MEET THE 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.
My name is Stephanie Taylor and I am the photographer and Owner of
Marilyn Ray Photography!
A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF
I have traveled for photography to Georgia, Indiana, Alabama, Florida, Colorado, Tennessee 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. In 2020, I opened my own studio and love spending time there.
I received the Muscogee moms choice award for "favorite photographer" in 2015 and 2016 . I received the readers choice award for "favorite photographer" in 2018. I was also nominated for "favorite photographer" in 2019. In 2020, I was nominated for "favorite photographer" and won "couples choice" award and this year,2021, I have been nominated for "favorite photographer" and won "couples choice" again. In 2020, My pictures were published in a local magazine SVM for a wedding a photographed. 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!
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.
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!!