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New York, New York

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Tuition: $1750

Limited Enrollment:
15 spaces available

Project NYC 2021

Photographing Nonprofits

Momenta is finally coming to New York City by popular demand (and we really mean that…you folks were really adamant about asking for this workshop location!). We are so pleased to join the amazing nonprofit movement happening in this vibrant metropolis when the city will need our help the most.

New York City has more than 90,000 nonprofits and they need their stories told in order to survive. The city and surrounding areas are simply bursting with nonprofit story potential and they have been working tirelessly this year to support their fellow citizen survive this rough year. 

Your photo story can help support the millions of people who rely on these nonprofit services and help them gain awareness for their incredible efforts. Your photography will document the truly amazing work being done every day in programs such as health care support, homeless outreach, drug addiction outreach and prevention, young artists programs, immigration services, animal rescue, racial equity, and much more. 

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. 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 will end our week together with a huge public slideshow party celebrating 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.

A Project Series workshop will inspire and challenge you like no other.

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

The Program

We invite you to join Momenta on this unique workshop in a city that needs the story of its nonprofit’s strength and resiliency told. As you volunteer your time and skills to document your nonprofit assignment’s tremendous hard work and resilience, you will become a vital part of in helping each and every nonprofit client 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.

Our workshops have increased health, PPE, and safety protocols so you can feel fully comfortable during our small group interactions. As the world begins to reopen, Momenta remains committed to supporting you as you document the nonprofits who are working day and night to recover from the latest series of global crises.

At Momenta, we believe in the power of photography as a force of change. If you’ve never been on a workshop with us before, we recommend you visit our popular 5 Questions With... series of interviews with our alumni here. You will come to learn about the #MomentaFamily and the amazing experiences of those who came before you.

We will focus our work with local nonprofits of varying specialization and scale. You have the option to choose your own nonprofit or have Momenta find one for you. On your daily photo work, attendees are given the task of creating compelling visual or multimedia narrative packages in collaboration with their assigned nonprofit. Our editing instructors and coaches will have daily 1-hour, private sessions with you to guide you as you create your story package. You will find a supportive and inspiring team waiting to help you get to your next skill level on this workshop.

One of the most exciting features of a Momenta Project workshop is the ability to use a loaner camera system from our Official Camera Sponsor, Sony. You will have the opportunity to take out a range of cameras and lens kits for your photo story on this workshop. If you have a Sony already, we likely will have some additional exciting gear you’ve never tried before to use with your own equipment. It’s a great chance to experience documentary photography and multimedia production in a whole new way.

Join us for this once in a lifetime experience and be the force of change that proves the city is indeed #NYCStrong.

What To Expect

  • 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
  • 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 
  • Supportive direction and intensive instruction on photo workflow and file management
  • Option to participate in nighttime group discussions throughout the week such as the ethics and equity of community and documentary coverage, business skills for photographers, and much more. 
  • 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 The Big Apple!

Meet Your NYC Faculty

 Keep watching as more coaches and guest speakers are added!



Lauren Steel

Lauren Steel is a Visuals Consultant for photographers, brands, media, agencies, foundations, and non-profits to craft authentic visual narratives. Previously, she was Director of Photography at Verbatim Photo, a subsidiary of Getty Images that she co-founded in 2016. Lauren was a part of the rebranding and launch of Getty Images Reportage where she started the Emerging Talent program. She was at Getty Images for 15 years.

She has been involved in the photojournalism community for over 20 years working with some of the greatest award-winning photographers in their field. These collaborations have produced exhibits, photo-books, and campaigns worldwide. She has guest lectured at ICP, SVA, and Columbia. Her career started in the editorial world after college when she worked at LIFE magazine as the photo and art assistant. From there she started doing photo research and continued to work on their special book projects including the New York Times Best Seller “One Nation.”

Lauren is based in Brooklyn and one of the elite team members of the Visual Thinking Collective. You can also follow her on Instagram.

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Jamie is co-Founder and COO of Momenta Group, LLC, which owns Momenta Workshops, Momenta Creative, and manages Wildfire Media, a nonprofit dedicated to documentary storytelling. Her early career was spent in the halls of power as a Press Corps photojournalist covering Capitol Hill and the White House, primarily as a long term contract for The New York Times.

Her passion for working with nonprofits led her to documentary coverage of humanitarian and health crisis in Africa, North and South America, and the Middle East…

…Her clients included organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation, The Global Fund, and Physicians for Human Rights among others.

In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations’ Photographers Leadership Award. Her long term photo projects have won acclaim from the Alexia Foundation and The White House News Photographers’ Association for her portfolio of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) health care workers in wartime Northern Uganda.
Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit communications and has been interviewed about the importance of storytelling in nonprofit communications by The Candid Frame, Photo District News (PDN), Around the Lens, Photography Talk, Creative Marketing & Business Podcast, and News Photographer Magazine among others. She has been an invited lecturer on communications for nonprofits at The Foundation Center, Colombia University, Georgetown University, University of Oregon, the Northern Short Course, as well as her alma maters.
Jamie holds degrees in Literature and Communications from American University and Visual Interactive Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She also runs the popular blog, Jamie’s List  which promotes jobs and opportunities for creatives. She lives in the mountains of Oregon with her husband, co-founder of Momenta John Chris Anderson, and their rescue dog, Cody. Please don’t look up her website because it’s woefully out of date and will be redesigned hopefully someday before the next decade. Better yet, visit or

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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 EST 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?
 On this workshop, it is likely not necessary since there are cabs, ride shares, and the Subway. If you want to have a car and if you feel comfortable driving, that’s totally fine but it is not required. If you won’t be driving and are only using public transport, 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 hotels and hostel offerings in the pre-workshop mailings which will help you plan.

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