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  • There's a tendency to think that

  • paparazzi are invading people's privacy.

  • Hiding in the bushes,

  • trying to get some scandalous photo.

  • We're just out here, making a living,

  • just like every other person.

  • (indistinct chatter) (cameras flashing)

  • [Paparazzo] Work those legs, girl.

  • Right now, I want to get Victoria Beckham.

  • She comes out just before nine o'clock.

  • Hopefully, we beat her there.

  • It usually takes me only 20, 30 minutes tops

  • to get out the door from, when the second I wake up.

  • So, I live in New Jersey, which is very close to the city.

  • I absolutely love taking the ferry,

  • it's the quickest commute that there is.

  • It's as picturesque a commute as there can be.

  • But at the same time, I'm in my zone.

  • I'm reading all sorts of articles from the day before.

  • So, I went to NYU for photojournalism.

  • One of the assignments that I was given in photo class was

  • go out and take a photo of somebody

  • that you don't know on the street.

  • And I ended up getting a photo of Taylor Swift.

  • And it was printed in People Magazine.

  • So instead of just handing in my homework,

  • I handed the professor a People Magazine.

  • So, I ended up dropping out after my first semester

  • and meeting up withsar and we formed a team.

  • It's been five years now.

  • Five years actually working together.

  • We formed this group, 247 Paps.

  • The mobile office has Wi-Fi.

  • It's our hiding spot, it's our vehicle,

  • it's everything that we need.

  • All of our work is done from there throughout the day.

  • So, right now we're gonna head

  • over to Victoria Beckham's hotel.

  • She's here for Fashion Week.

  • Fashion Week is one of the busiest weeks for us.

  • Hopefully, we make it there in time.

  • I'm running a little bit late.

  • She's been clocked at nine o'clock

  • every morning for the past four days.

  • We got here at 8:45.

  • [Cesar] Yeah.

  • Got everything all ready?

  • [Cesar] I took care of it.

  • Wow.

  • So it looks like she's already out.

  • The other photographers are already editing their photos,

  • which means she's long gone.

  • Yeah, she gone.

  • We have a saying that if it's meant for us,

  • then we're gonna get it,

  • so just brush it off, it's nothing serious.

  • All right.

  • So we're going to The Mercer to check out

  • who is gonna be there.

  • So it's been a few hours, we wanna get on the board.

  • We haven't got any photos yet this morning,

  • so we kind of wanna go the easier route.

  • We wanna sit by a hotel where we know there's people.

  • Kendall Jenner's staying here.

  • Kaia Gerber's staying here.

  • We wanna sit here for a little bit

  • even though there's other photographers,

  • which we usually tend to stay away from.

  • I hate working around these guys.

  • For every photographer that shows up on a scene,

  • the dollar amount gets sliced.

  • They all are trying to get the same exact shot we are.

  • The real ideal situation is to get something

  • that only you get.

  • Kendall Jenner, for example,

  • an exclusive of her can be a few hundred

  • up to maybe $1000.

  • 30 guys, 20 guys there, taking the same photos,

  • it's, you hope to make $50.

  • We're gonna go get some coffee

  • and move on to something that's probably exclusive.

  • So we're driving around

  • and we spotted some other paparazzi

  • that were waiting in front of

  • one of the most popular restaurants, Bar Pitti,

  • so we had an idea that somebody was inside

  • but we weren't sure who.

  • So it could be either Hailey, Gigi Hadid, or Bella Hadid.

  • The other paparazzi were scared off by us showing up.

  • It turns out that it's Kaia Gerber,

  • one of the biggest up and coming models,

  • daughter of Cindy Crawford.

  • [Cesar] Hey Kaia.

  • How you enjoying fashion week, Kaia?

  • Since she's up and coming

  • and she's wearing some great fashion,

  • this could be a couple hundred dollars, solid.

  • So our upload process includes

  • picking which photos I like best, quick crop,

  • depending on the quality of the photo,

  • we can make pennies or we can make five figures.

  • Kendall Jenner will be coming out,

  • I say three minutes, four minutes tops?

  • We got a phone call that Kendall Jenner's car

  • had just pulled up at The Mercer.

  • We're only five blocks away, but in New York City traffic,

  • that can be up to half an hour.

  • You guys might have to go by foot.

  • I guess we're gonna go for it.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Looks like we made it,

  • so here we go.

  • (all shout at Kendall)

  • So we arrived right on time, got the shot.

  • We gotta compete against all the rest of those guys, so.

  • This has gotta go online right away.

  • Who was it?

  • We're different from all the other photographers.

  • We work as a team.

  • They're gonna all follow her, but

  • we gotta send first.

  • And it turns out we beat all the other photographers to publication.

  • We're on a roll now.

  • (all shout at Hailey)

  • So we got a tip from a restaurant

  • that Bella Hadid had just came in.

  • Generally, some of the most popular clients

  • that buy our stuff are the Daily Mail, People.

  • [Cesar] Hey Bella.

  • I'm so happy we caught that stalker, Bella.

  • For real.

  • If you need us anytime, we're out here.

  • Thank you.

  • [Cesar] You're welcome.

  • Today's a good day, today's a good day.

  • We're different from other people

  • because we value the relationship and the longterm.

  • We respect them, they respect us.

  • Being the nice guys goes a long way.

  • Miles, this is me being you, okay?

  • It feels amazing and I understand

  • why you do what you do now,

  • because I have to say, it's quite invigorating.

  • Ready, smile fuckers.

  • Ariana Grande's one of the celebrities

  • that we have worked with from the very beginning,

  • before her career even began in music.

  • We've had some great moments with her.

  • One of the best stories was the day that

  • Rihanna took me to the club for my birthday.

  • [Announcer] But that's not Drake,

  • that's Miles, her favorite paparazzo.

  • Cesar sent her a message

  • letting her know that we were out there

  • and that it was my birthday.

  • So she came downstairs wearing a huge red heart.

  • She gave me a big hug, said happy birthday and said,

  • "I'm gonna meet you over

  • at the club, you're coming with us."

  • we walked inside together and partied for hours.

  • She bought me a very expensive bottle of champaign.

  • Just by being nice, we get some shots

  • that nobody can get.

  • Tiffany, Tiffany, can we get a shot right here?

  • [Paparazzo] Over here, Tiffany.

  • [Miles] Paparazzi is a term that

  • is endearing to me, I think that it describes what we do.

  • People look at paparazzi on the street

  • and they automatically assume

  • negative things about us.

  • We're just out here making a living

  • just like every other person.

  • We don't do anything that's against the law.

  • Most of the people that come to New York

  • are doing press anyway.

  • That's a wrap, man.

  • [Cesar] All right, brother, take care, guys.

  • Pleasure, man.

  • [Interviewer] Can you talk to me about

  • how much money you guys are able to pull in a year?

  • It has to be more specific than six figures?

  • Let's talk about why I'm uncomfortable first.

  • We don't really like to speak about what we make

  • because it, it's different than

  • what other people make in this industry.

  • We've set our goal of trying to make

  • a million dollars a year.

  • And I think it's something that we're

  • gonna achieve very soon.

  • Job well done, completed.

  • Good day.

  • Time we got a little bit of sleep.

  • And then start all over tomorrow.

  • Let's go.

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/04/19
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