Image Grove Productions
Image Grove Productions is based in Southern California but provides location scouting and production services anywhere a photographer can have a camera in his hand. Owner Scott Downing has been involved with production projects throughout the United States and internationally for over two decades. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was introduced to the world of still photography and production through his experiences going on shoots with his dad who was an art director mainly on automotive accounts. He went on to earn his Bachelors’ Degree in Photography from Art Center College of Design and has brought that passion and expertise to his career ever since.
Scott is able to enter each project anticipating the contributions and needs that each person and entity brings to a production team. In his location scouting role, he approaches each location as a photographer while discerning the viability of the needs and flexibility requested by the agency and client. His scouting projects have allowed him to build a vast library as well as hone his intuitive skills with locations throughout the world from the diversity California offers to more site specific locales like Paris, New York, Melbourne, Barcelona, Montana, and Colorado to name just a very few.
In the course of production, he understands the demands of projects that are of a “sensitive nature”. His experience allows him to not only find the perfect shoot spot, but compels him to analyze the risks, demands, and logistics from the multi-dimensional perspective of the entire crew/client team. It is because of this understanding and the efforts he pursues, that you will often find his name among the select few that are entrusted with “red code” type campaigns. This security consciousness has been an asset to clients in automotive, fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment shoots.
Scott often embraces the role of casting agent, precision driver on rig shots, second shooter, and CGI capture shooter. Basically, he will not hesitate to jump through whatever hoops it takes to get the job done and ensure the production runs smoothly. His experience, diplomacy, teamwork mentality, and the relationships he has cultivated are often the greatest assets to making things happen that ordinarily might present more of a challenge. Scott’s determination to work as a respectful and cohesive team along with his desire to leave a location “better than when he arrived” are key to the reputation he has nurtured among fellow crew members and clients as well as location and permit authorities. He has built great friendships and trust working closely with photographers such as Michael Rausch, Marcus Sauer, Pascal Malamas, Uli Heckmann, Jim Fets, Willy Von Recklinghausen, Scott Smith, Lowell Tindell, Scott Montgomery, Tim Cole and Chad Ress. Scott has also produced projects in association with Matt Productions and Mark Dickmann Productions.
Scott has been fortunate to be a part of many award winning and notable campaigns with clients that include:
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Ashford University, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Caterpillar Footwear, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chase, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kawasaki, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pirelli, Porsche, Saab, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Vanity Fair, Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, and Yamaha