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Meet Scott Smith of S1 Drones in Valencia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Smith.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Scott. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I studied Art and Photography though out my school years as I’ve always had interest in those fields. At the age of 21 I was working on TV Commercials, Music Videos and a couple of full movies as a Lighting Tech. In addition to Lighting I also was able to pick up work as a Grip on a few HBO movies, and was also able to do Prop Making on TV Commercials, and TV shows.

Because of my experience and interest with film, I knew I wanted to get behind the camera and tell a story with what I saw the best way I could. I teamed up with a working still photographer as his assistant and lighting person. At the time, we did advertisements for clients needing to advertise in publications, and tear sheets. To further the business, we decided to expand into the Real Estate Market and photograph luxury real estate. Since then I’ve worked from Hawaii to Fisher Island Florida. Majority of the work is based on the West Side. Pasadena, La Canada, and San Marino. The clients I work with expect the best with an eye for detail and quick turnaround. Aerial Photography was good with Helicopters. As Drones took that business, I’ve invested in a couple of top of the line Drones for excellent pictures, as well as Videos. I have since started a new Business called S1 DRONES to further my path in this field of photography.

I am always looking to expand and work every day and night as Twilight shots are very popular for the big agents. I have lights and generators to light the exterior of houses if required for trees, landscaping, etc.

I feel the quality and the experience of the last 15 plus years in photography has kept me alive, and hungry for more jobs. Every Job big or small is different and gratifying to see and hear the compliments of a job well done.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Only Smooth Road is the one leading to a deserved vacation.

One of the struggles of this industry is being undercut with a competitor that is willing to do a job for very little money. As with a lot of things in this world, it is true that you get what you pay for. The Loyal Clients I have, know that, and are happy with the quality, turnaround time, and detail to what the picture captures.

Another issue is work tends to slow during holidays, Real Estate Market, and just basically being dependent upon the client’s needs for your services.

S1 Drones – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
S1 DRONES was started from the need for Aerial Photography to add to the already great interior, and exterior photography that was being provided.

I Shoot Hi Definition pictures and sized for the MLS for Real Estate Agents, as well as all Post Production and able to send out to the client within 24 hours. Post Production includes editing, and sizing the pictures for their intended use.

With the use of the Drones, I pilot, and photograph the properties, or subjects. I also produce 4K Videos and edit all footage with licensed music fitting to the project.

I am proud to be able to do this and provide excellent work knowing my clients will be receiving their project in a timely manner.

I believe that Shooting luxury properties, including A LIST celebrity undisclosed homes, and the many years invested in this field, as well as using the best, and newest equipment, sets S1 DRONES apart from the many others photographers out there.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being published in the Wall Street Journal, many times in the LA Times Hot Properties, and working at Celebrities homes in Los Angeles have definitely been High Lights, as well as the travel to such great places.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 323.541.6138
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Scotts1photo
  • Facebook: @smithphotography2012



Image Credit:
All images provided by S1 Drones

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