Photos by JOHN BOBOY SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com
MEET THE HOLLYWOOD PAPARAZZI...
***JUST WHO ARE THEY?
***WHY IS THERE SO MUCH PUBLIC SCORN TOWARDS THEM?
***ARE THEY REALLY AS 'BAD' AS THE CELEBRITIES WANT THE WORLD TO BELIEVE?
***WHY ARE THEY BEING TREATED BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AS ITS 'BASTARD' SIBLING?
***IS IT TRUE THEY MAKE SO MUCH MONEY FROM CELEBRITY PICTURES?


Honestly --- so the public may know --- the answer to the last question above is a big
NO!
While the PAPARAZZO plays a CRUCIAL ROLE in the industry as the PRIMARY SUPPLIER of the PRODUCT
--- by taking the celebrity pictures --- it is the
celebrity photo agencies selling the pictures, the tabloids and Internet
blogs that buy the photos from them who make most of the profit in a
NON-UNION MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR industry tightly
CONTROLLED & MONOPOLIZED by a CARTEL composed of DISHONEST & SHADY celebrity photo agency owners in Hollywood.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
is to put a stop to the INDISCRIMINATE EXPLOITATION of the paparazzo by celebrity photo agency owners by
giving them --- the PAPS --- a FACE and a VOICE so they can FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS and GET PAID ACCORDINGLY
.

ABOUT US
      There's no other group of workers in the world today who are more despised than the paparazzi. In fact, it is true today
as it was in the past that a "prostitute" gets more respect from society than the paparazzi. Why? We don't know. To find out,
we decided to embark on a fact-finding mission---a journey if you will---to seek the truth about this often misunderstood group
of photographers.
So, on Sept. 4, 2007, we launched PaparazziNotebook.com and started documenting the lives and work of
celebrity photographers based in Hollywood, California---the "Entertainment Capital of the World.
"

     By documenting and then presenting these celebrity photographers as they are in real-life and showing the human side of
these EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUALS, we hope we can start the process of slowly eliminating once and
for all the stigma --- the paparazzi's bad reputation --- that has hounded celebrity photographers around the world all these years.
     So, sit back and relax and we'll take you for a ride as we document the Hollywood paparazzi @ work. This site is for them---
and about them.

THE BIRTH OF PAPARAZZINOTEBOOK.COM:

FACT: Ten years ago, there were only a handful of celebrity photographers in Los Angeles. Today, there are more than 400 paparazzo
---representing over a dozen photo agencies---covering Hollywood's top 100 A-List celebrities.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: All photos on this website are copyrighted and protected under the International Copyright Laws. Contact us via
e-mail:
John@PaparazziNotebook.com

ABOUT ME
    My name is John Shinn III. I was burned out as a freelance photojournalist based in Los Angeles for the past
20+ years and
called it quits in January 2007. I had planned to go to Iraq to cover the war until I met a "paparazzo"
who
convinced me that becoming a celebrity photographer here in Hollywood offered a different kind of excitement
and a much safer environment---
than being a combat photographer in a strange and hostile land thousands of miles
from home. CONTACT INFO: john@paparazzinotebook.com

First Person
JULIA ROBERTS: MY FIRST CELEBRITY PICTURES AS A HOLLYWOOD PAPARAZZO

APRIL 4, 2007: Julia Roberts exiting the backdoor of the daycare center in Venice, California with her twins, Hazel and Finn
How I planned to get 'exclusive' photos of Julia Roberts and her twins Hazel and Finn (2007)
TEXT & PHOTO
BY JOHN BOBOY SHINN III
Founder & Editor
PaparazziNotebook.com
© COPYRIGHT 2011

APRIL 4, 2007
    It was the end of March 2007. It's been 7 months now and Julia Roberts---pregnant with her third child with husband Danny Moder---
had not been photographed with her growing belly in the past 7 months. I was given the assignment to cover her with another photo-
grapher who, unfortunately, quit at the end of the first day of our assignment. So I had to work by myself and try to come up with some
type of a plan because I would have to work alone. And, working on Julia Roberts usually required at least two photographers.
Otherwise, it's just a waste of time.
   I had been following and watching JULIA ROBERTS for the past two days as she left her house to drive her twins, Hazel and Finn, to a
private daycare center located in a residential neighborhood about 10 blocks from her house in Venice, Calif. Since Julia was using the
alley behind her house to park her cars---it was always wise to use two photographers to work on her---each positioned on both ends of
the alley because she could drive away on either exits.
   Julia was always accompanied by a bodyguard who was driving a separate car. Julia would drive into an alley behind the house where
the daycare was---and as soon as Julia drives into the alley, the bodyguard would block the entrance to the alley to make sure no photographer will follow her. As soon as Julia and the twins enter the daycare center through a backdoor---the bodyguard would drive around the block and position himself at the other side of the alley to wait for Julia to come out, get into her car then drive off.
  On the second of day of working on Julia and watching her movements, I had a stop watch and timed how long it took her bodyguard
to drive from one end (where she drives into the alley) of the alley to the other side where he would wait for her to come out. It only
took the bodyguard 24 seconds to do that. And, I mentally made a note of that.
   At the end of the second day, I still had no pictures of Julia, but before I headed back home, I went back to the alley behind the day-
care center. From where I positioned my SUV, I got out of my car and sprinted as fast as I could with stop watch in hand---into the alley
up to about half way through the alley where I thought would be the best spot to shoot her. It took me 22 seconds! I tried doing it again---
still 22 seconds. I was ahead of Julia's bodyguard by just 2 seconds!
   Very early the next morning, I drove back to the alley by the daycare and unloaded an empty Budweiser beer box filled with some old
newspapers. I placed the box---which I intended to use to shield myself from Julia and her bodyguard---on the spot where I would position
myself to shoot as there was really no spot for me to hide and not be seen. I also wore a thick jacket since the ground in the alley was
not concreted and had sharp rocks all over.
  I also observed the past two days that I can work by myself if I keep an eye on Julia's bodyguard instead because each time she leaves her house---the bodyguard---who was parked down the street a block away---would drive out just before Julia leaves her house in a car.
  So, on the third day, when I arrived in Julia's neighborhood, I drove around looking for her bodyguard. Sure enough I found him on the
very same spot where he parked the two previous days! So I parked my SUV about five cars behind him. I was quite certain the body-
guard would not suspect anything about my being there. I had drove past him several times two days before and made sure he saw me
to make him think I live in the neighborhood so next time he spots me in my red (of all color!) SUV---I would not raise a red flag at all. How could he even suspect I was watching him and that I'll be following him!
  Just a little after 8 a.m., the bodyguard drove away from his spot. I gave it a few seconds before I also drove out to follow him. Just
as I have anticipated, the bodyguard drove to the other side of the alley by Julia's house to wait for Julia to come out. I did not even wait
for Julia...I drove hurriedly to my position near the alley by the daycare center. After a few minutes---and by this time my heart was pounding so hard and so fast I thought I would pass out---Julia's car came into view. I was shaking with excitement since I have not had the chance to get my first Hollywood celebrity pictures yet.
   As Julia drove into the alley, the bodyguard---just like I observed the two previous days---positioned himself at the entrance of the alley. Five minutes later, the bodyguard took off and as soon as he got out of view, I exited my car with my gear---and sprinted as fast
as my 47-year old body could---into my position half way through the alley. By the time I dove to the ground and positioned myself to shoot---I saw the bodyguard's car come into view in my viewfinder.
   I waited for Julia to come out and when she did I shot about 40+ pictures of her exiting the backdoor of the house. And, by the time they left I was back in car---still panting and out of breath---reviewing the pictures that I just took. it was my first pictures ever of a Hollywood celebrity! I was in heaven!
   I went to buy breakfast at a nearby burrito stand then went back and parked several cars behind Julia's bodyguard's car. At around a little past 3 p.m. I saw Julia's bodyguard leave, so I drove back to the area where I positioned myself earlier that day. I did the same
thing again---sprinted back to my position when the bodyguard drove off to go to the other side of the alley to wait for Julia. This time, Julia came out with the twins---who were wearing some type of indian and cowboy costumes. I got about 50 frames.
   The following day, I repeated what I did and got another two exclusive sets on Julia---arriving with the kids in the morning and leaving when she picked up the twins in the afternoon. The plan I hatched to get Julia's pics with the twins was a big challenge for me as I had
no experience yet as a paparazzo. Besides, anyone who has worked on Julia in that neighborhood knew too well that working there alone
without any partner or backup---is almost useless. You might as well just go home.
  But the two days that I watched Julia's movements gave me the confidence that my plan was going to work. By the way, Julia's pictures that I got for this article were my first ever pictures of a Hollywood celebrity as a paparazzo. And, the most gratifying part of it all was that Julia---nor her bodyguard---did not even know that I was there in the alley taking pictures.
   For me, the best adventures about being a paparazzo here in Hollywood is not who the celebrity is in my pictures---but rather the story behind the pictures....what I did and how I got the celebrity's pictures. And this Julia Roberts story tops them all!

TEXT & PHOTO
By John Boboy Shinn III
© COPYRIGHT 2011

Below is the lay-out of Julia Roberts' former neighborhood in Venice, California

Illustration by JOHN BOBOY SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com                                                                    Map courtesy of BIng Maps
Below is a map of the private daycare neigborhood where Julia Roberts took her twins
Illustration by JOHN BOBOY SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com                                                                 Map courtesy of Google Maps
Below is the route Julia Roberts took to take twins Hazel and Finn to private daycare

Illustration by JOHN BOBOY SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com                                                                    Map courtesy of BIng Maps

HERE ARE THE REST OF MY PICTURES.........
These are the pictures I got of Julia Roberts and her twins Hazel and Finn



APRIL 4, 2007: Julia Roberts exiting the backdoor of the daycare center in Venice, California with her twins, Hazel and Finn






For the pictures above, I decided to wait for Julia this morning from the opposite side of the alley to give my photos a different perspec-
tive. The first five frames I shot was from eye-level then I realized that Julia might see. So, I laid down on the sidewalk on my stomach (like a sniper position) and shot the rest of the set from that level.The bodyguard's car can be seen (partly hidden) in the background. Months later, I spotted the same bodyguard at The Grove in Hollywood and followed him on foot thinking Julia was there. Turns out he was by himself.

THE CHANGING FACE OF THE PAPARAZZI GAME
NEW, SMALLER GEARS WE WANT TO TRY: CANON EOS-M

As our world becomes more digital, today's gadgets are getting smaller. Smaller is better, especially for paparazzi work.
For this test, I traded my Canon EOS 50D and a Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 [pictured left] with a Canon EOS-M with a Canon 70-300 IS lens.
The difference in weight alone [for mobility] is worth the switch---despite the limitations of the EOS-M.
One of these days, we'll get out there and give this new set-up
[pictured right]----a field test...... We even
tried using our Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom cell phone to shoot Valerie Harper having lunch inside a Panda Express
in Santa Monica not too long ago.
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VALERIE HARPER
INSPIRING TO WATCH HER LIVE LIFE & BEAT THE ODDS:

On January 15, 2013, American actress VALERIE HARPER's doctors gave her 6 months to live after she was diagnosed
with a rare form ofbrain cancer. I have covered her several more times since she made the announcement on national TV on March 6.
On this day, June 8, 2013, I followed her discreetly and photographed her running errands in her Santa Monica, Calif. neighborhood.
A little past noontime, Valerie decided to eat at a Panda Express adjacent to a grocery just off Montana Avenue. I was debating whether I should just wait for her outside---by the parking lot---to finish eating and shoot her coming out of the Panda Express. But then I thought maybe I can photograph her with the 13-megapixel camera on my Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone! (MAIN PICTURE).
So, I walked into the Panda Express and bought a soda. I then took a seat from across where she sat to eat. I held my S4 on the table pretending to be texting. I was actually taking her picture while she ate. I know it sounds unethical and intrusive for me to have shot her while she was eating. But, she was supposed to be living the last week of her life and I was there to document that. But in those days that I have photographed her, it was nothing short of inspiring to watch her and how she interacted with strangers on the streets. Valerie displayed the character of a champion...a winner, if you will. She seemed happy and full of life. She acted like she didn't have cancer at all. If you didn't know her and she stopped and talked to you while doing her daily walk---there's no way you can tell that she was supposed to be dying of brain cancer. Watching Valerie beat the odd was very inspiring for me to say the least.
YOU'RE A WINNER, VALERIE, FOR BEATING THE ODDS!
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UPDATE: As of this posting---September 7, 2013---I've learned from the news on TV that Valerie will join the popular TV show,
DANCING WITH THE STARS. I can only wish that Valerie do well and win at the end of the season. GOOD LUCK, VALERIE!
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SOME OF MY VALERIE HARPER PHOTOS:

U.K. DAILY MAIL:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2290409/Valerie-Harper-takes-time-smell-
flowers-prepares-discuss-terminal-brain-cancer-The-Doctors.html


TMZ:
http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/11/valerie-harper-brail-cancer-photos-today-show-terminal/
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KEEPING TABS ON CELEBRITIES & THEIR VEHICLES
JENNIFER ANISTON

When Jennifer Aniston was still living in that Bluejay Way home, working there offered a spectacular view of downtown Los
Angeles. The small and winding road from her home and coming down on Doheny Drive to Sunset Boulevard
was an exciting experience in itself. CHECK MY PICTURES OF JENNIFER HERE....
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THE BECKHAMS INVADE L.A. [JULY 2007]
THE BECKHAMS FIRST OUTING AS A FAMILY IN THE U.S.

When David Beckham and his family moved to Los Angeles in July of 2007---after he signed a 5-year deal to play with the L.A. Galaxy---the Hollywood paparazzi went on a media frenzy....I shot this picture on July 14, 2007, the day the Beckhams went out in public as a family for the first time in America. Note that the Beckhams brought with them their own bodyguards from the UK...On this day, four of the bodyguards [circled in red] accompanied them to a Toys R Us store in Culver City, Calif. to make sure FANS---and the paps---didn't get too close to the couple and their three boys. All in all, I counted 26 paparazzi-driven cars following the Beckhams that day!
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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
FILMING HIS HOLLYWOOD COMEBACK MOVIE, 'TEN' IN L.A.

Taking pictures of former California governor ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER while he filmed his Hollywood comeback movie, "TEN" was
a challenge since he has signed into law an "anti-paparazzi bill" while in office. On this day, I was with two other colleagues from another celeb photo agency---and we tried our best to stay a good distance from the TERMINATOR himself. When Arnold's security---and film production people---spotted us shooting from across the street...they did their best to make sure we DO NOT get our shots. So, I went
over and talked to Arnold's security to let him know that there were only three of us paps (photographers) working on the TEN set that morning. I also promised the security guy that we will be shooting from across the street and that's the closest we'll get to Arnold.
It seemed to have worked because afterwards they didn't seem too obssessed in trying to shield Arnold from us!


PAPARAZZI TOUR OF L.A. FOR GERMAN TEEN MAGAZINE
PAPARAZZINOTEBOOK.COM 'ON ASSIGNMENT'


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PARIS HILTON


AL PACINO
'THE GREATEST ACTOR OF ALL TIME'

I usually don't go out and shoot on Mondays. I hate Mondays---and Fridays. But on this Monday (July 22, 2013) I
decided to visit the set of AL PACINO's latest movie, "IMAGINE" filming in L.A. As a teenager growing up in the Philippines,
me and my friends were huge fans of Mister Pacino (my favorites:  DOG DAY AFTERNOON & THE GODFATHER) that we
would ditch class to go watch his latest movie. So, on this Monday upon arriving on the movie set I talked to the usual
people in-charged---police officer, location manager and the film offic rep---and asked their permission to take pictures
from across the street while Mister Pacino was filming. I shot about a dozen frames. But before I could get one good shot
of Mister Pacino that is worth keeping and framing, I was asked to leave the area by the usual "overzealous" production people.
That's OK. At least I saw MY IDOL in person....To me AL PACINO is the greatest actor of all time......



DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK:
From the set of 'Imagine'

Our "DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK" this week beats our previous one by a mile.
Today, I went to the set of IMAGINE in Pasadena, California.
When I got there I talked to the Pasadena police officer on the set who told me it was OK for me to shoot from across
the street from the home where great actor AL PACINO was filming his latest movie, "IMAGINE." Even the set "location manager"
BILL McLELLAN told me it was OK with him so long as I stay on a public sidewalk and away from the camera when they film.
Pasadena Film Office also gave me the greenlight to shoot across the street---since I know ARIEL PENN, who heads the
Pasadena Film Office, as I had donated some of my movie set pics for their archives in the past. YET, DESPITE all the OKs I
got from the right people----there's always a DOUCHEBAG who would try to give me a hard time or try to cover my shots---
like this guy did----even though Mr. Pacino saw me taking his picture and said nothing!
SO, THERE YOU ARE FOLKS.....MEET OUR "DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK".........
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PICTURED: Our DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK with Mr. AL PACINO in the background....
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From my e-mailBOX
JULY 19, 2013
Dear John,
Hi, my name is Shoko Ando from Japanese TV production company in San Francisco. We are assisting Japanese
TV show that introduce interesting jobs, stores and businesses in the U.S.

For the next segment, we would like to focus on the "paparazzi" job in Los Angeles. I saw your website (http://paparazzinotebook.com/PN_main_page.html) and wondering if we could get your help on our filming as an advisor, and interview you for our show.

We are planning to send a crew on August. If you could let me know your schedule between 8/5-8/18, that will be great.
We will try to schedule our filming according to your schedule.

Thank you so much and looking forward to hear back form you.

Sincerely,
Shoko Ando
Duo Creative Communications, Inc.
870 Market Street Suite 1224
San Francisco, CA 94102

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JULY 15, 2013
Hi Mr. Shinn,
My name is Tommy Owen. I'm the Show Director for the nationally syndicated morning show THE BERT SHOW. We're
based in Atlanta. We're on 12 stations and growing. In addition to Atlanta, you can hear THE BERT SHOW in Washington,
D.C., Nashville, Indianapolis and more.

I'm reaching out to you because our show would like to connect with a professional paparazzi like you. I discovered you
through your website PaparazziNotebook.com.

Here's what we're looking for:

The Bert Show is looking for a professional paparazzi to rep the pap community regularly on our show. For instance,
this week we'd love to hear what you have to say about the one pap who was seen all over social media screaming to
Suri Cruise that she's a brat. Or we'd love to get your comments when a pap gets run over by a celebrity, etc.

We can do it all anonymously. Or if you want additional attention for your website, we can give you recognition.

Please let me know what we need to do to make this happen. Feel free to call me at the number below or email me back.
I'd love to get you on this week asap.

Thank you,
Tommy Owen
tommy@thebertshow.com

PARIS HILTON'S ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY
Malibu Beach House Party

Photos © 2013 by John BOBOY Shinn III/paparazzinotebook.com



TOUGHER CALIFORNIA LAWS AGAINST HOLLYWOOD PAPS


DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK: LA VERGA!
From the set of 'Veronica Mars'

Of all the "DOUCHEBAGS OF THE WEEK" we have featured here, so far.....this fellow from the set of "VERONICA MARS" wins hands down. Imagine this DOUCHEBAG went out of his way to cover the trailer of KRISTEN BELL at basecamp last Wednesday, June 19
here in L.A. after he spotted a few of our colleagues on the 4th street bridge by the L.A. river.
It turns out this fellow----whoever he is----was flirting with some big-boob chick from production.
And, we have the pictures to prove it! No wonder this DOUCHE did what he did....he was trying to impress Miss BIG BOOBS!
CHECK OUT MISTER DOUCHE FLIRTING WITH MISS BIG BOOBS HERE.
LA VERGA INDEED!

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Jennifer Love Hewitt: Pregnant At Last!
 
MARCH 2009
Former "GHOST WHISPERER" star JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT, 34, announced today that she's three months pregnant. The father of the
baby is no other than her co-star BRIAN HALLISAY, 34, in her new TV series "THE CLIENT LIST." I have covered her extensively in
the past when she lived in Toluca Lake near Burbank, Calif. Good luck to the happy couple.
MORE PHOTOS HERE FROM THE JFXONLINE.COM BLOG....
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NOTE: The photos below were taken in March of 2009 when Jennifer filmed an episode of
GHOST WHISPERER where she became pregnant.
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Elle Fannning filming 'Low Down' in Los Angeles
05/29/2013
Fifteen year old American actress ELLE FANNING appear to levitate off the ground on the set of the movie "Low Down"
currently filming on location in Los Angeles. On this day, Elle seemed to be in a playful mood as
she sprinted to her trailer after shooting a scene inside the Linda Vista Hospital in Boyle Heights in L.A.


MYSTERY SOLVED.....
Gerard Butler filming 'The But' for Funnyordie.com: 'THERE'S A CAMERA OVER THERE!'
03/20/2013
I was driving around Los Feliz in the early morning of March 20----in the company of two Swedish journalists who were
doing an interview with me for ICON magazine---when we spotted Gerard Butler filming in the premises of a popular
restaurant. I had no idea what he was shooting and assumed it was a skit for the Jimmy Kimmel show where he was going to
guest that evening to promote his "OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN" movie which was opening worldwide in two days time.
TODAY, I found out that Gerard was filming  a skit for funnyordie.com.
CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:
GERARD BUTLER'S FUNNY OR DIE VIDEO

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The story behind the picture
JOHN'S NOTE: A photographer and a reporter for ICON magazine from Sweden were riding along with me that morning. Discreetly, I parked across the street and started taking pictures of Gerard Butler without getting off my car. After shooting several frames, the
ICON photographer got out and started taking my picture---taking Gerard Butler's picture! Gerard saw the photographer and on the
next take they did---Gerard pointed at me and that's when I took this picture.......since Gerard was far...I can only imagine him saying.."there's a paparazzoover there!" when he pointed at me....
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Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans on the set of 'Captain America: Winter Soldier'
04/29/2013
SCARLETT JOHANSSON and CHRIS EVANS were spotted on the set of Captain America: Winter Soldier filming on location in Los Angeles.
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More of my pics of my on set photos below:
http://collider.com/captain-america-2-winter-soldier-images/#more-251894



Mad Men's Jon Ham & his dog Cora go for a walk...
04/13/2013
Jon Hamm of hit TV show "Mad Men" walking his dog Cora in his Los Angeles neighborhood today.

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Ben McKenzie on the set of TV pilot, 'The Advocates' [April 8, 2013]



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BILLY RAY CYRUS: Mister Achy Breaky Heart

Photo by JOHN SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com

Who would walk his dogs 2x times a day? Well, BILLY RAY CYRUS, dad of MILEY CYRUS---does!













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PAPARAZZI NOTEBOOK: January Jones  GUILTY of  'lying' to LAPD traffic investigators










Hollywood Paps giving Brit celebrities coming to Los Angeles the 'Hollywood Treatment'

Photo by JOHN L. SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com
PAP OF THE WEEK: Jason Mitchell

RACHEL BILSON & MOM  VIEW MY SHOT FROM MY SPOT....CLICK HERE   JASON MITCHELL IN ACTION....CLICK HERE


DOUCHEBAG ENCOUNTERS       VIEW MY PHOTOS OF RACHEL....CLICK HERE
DOUCHEBAG refers to an individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intelligence, behaving ridiculously in front of other people---in public---with no sense of how moronic he appears.


LEONARDO DICAPRIO: On the set of 'Inception'


RACHEL BILSON & FRIENDS


KATHERINE HEIGL CAUSES 'PAPARAZZI FRENZY' ON ROBERTSON BLVD.


Who Has The Filthiest Celebrity Garage?  Find Out!   CLICK HERE   or    CLICK HERE      
MOVIE SET SECURITY WATCH: ALEX

Photos by JOHN L. SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com
JUNE 29, 2009: Nap Time During Down Time...Chow Down During Chow Time...
    I first met him on the set of Naomi Watts' movie, "Mother and Child" when they were shooting in Pasadena several months back. Alex,
as he introduced himself to me, tried his best tricks-of-the-trade (as a movie set security guard) to kick me out of a Burger King parking
lot which was adjacent to the base camp. He got really pissed when I told him I already had the permission of the manager to
park in the
Burger King premises since I bought lunch there.
     I saw him again, on June 9, when I went to the set of "Iron Man 2" in Downey, Calif. I would not have noticed him if he wasn't sleeping
on the job (image 2). I stopped at the entrance of the Downey
Studios and noticed a security guard seated on a folding chair. I got out of
my car and started taking pictures expecting the guard
to approach me soon enough to drive me away. As I was shooting, the guard did
not move. I then realized that he was asleep!
    As
I started to leave, the security guard woke up, stood up and our eyes met. "Alex!" I cried! "I didn't know that was you, man," I said.
"So sorry, man!" I yelled sarcastically at him as I drove off. After he recognized me, I could tell that he was really pissed now. We saw him again, on June 29, this time he was on the downtown L.A. set of "Bone Deep," a crime/action flick starring Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen and Chris Brown.
     In the span of three hours, we watched Alex nap (again!) (see image 1) and work as he raided
the catering truck three times! Before
we headed home on this day, we made sure we drove by where Alex was posted so he can
see us....."Alex!" I screamed at him. "Hey!"
he yelled at us as we put on the brakes to stop and talk to him. After exchanging
pleasantries, we bade him goodbye. He was a lot friend-
lier this time. But before I could step on the gas pedal, Alex jokingly said:
"I think you guys are now following me wherever movie set I
work on." 
     Despite his shortcomings, (sleeping on the job) Alex is an "asset" to his company---and the production staff love him 'cause he's everywhere at any given time. We also watched Alex assume
the role of a producer, director, chief security, location manager, bodyguard
and all-around ladies man in all the three movie sets
where we saw him.

GISELE BUNDCHEN: TALL AND TAN AND YOUNG AND LOVELY--THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA

Photo by JOHN L. SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com
JUNE 27, 2009: Brazilian Model Gisele Bundchen lunch at Little Dom's in Los Feliz


Video Screen Grabs from HOLLYWOOD.TV
JUNE 25, 2009: Still unidentified 'pap' who got Michael Jackson's ONLY pic inside the ambulance
After only two years working as a Hollywood paparazzo, I have come to know many of the estimated 200+ celebrity photographers who
work in L.A.'s 30-mile zone. But the identity of the 'pap' above (encircled in yellow) who got the only picture of Michael Jackson inside
the ambulance while he was being transported to UCLA Medical Center last Thursday, June 25, where Jackson died an hour later---
remains a complete mystery to us since I do not recognize the photographer. But, nevertheless, we're happy that one of ours got the
shot and how much will he make out his pictures? Estimates range from $50,000 to $150,000 assuming the lucky pap gets his universal
60% commission as a "freelancer." The biggest winner, of course, is his agency, National Photo Group. We only hope our lucky pap does
not get screwed by NPG the way NPG's founders, Ben and Victor, got screwed up by their agency with their March 2007 Britney-shaving-
her-head pictures. We'll just have to wait and see if that happens. "Ben (NPG owner) knows how it feels to be cheated by your agency,
that's why he's been really upfront with our sales reports," an NPG photographer once told me while we were working in the Toluca
Lake area. Congrats to our lucky fellow shooter!    CLICK HERE TO VIEW HIS  PICTURE

LOS ANGELES LAKERS: 2009 NBA CHAMPIONS


DOUCHEBAG @ 'The Backup Plan' Set of Jennifer Lopez Shooting in Pasadena, California

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 JUNE 15, 2009: Who the hell is this 'Douchebag' on the set of JLo's 'Back Up Plan?'
We don't know who the hell this Douche Bag (above) is on the set of Jennifer Lopez's new movie "Back Up Plan" now filming on location
in Pasadena, Calif. Whoever he is we commend him for doing such a great job trying to make sure we didn't trespass an inch on the
Elks Lodge parking lot where the TBP base camp and set were located. He kept himself busy all day ratting us out to the Pasadena
police officer who was assigned to the set. I shot this photo just to show our readers how delighted and happy Douche Bag was when
JLo was driven to set from her trailer in a tint-out Escalade---not giving us even the slimmest chance of taking JLo's picture. And
the set was just across from the same parking lot of Elks Lodge! We now suspect it must haved been Douche Bag's idea all along!
He did a good job that's why we're featuring him as our "DOUCHE BAG OF THE WEEK" just in case someone from the production
company stumbles upon this site and recognize our "Douche Bag Of The Week."

BOXING CHAMP MANNY PACQUIAO


LOOKING BACK: BRITNEY SPEARS, JANUARY 31, 2008

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MEGAN FOX

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Megan Fox Entertainment Weekly Photo Shoot, May 26, 2009         EW PHOTOSHOOT        VIDEO CLIP

PaparazziNotebook.com EXCLUSIVE!

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MAY 23, 2009: Massive 'Iron Man 2' Movie Set Construction at Sepulveda Dam in L.A.
The night before, May 22, I received a tip that motorists driving on the 101 Ventura Freeway in Encino, Calif. have been mystified by
a huge construction project at the Sepulveda Dam which was visible from the freeway. Reports indicated that dozens of 40-foot contai-
ner vans were stacked five stories high at the site. The reports also added that a sign that says "Rasputin" was visible at the entrance
to the dam. I know "Rasputin" to the code name for "Iron Man 2." Why? Because that's how I found out about the location of the first
day of filming of "Iron Man 2" in Pasadena, Calif. last April 6 (CLICK HERE to see my photos taken that day). The following morning I
drove to the area, but could not find any access to get in. Security was very tight to keep off outsiders. Even under normal times the
area is still "off-limits" to civilians The dam was built in 1941 and is under the care and maintenance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers. But I got some pics, anyway, which can be viewed by clicking HERE or HERE.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW PANORAMIC SHOT

PRESENTING: PAPS ON BROADWAY...TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE....

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APRIL 2, 2009: Guess What Nate Jones of PCN Was Thinkin' While Doing This Mid-Air Split?
One of the few paps I like to work with on a story is Nate Jones, above, of Pacific Coast News. His enthusiasm is very infectious and
his youthful energy is often the envy of aging photographers like me. On this day, the cast and crew of Amy Poehler's new TV show,
"Parks & Recreation" had just taken a lunch break while filming at the Pasadena City Hall in Pasadena, Calif. As we started to get
ready to leave, Nate jumped in front of me thrusting his cameras with huge lenses up in the air. I asked him to repeat what he just
did and Nate gladly obliged as I took this shot. On his right hand he's holding a Canon Mark IIN with a Canon EF 500 f/4 lens and on
his left he's holding a Canon Mark IIN with a Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 lens. By the way, that's my black "papmobile" in the background.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS I SHOT THAT DAY

will.i.am. of the Popular Hip-Hop Group 'Black Eyed Peas'

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APRIL 18, 2009: Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am on the Set of their New Music Video
This day was a Saturday and I was supposed to be working on Woody Harrelson who was filming his new movie, "Zombieland" in an
industrial area of downtown Los Angeles. I saw another group of production people in the vicinity and after asking a few questions
I found out that Black Eyed Peas was shooting a music video nearby. After waiting about half-an-hour, I heard a loud noise of a motor-
cycle engine revving up. I looked toward the direction of the engine noise and saw Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am ride past my
car. He then disappeared into a make-up trailer. When he came out, he saw there were a group of photographers out in the streets
waiting for him to walk to the set. At this point, instead of walking towards the music video set, Will.i.am rode his three-wheeled
motorcycle and rumbled towards us and past us. The result is my image above (one of the many I shot) which was published on page
18 of People magazine's May 4 edition. The image was sold by Most Wanted Pictures.

UP CLOSE: RACHEL BILSON'S ENGAGEMENT RING

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MARCH 6, 2009: A Closer Look At Rachel Bilson's Engagement Ring
On this Friday morning, I was a little shocked to find out while editing my Rachel Bilson pictures that on some of the frames she was
actually intentionally displaying her engagement ring as she was exiting her Lexus when she visited a friend in Hollywood. When she
went to the Mayfair Market to do some grocery shopping with a friend last Feb. 23 (click here to view the pix), I asked her if she can
show me her ring so I can take a picture of it. She politely said "No." But she didn't try to hide the ring when she started loading the
grocery bags into the back of her Lexus. Instead, she subconsciously used her left hand to brush her hair off her face (see the shot
below) twice! That's how I --- and the world --- got the first look of her engagement ring.

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Rachel Bilson's Engagement Ring: First Look!   CLICK HERE

US MAGAZINE     PEOPLE.COM      BAUERGRIFFINONLINE       PEREZHILTON.COM
POPSUGAR.COM     GOSSIPGIRLS.COM    WHOSDATEDWHO.COM    CELEBUZZ.COM
E! News TV   SOCIALITELIFE.CELEBUZZ.COM         CELEBRITY-GOSSIP.NET 


RACHEL BILSON

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FEBRUARY 3, 2009: Rachel Bilson Goes To The 'Alcove' in Los Feliz, Calif. for Lunch
We've waited for Rachel Bilson to come out of her house for the past four days. On this Tuesday, dressed like the fashionista that
she is, Rachel came out to have lunch with a friend at the Alcove, a popular dining spot on the trendy Los Feliz area. Among the
lucky photgraphers who were there, from left: Gualco (Flynet), Jonathan (National Photo Group), Omar (Ramey), Jesse, partly
hidden (BuzzFoto) and, of course, myself (freelance). We all love to cover Rachel. Her pictures always make it to the fashion
pages of tabloid magazines around the world.  Click here to view my pictures of Rachel Bilson

THANKSGIVING WITH CELEBRITIES IN LOS ANGELES

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NOVEMBER 26, 2008: Celebrities Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the Homeless at L.A. Mission
This day I had planned to work on Jennifer Love Hewitt because I remember last year (the day before Thanksgiving) I got a nice set of pictures of her and fiance Scottish actor Ross McCall walking home after eating Thanksgiving lunch at her mom's house nearby. Just as
I was cruising on Jennifer's street in Toluca Lake, Calif. this Wednesday morning, I spotted Ross and Jennifer driving away in their
Lexus Hybrid SUV. I and another photographer from SplashNews started to follow them discreetly from a distance. When we reached
L.A. Mission in the heart of L.A.'s downtown skidrow, it was only then I realized that there were other celebrities there. Since it was
raining, the serving of food to the homeless by the celebrities was moved inside the L.A. Mission building. There were about two
dozen photographers in there.
    I looked around after registering at the media table and saw maybe 4 paps I know. The rest of them I have never met. When the
celebrities came out to have their pictures taken in front of the L.A. Mission logo, the group of photographers started yelling, some
at the top of their voice. "Cindy, Cindy, look this way please.....can you give me us a smile?" one of the photographers hollered at
Cindy Crawford as she posed before the cameras. Not to be outdone, another photographer --- a female in her early 30s who was
dressed like a gypsy --- started yelling something to Cindy asking the top model to look to her left. I have never seen this kind of
behavior among the paps that I work with everyday. Then it dawned on me that these colleagues are red carpet/event photographers.
   I can never imagine myself working as a red carpet/event photographer. With all the yelling and screaming they do to get a celebrity's attention---it's like being with a group of hyperactive and impatient kindergarteners waiting for their turn at the piñata at a children's
birthday party.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY PICS


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SEPTEMBER 9, 2008: Kate Walsh filming 'Private Practice' in Santa Monica, California
On Sept. 9., Thursday, about a dozen of photographers found themselves at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. where
Kate Walsh was filming an episode of her popular TV show "Private Practice." Since the shoot was at a public place, we did not have a
hard time getting our shots---and a lot of them. In fact, one of the photographers who was there said he shot over 600 images that
afternoon. Photo shows, from left: Jack of Tigerpixx, Kevin of Pacific Coast News and David of On Location News trying to get that
money shot. Gaz of Pacific Coast News (see yellow arrow) can be seen in the background inside a bar where he blended with the
customers to take his shots.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE OF MY PICS OF KATE WALSH

ON THE SET OF 'KATH & KIM'

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OCT. 27, 2008: Selma Blair, Mikey Day Continue Filming 'Kath & Kim' in Los Angeles
On this day, a Monday, Selma Blair and Mikey Day were filming "Kath & Kim" in the Larchmont Village in Los Angeles. Mikey who was
not filming a scene at the time came to talk to us and at some point even asked us questions about our job as celebrity photographers.
Mikey later came back to the spot where I was shooting with Angie of INF (left) and Pedro of Pacific Coast News (2nd from left, wea-
ring a blue shirt). That's when I took the picture above. Mikey is seen here (3rd from  left) with a production assistant. Unlike in the
past, this day the production crew and set security were a little bit lax with us which allowed us to shoot without worrying about being
asked to leave the area.   CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY PIX OF SELMA BLAIR TAKEN THAT DAY

On the Set of 'Kath & Kim'
Photo by JACK CARTER / Tigerpixx                                            Caption by JOHN L. SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com
SEPT. 23, 2008: Selma Blair films 'Kath & Kim' at the Burbank Media Center Mall
On this Tuesday, a group of photographers found themselves working on the set of the new TV show "Kath & Kim" starring the gorgeous
Selma Blair. The film set was inside the Burbank Media Center Mall in Burbank, Calif. Jack Carter of Tigerpixx took this photo as I was
taking Selma's picture when she exited the mall to go to her trailer after shooting a scene. As usual security on the set and inside the
mall was very tight. The photographers had to constantly move around to avoid detection. Early on I was caught by mall security taking pictures of Selma and her co-star Molly Shannon inside the mall and was asked to leave. I pretended to leave and found a good spot
inside Macy's with a group of photographers to continue taking pictures. Overall, Selma was very accomodating: smiled at the cameras
and even waving at us a few times which now leads me to believe that celebrities are good at spotting photographers even in a crow-
ded place like a mall.          CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PIX     CLICK HERE TO VIEW ORIGINAL PIX

RACHEL BILSON

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JULY 30, 2008: Rachel Bilson and Friend Visit Milk Botique on Third Street
Many of the paps often find themselves in the background of celebrity pictures. In this case, I can be seen in the background as Rachel
Bilson arrives in front of Milk Botique on Third Street in Hollywood on a Wednesday afternoon. Louise Barnsley of Pacific Coast News
took the picture.  CLICK HERE to view my shot of Bilson


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Kate Walsh sans make-up and up close....I didn't even know she has blue eyes!
Among the Hollywood paparazzi, those who work the Los Feliz beat know that working on Kate Walsh is like waiting for rain in the summer. You can consider yourself lucky if you can get her picture once a month! Why? Kate and husband Alex hardly ever venture out of their $5-million home in Los Feliz, Calif. On Saturday, July 5, Kate did come out. The picture above was shot while she was having brunch with
two female friends at Jinky's Cafe in West Hollywood. I did not even realize Kate had blue eyes until I started editing my photos. Kate's so beautiful at 40 and look at her skin!
 CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY PHOTOS OF KATE TAKEN THAT DAY        CLICK HERE FOR PICS AT JUSTJARED



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Lindsay Lohan on the set of her latest movie 'Labor Pains' in Los Angeles
The Hollywood paparazzi never seem to get tired of covering Lindsay Lohan's everyday activities. This was shot on Monday, July 7, on
the set of Lindsay's latest flick, "Labor Pains." This week last year, I was in Malibu covering Lindsay's birthday bash at the Polaroid
House. She's obviously "sober" this year. Hopefully, she's already cleaned up her act and continue her remarkable journey on the road
to sobriety and recovery.


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Popular Hollywood Character Sightings: Iron Man and Charlie Chaplin Going To Work
Even to a Los Angeles-based paparazzi like me, popular characters on the streets of Hollywood always attract my attention. I shot the
two photos above --- from my car while waiting for the traffic light to turn green --- while following Nicole Richie and her manager
Mike Baum around town. Charlie Chaplin was riding a bicycle to work at Hollywood and Highland, while Iron Man was waiting to cross
the street to Kodak Theater. You can find these two popular characters in front of the Chinese Mann Theaters in Hollywood.


CELEBRITY BODYGUARDS

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T.J.: Nicole Richie & Joel Madden's Bodyguard
The paparazzi, especially here in Hollywood, very seldom have a good working relationship with celebrity bodyguards. It's like mixing
oil with water. There are a few bodyguards who work quite well with the paps. They include the security detail of the Beckhams, who
seem to have learned the art of dealing with the photographers, at least diplomatically. Another bodyuard who really stand out based
on my experience as a paparazzo here in Hollywood is Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's bodyguard T.J. While we know very little about him, T.J. appears to have almost perfected the art on how to deal with the paparazzi when it comes to the safety and well-being of his clients.
Just ask any of the photographers who work on Nicole and Joel (and, of course, baby Harlow) everyday.



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MAY 21, 2008: Joel & Nicole Take Daughter Harlow For A Stroll in their Neighborhood
It was 76 degrees in Los Angeles and lots of sunshine was forecasted for the day. It was really a beautiful day to be outdoors that new
mom Nicole Richie and boyfriend Joel Madden took their daughter Harlow (born January 11, 2008) for a stroll around their neighborhood
while grabbing some drinks on their way home. I still vividly remember the day when in May last year my colleague at Bauer-Griffin
Chris B. and I followed Nicole to a fertility clinic in Beverly Hills --- while Joel and his band Good Charlotte was on tour in Asia --- in
which it was finally officially confirmed that Nicole was indeed pregnant with Joel's baby. This photo would have been much better if
Joel and Nicole smiled for the cameras. Smiles + L.A. sunshine = Harlow!

KATHERINE HEIGL

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MAY 17, 2008: Hollywood Paparazzi Waiting for Katherine Heigl On A Hot Saturday Afternoon
On this Saturday, Katherine Heigl left her new house in Los Feliz and drove to her old house nearby. There were nine of us who followed
her. From left: Miguel (Most Wanted), Jaime (Limelight), Keith (JFX Images) Martin (Limelight), Nathan (Pacific Coast News), two
unidentified X17 photographers and Omar (Ramey). As you can see, here in Hollywood --- with the California weather hovering in the
mid-90s --- paps don't really have a dress code.


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MAY 3, 2008: Sports Photographers? Bird Watchers? It's the Hollywood Paparazzi At Work!
On Saturday, about 10 photographers from 5 photo agencies gathered outside Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. No, they were not going
to shoot a baseball game. If you look closer, they're not even dressed like typical sports photographers. It's the Hollywood paparazzi at
work! That day, Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl and Gerard Bulter were filming their romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth" in the
stands of the baseball park. The set was so far away the photographers brought out their biggest and longest lens. From left: Keith
of JFX Images, Angie of INF and Gaz of Pacific Coast News.


RACHEL BILSON

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APRIL 11, 2008: Rachel Bilson, One of our Favorite Celebrities to Cover Around Town
On Friday, April 11, I arrived at Rachel Bilson's neighborhood in Los Feliz  just after 8:30 a.m. and found Keith of JFX Images already
parked down the street. I pulled up next to him and after exchanging pleasantries I said: "Well, the early birds get the worm!"
After I found a spot to park, I retrieved my laptop from the back seat of my Honda Element.  Before I could turn it on, I saw Rachel's
Lexus SUV Hybrid backing out the driveway. The follow was on. Rachel first visited her parents in North Hollywood. An hour later she
drove out and stopped by a gas station nearby to gas up. I shot this picture just as Keith (see red arrow) was also shooting from the
other side using his Nikkor 300 f/2.8 lens mounted on his Nikon D200. From the gas station Rachel drove to Sherman Oaks to have a manicure. Keith and I were the only photographers who took Rachel's picture that morning. Like I said, "the early birds get the worm!"
For this shot I used a Canon 40D and Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 (non-IS) lens.


CLICK HERE to see my set on Rachel Bilson
CLICK HERE  US Weekly
CLICK HERE  E! Online
CLICK HERE  JustJared

VICTORIA BECKHAM & EVA LANGORIA

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MARCH 21, 2008: Posh & Eva Langoria's Shopping Spree Brought 'Mayhem' to Beverly Hills
Originally, there were only four of us photographers who followed Victoria (Posh) Beckham when she left her house in Beverly Hills to
have lunch with Eva Langoria and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday, March 21. After lunch, while Tom
and Katie went home, Posh and Eva decided to go shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Their first stop was the Versace store.
The four of us (photographers) did not have a hard time taking their picture as they walked from the Beckham's black Escalade on Day-
ton Way to Versace (see main photo). By the time they got out of the Versace store and walked the short distance to Dolce & Gabbana
on Rodeo Drive we found ourselves fighting for space to shoot their picture (while they were walking) with about a hundred other photographers, onlookers, fans and tourists. The situation was total chaos as you can see from the inset photos of the back and front
of the Dolce & Gabbana store.

ADRIAN GRENIER

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OCTOBER 22, 2007: Adrian Grenier Is Hollywood's Most Eligible Bachelor
   I always look forward to working on Adrian Grenier. Some days I find his Prius parked on the street blocking the front of his driveway
gate. He must have been drinking the night before and decided he can park anywhere he wants when he got home from a night of club-
hopping. But Adrian's got brains and talent and I hope to see him do even better this year.


Photo by NATE JONES / Pacific Coast News
JANUARY 23, 2008: Covering Rachel Bilson On A Rainy & Windy Day
   On Wednesday, January 23, I found myself working on Rachel Bilson with Nathan & Louise of Pacific Coast News and Art of Limelight Pictures. We followed Rachel to a friend's pad on Hollywood & Vine that afternoon. After Rachel went into her friend's pad it started to
rain. Nate took this picture as we were waiting for Rachel to come out of the building.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW RACHEL'S PHOTOS SHOT BY LOUISE, NATE AND ME


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JANUARY 20, 2008: Katherine Heigl & Mom Nancy @ Home Restaurant in Los Feliz, Calif.
   Katherine Heigl and her mom Nancy lunch at Home Restaurant in Los Feliz on Sunday. Her new movie, "27 Dresses" was No. 2 at the
Box Office raking in $22.4 million in ticket sales over the weekend. As the mom and daughter wait for their car by the valet area, three
paps, from left: Pedro of Pacific Coast News, Danielle of Bauer-Griffin and Jaime of Limelight Pictures, try to catch the moment of the
day. CLICK HERE to view photos of Katherine I shot earlier in the day.

VANESSA HUDGENS & ASHLEY TISDALE

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DECEMBER 24, 2007: Vanessa Hudgens & Ashley Tisdale's Christmas Eve Shopping
   On December 24, I and two other photographers (Stefan of INF and Nathan of Pacific Coast News) followed Vanessa Hudgens and
Ashley Tisdale as they drove to a Los Angeles mall to do some shopping. Vanessa and Ashley dropped off Ashley's Range Rover at the
valet parking, while the three of us looked parking spaces (the lot was full this day). By the time we parked, both ladies were already
inside the mall. We went in and discreetly tried to take their picture, but security was tight. The pair then told the mall security about
our presence and me and Nathan were asked to leave and were escorted out of the mall. We changed our jackets in the parking lot
and went back in. We joined Stefan once inside and after failing to find them, Nathan and Stefan decided to head to the food court
to grab something to eat. I was not hungry and told them that I was going to wait for Vanessa and Ashley outside by the valet parking
booth. About five minutes after I got out I saw Vanessa and Ashley exit the mall. As they were walking towards the valet parking area
I started taking their picture. The reason why I'm using the photos above to tell this story is because I think I know what they may
have been talking about when I was shooting the pictures. After I shot the far right picture, Vanessa and Ashley called me and approa-
ched me. Vanessa was the first one to speak out. She said: "Can we borrow $5 from you? We don't have any change to pay valet par-
king!" After I handed them a $5 bill they both said: "Thank you! Merry Christmas!" "You're welcome," I said. Two days later I followed
Vanessa and Ashley to the gym. Along the way, I pulled next to Ashley's Range Rover and motioned them to lower the car's window.
They both did not recognize until I said: "Girls, where's my $5?" They both giggled like little girls which in turn reminded me that my
daughter is just about their age. (By JOHN L.SHINN III/PaparazziNotebook.com)

CLICK HERE to view more of my pictures of Vanessa and Ashley



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  DECEMBER 14, 2007: Vanessa Hudgens & Mom Gina Guangco On Her 19th Birthday
  After staying out of sight since her return from Washington, D.C. Monday night, Vanessa Hudgens and her mom Gina Gunagco spent
Friday (Dec. 14) together to celebrate her 19th birthday. The 8 photographers who worked on Vanessa that day pitched in $5 each to
buy her a bouquet of flowers, seen here being carried by her mom. Happy Birthday Vanessa!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE REST OF MY PICTURES

KATHERINE HEIGL & JOSH KELLEY

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  DECEMBER 7, 2007: Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl & Fiance Josh Kelley To Wed Dec. 23
  A year ago Katherine Heigl was just one of the cast of popular TV series Grey's Anatomy. Today she finds herself being followed around
town by a small group of Hollywood paparazzis. Photo shows Katherine and Josh walking to their car after meeting with friends at  Figa-
ro Cafe & Bakery in Los Feliz last Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. The lovely couple will tie the knot on Dec. 23. The wedding will be held in Park
City, Utah. CLICK HERE to view the rest of my pictures.


NICOLE RICHIE

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  MAY 29, 2007: Nicole Richie Having Manicure and Pedicure in Beverly Hills
  When Nicole Richie went to a Beverly Hills, Calif. beauty salon for a manicure and pedicure in May 29, 2007, there were 15 pap SUVs following her. By the time she started having her nails done, there were over 30 paps outside the salon. This was just one of the many
photos I took of her that day.   CLICK HERE to view more pictures.


KRISTEN BELL

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  NOVEMBER 26, 2007: Kristen Bell: The New Popular Girl On The Block
  Kristen Bell (inset photo) has found a new fan in her Studio City, Calif. neighborhood while she and her two friends took a stroll last
Monday, Nov. 26. Photo shows Kristen (wearing a white hoodie) shaking the hand of a lady who introduced herself to them while driving
in the neighborhood. CLICK HERE to view my other photo of Kristen in US Weekly magazine.


EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: KATE WALSH ('PRIVATE PRACTICE')

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  OCTOBER 27, 2007: Kate Walsh taking a smoke break on the set of 'Private Practice'
  Kate Walsh, the star of "Private Practice" having a smoke break in between takes at the studio. Note the truck to the left of the picture
and the sign on the hood. We know Kate smokes Parliaments and just because it's low on tar and nicotine does not mean it's okay for her
to smoke "within 50 feet" of the truck. We're just kidding, Kate!


HOLLYWOOD PAPARAZZIS: Do not underestimate this bunch of California 'Bums'

Paparazzis in Los Angeles look like 'Bums' compared to their counterparts in Europe
   I don't know if I'm the only one noticing this. The paps in Los Angeles look like "Bums" compared to the paps in Europe. I guess this
is also one of the reasons why the public have no respect for us. Can you imagine driving down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills one lazy
afternoon and you see a barefoot or---in the case of the pap in the above left picture---shoeless individual darting across the street,
only he's not a homeless bum, but a Hollywood paparazzo!

On The Los Angeles Set of Clint Eastwood's New Movie 'Changeling'

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NOVEMBER 7, 2007: Angelina Jolie stars in Clint Eastwood's 'Changeling' now shooting in L.A.
   I have not had the chance to photograph Angelina Jolie on the set of "Changeling," a movie set in the 1920s and directed by Clint
Eastwood. However, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, I was assigned to cover the movie set at the Pasadena, Calif. City Hall. I got there short-
ly after 7 a.m. Unlike previous shoots in San Dimas and San Bernardino, Calif., security at the set at the City Hall was fairly lax and
the shooting upclose. Since the City Hall remained opened, employees anxious to get a glimpes of Eastwood and Jolie were allowed to
watch the scenes being shot. Some of them even brought out their digital point-and-shoot cameras. I simply mingled with them and
started taking pictures and this is just one of the many shots I had that day.

 TO VIEW MORE PICTURES CLICK HERE

KATHERINE HEIGL

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OCTOBER 13, 2007: The Hollywood 'Paps' Love Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl
   Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl is the new darling of the Hollywood paparazzi. Main photo shows Katherine stopping by a newsstand
in Los Feliz before heading home. "Sorry, I'm sick," she apologized to the paps who followed her around. Inset photo shows Katherine
at the set of Grey's Anatomy.  
The cast of popular TV series 'Grey's Anatomy'   CLICK HERE

JOEL MADDEN of Good Charlotte

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JULY 25, 2007: Bauer-Griffin's SCOTT going for the 'Money Shot' of JOEL MADDEN
   Scott, my colleague at Bauer-Griffin, and I had been working on the Nicole Richie story for the past two days.This was the time when
Nicole was hiding from us and the public. The last picture of her and Joel was taken 20 days earlier on July 5. This day, while Nicole
stayed home at Joel's Glendale, Calif. pad, the Good Charlotte front man went to the grocery to grab some food. While Joel was inside
the Ralph's grocery store, Scott and I waited for him to come out. As Joel was walking to his SUV I followed behind him, while Scott took
his position in front of Joel (see red arrows).  CLICK HERE TO SEE SCOTT'S PICTURE. THAT'S ME BEHIND JOEL


SHERYL CROW and son WYATT

Photo by JOHN L. SHINN III / PaparazziNotebook.com
EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
MAY 28, 2007: Sheryl Crow and adopted son Wyatt
   The U.S. weekly tabloid, The Globe, published in its June 18, 2007 edition (on Page 3) a photo I took of Sheryl Crow taking her adop-
ted son, Wyatt for a hike---for the first time---at the Runyon Canyon Park, at the back of her house in the Hollywood Hills last
May 28. While the Bauer-Griffin website clearly stated that Sheryl took Wyatt for a "hike," the Globe caption distorted the facts by
publishing the photo (above left) implying that Sheryl was an unfit mother because she was jogging while carrying Wyatt under the
banner "SMOTHERLY LOVE."
   As photoraphers, we only take the pictures. We have no control as to how magazine editors will caption the photo. I felt bad when
I saw this picture with the caption (see inset at left) at the market stands that week. I wanted to reach out to Sheryl to let her know
I had nothing to do with the Globe captioning. Sheryl certainly would remember who I was because I was the only photographer (and
I told her I was from the Philippines where she is immensely popular) who took her picture that day making this an "exclusive" photo.