Paparazzi Living It Up In DC

Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

You wouldn’t think Washington, DC has enough sexy people to merit paparazzi. There isn’t really a big market for shots of Paul Ryan getting his haircut. But the Washington Post tells us that is, in fact, the case:

Yes, Washington now has its own homegrown pack of street photographers, a half-dozen or so who make their living selling photos and videos of visiting celebrities to gossip blogs, Web sites and magazines such as People and Us Weekly.

Local photographers have found they can make a great living hunting the haunts of celebrities that come to town to shoot movies or testify on the Hill. And the bonus is there is a lot less competition than in New York and LA, so photographers can make good money. Colin Drummond, the photographer they profiled, makes six figures — and made $50,000 (and counting) from a shot of a visiting Oprah. (OK, the photo also seemed to prove that she has six toes.)

The photographers who work this beat are more aggressive than the press corps Washington is used to, but so far they have not crossed the line into Britney Spears-type stalking. You’d probably get sent to Guantanamo for that, so it’s best not to push it.

“Everybody knows the rules, and to the extent anybody strays from them, we get them in line pretty quickly,” [Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance W.] Gainer says. “The whole thing you see on television — what goes on in New York and L.A. — may occur on the street, but it’s not an issue up here.”

Source: Washington Post

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5 Responses to “Paparazzi Living It Up In DC”


  1. 1 MF April 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

    What a load of BS! Have you seen what photog’s are getting for their photos these days! 50K for 6 toed Oprah….I think not.
    A friend photographed JFK Jr and Caroline together looking like lovers despite all the rumors the week before they died. He made $150K (and counting) from a real photo not of some Star tabloid – “Oprah’s from Mars” headline BS photo.

    Drummond has no presence on the web; No website and virtually not photo credits to be found on Google. Hmm, makes you think.

    Pap’s in DC – far from it.

    • 2 babydiscarted April 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

      But JFK Jr. is one of the all-time most popular celebrity/tabloid magazine stars ever. He is in a league with only a handful of other people. And a pic from the week before his death – of course it garnered huge bucks, and will continue to for eternity! This article is talking about the everyday bread-and-butter shots of celebrities that usually fetch hundreds and maybe thousands if you’re lucky. This new crop of photographers is not getting huge paydays, but they’re making a decent living – that’s all.

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