Craven was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated
from Indiana University with a major in dance (ballet). She
began her career in the arts as a dance teacher in Indiana and
before moving to Los Angeles, where she became an actress.
Having studied with the renowned Roy London, she worked in movies
television, as well as commercials during her career as an
actress. She had notable parts in such films as "Last Dance",
which starred Sharon Stone, "Dogwatch", which starred
Sam Elliot, and "Just
Write", which starred Sherilyn Fenn and Jeremy Piven,
and was cast in guest roles on television
in "Seinfeld", "Star Trek Voyager", and many
an actress, Mimi observed photographers in their work constantly.
It was not until 1996, however, that she picked up a camera herself
and began taking pictures with a deliberate eye. She immediately
started formal study of the new art at UCLA, and quickly received
her first professional assignments. In the period since then, she
has photographed celebrities, artists and
other public figures, including Quincy Jones, Sharon Stone, the painter
Balthus, and the Dalai Lama.
Her photographs have appeared in the magazines "In
Match", "US", "Movieline" and the "San
Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine". She has shot movie posters for a number of prominent films
from major studios, including "Gloria" and "What Planet Are You From?"
for Sony Pictures, and "Bless This Child" for Paramount. In addition,
her commercial photography has included assignments for such clients
as Seinger Advertising Group, Wisdom Channel, and the designer Elizabeth
developing her career as a commercial photographer, Mimi has
privately photographed subjects of personal interest. Over the
last two and a half years, she traveled around the world to photograph
graveyards and cemeteries. As these photographs of quiet landscapes
and eloquent carvings came together, the idea for a book arose,
and Mimi gave the title "Something
to Hold" to what has now become a completed edition,
with special text written by Sharon Stone. See some sample pages
here. The book is available to purchase on Amazon.