Getting To Know Me

February 20, 2015  •  17 Comments

Getting to Know Me

Rising Lotus Photography Owner: Marilyn

Taking readers behind the lens just a little further, I wanted to give you a sneak peek into my life, and the journey that brought me here. First, I am so very grateful for all the amazing people that have supported, challenged, and loved me. As I share with you some pivotal life moments, quirky fun facts, and some of the most cherished moments of my life. I want to be sure to thank all those that were part of the story of my life. Thank you.

My Passion: Since I was little I was always fascinated with photographs. I remember being five years old and sneaking down at six o'clock in the morning at my grandmother's house to see the family albums.  I was captivated by how a photograph could tell a whole story in a single image. Photography has been a part of my life ever since.  My biggest role model, spiritual teacher, photography enthusiast, and the most cherished person in my life is my Mom. I miss her dearly and feel very close to her every time I pick up a camera. She would always tell me I could do anything I set my mind to and supported my search for happiness.


Photograph by Marisca Bris


My First Love: The first time I rode a horse I was nine years old on a family trip. From that moment I became obsessed with riding and learning more about these beautiful animals. As soon as I got my driver's license, I drove 50 minutes to beg for a job at Maybury Riding Stables. I started off cleaning stalls, grooming horses, and helping around the barn. I eventually worked my way up to Senior trail guide, and trained horses that were new to the barn. The first day on the job I broke my toe when it was stepped on by a draft horse named Angel... seriously one of the best days of my teens, broken toe and all.

My love for horses continues and I have became very involved with helping to rehabilitate rescue horses. The past three years I have volunteered to train and take care of these amazing and resiliant animals. I wish I could say I was there to help them but honestly I learn so much about survival, compassion and spirituality from the horses.



Photographs by Gary Kitchen

Empowerment: I dedicated eight years to non-profit work, empowering women and supporting healing. I am so grateful for the amazing people I met during that time and truly am honored for to bear witness to the beautiful transformation of healing from trauma that occurs in peoples lives. I had some amazing experiences in the movement to end violence, including honoring Chief Jane Castor, coordinating transformational events, and leading the project to produce an empowerment CD. I learned the true grace of the butterfly.


Photograph by Rick Lewis

Some tidbits & fun facts:

1. I dislike making left hand turns and will make three right hand turns before I have to make a left.

2. I have been skydiving 7 times.

3. My favorite accessory is cowboy boots.

4. I have been on the news, in newspapers, magazines and radio over 75 times throughout my career - this does not include the over 20 features and publications of my wedding/engagement photography.

5. I may have a slight obsession with baby goat YouTube videos. Wimpy Goat and Goat What What are two of my favorites.

6. I would love to photograph weddings in Switzerland, Ireland, Italy and Australia.

7. I might be known to have popcorn for dinner.

8. When I get excited I have been known to spontaneously break into a happy dance.

9. I was born and raised right outside of Detroit, Michigan.

10. I was a competitive swimmer in grade school and college, traveling throughout the U.S and Canada.

11. I have meditated with Deepak Chopra, listen to Desmond Tutu speak live and swam with sea turtles.



I wanted to give a HUGE shout out to Stephanie Smith, my photography mentor. Her guidance and support has helped me to achieve my dreams and explore my passion. I adore this woman, and from the beginning she has been my cheerleader, always reminding me what is possible.

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn a little more about me. I cannot wait to learn about you and the story of your love.



Robert Smith(non-registered)
Beautiful pictures. I really appreciate these. Thanks
Nicolle E Stevens ( Diraffaele)(non-registered)
Your a beautiful soul who goes out of the way to make other people shine. That is a quality that is few and far in between. Your selfless and it is an amazing opportunity for anyone to have you photograph their special moments. Your talents are exquisite and your personality is like a firework that lights up the sky. Your laugh and smile can bring anyone out of a bad mood and your professionalism is extremely on point. I am honored to call you a friend in my journey called life. You've imprinted on my heart and I strive to help others because of you. Your inspiring and infectious. Thank you for taking time to photograph my family and friends on the most magical day of my life.
Rising Lotus Photography & Films
Lucy, you are pretty amazing too!!!! Hugs.
Rising Lotus Photography & Films
I just adore you Wendy! Thank you so much for your comments and being you. Witnessing your growth has been a pleasure. Keep up the great work!
Rising Lotus Photography & Films
Thank you so very much Bernadett! You are just an amazing woman and an inspiration to me. I am so very grateful I have the opportunity to get to know you and watch you grow. Your VOICE is powerful, you are beautiful and your journey is amazing. Thank you for being in my life.
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