Uptown Studios is your Sacramento creative team specializing in graphic design, website design, hosting and management, video production, social media training and management, brand development, print management and marketing services. We fix complex problems for our clients through human-centered design processes.

Tina Reynolds
Big Idea Person

Tina Reynolds

Chief Juggler

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”

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OPERATIONS TEAM

Jonathan Simpson

Office Ninja

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 Stauss
Operations Team

Kristen Stauss

Office Alchemist

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 McKinney
Design Team

Mackenzie McKinney

Producerasaurus

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 Primm
Design Team

Kara Primm

Design Dazzler

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.

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Design Team

Noel Riggs

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.

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Ryan Logan
Video Team

Ryan Logan

Video Samurai

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.

Kate Moore
Video Team

Kate Moore

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
Video Team

Brad Johnson

Facilities Guru

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 Rider
Web Team

Laura Rider

Client Whisperer

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

Brent Stromberg
Web Team

Brent Stromberg

Preeminent Web Nerd

Brent joined Uptown Studios in July 2012 with sixteen years of front end web development under his belt. By day, Brent develops code – writing and editing CSS, Sass, PHP, JavaScript, and HTML – makes WordPress template customizations, builds responsive designs, and helps clients with their web questions. He loves that his job allows him to constantly learn new things and go home everyday feeling satisfied. By night, he spends time loving his wife, daughter and new son Owen, woodworking and nerding out on Star Wars (pre-1997, of course).

Mia Lopez
Marketing Team

Mia Lopez

Digital Adventurer

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!

Lizzie Carroll
Marketing Team

Lizzie Carroll

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.

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Marketing Team

Brennan Grout

AD ANGLER

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!