The Modern Village Project: An Exploration of Maternal Wellness Across America

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Welcome to The Modern Village Project! This project was born from my heart and I am thrilled to say that, in partnership with Adventure Mamas Initiative, it has finally come to life in 2019!

The Modern Village Project is a community building, visual story-telling project that will focus on the importance of connection and community between mothers across the U.S. I will spend 2019 traveling the country with my family, connecting with other mothers and children, while creating open dialogue about the challenges and necessity of community. We'll create opportunities for connection and adventures in nature, while documenting the birth of new relationships as well as the comfort of old friendships along the way. At the end of the year we will publicly present compelling stories and information that has been gathered along the way, using my skill as a professional photographer to bring these stories to life. Throughout my travels I will be regularly sharing imagery and stories to our viewers right here, in blog format. You will also be able to find images, stories and updates via Adventure Mamas.

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Are you already signed up to participate in an event in 2019? There are limited spots available to receive a 20% discount on a Family Portrait Session or Adventure Session with Michelle Craig Photography, if booked the day after The Modern Village Project event. I will also be offering Mama & Me Mini Sessions during the time that we adventure in nature. All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance to guarantee your spot! If you are interested in booking a limited discounted session, you can either contact me directly to secure your spot, or you can head directly over to my calendar to start the process!

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On a personal note: I am a single mother. I travel around the country in my ‘95 van, Jerry Lee, with my roamschooling 13 year old and our sweet fur baby. My photography is what puts gas in the tank, food on the table, and fills my son’s life with educational adventures. I’ve worked so incredibly hard to get to where we are and I continue to work hard to make this life happen for us. Every session that I book gets us a little farther on the road and will enable me to take the time to create this passion project of mine. If you are looking for a silly, soulful and adventurous photographer for your family or business, I’d be thrilled if you would reach out! Every little bit counts!

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2019 EVENTS

Every scheduled event will start with 60-90 minutes of introductions, open discussion, storytelling and communing within a group of 7-10 women in a child friendly (and welcomed) environment. After each gathering we will head out for a fun outdoor adventure together. Group activities will vary from date to date, but will always be child friendly and will always be planned based around the interest and ability of the group. During our outdoor adventure, I will be photographing everyone specifically for the project to highlight community, friendship and mothers/children in nature. The imagery will be used to accompany the stories and information acquired through questionnaires and gatherings. All Modern Village Project participants must be willing to sign a model release for themselves and their children.  The Modern Village Project is an open, inclusive project and we truly welcome and encourage ALL mothers to participate.

If you can’t make it to one of our scheduled events but would still like to participate, we’d LOVE for you to fill out our questionnaire (coming soon!). The more information we gather, the bigger and better this project becomes and the more information we have to share with you mamas!

*Each event will be updated with more information as we near the date. If you are interested in securing your spot at an event, please click on the location to sign up!

2/16: MOAB, UTAH

2/24: DURANGO, CO

3/16: ST. GEORGE, UT

  • 11am: Meet at Snow Canyon State Park (at the sand dunes) for a gathering and discussion around the importance of community as a mother, and the challenges & successes that we face in our community building efforts. The kids can play in the sand dunes, we can snack, and then we will head out to wander the Jenny Canyon Trail. It’s during this time that I will photograph the group for The Modern Village Project.

  • LIMITED TO 10 MAMAS & THEIR CHILDREN

  • Click HERE to sign up for the event

  • Click HERE to book a limited Mama & Me Mini Session or discounted Family

    Portrait Session

  • Please be sure to sign the photo release and fill out the questionnaire prior to the event

3/31: nEW CUYAMA, CALIFORNIA

  • 12pm: Coffee and Meetup

    Location: TBD (near New Cuyama, CA)

  • Family Friendly Adventure: Directly following the community gathering/discussion, everyone is invited to join me for a mellow, kid-friendly hike. It’s during this time that I will photograph the group for The Modern Village Project. Please bring a packed lunch and/or snacks for a lunch break on the trail.

  • LIMITED TO 10 MAMAS & THEIR CHILDREN

  • Click HERE to sign up for the event

  • Click HERE to book a limited Mama & Me Mini Session or discounted Family

    Portrait Session

  • Please be sure to sign the photo release and fill out the questionnaire prior to the event

4/13: LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA

  • Time & Location TBD

4/20: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Time & Location TBD

4/27: GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

5/11: FRONT RANGE, COLORADO

6/1: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

STAY TUNED FOR MORE DATES TO COME!