The paparazzi are an interesting creature. Many people think that they are the scum of Hollywood. Professional stalkers if you will. The people love looking at their pictures, but hate the people who take the pictures themselves. The paparazzi and Hollywood have a love-hate relationship. Both feeding off of each others hatred for one another. And in the Paparazzi’s case, it’s not really their fault. People just love the insight into the famous celebrities and role models that the Paparazzi provide. That candid, raw, real look at extraordinary people. People just hate to realize the lengths (often times moral gray areas) that the Paparazzi have to go to to obtain these pictures.
The Paparazzi have to go to incredible lengths to get the pictures that they do. There are very specific rules and regulations that they have to follow, otherwise they’ll get sued or have to deal with law enforcement. In fact, many big time Paparazzi have part of their budget stashed away for when they enividably run into trouble with the law, get punched in the face, or have their cameras broken. It’s just part of what comes with the job.
Being a paparazzo (paparazzi refers to a group of paparazzo’s) requires hard work, ingenuity, boldness, and a moral gray area. It’s almost like being a private investigator, except you sell your proof instead of being paid before hand to deliver it. Paparazzo’s often times hire private investigators to help them get the word on where their favorite celeb is going to be next. Often times, the game is about finding out where the celebrity will be before your competition does and snagging the photo without causing too much of a ruckus. Actually, that’s basically the entire game is about.
To get this jump on his or her competition, a paparazzo will often times have to employ a rather large (and often times elaborate) network of contacts to gather intelligence, much like the CIA would for an operation. Anyone who comes into contact with the celebrity of choice would be considered an option for intel. Usually, a paparazzo will pay off people employeed at a favorite shopping or dining spot of a celebrity to get information. Doormen and bodyguards are often considered too. The paparazzo do this because celebrities are not dumb and will often take extreme measures to avoid the paparazzi.
Measures like having vehicle decoys, look-a-likes, and false press releases. All just to get rid of the paparazzi. Sometimes celebrities are pretty successful, other times they are not. Well, usually they are not. Celebrities do various things for a living. Sing, act, talk on TV, things like that. Paparazzi take pictures of celebrities for a living, so they’re fairly apt at what they do.
Because the Paparazzi do what they do, Hollywood is the way it is today. Without the paparazzi, literally a dozen magazines, a few TV shows, and a couple movies would not exist. The paparazzi add to the mystique and luxury that celebrities have today.