our ambassadors




Team RISE is built up of the most amazing and talented people within our industry, some of them household names. They are a mix of excellent business experts and creatives.

Each ambassador is unique and offers you something different. Every month one of our team will supply you with a video and download. These golden nuggets of information will help to inspire and support you.

You also have access to their personal training programmes, which for anyone at any level wanting to push themselves forward, are worth considering and joining!

Clare Louise

Clare Louise

Creative Leadership Coach

Clare Louise is the soulful creator of Creating Creativity a training and coaching programme for Authentic Creative Leadership. As well as a leadership coach and self confessed spirit junkie, Clare Louise’s creative career has seen her win many awards for her fine art photography.

Her work has taken her all over the world, where she talks on the power of creativity and the mutual journey of personal and creative development. An international judge, mentor, qualifications examiner and respected photographer Clare Louise has worked with global leaders within the photographic industry.

Specialising in empowering women creatives all over the world through 1-2-1 coaching, workshops, retreats and an online creatives space, Clare Louise is passionate and committed to empowering creatives to thrive authentically in their lives, art and businesses.

‘’I believe creativity is our most underutilized asset.”

Julia Boggio

Julia Boggio

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Julia Boggio is a celebrity family photographer. She has won a number of awards for both her business practices and her photography, including the SWPP Children’s Photographer of the Year for 2016 and 2017.

She has been a full-time professional photographer for 15 years, having started in weddings then moved into family portraiture and fine art. She is known for her colourful, quirky style that aims to bring out everyone’s inner superstar. For the past two years, Julia has been invited to judge at WPPI in Las Vegas, one of the biggest shows in the world for the social photography market. Julia is also a regular columnist for Professional Photo magazine.

Melanie East

Melanie East

Melanie East Photography

Melanie East is a multi award winning newborn photographer, leading newborn photography trainer and newborn photography safety expert. She teaches all over the world.

Melanie’s fierce courage, strong business ethics, love for creative art and belief in newborn safety saw her leave a career as a lawyer and craft a successful business doing what she loves – creating art in newborn photography.

Today Melanie is a leading newborn photographer and newborn photography trainer, a published author on the subject of newborn photography, an international print competition judge who mentors and teaches worldwide.

Melanie is passionate about all aspects of newborn photography and in her Art of the Newborn community she loves to see photographers thrive. Melanie provides respectful and constructive critique, business and lighting advice and offers inspiration for newborn photographers all over the world who are ready to build a profitable business doing what they love.

Gary Hughes

Gary Hughes

Hughes Fioretti Photography

As the child of photographer parents, it is ironic that Gary’s professional life included everything but photography until life led him back to the path he was ultimately destined for, photography.

In 2008 he and his wife founded Hughes Fioretti Photography and, in the years since, have grown their business by making a name for themselves as THE place to get headshots in Central Florida. Aside from running a studio in Orlando, FL, Gary is also in demand as a photography educator and travels often, teaching his methods to photographers all over the world. His main focus as an instructor is to empower photographers to create the type of business that sets them free to live the kind of life they want.   

Gary’s work has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and he has been a speaker for Imaging USA, Creative Live, Shutterfest and has written articles on photography for the Professional Photographer, Shutter Magazine and Huffington


Jess Brookes

Jess Brookes

Social Media Expert - Facebook

Jess Brookes is a self-proclaimed ‘marketing nerd,’ Jess has worked with businesses across the globe for the last 15 years to help generate leads, increase revenue and build awareness.

During that time she discovered that (by far) the most effective method to grow her clients’ businesses was with Facebook and Instagram Ads.

Fast forward to 2019, and she now specialises in managing ad strategy and campaigns, as well as coaching and training business owners to empower them to run their own ads. Jess is your go-to expert when it comes to Facebook and Instagram advertising.


Melissa Love

Melissa Love

The Design space

Melissa Love is a specialist brand and web designer for the photography industry. For the past 10 years, she has been working with some of the world’s best known photographers, including Julia Boggio, Anna Hardy, Lisa Devlin and Brett Florens.

She created The Design Space to make beautiful design more affordable and has helped thousands of small creative businesses to build their own website, using her templates and online courses.

She lives in Cornwall and is a keen photographer.

Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson

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Paul Wilkinson is one of the UK’s top portrait photographers, a trainer and judge and is hugely in demand for his distinctive images (and the laughter that goes into creating them!) With a life-long love of photography and a passion for creating beautiful, timeless images, Paul has established himself at the very top of the profession as a people photographer. Paul is a Fellow of the SWPP, the MPA and the BIPP and has won an array of national and international awards for his work and is now a regular judge.

Paul and his wife, Sarah, run an exclusive boutique studio between Oxford & London, offering bespoke photography to clients including scientists, premiership footballers, chiefs of industry and people who simply want to treasure memories. He is the Partner Photographer to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons voted the number 1 hotel in the UK, and they have built a business to match their extremely high level of customer services in all aspects of photography experiences.

He is co-author of the best-selling book Mastering Portrait Photography and shares his skills and experience with other photographers through the free companion site – home of his entertaining and popular Podcast.

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

The Edge Photography

AT JUST 22, Scott cut his teeth working overseas on cruise ships before founding The Edge in 2006. A consummate professional, he loves what he does and lives for a one-off gem of a shot and connecting with the true spirit of the occasion he’s capturing.

He lives in sunny Chelmsford and when he’s not shooting weddings, he spends his days relaxing with his family, keeping fit and “trying to jump to the moon” with his daughter on the trampoline.

Scott is an international judge and a MULTI award winning photographer. He is also one of only nineteen wedding photographers to achieve a Fellowship in wedding photography with the BIPP since 1901.

Scott also holds a Fellowship with the SWPP and, in 2018, was awarded his ‘Master Bar’ with the SWPP.

Scott is one of only 15 official Fuji Film X photographers in the UK.

But more than all of that, he’s a laugh. And you’ll love having him shoot your wedding.

Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson

filmmaker & Trainer

Working as a journalist and filmmaker at the BBC for over twenty years taught Emma one really powerful lesson – no two stories are the same.

Emma’s passion is as a
 storyteller first and foremost – she is the Creative Director of the successful international wedding film company, Story Of Your Day. Her films are about people, places and their stories and as one of Europe’s leading female wedding filmmakers, she is the chosen filmmaker for couples who don’t just want their wedding day filmed but their story told.

Emma says the way she works… discreetly, using natural light and allowing moments unfold as they happen … is a reflection of her purpose, ‘A Woman With A Camera Telling Your Story’

From her studios in a Swiss ski resort, Emma also runs The Story Creatives, a corporate production company.

Emma is also passionate about inspiring, educating and empowering other female filmmakers and runs a Facebook group, the ‘Female Film Creatives’, which she pioneered in 2015.   As a ‘Women Who Photo’ Ambassador and the only female wedding videographer in Europe to be recognised by Canon, she’s frequently invited to talk at workshops around the world and offers one to one training as well as an annual videography retreat in Switzerland.  She was also featured in the renowned US photographer publication, Rangefinder, as one of the main female influencers in the wedding film industry. 
Leveling the playing field as a Female Wedding Filmmaker

Evolve Videography Training

The Story Creatives

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Linkedin Expert and Trainer

Jeff served for over 9 years as a Royal Navy Photographer, a job that came with a great deal of responsibility, as well as photographing several members of the British Royal Family and heads of State.

Just eighteen months after leaving the forces Jeff had a six-figure turnover wedding photography company and a successful commercial photography company. Plus, a separate school photography business with sixty nursery schools on the books. Two years later he formed a Boudoir Makeover company with his Make-up Artist business partner Marissa Bennett, turning over 1,000 boudoir shoots per year.

he was able able to achieve so much in a short space of time, the answer is simple. Marketing.

Today a large proportion of his time is spent delivering FREE tips and advice to over 60,000 followers wordwide, helping fellow photographers in 21 countries build an awesome brand and market their businesses online.

“He still runs his wedding photography business having photographed over 750 weddings to date but will be retiring from wedding photography at the end of 2019. Jeff writes for several industry magazines as well as being a partner in Successful Photography USA, He’s also an Ambassador for Marketing at the British Photography Awards and the Photographers Social Club in the US. He teaches and mentors photographers One 2 One on “My Six Steps to Success Program” as well as heading up The Awesome Photographers Private Facebook Group. If that wasnt enough, Jeff wrote a best-selling book on LinkedIn for Photographers (The Photographers Missing Link-edIn).

Gillian Devine

Gillian Devine

business and mindset mentor

Gillian Devine is a number 1 best selling author in three business categories, and a professional photographer of 15 years.  As the founder of the Rich Tog Academy, providing business and mindset mentoring and training programmes for photographers and creatives, and creator of The Rich Photographers Society community,  Gillian provides inspiration, motivation, and business guidance and training to help photographers in all genres build successful, profitable and sustainable business’s. 
Gillian’s specialism is Brand Photography, and through her signature course The Business of Brand Photography, is helping thousands of other photographers find creative inspiration and business success in this genre.  She regularly flys all over Europe for her Brand Photography clients, providing them with unique and on brand imagery to elevate their online presence and grow their business’s. 
“You can do anything you set your mind to, if you just believe in yourself, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t procrastinate and simply crack on and take action. You can make magic, we all can.” G.D. 



Zoe Hiljemark

Zoe Hiljemark

Photography PR & Marketing Consultant

Zoe Hiljemark is an independent PR and marketing consultant who works exclusively with professional photographers. She has worked in PR and marketing for 16 years and with photographers for the last five of those.

She specialises in helping photographers to harness the power of PR and content marketing to become more visible, build trust and authority, and to attract more of the right calibre clients.

She works with photographers based in the U.K. and further afield, providing bespoke PR and marketing support. Day-to-day, she sources opportunities for her clients to be featured in the media and helps them to create consistent, valuable marketing content that positions them as an expert and builds their photography brand.

She also provides one-off consultancy support and training to photographers who are keen to DIY their PR and marketing, and helps hundreds of photographers in her ‘PR-Savvy Photographers’ community.

Lucy Wheeler

Lucy Wheeler

Legal Consultant

Lucy is a full-time lawyer working in London, but she’s not a stuffy lawyer who uses big words and over-complicates issues. Lucy prides herself on taking legal problems and finding the simplest, most effective solutions. 
Whenever you think about the legal aspects of your business do you start to feel overwhelmed? You know that you need certain legal documents – Privacy Policy, a Contract For Services, a Refund Policy – and there are other issues which you know will come up and you really want to get yourself the right protection – Copyright, Trade Marks, Disclaimers – but where do you start?
Lucy is here to help and desmistify all things legal.

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