about rise

an exciting new membership organisation




Over the years the industry has changed considerably.  Digital technologies has allowed photography to be more accessible and we have seen more women enter our wonderful and creative world.

Here at RISE we are passionate about creating a community where our female members can learn, develop and grow their businesses, giving women more of a voice within our industry.

The co-founders of RISE are Karen Massey and Fiona Ingvarsson, two formidable women, who want to put something back into the industry they love so much.



Karen Massey, the brainchild behind the idea of RISE, saw an opportunity to change the face of the photography industry.

From first hand experience she could see that women lacked the opportunity to be part of an organisation that had strong core values, where they could come together in a community and share experiences and knowledge and in turn learn from each other. Karen felt it was time to introduce an organisation for like minded professional female photographers.

Karen, who holds two Associateships for Wedding Photography with The British Institute of Professional Photography and The Master Photographers Association, could see this hole in the market and approached her best buddy, Fiona Ingvarsson, to ask if she would come on board with her idea.


As a wedding photographer by trade, Fiona is constantly pushing to improve her photography across all genres and sees the value in developing creativity.

Fiona gained her experience in industry from working towards professional qualifications within The British Institute of Professional Photography and The Societies. As a photographer, Fiona will turn her hand to anything and considers herself a creative.

She holds two Fellowships for her work in Conceptual Portraiture with The BIPP and The Societies, and also has two Associateships in Documentary and Wedding Photography, collecting multiple awards for her work along the way. She is also a qualified judge with The Societies and with BIPP. 

With these two core strengths of business and creativity, they make a formidable partnership. Their passion and vision to build a community where professional female photographers can come together and celebrate their skills and achievements are the fundamental building blocks of RISE.


We welcome you all to this innovative organisation, where we look forward to seeing you reach your personal goals with the support we aim to offer you through respect, inspiration, support and education.
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