The Journey

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dates: Coming soon (Fall 2022)

Cost: Tuition: $3900
A deposit of $1000 is due upon registration.

Limited Enrollment: 15 available spaces

Project Puerto Rico 2022

Nonprofit Storytelling

After our company co-founder returned from teaching this workshop in 2018, Jamie was quoted as saying, “This was one of the most profoundly moving workshop experiences we have had in ten years of Momenta.” The nonprofit staff and Momenta photographers worked side-by-side to illustrate the dedication and passion of the people of Puerto Rico for the past two years and this coming workshop is sure to produce equally powerful work. 

Momenta stands with its fellow citizens. As the people of the island continue on their path to recovery from the hurricane, the devastating earthquakes of 2019-2020, and COVID-19, Momenta will be there to document the island’s resilience and take part in the recovery. The nonprofits benefit from your brilliant photos by using them to tell their story to the world and you will learn real-world skills to documenting humanitarian issues.

You can be a force of change in Puerto Rico. On this inspirational workshop, you will be matched with a local nonprofit to create a powerful photo essay about their staff and all their efforts to fulfill their mission. We will have lectures, hands-on instruction, as well as daily one-on-one editing sessions. We will end our week together with a celebratory slideshow of the amazing nonprofits from your projects for the public! Scroll down this page to learn about your instructors, the FAQs, and trip details. 

Please note: In 2019, this workshop was one of our most popular workshop programs. Please place a deposit for your attendance as soon as possible to avoid the wait list.


Your photography skills have never been more needed.

This workshop will inspire, challenge, and motivate you like no other.

  • Work directly with local nonprofit staff and clients to support the recovery efforts
  • Use exceptional gear provided by our Official Camera Sponsor Sony
  • 1-on-1, personalized editing for each student, every day for an hour or more
  • Lectures on inspirational, nonprofit documentary photography 
  • Our public slideshow party wraps up the week in San Juan
  • Lectures on portfolio building, business skills, workflow, marketing, & much more

COVID-19 NOTICE: The safety of our students and staff on the ground is paramount to us and we take it very seriously. With the situation changing so quickly, we want to ensure, when we all gather in person to support the nonprofits who desperately need us, it is the best environment for your learning and creativity as well as safety.

As we prepare for all our workshops in 2021-2022, 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 to the usual safety preparations and PPE we use on our programs, we will also be implementing stringent personal and group hygiene protocols during all 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 you to feel most comfortable with your decision to travel with us.

Be a Force of Change!

The Destination

San Juan is one of the oldest European settlements in the Americas and the capital city of Puerto Rico, an island oft-overlooked but amazingly welcoming for tropical visitors. While Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastating impacts of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes of 2019, and the coronavirus in 2020, officials and experts agree tourism remains vital to support the local economy. Even after all the island has endured, San Juan’s harbor, beaches, and neighborhoods are bursting with color, lush with vegetation, and brimming with welcoming residents. 

At Momenta, we believe in the power of photography as a force of change, and the residents of Puerto Rico need that supportive change right now. More than a million residents of the island remain without access to constant electricity, while other services and infrastructure remain in need. Even still, the people and nonprofits on the island work tirelessly to rebuild their homes in the face of adversity and neglect.

Join Momenta on this unique workshop to participate in the reconstruction efforts and show your support in their time of need. Volunteer your time and skills to document the tremendous hard work and resilience of Puerto Ricans on their long path to recovery. You will be a part of the effort to help our citizens overcome these challenges and move 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.

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

In 2022, 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, economies like Puerto Rico need our support and Momenta remains committed to supporting you as you support the nonprofits on the island.

What To Expect

  • An unparalleled chance to use your photography skills to help the devastated island recover by showcasing its residents’ tireless work

  • You will receive your own nonprofit partner to work with based on your answers to a detailed pre-workshop student questionnaire

  • Momenta will handle all pre-workshop logistics, including setting up each student with their own nonprofit to photograph

  • You keep the copyright to all your photographs. However, 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

  • Your photographs will be part of a collective effort to bring light to the persisting conditions in Puerto Rico as its communities struggle to return to normal 

  • We will provide you with supportive direction and intensive instruction on photo workflow and file management

  • You have the option to participate in nighttime group discussions throughout the week

  • You will receive at least 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 for Project Puerto Rico!

Meet Your Puerto Rico Faculty

Keep checking back as more faculty and guest speakers are added.

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 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

Gabi Pérez-Silver

Documentary photographer Gabi Pérez-Silver was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She lived on the island until she was accepted intoSyracuse University’s prestigious College of Visual and Performing Arts to study photography.

During her first experience living through four seasons, she was inspired her to focus her career on adapting and adjusting to new environments…


…Her first major documentary project on mental illness inspired acclaimed photographer Annie Flanagan, also a Momenta instructor, to become her mentor and editor. Her long term documentary project on her father’s battle with mental illness, entitled Our Mind; A Weapon, was published in Burn Magazine and by Vice Media. Her work impressed David Allen Harvey so much he invited her to New York City where she joined projects with him and other Magnum Photos photographers on their editorial, production, and photographic support teams. Gabi returned to Puerto Rico after the hurricane, committed to documenting her home and its powerful stories. She works in the film industry as a freelance photographer and is currently pursuing a new documentary project on mental health. You can see her work at and on Instagram at

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Workshop Fees Include: daily one-on-one private editing sessions with our instructors and personalized portfolio reviews, workshop learning materials, slideshows and lectures, an opening night dinner, and final night celebration party.

Workshop Fees Do Not Include: international airfare, hotels (available for an additional fee), early arrival or late departure accommodations, visa fees (if applicable), medivac insurance (required), medical or vaccination costs, meals, items such as personal excursions, alcohol, phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.

Have a question about Project Puerto Rico?

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You can also give us a call at 202-688-1448.
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