Momohara grew up near Seattle, Washington and earned her BFA in Photography and her BA in Art History from the University of Washington. She went on to receive her MFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas. She was an Associate Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she headed the photography major through 2013. Momohara lived in Shanghai China working in her studio fulltime until fall 2015. She now is Adjunct Faculty at Miami University.
Momohara has exhibited nationally, most notably at the Light Factory with Artists: Mary Ellen Mark, Sara Moon and others. She has been a visiting artist at several residency programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center and Red Gate Gallery Beijing. She received a 2011 Ohio Arts Council Excellence Grant. This year, her work was included in the Chongqing Photography and Video Biennial.