Henry Flores – Paparazzo: Our Work Should Be Respected

By Henry Flores, special to HLN
updated 5:21 PM EST, Thu January 03, 2013

 

NEED TO KNOW
  • * Henry Flores is a celebrity photographer and author
  • * He’s taken photos of hundreds of celebrities
  • * He says the job of a paparazzo has gone from a respected profession to an unappreciated one

 

Editor’s note: Henry Flores is a celebrity photographer and co-owner of Buzz Foto. He is also the author of “A Day in the Life of the Paparazzi.” He is onTwitter.

I know first-hand how hard it is to make it in the celebrity photography industry — as a paparazzo — especially with the negative public opinion of us, the miserable pay, and the struggling economy. With the industry saturated with photos and photographers who are not properly trained, it’s no wonder people are desperate for the big money shot. Our colleagues, who passed away earlier this week while trying to snap a picture of Justin Bieber, was one of them. But does that photo exist, and is it worth it?

I used to work full time as a senior design engineer for a research-and-development company when I started taking weekend rides with an experienced paparazzo. After about three months of learning the ropes, I was left to fend for myself. It took about a year for me to finally consider myself experienced. Eventually, I got outsourced from engineering and was forced to become a full-time paparazzo.

Back then, the word “paparazzi” was well-known, but it was never associated with anything negative, because we were invisible and we took pride in never being seen. We hid in our cars and took pictures from a distance. We were the proud few. We wanted to give space to the celebrities, some of whom we even idolized.

As camera technology improved, the number of photographers increased. Eventually, you were fighting 50 other photographers to get one shot of Lindsay Lohan leaving the Ivy Restaurant. With thousands and thousands of photos, the market started to change and the price for these photos eventually decreased. And basic economic principals state that when there is too much supply, the demand goes down.

With too many photographers going “click, click, click” on the shutter, people became more aware of the presence of these pesky paparazzi and the public perception of us became more negative. People idolize celebrities and they think they can do no wrong, but when something bad happens and they need someone to blame, they blame the paparazzi. Sure, paparazzi have gotten blamed in the past, but it’s nothing compared to today. Now we have paparazzi laws and celebrities tweeting about us.

Paparazzi have always been and always will be the scapegoats. But the thing the public often forgets is that we are all people trying to feed our families and pay our bills. They also forget that they are the ones who keep us in business by wanting to know what celebrities are doing.

Unfortunately, a colleague paid the ultimate price for his profession. But if he were a photographer for a respectable news organization, the headline of his death would be different. It would say, “Honoring a journalist for his contributions.” As paparazzi, we, too, deliver news and contribute to a multi-million dollar industry, despite the fact that it is a different type of news.

Personally, I also think that he died for a non-photo (a photo that is not sellable). Yes, in the old days, you could do a distant follow, but today all the professionals are gone and it is just untrained photographers looking to make a quick buck.

Today, most shots are not worth the risks. The elusive money shot is like winning the lottery: It rarely becomes reality.

My experience has taught me about the risks involved in being a paparazzo, but these risks are only worth it if you get the proper training. The industry is already oversaturated with photographers and pictures, but people still want to do this high-stakes job. Most will struggle and only a lucky few will ever see big money.

Paparazzi are people, too, and in death, they need to be honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry as they help chronicle the life of your favorite celebrities. In the end, the sun always comes up and we all need to keep moving forward in order to survive.

 

Source: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/01/03/paparazzi-accident-justin-bieber-henry-flores

 

 



 
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A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi by Henry Flores

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A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi By Henry Flores

A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi By Henry Flores

A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi features a living vicariously approach to depicting the trade of the paparazzo, with self-narrated adventures in every vignette and interspersed photographs that aptly represent the craft. Through them, the author convincingly declares, “I am part of the entertainment industry and without me or without the other paparazzi out there, celebrities wouldn’t be who they are.” Follow the author and photographer, Henry Flores, on his pursuit to get that perfect shot. As he famously states, “Sometimes you only have seconds to react, so you have to always be prepared, because those mere seconds are all you may get to secure a good shot!”

A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi curates shockingly candid, under-produced portraits of larger-than-life personalities like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears into a work of art. The front cover of the book has a picture of Lindsay Lohan surrounded by paparazzi, which he took while she was at the peak of her career. The book begins with a raucous image of Lindsay Lohan leaving Paris Hilton’s house at four o’clock in the morning, and ends with intimate shots of Henry Flores and other celebrities. The pages in between tell the story of celebrity and its business, but not in the slick, censored way stars are usually portrayed. Publicists or Photoshop do not hinder Henry Flores’ photographs. The book contains 120 pages of celebrity photos along with some never before seen photos of the starlets of today and possibly, the icons of tomorrow.

Henry Flores has been featured on ABC World News, NightLine, Extra TV, and many other media productions, including documentaries from Germany, Canada, and the USA. His company, Buzz Foto, LLC, is responsible for having launched the first ever modern day paparazzi gallery show, which was recognized by the LA Times, TMZ.com, and other well known news media.

A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi is published in limited edition quantities using offset printing, featuring Black Saifu Cloth, Silver foil stamping on front and spine, Cover Photo pressed with Tip-On Printing Process. Published by Out of Sight Media, LLC, Los Angeles, 2011. Printed by Toppan of Japan.

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Doritos Epic Baby Battle feat. Dylan Flores – Doritos Crash The Super Bowl

A Mom makes an epic mistake in dropping a Dorito. Two babies, one of them being Dylan Flores, face off with the help of their friends and one of them takes home the gold.

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The Secret Recipe feat. Dylan Flores – Doritos Crash The Super Bowl

Notorious Outlaw, Dylan Flores, breaks into the Doritos Factory and destroys all the documents containing “The Secret Recipe”, of course, only after memorizing it.

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Genetic Roulette – The Gamble Of Our Lives – Movie

I like growing my own food and I am a believer that if GMO food is safe, why not label it. You should be proud to say that you like getting your pesticides. I personally want to have a choice not to get them. It is only fair.

The Genetic Roulette Movie is by far a great movie to watch. Go watch the movie, while it is still available, go to their website to learn more. Free to watch this week only: September 15-22, 2012

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YOLO – I Just Found Out What It Means…

I have been reading this for the past year or so and I’ve always wondered what it meant. I finally gave in and started searching on Google. After some time, I found this horrific story about this young rapper who died minutes later after tweeting the following: “Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #FuckIt YOLO” … You can only imagine how much my curiosity peaked to learned what YOLO means. I must be getting old.

For all you focks, who are like me with no SWAG, that is another word I need to look up, here is the definition:

YOLO – You Only Live Once

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Joshua Bell at Metro Station in Washington DC – Stop and Smell The Roses

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?



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Russian Supermodel, Anna Petrova (Петрова Анна), Models For Henry Flores On A Fine Art Photo Shoot Wearing A Mask – Preview

I haven’t photographed Anna Petrova in a very long time now since she is now living in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. However, between her and I, we did so many photo shoots together that I am still editing some of the photos. Here is one example of the thousands of photos that we did. We got the idea from Flamenco Dancers / Phantom of the Opera. We acquired a mask which gave us the Masquerade look and the rest was history. I miss having a muse like Anna. So, if you think you have what it takes to do thousands of creative photos with me, let me know by signing up to the Model Search Form.
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Anne Hathaway and Fiance Adam Shulman Enjoy a Lazy Sunday at the Farmer’s Market Photos By Henry Flores

I was holding my baby while my wife picked up some fresh organic vegetables from the local vendor at a local farmer’s market when all of a sudden my eyes get drawn to Anne Hathaway and her Fiance Adam Shulman. It was like a magnet attraction and I guess, my spidey senses were going off the charts. I went up to my wife and told her. She quickly takes Dylan and I am off to work. I wasn’t carrying my potato masher (the pro-camera) as I have always said that technology is so good now that anyone can be and essentially is paparazzi. I took out my weapon of choice, my iPhone, and I started doing my thing.

As soon as they went up to a vendor to get a taste sample, I approached from a neighboring vendor and I pointed the little camera lens in their direction. I started to snap away. I was initially worried that the bright light of the sun was going to overpower my shot, but luckily, the iPhone was smart enough to focus on my subject. Every shot was incredible. I walked away and I prepared for the next shot. The cool thing about using a phone is that people think that you are just checking your email or something.

Anne Hathaway and Boyfriend Adam Shulman

A few feet away while at another vendor, I patiently waited. Soon, they were off and heading in my direction. This time, she was holding some oranges. I was able to snap a few more shots before Adam discovers me. He came up to me and we had a lovely conversation while Anne waited in the background. He was actually a gentleman and we chatted for about five minutes about politics and world economics. Eventually we both agreed to go our merry way. I went back to my son and wife and they went off together holding hands. The stress of getting the shot was over and now I could relax. The rest of the farmer’s market was cool, especially when we stumbled upon a harp player named Phillip King (http://universalharp.com). My son was memorized by him and his music.

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The Greatest Joy Is Watching My Son Grow

I cannot believe how fast time flies. Just the other day, my son was born. Now he is on week 46 going on week 47. He is learning how to walk and has gotten balancing himself down pat. One thing is still the same, he loves the camera. He is a natural. The second that I turn on the strobe, he cheers up. I can see it in his eyes. Look for yourself:

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