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Upstart Productions

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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Since our formation we’ve become one of the foremost production companies in the UK, creating unforgettable media through our video production, photography, and live streaming services. Over the years we have had the chance to work on some incredible campaigns across a huge range of sectors, but we like to think our values remain unchanged: create content that will make a difference.

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27 hires on Bark
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23 March 2021

Promotional Video Production

Upstart Productions were professional from start to finish, an absolute joy to work with Stephen and the final video is just amazing - thank you Stephen for such an enjoyable experience along with your help and guidance. A 5 star business with a 5 star service! More...

21 September 2019

Stephen was awesome at shooting and producing our investment round video for Ember. Super professional gear and such a nice team to work with!

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16 September 2019

Stephen was amazing the entire way through producing our investment round video for Ember. Super professional gear and such a nice team to work with!

30 June 2019

TLDR; Model professional, stunning output & a great guy, would highly recommend.We worked with Stephen & Upstart Photography on our Crowdfunding video in May 2019. Upstart was able to guide us along the way from pre-shoot; offering great insight as to what would work and what wouldn’t in our proposed script, to on-set; running a smooth and efficient process on the day and in post-production; collaborating with us in order to find the best possible option for each scene - going above and beyond across each phase.Couldn’t be more pleased with the output and the work Stephen and Upstart have done to help our company. More...

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8 June 2019

TLDR; Model professional, stunning output & a great guy, would highly recommend.

We worked with Stephen & Upstart Photography on our Crowdfunding video in May 2019.

Upstart was able to guide us along the way from pre-shoot; offering great insight as to what would work and what wouldn’t in our proposed script, to on-set; running a smooth and efficient process on the day and in post-production; collaborating with us in order to find the best possible option for each scene - going above and beyond across each phase.

Couldn’t be more pleased with the output and the work Stephen and Upstart have done to help our company.
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31 March 2019

We’ve used Upstart for headshots, website images and to document events we host. If you're not used to being in front of the camera they're great at giving guidance and making you feel relaxed and enjoy the shoot. Quick turn around time for edits too! More...

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30 May 2018

Excellent service - very professional - I'm never disappointed - highly recommended!

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1 December 2017

General Photography

Amazing service, great pics & video

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1 December 2017

General Photography

Great video & pics! Amazing work

4 June 2017

Upstart Photography were great at our event, Silicon Drinkabout - professional, friendly and inconspicuous.

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4 June 2017

Great photographer! Got photos from event very quickly and Stephen was a pleasure to liaise with before, during and after the event. Faultless, would definitely recommend. More...

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4 June 2017

Very easy to work with, made no interruption to the event, great images, turned around photos very quickly, will be using Stephen again for future events. Many thanks Michelle Norris

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4 June 2017

Very pleased with the service from Upstart Photography from initial contact to final dealings. Would highly recommend.

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30 May 2017

Fantastic professional photography service. They are extremely easy to communicate with and really go above and beyond what you ask of them. Upstart Photography have been taking photos at my monthly startup events for the last 3 months and I can happily say that they have been a major factor in the growth of the event - They really do capture a moment in a photo what no words can do. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for high quality photographer! More...

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30 May 2017

Stephen took some lovely images at one of our events. He really captured everything we required, was a pleasure to work with and we received the images very quickly. Would definitely recommend his services. More...

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30 May 2017

Stephen was simply amazing - he captured a very multidimensional and intense weekend-long tech event with such creativity and dedication. We were all impressed especially when we saw the professional and compelling pictures and the video! He went to great lengths to capture unique angles and moments of genuine expression. The video he made was edited so well, with gorgeous snapshots, interesting visual techniques, great sound bytes, & his interview questions even brought out more meaningful commentary than we expected. He also brought a warmth & presence to the event & got along well with our participants.Our AngelHack team hopes to have him at all our future events in the region! More...

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30 May 2017

Asked for natural shorts of our event and Stephen smashed it. He was on site all day and evening and supplied the photos the next day. Very nice to deal with. Would recommend 10/10 More...

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30 May 2017

Stephen did a great job at our annual client drinks, he captured some great moments without getting in the way which is all you can really ask for when it comes to an events photographer. He really captured the atmosphere of the night and promptly got the photos over to us the next day. We would certainly use him again. More...

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30 May 2017

Stephen and Mia were a dream to work with! They produced some incredible images over a two week shoot timetable, were always approachable and very timely in sending through proofs within 24 hours. Would definitely recommend working with them in future! More...

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30 May 2017

Stephen recently photographed my brother's wedding party. He was a delight to work with from start to finish, engaging with our 450 guests and getting some superb shots throughout. He was accommodating and professional . The results of his work are a lovely set of candid and classic photos that we will treasure! We would definitely use Upstart Photography again. Thanks Stephen! More...

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30 May 2017

Great service, thank you Stephen for helping us out at last minute, The pictures look great and we would definitely recommend anybody to use your services. Professional and very efficient and most importantly a nice person! More...

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28 February 2017

From the moment Bark put me in touch with Upstart Photography I received excellent service from Stephen. He explained his services and kept me informed. I was very pleased with the photos I ordered and have a lovely keepsake of my Birthday party. Would highly recommend. More...

2 February 2017

It was great working with Upstart Photography, thank you Stephen for helping us out at last minute, The pictures look great and we would definitely recommend anybody to use your services. Professional and very efficient and most importantly a nice person! More...

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31 January 2017

General Photography

Very easy to work with, quick to turn around photos and would use Upstart again. Many thanks Michelle Norris

25 October 2016

We hired Stephen on a very short notice as our other photographer could not attend our event. We really appreciated Stephen's flexibility; he took on our project a few hours ahead of the event. He was friendly, had a great rapport with the subjects of the portraits, and produced great results. I would definitely recommend him! More...

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24 October 2016

We hired Stephen to do headshot for our new cohort of students. He was professional and friendly and was able to build rapport with students. The portraits shot he took were great. I highly recommend him. More...

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26 September 2016

General Photography

Stephen was our photographer at my brother's wedding celebration a couple of weeks ago. From start to finish, he was a pleasure to work with. He was accommodating regarding the photography style we were after, he was well-prepared and arrived punctually. Throughout the event he engaged with our guests (all 450 of them!), he was professional, approachable and fun. He produced a fantastic array of photographs that will serve as a wonderful memory of the evening. We would hire him again without hesitating.

Stephen is a delight to work with, if you hire him for your event, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Stephen!
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19 September 2016

Stephen was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. He delivered exactly what we were after and we received the photo's the day of the event which was fantastic. I would recommend Stephen.

1 September 2016

Upstart Photography (Stephen) were quite simply brilliant, from the outset everything was very professional and accommodating. Our work event was an evening boat trip down the Thames it was a very relaxed evening and the weather was fantastic, this made for some excellent shots, Stephen was very prompt on arrival so covered the entire evening from us arriving at the boat to disembarking. On returning back to work the photos were sent via email with a link attached so very easy to look at them on line, I requested 2 CD’s which Stephen was more than happy to supply.
Thanks Stephen!
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26 August 2016

Had a great afternoon with Stephen shooting for some head shots to use on my website and across social media platforms. Got a real good mixture of fun/professional shots and Stephen was very patient and accommodation of outfit changes and requests! Really fun guy to work with too which is important. Great results as well - the pictures he retouched for me look amazing and even the ones without retouches, I'm really happy with. Would highly reccommend More...

26 August 2016

Had a great afternoon with Stephen shooting for some head shots to use on my website and across social media platforms. Got a real good mixture of fun/professional shots and Stephen was very patient and accommodation of outfit changes and requests! Really fun guy to work with too which is important. Great results as well - the pictures he retouched for me look amazing and even the ones without retouches, I'm really happy with. Would highly reccommend :) More...

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15 August 2016

It was a pleasure to have Stephen as our photographer, a very nice chap, the photos and organisation was brilliant couldn't have had any better

28 July 2016

Upstart Photography provided a first class highly professional service.

27 July 2016

Stephen is not only a very gifted photographer but he also really took the time to understand what kind of headshots I needed. His passion for photography and people is evident in the pictures and I must say I've never had that much fun on a shoot. Stephen made me feel comfortable and relaxed, which is so important when having pictures taken! I have already recommended him to many of my acting friends and would always book him again!
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27 July 2016

Founder Stephen Hughes is providing a fantastic platform for anyone and everyone to get access to top quality professional photos. Whether head shots or a personality piece Upstart is really filling a gap in the market and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the photography!
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27 July 2016

Stephen worked as in-house photographer for this years East End Film Festival, capturing the event and the attendees (including international filmmakers and renowned actors such as Andrea Riseborough, Andy Serkis, Rupert Graves, Ellie Kendrick and Jodie Whittaker) throughout the festival's 11 day run. This involved a mix of red carpet arrivals photography, as well as more candid party coverage. The role altogether required a mix of photographic skills, people skills, professionalism, and personal confidence - particularly when dealing with the festival's high-profile guests. Stephen was perfect in every respect. As well as internal East End Film Festival marketing purposes, the festival was able to supply Stephen's images for use by publications ranging from film industry magazine Screen International to local London newspapers - so his work was a truly valuable asset. Of equal importance, Stephen was also a real pleasure to work with. More...

27 July 2016

Fantastic professional photography service. They are extremely easy to communicate with and really go above and beyond what you ask of them.

Upstart Photography have been taking photos at my monthly startup events for the last 3 months and I can happily say that they have been a major factor in the growth of the event - They really do capture a moment in a photo what no words can do. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for high quality photographer!
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27 July 2016

I booked a photo shoot with Upstart Photography to get some decent headshots for work & social media. Stephen was super-diligent and really went the extra mile to get some awesome shots. I'm really pleased with the photos and can wholeheartedly recommend Upstart Photography- especially for headshots, startup businesses, and more. Thank you!! More...

26 July 2016

Stephen is not only a very gifted photographer but he also really took the time to understand what kind of headshots I needed. His passion for photography and people is evident in the pictures and I must say I've never had that much fun on a shoot. Stephen made me feel comfortable and relaxed, which is so important when having pictures taken! I have already recommended him to many of my acting friends and would always book him again! More...

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25 July 2016

I booked a photo shoot with Upstart Photography to get some decent headshots for work & social media. Stephen was super-diligent and really went the extra mile to get some awesome shots. I'm really pleased with the photos and can wholeheartedly recommend Upstart Photography- especially for headshots, startup businesses, and more. Thank you!! More...

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22 July 2016

Stephen worked as in-house photographer for this years East End Film Festival, capturing the event and the attendees (including international filmmakers and renowned actors such as Andrea Riseborough, Andy Serkis, Rupert Graves, Ellie Kendrick and Jodie Whittaker) throughout the festival's 11 day run. This involved a mix of red carpet arrivals photography, as well as more candid party coverage. The role altogether required a mix of photographic skills, people skills, professionalism, and personal confidence - particularly when dealing with the festival's high-profile guests. Stephen was perfect in every respect. As well as internal East End Film Festival marketing purposes, the festival was able to supply Stephen's images for use by publications ranging from film industry magazine Screen International to local London newspapers - so his work was a truly valuable asset. Of equal importance, Stephen was also a real pleasure to work with. More...

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15 July 2016

Founder Stephen Hughes is providing a fantastic platform for anyone and everyone to get access to top quality professional photos. Whether head shots or a personality piece Upstart is really filling a gap in the market and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the photography! More...

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Q&As

I think that most people don't realise that the key to great photos is having a photographer who is really sociable and good with people; you're never going to get good pictures if you can't make someone smile! Cameras make everyone tense up, so as a photographer my first job is making people comfortable so we can create natural images...

From a technical standpoint, the key to any eye-catching photo is an in depth and working understanding of light. Knowing how different sources, angles, and even the position of the sun will come out on camera takes a long time to learn!

- What are you trying to communicate with your video, photography or livestreaming content?
- Will the content be a part of a campaign, press release, launch or specific marketing strategy?
- Do you have a budget in mind?
- What are the deadlines are we working towards?
- Would you need assistance on pre-production?

It's fairly simple for me - I love working with people! Through Upstart Productions I have covered a huge range of interesting and inspiring projects and met and worked with really great people over the years.

Taking the next step and setting up as a business was a huge move, with risks and rewards. Knowing that I would be waking up every day to do something different, whether meeting prospective clients, shooting incredible productions, or editing photos from my favourite coffee shop - that was inspiration enough!

We work with our clients as trusted partners to deliver full-service video or photography production, from consultation and idea creation, through the crucial pre-production stage, all the way to delivery and publishing of the final product. Our team are highly experienced in every facet of video, photography and livestreaming production, combining the latest technology with unsurpassed creativity to produce striking content which generates results.

At Upstart Productions we have created a system for our services to be delivered remotely, from video conference meetings to discuss pre-production to entirely virtual events. We can orientate your production to be completely remote, the following services are listed below:

- Remote video production
- Virtual events and livestreaming
- Remote photography

We are going above and beyond to ensure safe and secure shoots for all of our productions and projects. We have implemented socially distance shoots where appropriate, mandatory face-masks for crew on shoots, equipment sterilization and cleaning after use, and ensuring minimal, safe travel avoiding public transport as much as possible.

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