The Fame Fad celebrity event diary for June 2015 and behind the scenes news..
Photo of the Month
David Attenborough being interviewed at the TV BAFTA Awards standing about 4 or 5 feet in front of me. A legend in his lifetime and what things he has seen. What he’s thinking while I’m taking his photo is a mystery but it’s that mystery and direct look that makes this photo special.
Behind the Scenes Waffle: I love June, the month not the woman. Weather seems to be a bit more predictable and there are some decent celebrity events on in London. Also just like the mileage clock on a car going from 29999 to 30000 it is 3 years (29 May 2012 Glamour Women of the Year Awards) since I entered this celebrity photography game and believe me it is a game. I have to say it seems like 10 but yes it is just 3 years.
June is a special month that is like January 1st to me or a birthday. A time for deep deep thoughts. I look back but also look forward and wonder what lies around the corner in celebrity and photography terms. It’s a month where if I did smoke a pipe and had a rocking chair and a big hat like Gandalf out of the Lord of the Rings, some considerable time would be spent in that chair rocking back and forth deep in thought and quiet contemplation maybe making a few dragon smoke rings in the process reminiscing on past times (good and bad) with a twinkle in the eye and a gentle smile on the face. As Galadriel said to Frodo in the very same film, before looking in the Mirror of Galadriel, that he would see
“things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be.”.
Those very thoughts run through the mind this time of year.
The longer you are in this game though the more you realise that what you are is the petrol in the media car. No fuel and it ain’t going nowhere. Celebrities need us (they know that) and we need them (we certainly know that). Photography is the medium that brings us together. It’s a bizarre relationship but is something that is silently acknowledged by both parties. That’s the game! You could say my job is promoting and publicising people, the camera is just a tool to achieve that goal.
Names come and go but it’s those that stand the test of time and cross all generations that truly deserve the title celebrity and seem to command the highest respect. David Attenborough above being a case in point. That statement is as valid way back in the 60s, now in 2015 and probably decades in the future.
Ah the celebrity game?
Enough waffle. What’s happening in June 2015 in celebrityville in London town?
Celebrity Events June 2015.
Listed below are events that I’m aware of. I will be at a fraction of these in June. Can’t do them all. NEW is music events, who’s performing where and when. Gives you an idea what big names are in town which starts the detective process to get more info. An example Arianne Grande performing London 1 June and Manchester 4 June. Glamour Women of the Year Awards are on 2 June. Strong chance she could be there. Gaga on 8 June. She has a preferred hotel. All guesswork but it narrows down and increases your chances of snapping these stars otherwise you are just looking for a needle in a haystack. London is a big place!
2 June Glamour Women of the Year Awards
One of the big ones, got eclipsed last year by the British Fashion Awards in my opinion. Think this event may be kicking back this year. Huge number of photogs cover this event with some big name photogs in attendance. Big name stars also from all spectrums of life with of course a female bias. Arrivals normally 5.30pm- 6pm onwards. Have been there till 8pm waiting for the last arrival. Photos live ETA 9pm onwards. Guest list unknown. Keep an eye on twitter @famefad for the gallery links. Weather forecast showers and windy. Immaterial for this event I will be there regardless!
Other Awards Yet to be confirmed
Film Premieres June 2015
Please note I don’t do film premieres these days but if the hotel where the stars are staying is known I will try my luck there. Results are highly variable.
Thursday 4th June
Going Bongo – Premiere
Cineworld Haymarket, London
Ernest Napoleon, Emanuela Galliussi, Ashley Olds
Thursday 4th June
Kajaki. The True Story – Special Screening
Imperial War Museum, London
Starring: Mark Stanley, Malachi Kirby, Paul Luebke, Ali Cook
Tuesday 9th June
London Road – Live Premiere
Ritzy, Brixton, London
Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, Tom Hardy
Tuesday 9th June
Entourage – European Premiere
Vue West End, London
Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Liam Neeson
Wednesday 10th June
Mr. Holmes – UK Premiere
Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada
**Thursday 11th June**
Minions – World Premiere
Odeon Leicester Square, London
**Sandra Bullock, John Hamm, Michael Keaton**
1 June Arianne Grande o2 arena London
4 June Take That o2 Arena, London + dates
6 June One Direction and Avicii Wembley Stadium London
8 June Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Royal Albert Hall, London + dates
24 June Fleetwood Mac o2 arena, London
27 June Taylor Swift Hyde Park London
Wimbledon Pre Party. Last year 25 June. Date and venue to be confirmed.
28 June- 2015 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. May take a look this year and see what candid photos can be gleaned from wandering around the grounds of this event. No guarantees!
Other events are on throughout June but I don’t know until on the day.
As always to keep in the know keep your eyes peeled on twitter @famefad