DC Nonprofit Photography & Biz Skills Workshop

Project DC 2013

Photography as a Force of Change

in collaboration with
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Project DC 2013 in collaboration with Leica Camera | Photography & Multimedia Workshop: Working with Non-profits

Location: Washington, DC
Dates: September, 25 – 29, 2013
Cost: $1650 (Get 10% off if you are a student, current or former military or belong to a due paying professional organization!)
Please contact our office for itinerary and workshop information.

  • Momenta provides each student with a detailed questionnaire. We use this to match each student’s interest with a nonprofit in Washington, DC
  • Each student will get their own nonprofit to work with, based on your answers to the questionnaire and your interests in nonprofit story topics
  • Momenta will do all the pre-workshop logistics for nonprofit assignments.
  • Momenta presents an intensive instruction on Photo Mechanic and photo asset archiving & workflow
  • You receive daily personal portfolio reviews with lead instructor and Momenta staff
  • Nightly slideshows, lectures and group critiques
  • Daily mentoring and story development editing one-on-one with an instructor for at least one hour a day
  • Voluntary multimedia instruction for interested attendees
  • Lectures on narrative storytelling, elements of a photo story and history of documentary photography
  • Lectures on funding a personal project, business skills and working with nonprofits for profit
  • Final slideshow and party hosted by Momenta for all students, nonprofit staff, general public and members of the photographic community


Momenta has been based in the Washington, DC area since our company’s founding and we are so happy to be doing another Project workshop in our backyard. If you have never joined Momenta for a photography or multimedia workshop, this will be a wonderful one to attend!

During your workshop with us, you will not only learn to work directly with a nonprofit on a relevant photo story but you will also receive lectures on business models for making nonprofit photography work for you, how to market your portfolio for nonprofit clients as well as financing a personal project through grant writing and public fund raising.

We choose our nonprofits based on need and we choose to work with small, local, underfunded projects that have a serious necessity for photography. These groups usually have very small budgets and have never had access to a photographer before. They give our students access and in turn the students learn how to work with a nonprofit to get quality imagery for a portfolio piece.

Momenta will offer to connect photographers with nonprofit organizations we have worked with in the past. However, we also encourage more advanced photographers to find their own photo story or charity of their choice. If you’ve never done this before but would like to try, don’t worry! Our team of instructors and staff will guide you every step of the way if you choose to venture down this road.

Every day of the workshop, Momenta staff and instructors with work with you to develop a photo story that is close to your personal vision. We do this through daily editing one-on-one with you and an instructor for about one hour each evening.

A great addition to our curriculum in 2013 is the collaboration of Momenta and Leica during our series of Project workshops. All photographers on this workshop will have the opportunity to borrow and use digital Leica M9s and lenses for use in their photo stories. We will have a special lecture during orientation about the use of Leicas and their great history in documentary photography.

Students are also encouraged to record audio for multimedia presentations and their portfolio. Momenta will have audio gear on hand to borrow. Multimedia instruction and editing will also be available for interested attendees.

On the final day of the workshop, Momenta will host a student slide show presentation for all the organizations who participated in the workshop as well as neighborhood residents, local photographers and journalists and the workshop attendees. The slideshow is truly a moving and emotional experience for everyone involved. It creates a wonderful atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration to conclude our learning experience together!

We hope you can join us for this very special workshop experience in one of America’s most vibrant and exciting cities!

Workshop fees include: one-on-one editing with instructors on a daily basis, personal portfolio reviews, a student handbook, all handouts and workshop materials, daily slideshows and lectures, software and equipment training, an opening night dinner, our final celebration and slideshow party provided by Momenta for the public at our headquarters.

Workshop fees do not include: meals not listed, transportation, hotel accommodations and personal amenities. Momenta does offer suggestions for housing and transportation deals in DC when you register for the program.

Please contact our staff for a trip itinerary and travel arrangement questions.

About your Instructors

Leading this workshop will be Jamie Rose, our Director of Workshops. Jamie has been a documentarian working out of DC for the last decade. Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit photography. She has been interviewed by Photo District News (PDN), News Photographer Magazine and numerous online publications about the importance of nonprofit documentary photography.

In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations’ IPC’s Photographers Leadership Award. She has also won numerous awards and grants for her documentary and nonprofit work from the Alexia Foundation and the prestigious White House News Photographers’ Association Project Grant for her portfolio of African nonprofit work.

Joining Jamie on this workshop is our newest instructor: award-winning Getty Images staff photographer Chip Somodevilla. Chip has worked for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Detroit Free Press before moving to the nation’s capital in 2004. Somodevilla was twice named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year and was named the Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. His work has been honored by the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism competitions.

Chip’s photography has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, Newsweek magazine and many other publications around the world. He is an inspiring, patient and motivating instructor who takes a personal interest in student’s growth. We are so lucky to have him on this amazing workshop!

Learn more about your instructors by visiting Our Instructors page.

For More Information

Please email our staff for further information at info@momentaworkshops.com. You may also reach Director of Workshops Jamie Rose between the hours of 9:00 a.m – 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at our offices at 202.688.1448. Please call or email to set up a weekend or evening appointment.



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