MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER BEHIND THE CAMERA
A little about ourselves
My name is Stephanie Taylor and I am the photographer for
Marilyn Ray Photography!
Thank you for visiting my website!
A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF
I moved back to Columbus, Georgia from Nashville, Indiana in August, 2017. I lived in Indiana for 2 years and loved being there, but there is nothing better than being back home. I have traveled for photography back and forth from Georgia to Indiana and everywhere in between. I love all things outdoors and nature. I am a big hiker, and kayaker and love the water and breathtaking views. I will be the photographer who gets in a creek bed or who will hike to the top of a peak to get the shot of you in a wedding dress with no questions asked. I feel like my passion for this beautiful life of mine really comes through in the pictures I take.
Right before I moved to Indiana I got the Muscogee moms choice award for favorite photographer in 2015 . I received the readers choice award for favorite photographer in 2018! I was also nominated for "favorite photographer" in 2019. This year I have won "couples choice" award. I Hope next year brings big things as well, as I really work hard to achieve my goals. I love all my clients for helping me receive such amazing awards so far by voting for me!! I truly enjoy this job of mine and am truly blessed by the clients I have had a pleasure of photographing. To new inquiries, Thank you for considering me to be your photographer!
A quick secret people don't know: Marilyn Ray Photography is named after my grandmother. I wanted a name that is unique, elegant, beautiful, graceful, catchy, and would really stand out. My grandmother kept coming to mind. So I grabbed her first name and my daughters middle (who is named after her and my grandfather) and put them together. I am certain the choice I made for the name of this business was pure perfection. It fits me to a "T" and I absolutely do not mind being called Marilyn at all.
I was told almost everyday by my grandmother (who Marilyn Ray Photography is named after) "you can be whoever you want to be. Find your passion, your creative gift, and chase it". So, I grabbed a camera, bought a VW Bus and here I am, doing just that.
Our Wedding Assistant!
Meet Leslie Thornton!
Leslie is the new Assistant for Marilyn Ray Photography. She has a huge passion for photography and is thrilled to be starting this chapter. Our goal for Leslie is for her to eventually become the second photographer for Marilyn Ray and start booking Weddings on her own. If you see her at a session or wedding, make sure you give her a big shout!
WE CHANGED OUR NAME!
In 2019 we changed our name from "Southern Touch Photography" to "Marilyn Ray Photography" (I’m sure you have noticed my “Southern Touch Photography” logo on some of the pictures on the site) due to there being an abundance amount of Southern Touch Photography’s on social media. I am super happy for them and don’t wish to take their joy at all, I just personally, think it wasn't good for us as a growing company to have the same name. I was getting confused with others from different states and my clients couldn’t find me quickly. So a change needed to happen. It was extremely scary but here we are!
Celebrating these wonderful changes within my business!!