I created Rising Lotus Photography & Films as a celebration of love, to honor precious moments and to provide extra special care to couples on their wedding day. Our documentation is timeless, stylized and caters to clients who view photography as an art. I feel truly honored to photograph such amazing moments in peoples' lives.

Something magical happens when I look through my viewfinder, the rest of the world fades away and awe inspiring, authentic images are created. I am passionate about photography & cinematography. Utilizing my art to bring happiness to my clients. I find joy in my work and truly feel blessed to provide unique, artistic and memorable photographs. Photography has the power to heal, transform, define love and lasts for generations.


I wrote a blog Getting to Know Me if you would like to know more about me personally and my journey with photography.


Photography & cinematography capture beautiful, unique and often spiritual moments that truly define our lives. In a fleeting split second the genuine essence of life creates unique memories. A photograph has the power to create a permanent memory becoming part of your legacy and you the masterpiece.


My clients are my inspiration, your story of love and your journey as a couple. I take the time to get to know you as a couple, your personality and what makes you a special couple. Your love inspires the artistic documentation of your wedding day. 


Wedding photography is a celebration of life, and your happiness my highest priority. In addition to offering personable, professional and prompt service to every client, I provide guidance and consultation every step. Your wedding documentation experience should be an enhancement to your wedding day, adding to the joy.


I believe it is the responsibility of a business owner to give back to the community both financially and with service. Rising Lotus Photography works extensively with several charities supporting their programs and events including High Hopes in High Heels, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Brides against Breast Cancer, Center for Hope, PlaySmart, Children's Cancer Center, Miracles Outreach, various schools, families in need and small community support projects. The causes we are most passionate about are human trafficking, women's empowerment, breast cancer, supporting families of terminal illness and at-risk children.

In addition, I volunteer with rescue horses to help rehabilitate, heal and train these beautiful animals whom have been abandoned and abused. The rehabilitation process is long but truly rewarding. Gaining the trust of an abused horse truly provides joy to my heart. I am the forever mom for a beautiful rescue horse named Skippy and rescue doggie named Sugar Plum. 

-Marilyn Bray, Owner and Principal Photographer


  • Rising Lotus Photography is insured and can provide certificates of liability
  • Member of Shutter Sisters of Tampa Bay
  • Award Winning Photographer 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 for Couples Choice from WeddingWire and Editors' Choice from Two Bright Lights
  • Award Winner Most Coveted Photographer 2016
  • Award Winning Professional Photographers Association Excellence in Photography 2016,  2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • International Coastal Wedding Photographer of the Year, 2021 Global Wedding Awards 
  • Recognized wedding photographer of The Knot, Reverie Gallery, Black Sheep Bride, Wedding Wire, Waverly Bride, &
  • Published and featured in over 135 wedding publications internationally
  • Featured artist of the Tampa Bay Lightning with photograph showcased in Amelie Arena.