Pretending to be Paparazzi

After all the people asking us during the Soho And Beyond meetup what the special event was, for there to be so many photographers, let's create our own red carpet event - with stars (some actors and dancers?), photographers, film-makers... and of course the innocent onlookers. How can we resist? 

We can ham it up as much as we like: take photos of them posing, giving interviews, signing autographs, flirting with the public... what do you think? 

Details to be finalised, but please do add your thoughts to help me plan this. 

(I've increased the fee slightly to help pay for any actors/dancers we hire for this one event; the fee per person will depend on the likely costs of organising this).

This event has been rescheduled from 19 March.

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  • AP

    Saw you all took some really nice photos there ! I have now uploaded some too

    1 · April 11

  • AP

    thanks, a friendly bunch of photographers and models, and a good event ! Best answer of the night - I heard someone say the models are in the next bond movie !

    1 · April 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed tonight. Hope to see you all again soon. Thank you Chantal for organising.

    1 · April 9

    • Chantal G.

      Thank you! Great to meet you, and I hope you got some good shots! Look forward to seeing you again soon.

      April 10

  • Chantal G.

    Thanks so much to everyone who came - that was such great fun! I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's photos - and many thanks for the advice of setting up a different Meetup group! :)

    1 · April 10

    • Al R.

      Thank you Chantal. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next challenge.

      1 · April 10

    • Chantal G.

      Thank you! And do name your challenge for when you're back!

      April 10

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Went well, Chantal. Thank you for organising everything. Do you want us to post photographs to the Meetup page so that our "celebrities" can choose to download those that might be useful to them? Or will they provide email addresses to which we can send jpg files?

    Apologies for slipping away towards the end
    I had to deal with an urgent family call.

    1 · April 9

    • Chantal G.

      Oh no, I wondered what happened! I hope all is okay now? Please do post some of the photos to the group - after all, we have to let everyone else see what they missed out on! ;) - and I'll text you my email address to forward me some photos to pass onto our celebs. Thank you so much!

      1 · April 10

  • Shane M

    Apologies for my absence, this looked a lot of fun. Hope you all have a great time.

    1 · April 9

    • Chantal G.

      You hadn't RSVPd so you're forgiven :) We had a really great time, looking forward to the photos!

      April 9

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Just got off a long unexpected Skype call from the USA. Am I too late. Can't get in to Soho before 7.15 pm. Where should I look for you.?

    April 9

    • Chantal G.

      We'll be leaving Phoenix at 7.15, so we can wait for you. Thanks for still coming!

      1 · April 9

  • Al R.

    Feeling exhausted, but on my way. Will be slightly late.

    April 9

    • Chantal G.

      Thank you :) And I emailed Bizu about you earlier, so they'll be expecting you.

      April 9

  • Tops

    This has been postponed many times already, I think it is too late to do it again. Also annoying ...

    April 9

    • Tops

      Theres no exploitation required. There are plenty of budding models/actors desperate for portfolio's so we would help each other.

      April 9

    • Chantal G.

      Asking and/or expecting people to work for free is exploitation; the choice is whether or not to support it.

      April 9

  • Helen P.

    Oh sorry Chantal. I think i've misunderstood. I'm 2 hours away so needed to know early and took silence as a bad sign. Sorry I'll miss it. My fault for jumping the gun. Hope you all have fun.

    April 9

    • Chantal G.

      I certainly did not announce that tge event is being cancelled, and other members cannot make that call. Really disappointed you decided not to turn up. Thanks for letting me know, though.

      April 9

  • Patrick

    I will be there.

    April 9

  • Helen P.

    I think it could be very embarrassing to ask the actors to come and us not to have enough contributions to pay them so I suggest we postpone then have people pay via PayPal at the time of acceptance so you have all the money in advance.

    April 9

    • Chantal G.

      I am not postponing this again, and the dancers will have enough to be paid, the main downside is that we'll have a pitiful crowd of paparazzi.

      April 9

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    I agree Helen. Let's postpone now.

    April 9

  • Chantal G.

    I also don't think we should cancel it and spoil it for those who actually want to do this.

    1 · April 9

  • Chantal G.

    I'm on my way there now, we still have enough people to go ahead.

    April 9

  • Chantal G.

    Because of the costs of hiring our celebrities - I couldn't ask them to do this for free - if many more people drop out for this evening, I'll have to cancel this event.

    April 9

    • Tops

      Many projects that don't make a profit get free actors.

      April 9

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Shame, but ...

    April 9

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    If we're getting dangerously low on active participants, Chantal, and you decide to cancel, I'd prefer you do it sooner rather than later as I have to build in travelling time ... :)

    April 9

    • Chantal G.

      Okay, will the remaining dropouts and no-shows please speak now? :)

      April 9

  • Helen P.

    Is the cost still £10 Chantal?

    April 8

    • Chantal G.

      Hi Helen, yes it is - the fee will only pay for our "celebrities",­ and with the number of people dropping out, there won't even be a budget for an actual red carpet - what a shame!

      April 9

  • Helen P.

    Also, what lenses do you recommend? I'm thinking the bigger the better if trying to look like real paps.

    1 · April 8

    • Chantal G.

      Good thinking! Zooms would be great, and they'd mean you'd be getting just facial shots. If you've got any zooms, please bring them.

      April 8

  • Will

    It will be nice to dress in black suit white shirt (nothing to fancy really and don't want it to be a burden on us but hey..), just to give the impression of being real paparazzi ey - I wish ;)

    April 2

    • Chantal G.

      Ha! That's far more dressy than my press photographer friends ever get!

      April 3

  • Will

    count me IN.

    1 · April 2

  • Chantal G.

    Our mock celebrities will be Mari Frogner (choreographer/director of Nutshell Dance), Jamie Neale (choreographer/director of JMN Dance), Brian Gillespie (choreographer/director of B-Hybrid Dance) and Lise Smith (choreographer and dance manager); I'm hoping our presenter will be Sarah Blanc, founder of Inside Dance TV.

    March 28

  • Helen P.

    I look forward to it!

    1 · March 27

  • Helen P.

    Hi Chantel. Do you think you'll ever do a dance photography Meet Up? Since that's your specialism I reckon it would be a great one to do. I'd love to get great shots of Lindyhop or Jive social dancing.

    1 · March 27

    • Chantal G.

      Hi Helen, thanks for reminding me I need to schedule one! I've got a shoot coming up with a dance photography collective I'm part of, and I'll schedule one for the group after that.

      March 27

  • Johnny N.

    Sorry, I won't be able to make this event now. It's the Easter holidays and we are going to Legoland for the day.

    1 · March 24

    • Chantal G.

      Dang, and you bought a flashgun for it! I've got a show pencilled in for this evening so I can happily reschedule it if you'd like.

      March 24

    • Johnny N.

      Don't worry about me, the show must go on!

      March 24

  • Charlotte

    Yipee. I see the date changed for this, so I will be able to go now.

    1 · March 18

  • Chantal G.

    Considering cancellations and no-shows, we don't have the numbers to make this viable this week. I'll reschedule it for a later date, and try to crowdsource extra people if need be. If these are the likely numbers for this event, then I'll have to increase the fee to cover the costs of our mock celebrities. I was so looking forward to this one!

    March 17

  • Charlotte

    Sounds good, but I'm out for dinner so will have to pass. Will be interesting to see the photo's though.

    March 13

    • Johnny N.

      Which restaurant are you going to?......Just wondering :-)

      1 · March 17

    • Charlotte

      A place called Onam, it's down my way in Tooting. Indian food. Yum :)

      March 17

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Sounds like a great idea, Chantal, participating in this unreal half-world. Let's make it fun. An event in itself. Disappointed that I don't own a Speed Graphic with unlimited supply of flash bulbs. "Weegee" lives again.

    1 · February 21

    • Johnny N.

      mmm... I need to buy a flash gun for this event.

      March 10

    • Johnny N.

      Okay, got my flash gun.

      1 · March 17

  • Helen P.

    Sounds fantastic! Love this idea.

    March 13

    • Helen P.

      So disappointed I can't make it.

      March 13

  • Kathy

    Boo another I will miss though on plus side i will be listening to Gregory's Porter so not all bad

    1 · February 21

    • Chantal G.

      I could always delay it - give me a bit longer to plan it! (I'm working on a new show in Leeds the weekend before).

      1 · February 21

  • Charlotte

    That could be great fun.

    1 · February 21

  • Patrick

    I'm in...

    1 · February 21

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