By Glamour Thursday 11 May Paparazzi photographers want to take candid photos of celebrities. They are looking for pictures that are fun, or that tell a story. But despite their bad rep, how much do you really know about the paparazzi? Well, one anonymous woman is here to share the secrets of the celebrity snappers, and it's not what you might think Celebs often orchestrate shoots. I've been thrown out of a hotel for taking pictures, and had to keep my mouth shut about the fact the celebrity had set the whole thing up.
She, obviously, did nothing to stop it. I've watched celebrities being interviewed on TV about my photographs, saying how they 'just want some privacy', after they contacted me to say exactly what time they'd be leaving a specific venue.
Not all celebrities hate the paparazzi. In fact, we have a good relationship with many of them. Some of them party with us, give us lifts, even date us. When I was shooting a celebrity couple wine tasting in Napa Valley, California, they invited me on their tour. They even started trying to set me up with the sommelier! And I once stopped George Clooney from stepping out in front of us a bus. He was very grateful. Paris Hilton once said 'I don't mind the paparazzi, they're my friends.
The days are long. It's not unheard of to start work in one US state and end up in another 10 hours later, with nothing but the clothes on your back and a camera, obv. I was following a celebrity couple once and it became apparent they were driving to Las Vegas. I called my boss who insisted we follow - for five hours.