Marisa Sundari Reads A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi By Henry Flores
One of the greatest things I did while I was in Hawaii was to ask Marisa Sundari to model for me in Paradise’s Chinatown. We did a fine art photo shoot with low light photography. I had her walk a few times in the middle of the road late at night. It was about 9 PM or 10 PM, I don’t remember. The streets were empty except for the homeless people and a few stragglers who did not mind at all watching this beauty in red strut. After the photo shoot, while I was putting my cameras away, she grabbed my book and sat on this cool fire hydrant. I couldn’t resist and I took my camera out again. I had to do it.
Marisa Sundari Reads A Day In The Life Of The Paparazzi By Henry Flores
Dylan has been wanting to use my remote control car for some time now. The problem was that I couldn’t find the remote control. Eventually, I found it in one of the boxes up in the attic. I wanted to surprise Dylan and I placed it behind my workbench. In the morning, Dylan must have sensed something and found it.
* 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.
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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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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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