Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by LarissaPhotography, Jan 4, 2009.
Have you ever photographed a celebrity? Was it harder to work with them than a regular customer?
Yes, and no (at one time they were my regular customers ).
I did have a couple chances, and was asked not to, so I did not... TWICE in the same day.
I was vacationing at the Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Whitney Houston was my neighbor in the chalet next door, she was #1 and I tripped over Dan Marino on the beach at the same resort later that same day, asked to take his pic, he refused and I obliged.
A couple other "famous" people that slipped away...
I saw Jonathan Winters bitching out a sales lady for selling him a bad video tape at the same resort as above... I did not even ask him for his pic... he was MAD.
While living in Dallas, I bumped into Chuck Norris at a store he frequents... dammit, I had no camera with me at the time, we did have a chuckle, though!
Finally, during the filming of his film "The Art of War" here in Montreal, I almost ran over Wesley Snipes as he was crossing the street in Old Montreal (well not really ran over, but I did hit the brakes harder than normal... lol). I call out "Hey Wesley!" and wave, he comes to the car, asks me if we know each other, I say no, just that I am a fan, he shakes my hand, smiles, we exchange a few more fast words and then he walks on. Great guy!
I loved him in "To Wong Foo...Thanks For Everything." LOL. Seriously, Jerry, you really get around . The only famous person I ever even saw was one of the guitar players for Hootie and the Blowfish (we got on the same plane in Charlotte, NC). I was like, 15, and couldn't stop staring. LOL.
I did a session with John Kay, the lead singer of Steppenwolf.
His wife is a pro photog and she was showing me some natural lighting tricks for portraits.
Then we went fishing, lol.
I've been fortunate in life, in any ways... oh, I also met Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadians while I played in a hockey tournament at the now non-existant Montreal forum. I was 14 at the time.
I also met Bill Gates... it was bad timing on his part, I gave him some major sh!t... lol
We shook hands and he signed a banner for me, still have that somewhere.
I wish my dad had at least a camera there for me that time. Man, a lot of lost chances!
As far as photographing many famous people, I am at 0-0, but I have dealt with many people in my business that are in positions of high power and/or are multi-millionaires. You do not treat them differently than anyone else... with respect, and they respond in kind. If they happen to be in your photostudio, they are there for a service. Deliver to them the SAME level of quality you deliver to all your clients and nothing can go wrong... unless you cannot deliver to their standards... LOL.
I photographed betty crocker and uncle ben
I took a couple of shots in the mirror once... lol
Does it count if i'm a legend in my own mind?
I've missed two opportunities to photo some musical talents, but was a security director for one event and band-level "personal" security at the other. Didn't have a camera with me....
I've photographed Nichlas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Pavel Datsyuk, Hendrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen.....
But it's easy to photograph these guys if you go to Joe Lewis Arena to a hockey game...
Famous in who's mind?
I have photographed tons of Bluegrass Music stars. On-stage, behind stage, out and around the crowd at festivals. But again, I ask, famous in who's mind? Some of the names mentioned earlier are "big" names, but the thing I like about the Bluegrass Music artists is that one minute I'm shooting them on stage, the next behind stage then I'm in the campground at a festival drinking a beer with them.
Yes, John Candy, Patrick Watson, Mother Teresa, John Howard Griffith and some others that I don't recall offhand. They were all quite nice although the "assistants" to the celebs can be a pain. I was photographer, director, and television camera operator in some of the work with these people.
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