News / Arts & Entertainment

A Day in the Life of Hollywood Paparazzi

A Day in the Life of Hollywood Paparazzii
X
December 04, 2013 1:08 AM
Paparazzi are known to camp outside celebrity homes, stalk them while they are at lunch and even fight among themselves, according to some media outlets. Producer Deyane Moses went behind the lens with a celebrity photographer to see what it’s like to shoot photos of the stars.
Deyane Moses
Paparazzi are known to camp outside celebrity homes, stalk them while they are at lunch and even fight among themselves, according to some media outlets.  VOA went behind the lens with a celebrity photographer to see what it’s like to shoot photos of the stars.
 
Millions of people around the world, like Adrianne Ho, cannot get enough of celebrities and their gossip.
 
“It is kind of a nice break from everything.  The stories can be kind of outrageous sometimes; but, they are fun and a little different and just a nice break from everyday life,” says Ho.
 
The photographer who founded the London Entertainment Group, Giles Harrison, says most fans enjoy the photos.
 
“What they do not like is how they perceive you get the photos.  It is a guilty pleasure of everybody in the world,” says Harrison.
 
The public’s insatiable demand for celebrity gossip fuels the London Entertainment Group, a large photo agency based in Los Angeles.
 
“I used to see celebs all the time.  And it never occurred to me that I could make money taking photos of them.  And now I know I can.  I do,” says Harrison.
 
Harrison and his team have to stay alert to spot someone famous. He says he found a way to pursue his dream of journalism and add a bit of excitement to his life.
 
“I have hung out of helicopters.  I have hung out of airplanes.  I have done a lot of crazy things to get a shot,” he recalls.
 
Harrison, who employs more than 30 other paparazzi around the world,
prefers to drive around the city searching for celebrities instead of “doorstepping," a term used to describe watching someone’s home.  Actors, like David Faustino, do not like it either.
 
“They are a necessary evil.  I have been dealing with them since I was a little kid on Married With Children.  But you know I also do not have them chasing me around like say, I do not know, Justin Bieber.  It is all good.  We are in Hollywood,” says Faustino.
 
Competition among the Los Angeles paparazzi is fierce; but after 20 years in the business, Harrison has made some friends.  With some help from his colleagues, he finds his “A-List” celebrity for the day, Brazilian native and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio with her children.
 
Fan Michael Burgeno watches celebrity news online, but he believes it is wrong for the paparazzi to photograph celebrities when they are with their families.
 
“If they are with their family - yes, I think it should be, you know, that line right there, where they should not try to interact with them yet,” says Burgeno.
 
Giles Harrison says he understands, but the public and stars cannot have it both ways.
 
“When you have people like the Kardashians doing photo shoots with their children, and you know selling access to magazines.  Once they open that door you just cannot switch it off,” says Harrison.
 
Depending on the celebrity, paparazzi can earn a few dollars, or occasionally thousands, for a photo.  For Harrison, it is all in a day’s work, when your job is shooting the stars.

You May Like

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Soul Lounge

"Soul Lounge" host Shawna Renee catches up with soul singer and songwriter Russell Taylor to hear what he’s been up to since winning the VH1 "You Oughta Know" title in 2013. She also convinces him to share a few songs from his album "War of Hearts."