decision to choose El Paso was easy. As a border town with incredible diversity, faith, and culture, the nonprofits of El Paso and citizens need their stories told. The documentary projects you create will show the world they are more than just one horrible act of hatred.

You can be a force of change. On this inspirational workshop, you will be paired with a local nonprofit to create a powerful photo essay about their staff and all their efforts to fulfill their mission. The nonprofits benefit from your brilliant photos by using them to tell their story to the world and you will learn real-world skills on documenting humanitarian issues.

You’ll also have a full day of educational lectures, hands-on instruction to help improve your technical skills, as well as daily one-on-one editing sessions. We end our week together with a huge public slideshow party on Friday night to celebrate you and the amazing nonprofits from your projects.

Scroll down this page to learn about your instructors, the FAQs, and trip details. 


Your photography skills can change lives.

This workshop will inspire, challenge, and invigorate your photography like no other.

  • Work directly with local nonprofit staff and clients
  • 1-on-1, personalized editing for each student, every day for an hour or more
  • Use exceptional gear provided by our Official Camera Sponsor Sony
  • Our slideshow party held for the public and media of El Paso will end the week together
Be a Force of Change!

The Program

At Momenta, we believe in the power of photography as a force of change and we know the residents of El Paso need to have their stories told. After facing border tensions, gentrification, immigration issues, and now COVID-19, the people and nonprofits on the city are still working tirelessly to make their growing city as prosperous as ever.

In 2021, our workshops will have increased health, PPE, and safety protocols so you can feel fully comfortable during our small group interactions. As the world begins to reopen, cities like El Paso will need our support more than ever. Momenta remains committed to creating a safe, supportive environment for you to explore your documentary storytelling.

Join Momenta on this unique workshop to document with the devoted volunteers of El Paso. Volunteer your time and skills to document their tremendous hard work and resilience. You will be a part of the effort to help each and every nonprofit on their path to a successful future. You, in turn, will walk away with a successful photo package to use in your portfolio to market yourself to other nonprofits clients and collaborators.

If you’ve never been on a workshop with us before, we recommend you visit the blog series,  5 Questions With…, to read interviews with our alumni here. You will come to learn about the #MomentaFamily and the incredible experiences of those who came before you.

We will focus our work with local NGOs and nonprofits of varying specialization and scale. From musical preservation organizations to community outreach to animal rescue, workshop attendees will be given the task of creating compelling visual or multimedia narrative packages in collaboration with their assigned nonprofit.

This will be a workshop to feed your creativity and your soul. Join us in August to be a force of change!

What To Expect

  • An unparalleled chance to use your photography skills to help local nonprofits thrive
  • Your own nonprofit partner to work with, based on your answers to a detailed pre-workshop student questionnaire
  • Momenta’s management of pre-workshop logistics to find your nonprofit assignments 
  • You keep the copyright to all your photographs; each attendee donates a license to a collection of images to your local nonprofit partner so they can use them to promote the great work they are doing
  • Supportive direction and intensive instruction on photo workflow and file management
  • Option to participate in nighttime group discussions throughout the week
  • One hour per day of 1-on-1, private editing sessions with an instructor to help build your style and skills
  • Orientation lectures guide you on narrative storytelling, elements of a photo story, the importance of documentary photography, & much more

Join Us in El Paso

Meet Your El Paso Faculty

Keep watching as we add more instructors!

Ibarionex Perello

Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, author and podcaster. He is the host and producer of The Candid Frame podcast, which for the past 13 years has featured conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers, including Joel Meyerowitz, Eli Reed, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliot Erwitt, and more.

Ibarionex is also the author or co-author of six books, including Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography Using Available Light and Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow…

His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications and websites including Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, and Popular Photography. You can find his books here, the podcast app for Android or iOS, and his website here.

Jamie Rose Portrait | Jamie Rose Photography Workshops, Jamie Rose Nonprofit Photography Workshops, Jamie Rose Photojournalism Workshops, Jamie Rose Travel Photography Workshops | Momenta | Momenta WorkshopsJamie Rose

Jamie Rose is a co-owner of Momenta Group LLC. She has worked as an international photojournalist on five continents and has been a contract photographer and communication strategist with some of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations.

In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations’ IPC’s Photographers Leadership Award. She has also won awards and grants for her documentary and nonprofit work including from…

…The Alexia Foundation, and the prestigious White House News Photographers’ Association Project Grant for her portfolio of nonprofit work from Africa. Jamie received her Master’s Degree in photojournalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and her bachelor’s degree from American University. She completed her Master’s thesis photographing volunteer health care workers in the West Bank and Israel. This project established her passion for working with nonprofits and covering humanitarian issues, while earning her a place in the prestigious agency team at Aurora Novus.

Her work has been published in National Geographic Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, O Magazine, Rolling Stone, Better Homes and Gardens, Newsweek, TIME Magazine and others. Her nonprofit clients include The Global Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation and Physicians for Human Rights among many other local and domestic organizations. Her photo editing skills were rewarded when she was asked to be the lead photo editor National Geographic’s “American Heroes” book.

Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit photography business development. She has been interviewed twice by Photo District News (PDN), News Photographer Magazine, as well as online publications and podcasts about the importance of nonprofit documentary photography. She has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, American University, Hiram College, Syracuse University, and Columbia University’s Journalism schools about her work with international nonprofits.

Jamie lives in the heart of the mountain in ski country with her husband and their awesome pound puppy, Cody, in Redmond, Oregon. Her personal work can be seen at http://www.jamierose.net

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1. I’m worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Should I wait to register? What if I don’t feel comfortable traveling by then? 

We totally understand! The safety of our students and staff on the ground is paramount to us and we take your decision to travel and learn with us very seriously. With the situation on the ground changing so quickly, we want to ensure, when we all gather in person to support the nonprofits that desperately need us, it is the best environment for learning and creativity as well as safety.

As we prepare for all our workshops in 2021, we will continue to follow city, state, and federal guidelines for safety protocols and working with our advisors to ensure every precaution possible is made. In addition the usual safety preparations and PPE we use on our programs, we will also be implementing stringent personal and group hygiene protocols during all 2021 workshops.

Since our programs are limited to small groups and are first come-first serve, we recommend putting your deposit in for the workshop program to hold your place. If you decide you’d like to transfer to another workshop in the future, we are waiving all transfer fees through January 2022 to allow for you to feel most comfortable with your decision to travel with us. 

2. When should I arrive/depart? What’s the general schedule?
The workshop begins at 10 am MST on Tuesday and concludes at 9 p.m. on Friday night after the final slideshow party. A number of attendees choose to arrive a day or more early to get their bearings and possibly try to meet with their nonprofits to begin photographing before the workshop.

3. How do you pick a nonprofit for me? What if I want a very specific nonprofit?
Each attendee fills out a questionnaire to help our staff learn their interests, experience, and goals. The questionnaire is a very important part of our process at Momenta. Your answers will allow us to get to know you and your goals as well as help find the good match with a nonprofit to help you build your skills.

If you want to find your own nonprofit:
We applaud any photographer who wants to try this process out on their own! We love when photographers choose this option because it helps you find the perfect NPO for you. Plus, you learn even more about working with nonprofits as a client when you are able to research and work with them on being your workshop assignment. We still ask you to fill out the questionnaire anyway and indicate this choice on your form.

If you want to search for your own nonprofit, we are happy to work with you to help you find a nonprofit that suits your goals. This is the best way to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your nonprofit assignment for the week and get a little extra learning out of the process.

We have a template email we give you to send to the nonprofits you are interested in joining for the workshop and we also do a phone meeting to help you get started.

If you want Momenta to assign you to a nonprofit:
That’s cool too! We are totally willing to do this for you. You start by filling out the questionnaire we send you approximately 45 days prior to the workshop.

Once we get all the forms in from the attendees and the nonprofits, we will make the assignments and introductions approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the workshop.

4. Who keeps the copyright to the images?
You do. You made them = you own the copyright. A Photo Release Agreement is sent to all parties to sign via DocuSign confirming you are the copyright holder of the images, you give Momenta and the nonprofit permission to use your images for outreach or educational purposes, etc. More details will come on the pre-workshop emails about this process.

5. Do I need a car?
We do recommend having a car if you feel comfortable driving but it is not required. If you won’t be driving yourself, we ask you to let us know on the questionnaire because we need to take that into consideration when we do the nonprofit assignments.

6. Do you recommend hotels or have a group rate somewhere?
We offer suggestions as we get closer to the workshop. However, we allow each person to find their own accommodations based on their budget. We send registered attendees a list so you can see some of the local local hotels and hostels in the pre-workshop mailings to help you plan.

Have a question about Project El Paso?

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Email our staff and we will get back to you within 48 hours or less.
You can also give us a call at 202-688-1448.

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