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A fave ad at present. Rita Ora for Rimmel

Here’s a quick run down of what will be happening at Fame Fad in the coming months and Yes….I’m Back!

The Fame Fad Website

Fame Fad was redirected to frankjohn.photoshelter.com while I was away on a 3 month that turned into 4 month commission photo shoot which finished on 30 March. Updates for that period were archive only a sort of best of. The Fame Fad site is now back at Famefad.com.

The site is currently being redesigned/redeveloped and this is ongoing and the site will be fully functioning in the next month or so. Email contact form is currently inactive. Archive posts are still available and can be found under “Blog” on the top main menu.

Photo Updates: About 2-3 a week at present, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on what is going on at the time/that week. As usual galleries will appear at frankjohn.photoshelter.com about 1 or 2 hours after the event. Photos from 31 March 2014 are priced for Personal use only. Prices are subject to negotiation for media use which is the norm within the industry.

Video: Currently looking at shooting video as well as stills at these events. I confess to not being a Videographer my heart is with photography but some sample clips may be appearing in the future and subject to interest levels this may become a more prominent feature on the site, but photos will always dominate here on this site. That’s my passion!

Any videos will appear on the Fame Fad You Tube which is currently dormant. You Tube link is at the bottom of the Famefad.com website. Maybe worth grabbing the RSS for this site but updates will be Tweeted.

Twitter: Will be adding a few extra #noncelebrity items to the fame Fad Twitter page as and when to add another dimension to this Twitter feed. Regulars will know I like to have a laugh so photos taken via mobile may feature here.

Blog: This will be coming back in some shape or form in the coming months. Behind the Scenes and Website News and Extra Stuff are ideas that spring to mind. Cureently being looked into.

FJ Girls: just paid for the renewal of this domain fjgirls.com which has been dormant for some time and was to be turned into a Lads Mag but this idea has been scrapped due to the recent bad press that these mags are getting.

The latest idea is something along the lines of Female Fashion in London featuring photography by Guess Who? Just a pipe dream at present and cannot be elaborated on for obvious reasons but could be a good website as I seem to be moving increasingly in women’s fashion circles these days. This website has my initials so it has to be something special. Could be a flier this one.

Vacany: I can’t be in two places at the same time……..I’ve tried but it never seems to work out?  SO I’m currently looking for a Freelance Celebritty Photographer/Assistant. Experience beneficial but I am willing to train the right person. Must know your Kelly Brook from your Rita Ora and get people to warm up in front of your camera instead of running the other way. People skills are of the essence here. This is a self employed vacancy. Further details at frankjohn.com

Tom Hanks and his wife arrives at The Captain Phillips Premiere in London. Photo: frank John for Famefad.com

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Tom Hanks and his wife arrive at The Captain Phillips Premiere in London. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

Opening night of the 57th BFI London Film Festival took place tonight at the Odeon in Leicester Square and it was packed for this one.

Captain Phillips was the film having it’s premiere which stars Tom Hanks. Basically was on the front row where the cars turned up but it wasn’t my night and managed to get just two shots. I’ve taken better shots lets put it that way! Had in an incredibly good run on photos the last couple of weeks and just new a night like this was coming. Even asked his wife who came over if she could get him to come over. Never done that before! Saw other photos from people in the crowd and they didn’t even manage to get anything like these. Tom Hanks is closing the Film festival with another film in about a week and a half. So a second chance for some better shots then?

IMG 1440a Tom Hanks and The Captain Phillips Premiere London. Photos

Tom Hanks arrives at The Captain Phillips Premiere in London. (Blurred) Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

Susanna Reid arrives at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards London. Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

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Susanna Reid arrives at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards London. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

Part 3 of the Pride of Britain Awards arrival photos which were held last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair last night 7 September. All shots taken from the crowds in the main arrivals staging area.

Photos include more of Peter Andre, Louis Walsh, Tony Jacklin, Kate Nash, Christina Rihanoff, Susanna Reid and more. Full length, portrait and close up shots.

Gone with newsreader Susanna Reid who brightens up every morning on the BBC and is currently taking part on Strictly. Bit of a British Institution.

Gallery below. Names to be added later due to the sheer number of photos.

 Susanna Reid and the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards. Arrival Photos Part 3

Nicole Scherzinger arrives at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

IMG 1317b Nicole Scherzinger and the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards. Arrival Photos Part 2

Nicole Scherzinger arrives at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

Part 2 of the red carpet arrival photos for the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards held last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair on 7 September. Politicians, Sports personalities, stars from TV and music and more. The event celebrates the UK’s unsung heroes who quietly make their communities better places to live. It’s about the people rather than the celebs………..but the stars do turn out en mass for this one.

Gone with Nicole Scherzinger for the headline shot for Part 2 who looked a million dollars and provided the perfect shot. Doesn’t get any better…………it’s a cracker!

Other names include Mollie King, Peter Andre, Myleene Klass, Ed Milliband (who signed…. not for me I may add) Ed Balls (had to shout Mr Balls to get his attention), Vanessa Feltz, Kimberley Walsh, Katherine Jenkins and stacks more.

Loads of candid shots in this gallery, smiles, laughter, frowns, amazement, shock and the rest. Full length, portrait and in your face close ups.

No names added to the gallery as yet due to the sheer volume of photos.

 Nicole Scherzinger and the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards. Arrival Photos Part 2

arrives at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

IMG 1139b Pixie Lott and the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards. Arrival Photos Part 1

Pixie Lott arrives at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

The 2013 Pride of Britain Awards were held last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair London. Huge arrival list for this event as you can imagine with celebrities from all walks of life.

Delay on publication of these photos due to a media request and the incredible amount of interest in these photos! Full length, portrait shots, close ups and candid moments. All shots taken from within the red carpet arrival staging area from the crowds. What I call “eye of the storm” shooting. Pushing, shoving, bits of paper in the air, clipboards, screaming and mass hysteria plus the rest. Buckle up and enjoy the ride is my motto.

Pixie Lott  grabs the headline in Part 1. Do I really need to explain why? What can I say……..blinding photo!

Due to the huge quantity of photos names will be added later. Photographic results below.

 Pixie Lott and the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards. Arrival Photos Part 1

Ultra Close Up of Penelope Cruz at The Counselor Premiere London.  Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

IMG 1006b The 57th BFI London Film Festival and Fame Fad in October News!

Ultra Close Up of Penelope Cruz at The Counselor Premiere London. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

The BFI London Film festival starts next week with the first day being on Wednesday 9 October and the closing day being 20 October. It’s BIG!

Fame Fad will be there but not at all the events, but the most important ones will be covered and a couple of the smaller ones that could prove interesting. Tom Hanks and Kate Winslet in particular……….rain or shine………….I will be there! As far as I know Penelope Cruz is not there…………but you never know?

Photo of Penelope Cruz at the Counselor Premiere this week above. Used as the headline shot for this article…………had a few regrets not including it in the Counselor Premiere blog article. It is a cracker and needs to be showcased on the front page of this site and not buried as an also ran. She was 2 feet in front of me, so close you can hear her breathe. Surreal stuff…………will never forget that moment. The words “My God” were muttered whilst looking at the picture on the camera seconds later!

The London Film fest this year features 235 films from 57 countries. Films include Space Odysey “Gravity” featuring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Philomena starring Judie Dench a Harvey Weinstein production also features. 12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen and Inside Llewyn Davies by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac . Labor Day with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. The opener Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks.That’s the tip of the iceberg!

There is also a pre event called The Lumionous Gala hosted by Johnathan Ross and takes place on Tuesday 8 October. Not sure if I can make that one but watch for updates regardless.

More details on the 57th BFI London Film Festival at the BFI Website

 

Fame Fad in October News

Updates: From now until Christmas is the busy season with the London Film festival dominating in October and other big premieres appearing on the run up to Christmas. Updates are normally 1-4 per week but will be at the upper end of that spectrum………..maybe more.

Paparazzi: A lot of interest in the pap style pics and more will be appearing on the site in the future with a planned 50/50 split between pap photos and those of the red carpet variety including Awards Events and Film Premieres. Currently don’t really have the lens for pap work as it’s more designed for portraits (80mm) and not full length shots (wide angle really needed) but that is being looked into at present but the lens has to be good and good isn’t cheap.. Getting a full length pap style shot at 3 feet away with an 80mm lens is never going to happen no matter how good you are!

Photo Release Times: Currently running at between 1-2 hours after the actual event (depending on size) which in press terms is still pedestrian. This will probably tighten a little at the tail end of 2013 and in 2014 some form of wireless shooting scenario is being looked into pretty much what the press use which means the photos appear much quicker. Currently being investigated but that is big money. This game isn’t about how good your pictures are although of course it helps……….it’s about how fast you can get those pictures out there. Something being looked into for 2014.

Waffle: Due to the above and trying to get photos out as quick as poss it reduces the amount of time that is available to add a few words. As I’m constantly in the position of meeting a lot of stars face to face or camera to face, a few sentences may be added to say what it was like meeting said star as each one is different but it will be short. Just adds another angle to the site. Things like the stars mood, vibe, aura, what they said, (normally nothing)  that sort of thing……….something you may not get from an actual photograph.

Sourcing: Celebrity info on the interent is great, celebrity info from sources not on the internet though is where it’s at. Currently get bombarded with information on who’s where and doing what when but any information from other sources is also appreciated. Currently being looked into? Maybe a DM via Twitter or something similar?

Rumblings:  Rihanna and Britney Spears have both released new controversial single videos so rumblings will be on the way soon and of course if they are in London, time will be devoted to get a photo or two but these two are difficult to get just like someone like Katy Perry which fortunately Lady Luck shone on me when I decided to track her down. Keep an eye out in the next month or so!

 

Javier Bardem gets the women screaming at The Counselor Premiere on London. Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

IMG 0986b Javier Bardem and The Counselor Premiere London. Arrival Photos

Javier Bardem gets the women screaming at The Counselor Premiere on London. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

The Counselor had it’s premiere at the West End Odeon in Leicester Square this Thursday. The crowds turned out for this one. They really did! With names such as Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt in the cast……..you know why!

The film is directed by Ridley Scott. Say no more!

Cruz, Bardem, Scott and Fassbender were in attendance and a suprise guest of Signourney Weaver of Alien fame also made an appearance.

Gone with Javier Bardem of Skyfall fame for the headline shot and there has been a tidal wave of female stars of late. The women were going mental over Javier! Penelope Cruz was looking seriously on the money though.

UK Release 15 November 2013

Short gallery below or grab the Gallery Link if you are mobile.

 

 Javier Bardem and The Counselor Premiere London. Arrival Photos

Nicola Benedetti arrives at the 2013 Classic Brit Awards in London

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Nicola Benedetti arrives at the 2013 Classic Brit Awards in London  Photo: © Frank John for famefad.com

The 2013 classic Brit Awards were held at the Royal Albert hall tonight 2 October to celebrate and award everything in classical music. Was here last year. Declined a premiere that was also on tonight so that an appearance could be made (in photographic form) for this one.

It’s a rather “Tally Ho” and “posh and swanky” ball gown type of event and the Royal Albert Hall is the place to hold such a thing. Any shouting to get stars attention had to be done in a “Fortnum and Mason” style, which of course yours truly failed spectacularly and caused a few raised eyebrows on more than one occasion……… but the old charm was hard to resist? The photo of a stunned Myleene Klass just about sums it up? My answer to any of it………………..it’s all in the name of art…………..in a posh accent of course??

Nicola Benedetti grabs the headline as she was one of the nominations and well she “looked on the money” and every inch a headline grabber or put in simpler terms…….she’s a stunner!

Awards winners at the time of writing not known as they had just walked in!

A selection of mainly full length shots, portraits and a smattering of close ups. Mainly getting out of car shots for the girls waiting for them to gain composure before letting rip with the cam.

Grab the gallery below or the Gallery Link for mobiles

 Nicola Benedetti and the 2013 Classic Brit Awards London, Arrival Photos