So you want to become a Paparazzi Photographer One word of advise. For get it!
Artist: Björk Guðmundsdóttir © Kristján Logason
Ok. Ok. I will admit that I loath Paparazzi''s. And I do not use the extension photographer when talking about them. To me they are hunters, voyeurs and peeping toms that have switched the rifle for a camera. It has nothing to do with photography and it has nothing to do with making beautiful images. It is about making money while making other people miserable. And who really wants to do that.
For get about real photography job
You can forget about doing any thing else once you are down that road. Dont think for a moment that the stars are going to think of you once they need a good photographer for their next album. For get about you being able to work one one of those big movie posters or the front page of a big magazine. The stars are on the cover, they know your name ( at least their managers) and you will not be trusted to come near them. It is more likely that if you come near them you will get a punch in the face. I have had plenty of opportunities in life to become a paparazzi. Do you think Björk would have let me take this picture of here if I would have agreed to the offers I had been getting concerning images of here and other famous people that often land in Iceland. Just the day before writing this I was at a bar in small town in Belize. In walks a famous baseball player with his friends. Its Karaoke night and before you know it he is up on stage with a friend of mine singing. So I grab the camera and shoot some images. But that is it. Those images are for me and my friend to enjoy because of the good moment it shoves.
The big question is integrity. What do you want to be known for. Do you want to be known for making good beautiful images or do you want to be known for being the person Angelica Jolie punched in the face. Just remember going down the road of being a Paparazzi is the road of loneliness and loathsome days. Hell your friends wont be able to trust that you wont sell the images of them. You are going out on the edges to make money from sneaking up on people. Its most likely that you will grow old alone. Spat at kicked and punched grumpy old man. Stay healthy, stay cool and stay away from Paparazzi ism.