The Uptown Studios crew is known for being creative, dedicated and enthusiastic. Started by Tina Reynolds in 1992, Uptown Studios is now at the top of its game with a full team of creative professionals ready to help you change your world. Tina has always led by example with her fiery enthusiasm and eagerness to take challenges head-on.
She promotes a happy, healthy work environment where each team member is valued and encouraged to be involved in community activities and causes they are passionate about.
Tina has been running her own design firm since 1976 and she is the community face of Uptown Studios. She is ready and eager to get your project going, and share her experience that will give you the “big picture” on your campaign or marketing materials. Tina loves the people she gets to work with and is always there to remind you to make it: “EASY, FUN AND POPULAR”
Jonathan Simpson, our Office Ninja, has been with Uptown Studios since early 2000 and has grown our financial management as we have grown. You will be hearing from him about your invoices, contracts and statements. If you have any questions on your bills Jonathan will be your man to help you through any issues. He is here to help us with all things finance. If you ever want to know how Yoda would have said something – just ask Jonathan – he is the knower of all things Yoda.
Kristen has almost 20 years experience in the digital and offset printing world. She has worked every aspect of the print/copy shop atmosphere. Kristen manages all of the pricing, production and delivery of your printed collateral with Uptown Studios to ensure it is delivered on time and looks amazing every time. When not thinking about printed materials, Kristen can be found hanging with her family, Brad, Juli-Ann and baby Austin or lounging with their dog O’Malley. Kristen is also a huge advocate for public transportation and cycling, utilizing them every chance she gets.
Mackenzie uses her years of hands-on experience to manage every design project conducted here at Uptown Studios. A tried and trusted Tina-wrangler, Excel-lover, and to-do list maker, Mackenzie ensures that all our projects remain on time, on budget, and looking sexy. Formally trained in design and broadcast journalism, Mackenzie brings all her writing, producing, designing, event planning, editing, camera, and organizational skills to the table. (When she’s around, we bust out the big table). When her computer isn’t set to “Editing mode,” Mackenzie loves anything she can fit into a dutch oven. She and her husband travel all around Northern California in their 85’ Westy with their two pups, where they take walking food tours all day. Working with her is an absolute pleasure. We are lucky to have her around!
Kara’s enthusiasm for painting and other fine arts brings a personal touch to all of her creations. With a solid art foundation and experience in design, her projects are completed promptly and with elegance. You will get the very best from Kara in print, logos, color, typography, web graphics, and brands with a strong message. Kara’s career has brought her from fashion in Little Rock, Arkansas, to designing for associations in Washington, DC and now to Uptown Studios in Sacramento CA. With these experiences, Kara has grown to love a challenge in any medium. After work, Kara lights her green thumb and tends to her indoor/outdoor plants. These plants are also the subject of her ever-growing body of personal work. When her hands aren’t dirty or covered in paint, Kara and her husband love to travel and plan trips both domestic and abroad.
Queen of the Brands
Noel is relatively new to the Uptown Studios team but an old hand at being awesomely creative. Noel will work closely with you to develop that perfect logo, brand or mark along with all the design elements that you could ever dream of.
Ryan Logan is our in-house video and photography expert and has been working in video production for more than 17 years, specializing in producing, directing, videography, lighting design and post-production. He has had the pleasure of producing and directing hundreds of television commercials for the local businesses in the greater Sacramento region, as well as many national infomercials, TV ad, and marketing video campaigns. Video production has been Ryan’s passion since early in his career and believes there is always more to learn in this ever-changing industry.
Chief Amazement Officer
Kate works closely with the video team and multimedia projects at Uptown Studios. As an experienced broadcast designer, Kate loves to create stunning animated graphics for video and presentations. She works with an award winning team of video professionals to take your video project from concept to completion. Whether it is a 15 second spot for use on Social Media, or full length training videos, Kate will always bring a level of creative knowledge and know-how to your video or animated creations. Check out some of the videos Kate has created here. Kate also loves spending time with her wife and grand children. She enjoys bicycling around Midtown, getting creative with clay and watching baseball.
Brad Johnson works closely with the video team setting up lights and sets and acting as our main grip on all video shoots. He also oversees all aspects of our building and studio maintenance and management. He ensures our space is inviting, always looks clean and amazing, and meets the needs of our clients and team. He enjoys spending time with family and the outdoors. Brad is an avid cycling enthusiast, often riding 50 miles or more in a single ride!
Laura has been in the website design world for over 20 years, almost since it’s inception. When she entered the field, business owners still needed to be convinced that they needed a website. She knew it was an up and coming field and boy was she right! Laura worked for the last seven years as a lead Project Manager at a Silicon Valley based company and before that, she was running her own website design company. This experience gives her a unique and well rounded perspective. Having done it all, from sales, to design and development and of course project managing; Laura is here to help you through the process with an endless amount of patience.
When not working, Laura is a bleeding heart animal lover, enjoys museums, art, vegan cooking, movies, live music and spending time with family and friends
Preeminent Web Nerd
Mia works closely with each of Uptown Studios’ marketing clients, helping them to realize their marketing goals through strategically designed campaigns. Embracing each clients’ one-of-a-kind perspective and expertise, she pulls together ideas and concepts to develop compelling campaigns. Like putting together the pieces of a puzzle, she enjoys the challenge of identifying new and creative ways to achieve client goals. You will see Mia at most of the trainings that she does around town with Tina Reynolds – the dynamic training duo. On the weekends, you can find her exploring California by bicycle or motorcycle, because there’s nothing quite like seeing our great state on two wheels!
Virtual Worlds Analyst
Lizzie is one of our resident social media masters, Lizzie specializes in the making and optimizing of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn ads, content creation, and social media persona conceptualization. Lizzie is our go-to gal when trying to identify new avenues for the engagement of your target audience, researching big ideas, and problem-solving. Her experience as a blogger, copywriter, and her all around bubbly demeanor make her a joy to work with, brainstorm with, and laugh with. As a native to the Sacramento area, Lizzie can tell you about all the hidden color corners in every art shop. You can tell by the sticky-note doodles on her desk that she knows her way around a calligraphy pen.
Brennan is our resident expert at all things Google. He is Google Certified and here to work with your Search Engine Optimization, keywords and all things to get your website onto page one of a Google Search. Brennan is new to the Uptown Studios team and a brand new Dad too – welcome baby Theia!
Kiara is our resident media maven, specializing in digital strategy and social media optimization. Her strengths lie in those critical moments between deadlines, ensuring that every task has been completed, partnership secured, deliverable submitted, and connection made. A Nehemiah Emerging Leader Alum, Kiara has a strong leadership background and get-things-done attitude. Her commitment to community is clearly visible through her work with Sacramento’s historic Oak Park Neighborhood. She also serves on the board of Green Tech Education and Employment and CleanStart. In working with Kiara, you can expect her infectious laughter, detail oriented questions, and sassy comebacks. Always ready to get moving on a project, rest assured that if Kiara is handling it—she probably already finished it days ago.
When Kiara isn’t busy running virtual worlds, she is an avid gardener, farmers market junkie, and dog mom. You can probably spot her big smile on half of Instagram’s #VisitHistoricOakPark photographs.
Kyle joined the Uptown Studios team in early 2019, and was immediately welcomed for his kind personality and enthusiasm for design. With a love of typography, motion graphics, collateral design, and creating brand identity, Kyle designs with a strong ethos for purpose.
He flourishes in creating clean, modern, adaptable designs which help visually communicate ideas big and small. Working with Kyle is always a pleasure, he is happy to get into the nitty gritty details, helping guide our clients through the process of finding a look and feel that best represents their values, mission, and personality. Recently, Kyle has been challenging himself to learn more about UI/UX design, he hopes to begin implementing those new skills into an overall empathetic process he can apply to all projects. While not wading through Adobe Suites, Kyle has been enjoying growing his personal yoga practice, daily meditation, and hanging out with friends.