The Damage: Fiona McClymont uncovers the cost of the high and low life of a paparazzo
Saturday 24 April 1999
Locate target Last-minute flight to LA following call from British tabloid, pounds 500; two days at Marriott Hotel until targets are located, pounds 150; payments to autograph hunters for tip-offs about celebrities' whereabouts, pounds 80; private detective to trace stars, pounds 115; copy of "shoot sheet" (which films are being shot where in LA) from LAPD, pounds 6.50
Aim Sandwiches for two days' of waiting around, pounds 10; car hire (some paparazzi use two or three in rotation to avoid detection, with tinted windows, of course), pounds 160; two nights at target's hotel (say, Four Seasons in Carlsbad, near San Diego), pounds 630; sweeteners to stop valet parkers, maids and other staff interfering (at pounds 65 a time), pounds 195
Shoot Professional artillery of cameras and lenses, pounds 8,500; compact camera for hiding in pocket, pounds 65; two days' rental of 800mm lens, which can see for up to half a mile, pounds 100; binoculars, pounds 260; boat hire to get within view of private beach, pounds 520; helicopter for when subject proves especially elusive, pounds 975; full developing kit for hotel room, pounds 250; computer equipment and scanner to send shots to picture editor, pounds 1,600
Total pounds 14,116.50
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