Rising Lotus Photography | About

Behind The Lens

I created Rising Lotus Photography as a celebration of love, to honor precious moments and to provide extra special care to couples on their wedding day.  My photography 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 and 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.

Capturing Cherished Memories
Photography captures 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 Inspiration

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. Every photograph is artistically processed, edited and retouched to ensure your inner beauty shines.

Your Memories

My goal is to provide you with timeless, creative and natural photography that captures the beauty of your most cherished moments.

Being able to photograph your important wedding is truly an honor. I offer a complimentary consultation so I can customize all my photography collections to meet your desires. I offer digital & print rights to my images, as well as first edition online proofing, a full range of professional prints & products, customized books & handcrafted couture albums. I infuse lifestyle photography with artistry to produce amazing images to be cherished for a lifetime.

Your Happiness

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 photography experience should be an enhancement to your wedding day, adding to the joy.

Giving Back

I believe it is the responsibility of a business owner to give back to the community both financially and with service. Being able to use our art and work to tell the story of resiliency, healing and the amazing organizations at which we support is important. 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. As a company we are passionate about women's empowerment, resiliency building and trauma informed care implementation in non-profits. 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. Recently I became a forever mom for a beautiful rescue horse named Skippy.

-Marilyn Shamblin, Owner and Principal Photographer



  • Rising Lotus Photography is insured and can provide certificates of liability
  • Member of the International Association of Newborn Photographers & Shutter Sisters of Tampa Bay
  • Award Winning Photographer 2015, 2016 and 2017 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 and 2017
  • Member of Working Women of Tampa Bay
  • Member of High Hopes in High Heels
  • Recognized wedding photographer of Reverie Gallery, Black Sheep Bride, Wedding Wire, Waverly Bride, Borrowed and Blue & Wedding.com
  • Published and featured in over 100 wedding publications
  • Published in "Best of 2013 Photography" recognized for best of composition and depth of field, and Bokeh Magazine.
  • Featured artist of the Tampa Bay Lightning with photograph showcased in Amelie Arena.