The latest news from the Fame Fad celebrity photo website for August 2015

Photo of the Month July 2015

Photo of the Month Ella Eyre City Rd for Emporio Armani Nokia Mobile

Photo of the Month Ella Eyre City Rd, London for Emporio Armani Nokia Mobile

The only picture I took in July. A suitably dark but incredibly good picture of rising star Ella Eyre. A picture which brings us nicely onto the bombshell news.

Fame Fad News August 2015

This was initially going to be a 1 liner or at most 1 paragraph news announcement but you soon realise people need reasons and explanations for radical decisions. Especially when there are a lot of people involved. You can’t say that in one line or a paragraph. So this is the long version.

Let me explain. A road sign, small and distant initially has been for the past year or so pointing in a certain direction for me, and has been acknowledged but ignored with a shrug of the shoulders and a “I’m going this way” attitude. Through a recent course of bizarre events this road sign has become so large and powerfully illuminated with huge flashing neon lights, it’s been finally realised this is the direction I HAVE to go. I realise now I have no choice in the matter. It’s not debatable.

SO after much careful consideration over the last couple of months it has been decided there will be no further updates on this website as a result, to focus on this new direction. This, Fame Fad website, what I’m now calling a “project” of 3 years duration, in my opinion has reached its completion and conclusion and the road has reached it’s end. A dead end in fact. Just like a relationship that isn’t going anywhere, you have to let go and move onto pastures new and follow that road sign. They don’t come very often, if at all.

Where it leads I have absolutely no idea. All I know is, that is the direction I have to go.

All associated websites such as Flickr, You Tube, Photoshelter, Tumblr and Twitter will also have no further updates as a result. This is not a temporary but a permanent state of affairs. I have to close this door in order to open the new one. There is no halfway house here.

The famefad.com and associated websites will still be available in present form and will form a live archive collection of my celebrity photo work. You could say it is a study of fame and celebrity life and events and the entertainment industry in London during 2012-2015. May even produce a book from this material with some stories of which I have many. I also have some unique celebrity photos in storage that have never seen the light of day for various reasons that would make an interesting book in their own right. Some will never be published though, they will be just a personal thing between me and the celebrity concerned for whatever that reason may be.

So Fame Fad is not dead, far from it, but it will live on in a different way and I think in better and far superior and deeper more meaningful forms.

If I ever did come back to the celebrity game, and it is a game, it would be intimate 1 on 1 stuff, just me and the celebrity and no event officials, no paparazzi or press, no screaming fans or graphers. Just me and the star and that’s it. Photos at home, work, studio, dressing room, on set….that sort of thing. Real grass roots stuff with the emphasis on REAL.  If that ever did happen it would appear at frankjohn.com and not at Fame Fad. Don’t hold your breath on that one but it’s a pipe dream I’ve had from day one and the way my work was heading in it’s latter stages. I produce my best work  on my own, that I know for sure!

Back to Fame Fad and the way forward from today. All photos are still viewable and available for purchase online. All contact forms and feeds will remain as they are and function as normal. In summary I’m not pulling the plug on the website, certainly not in 2015 and it will probably be around for years to come. It may even change format as more of a showcase instead of a rather dull events in chronological order sort of thing, but the hard fact remains there will be no further updates on this website. That is FACT.

One of my new projects is at fjgirls.com which is a pipe dream that is manifesting itself in the real world and seems to be proving head scratchingly popular. Not much in celebrity terms on that website. Not exactly (on the surface) deep subject matter either (basically photos of women walking down the road?). Dig deeper though and their is a whole different agenda going on. Fashion is just a vehicle or a shop window to bring that agenda into being. If truth be known it’s not even about fashion it’s about my favourite subject “women”. This looks to be a tip of the iceberg website that will give rise to some other new offshoot deeper documentary style projects (nothing to do with fashion) which are in the pipeline as a result of this website and will be a radical departure from what I’ve done before.

Where I’m heading, not many have gone before. Maybe a few of the masters from the past. Unlike the Celebrity and Entertainment Industry and Photo Journalism which is saturated with photographers and is a well worn and known and well beaten path. A rather large machete and industrial torch is required where I’m heading and no one but myself will be there. It will be a lonely but potentially highly rewarding journey, or there maybe nothing at the other end.

These projects will probably be in film (analogue) format (have recently acquired film slr and rangefinder cameras and associated gear that are 100% mechanical and don’t even need a battery) and the photos will be hard copy real world and not available in any electronic/digital form. Hence film, it’s a medium that slows you down and is a sod to digitise and get online. Good for deep projects.. What’s not online is unknown, not seen, hard to copy and steal, you could say it also makes it intrinsically more valuable as a result. These projects will be done in a Vivian Maier manner. Anybody who knows that name and her story will know what I’m getting at. You could say this is in no uncertain terms “A Calling”. Again these sort of things don’t happen very often in a lifetime, if at all.

All these projects have nothing to do with fame or celebrities or the entertainment industry, the polar opposite in fact, so probably will not be of interest to most here. Some will be, to put it mildly…. quite unglamorous and ordinary, not really the sort of thing you put on social media. Banal is the word that springs to mind here, but turning that banality into something magnificent. A supreme photographic challenge. No miserable cats or selfies here though!

In summary this radical change in direction, is not about website popularity or hits and fame. It’s not about Twitter followers and retweets or Facebook or Instagram likes. It’s not even about the money. It never was. These new projects are beyond all that, it’s about a deeper creative calling and a radical change of direction you could say? Creating a body of work that has “power” and “meaning” and a “strong message” and a “timeless” quality with the emphasis being on “quality” and UNIQUE being the objective. In hindsight Fame Fad was just a process and journey of realising that fact and reaching this point on the road where I am now. As grand and impressive as Fame Fad is, that’s all it was.

This to most people probably sounds complete and utter madness, the tossing to the wayside of a succesful and popular website, but to any of you creatives out there, you’ll know exactly where I’m coming from. If you don’t follow that sign, you’ll regret it the rest of your life.

I’ll still be around as a photographer but I will just not be involved with celebrities or the entertainment industry in a photo journalist capacity anymore. My other still live websites and social media are listed at the end of this news article if you wish to follow me in my new capacities. BUT if you’re looking for that celebrity buzz you’re probably better off elsewhere.

Fame Fad has been one fantastic journey, but like all journeys it had to end sooner or later. 3 years (on and off) all told is a pretty good run. (5 if you include my earlier blogging days) Courses of higher learning such as Degrees, strangely and coincidentally, also run for that period of time.

I would like to thank all @famefad followers for their support and interest during this projects duration.

I would also like to thank certain other photographers, websites, graphers (autograph hunters), event officials and security (you know who you are) for providing access, information or just a good spot to make these photos possible. Without which half these photos would not be here at all.

It has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride! Hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did.

Frank John
Founder, Owner and Photographer
Famefad.com

Frank John Photography Websites

fjgirls.com London Fashion and Street Style
frankjohn.com currently a business card/shop window style photographers website that is set to radically change late this year/early next which may feature some of my new work. A new Twitter also in the pipeline. One to keep an eye on!

Social Media
@fjgirls twitter for fjgirls.com
@ThatFJ my personal twitter mainly arty stuff on here. A creative doodle pad/diary kick a ball round the park sort of Twitter Page. Erratic and not very frequent updates!
@fjgirlsmobile the fjgirls instagram

Others in the pipeline especially Flickr, instagram and You Tube.

 

 

Fearne Cotton arrives at The Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2015.

The latest celebrity event news and behind the scenes goings on at Fame Fad for July 2015 with added waffle which seemed to be popular last month?

Photo of the Month June 2015

Fearne Cotton arrives at The Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2015. Part 2

Fearne Cotton arrives at The Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2015.

First off photo of the month for June 2015. It was a tricky one but on 3rd June I knew that I had my photo of the month. We’ve got names in June like Amber Heard, Channing Tatum, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson and many others but this shot of Fearne Cotton is the one for me. WHY?

1. Technically Good selective lighting, she’s illuminated nicely and the annoying railings in the background are not. Results she pops out of the frame. It looks like she’s standing still but she was moving at a rate of knots as shown by her hair. Bang on focus,nice smile and direct eye contact seal the deal.
2. She’s pregnant and still hitting the mark in red carpet fashion terms which is not easy to achieve as all the celebrity names mentioned previously would acknowledge and raise their hat to.
3. The red ball clutch handbag thing I’ve never seen before, it’s a one off and that alone warrants a photo of the month tag.
4. She’s a bit of a National Institution having been at Radio 1 for 10 years and has recently left. She’s a bit of a fashion icon as well. What better way to mark that fact

I think 4 pretty good reasons for her to be photo of the month. I could name others!

Waffle

Timing is critical in this game. What Henri Cartier-Bresson called the decisive moment is very relevant in this sphere of work. Incredibly so.  More importantly once you’ve got that decisive moment you’ve got to get those pictures out there as fast as possible so time is critical here also, otherwise you are quite simply wasting your time.

This is something that I’ve been looking at for some time with internet cafe’s being the way to go for me. saves on carrying a laptop around worrying about batteries being charged, getting a good mobile or wi fi connection and on and on, not to mention the weight.  Some paps photo rucksacks I’ve struggled to pick up let alone get onto my back. Downside of internet cafe’s  is there is always a  lag from when you take the picture to when the outside world actually sees it which in this day and age is not good.

Some paps I know have ditched their laptops and are using Ipad Air 2  (the wafer thin one). Again this is something I’ve looked at with a lot of interest but again it’s not without it’s cons. Yes they’re light but are not as powerful as a laptop or PC and only rudimentary image editing can be done. They are also quite fiddly to use and quite fragile. An option that is still being considered though.

Some mirrorless cameras enable you to take a picture with a top notch camera (such as Sony A7 full frame series), send it to your phone via an app and from there you can post it out to the world. 10 seconds is the delay plus the time to log into your social media website and type out the message. Food for thought as well although it’s well known mirrorless cameras can’t hold a light to a DSLR for speed photography such as sports and paparazzi high speed action work where it’s all over in 2-3 seconds tops.

So the battle goes on in my mind over what technology really convinces me to make the switch from dinosaur internet cafe’s to the latest instantaneous delivery of photos from the world of celebrity but when it happens it will transform this website!

 

Fame Fad News July 2015

1. Photoshelter News
Photoshelter News All the photo galleries for Fame Fad are not hosted on this website but are hosted at Photoshelter at frankjohn.photoshelter.com. Recently had an email from these people who are based in New York that the package I’m on has been upgraded which means the following.
a) 8 or 9 funkier designs are available to showcase my work instead of the bog standard vanilla flavour that is out there at present. May try the Ben and Jerry’s Mint and Triple ORGANIC Chocolate chip and Pistachio flavour variety. They also got a very nice Haagen Daz!
b) I now have the option of using famefad.com as the domain name for the gallery Instead of frankjohn.photoshelter.com. An example would be famefad.com/gallery. Still being looked at but this is quite a significant development at no extra cost to yours truly. Changes if any will happen during the dead period between late July and August this year.

2. You Tube
No updates have been done on this channel since Christmas and with a whopping 1 subscriber it’s pretty obvious this channel is getting the thumbs down in viewing and subscriber terms in it’s present format. So it’s back to the drawing board to come up with some different ideas for this channel. In it’s present form it’s just not worth investing any more time and effort in as videos do take a surprising amount of work to produce. I’m not one for flogging a dead horse and I have to say my first love is stills photography si it’s no loss for me personally! Rita Ora performing live seems to be the most popular video THAT may provide the future direction of this You Tube Channel. BUT as always watch for further news on that one

3. Camera Gear you may have noticed in June I’ve acquired some new lenses. A 70-200 style Tele zoom for longer range work such as hotels and large events and a wide angle to normal zoom for close up pap and red carpet situations. I’m not a huge fan of zooms but in this game they are pretty much essential. The result will be a dramatically different look to the photos and the ability to get shots that I otherwise would not be able to get which has got to be a good thing!

Celebrity Event News
July is what I call the start of the wind down season with late July and August being the dead times of the year in conjunction with the school holidays. Here’s what I know of that’s on in July.

1 July British Grand Prix Ball Royal Artillery Gardens in the City
Will not be at this event but a cracking guest list is expected to arrive.

One Crazy Thing – European Premiere
Wednesday 1st July

Genesis Cinema, London

Starring: Ray Panthaki, Daisy Bevan, Dan Renton Skinner

3 July Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards Park Lane Hilton Hotel.
Good mixture of celebrities at this event both old and new. Will nott be there for the arrivals (other things on) but will try and make it for the departures

 

**Ant-Man – European Premiere**
Wednesday 8 July

Odeon Leicester Square, London

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Michael Douglas

If hotel known will be papping there for certain.

 

As always keep an eye on the @famefad twitter for the latest news.

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.

Sir David Attenborough arrives at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards London. Candid Red Carpet Photos

Sir David Attenborough arrives at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards London. Candid Red Carpet Photos

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!

Awards Events

2 June Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Rita Ora at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 London. Arrivals Photos

Rita Ora at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 London. Arrivals Photos

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**

NEW Music

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

Sport:

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

Latest news at Fame Fad and behind the scenes for May 2015 with a look forward to what will be happening in May.

No celebrity photos were taken in April as I have been snowed under elsewhere and things didn’t go according to plan but it looks like the Fame Fad mysteries could be coming to an end in May. Further details further on in this article.

Therefore no photo of the month FROM April 2015, instead a couple of archive photos from my very early days as a celeb photog. These are my photos of the month.

Amanda Seyfried at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Amanda Seyfried at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Helena Bonham-Carter at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Helena Bonham-Carter at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Photo of the month April 2015. Amanda Seyfried close up at the Les Miserables Premiere, London 2013

Helena Bonham Carter close up at the Les Miserables Premiere, London 2013

Why do I like these two photos? Moody lighting, intimate and up close and personal, you can almost put your arms round them, very in your face and they scrub up well on closer inspection. Amanda Seyfried in particular certainly has it all going on!

Criticisms: No connection and no eye contact despite their close proximity. If you can believe it this was taken on a cold winters night and the temperature was just above freezing. Remember repeatedly asking Amanda for a photo and she just kept smiling looking anywhere accept my direction. When I finally did get what we call in the trade “The Eye” she was about 1 foot in front looking straight at me and the biggest smile, took the shot, she then went, checked the shot, completely blown out and over exposed and out of focus (too close) next to useless. You live and learn. Those were the good old days? Every photo has a story. The Amanda Seyfried story is particularly painful and one I will never forget.

So what is happening at Fame Fad in May. First event looks to be the TV BAFTAS further details below. I should be there unless it is chucking it down or I’m down with something serious.

Here’s a few things that are on my radar for May. There will be heaps of other stuff coming up and I’m normally made aware on the day hence just these dates below. Please note I don’t attend premieres anymore instead I try for candid shots at the hotel if I know where they are staying.

Sunday 10 May
TV Bafta Awards, Theatre Royal London

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond – European Premiere

Sunday 17th May

Directed: Brad Bird

Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie

19-23 May 2015
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Chelsea Gardens

San Andreas – World Premiere

Thursday 21st May

Cineworld Haymarket, London

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino

Thursday 21st May Ivor Novello Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane W1

Date to be confirmed
Glamour Women of the Year Awards
Normally the first Tuesday of June but has been the last Tuesday of May. Big event this will know nearer the time.

Events that will not be attended.

British Soap Awards will be taking place at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on Saturday 16 May.

Had a blast last year at this event which was held at the Hackney Empire in London but Manchester is just a trek too far for me for this sort of event. So a miss!

As always keep an eye on Twitter for latest @famefad news updates.

Latest news from the very nerve centre of Fame Fad with a look back at March and the photo highlights and a also a look forward to what will be happening in April.

Only covered one event in March so the photo highlights are taken from that event.

Photo of the Month March 2015 is a pregnant Laura Hamilton at the 2015 TRIC Awards below.

Laura Hamilton arrives at TRIC Awards 2015 London. Arrival Photos

Photo of the Month March 2015. Laura Hamilton arrives at TRIC Awards 2015 London. Arrival Photos. Photo: Copyright Frank John for Famefad.com

Why do I like this shot? Beautiful smile, good eye contact and the angle is good really capturing that baby bump. Front on the shot wouldn’t have been so dramatic. A real grass roots shot that says “Yes I’m a celebrity but I get pregnant and have babies just like the rest of you!” She looks like she’s pretty much due so hats off to her for turning up in the first place

Nadia Ford arrives at TRIC Awards 2015 London. Arrival Photos

Photo of the Month March 2015 No 2. Nadia Ford arrives at TRIC Awards 2015 London. Arrival Photos.  Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

Second favourite shot from the same event is Nadia Ford walking down Park Lane a few feet from the photo area, a shot that no other photographer got. It’s a bit different and up close and personal. Again good eye contact and what I call a Mona Lisa smile. Those are the best! Focus is what I call an annoying 98% but sometimes if a shot is that good I just go with it these days but on a technical basis it will never sell in a million. I call it soft focus and a “moment” shot, the media would call it a reject shot. Regardless I think it’s a cracker and she’s here. Sometimes it’s not about 100% sharp!

So what’s happening at Fame Fad in April? In a word I’m back this month after being involved in other projects since early December last year. Normal service should resume after the Easter holidays. Due to the fact I’ve been sort of out of the celebrity game for some months, it will take a few weeks to get back into the celebrity information curve getting to know again who’s here, who’s there, who’s buzzing and what’s on.

Here’s a quick look at what’s on in film premiere terms in April. I don’t attend these events anymore these days but the departures from the hotels have produced some interesting shots that float my boat and paddle my canoe. No guarantees on any of these but there are some decent names here.

A Little Chaos – UK Premiere
Monday 13th April

Odeon Kensington, London

Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory

Far From The Madding Crowd – World Premiere
Wednesday 15th April

BFI South Bank, London

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts

Solitary – Gala Screening part of London Independent Film Festival
Thursday 16th April

Genesis Cinema, London

Starring: Susan Ateh, Miranda Bell, Maya Bewick

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Premiere
There has been no confirmed date for the UK premiere.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Furious 7 – Premiere? No date yet but release date is 3 April so premiere looking unlikely maybe a screening or similar or nothing at all.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Awards Events. Numerous events on during April. Keep an eye on the Fame Fad twitter @famefad

Other events. Again keep an eye on the Fame Fad Twitter @famefad

As I always love to say. Watch for further news!!

Tamara Ecclestone at London Fashion Week AW 15 Day 2  at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest news at Fame Fad and behind the scenes for March 2015 with a look back at February and the highlights and a look forward to what will be happening in March.

Photo of the Month February 2015 Tamara Ecclestone family shot including her baby.

Why do I like this shot? It’s basically a family snap taken on the move before the steps of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which was the staging area for the Julien MacDonald event at London Fashion Week. Celebrity babies are a tricky thing to photogragh but the parents are happy about being snapped and happy to have their child pictured as well. Even the baby looks to be enjoying the light show in front from the paps. Very difficult to get these sort of intimate shots and these photos are special and don’t come along too often hence it’s top billing here

Tamara Ecclestone at London Fashion Week AW 15 Day 2  at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Second fave shot is Ella Eyre arriving at the same event posing for a portrait style shot, with some of the general public trying to get her photo in the background. Got some full length shots of Ella coming up the stairs and also near her car on arrival but this shot seems to have something going on more than the others

Ella Eyre at London Fashion Week AW 15 Day 2 at the Foreign And Commonwealth Office

 
Third photo fave is Michelle Keegan on the first day of London Fashion Week at Somerset House leaving the Jasper Conran event. Got loads of shots of her but this close up shot with a strange hand motion and the empty drinks carton in the background stood out in my opinion. Is she waving or just showing her ring or is she showing some nifty finger moves?

Michelle Keegan arrives at London Fashion Week AW15

Michelle Keegan leaving  London Fashion Week AW15

FAME FAD NEWS MARCH
What’s happening March at Fame Fad. March will be an open book and a mystery month. Events are on, celebs will as always be around but this month the updates will be left in the hands of that thing that nobody can control called the weather.

If spring looks to be just around the corner and the weather looks to be lifting off it’s winter lows, updates will be here. March is a tricky month and the Siberian weather could return or the daffodils outside the window where I’m writing this just maybe right and better weather is on the way.

In summary there may be 1 or 2 updates in March or there could be a dozen. Normal service should resume April.

PHOTO STYLE. Have been doing a lot of reading of photography masters, looked at thousands of photos and watched numerous videos. It’s something I do every winter. Whether this has any effect on my photographic style remains to be seen. It’s something all good photographers do otherwise your standard of photography doesn’t progress to higher levels and remains static.

TYPES OF EVENTS. Getting picky on the events that will be covered. My style is increasingly leaning towards very close and intimate shots with what I call a connection as in plenty of eye contact. Events nowadays are chosen to maximise on this situation. Here’s some events in February that were not covered and the reason why?

BAFTAS: Weather was cold but fine but the lack of Hollywood heavyweight names this year = a no show from me.

BRIT AWARDS: Some names were there including the now infamous Madonna but the venue is not the best.

ELLE STYLE AWARDS: Great event and one that I definetly would attend but it clashed with the last day of London Fashion Week. Had a stack of photos that had to be uploaded and edited so time was an issue. A tablet would have resolved this issue. Something that is seriously being looked into.

MOBILE PICS: A first for this website is photos via my mobile. First one went live just after LFW and looks like it generated interest. Could be used for behind the scenes shots, candid shots even video or anything else. Obviously the photo quality will not be as good as from the DSLR but whatever is taken can be uploaded within seconds.

That’s it for the March News. As always keep up to date with the latest developments at the Fame Fad Twitter @famefad

The latest news for Fame Fad in February 2015 including behind the scenes.

No photo of the month this month as only 1 event was attended last month with Emily Blunt and James Corden being the only celebrities photographed.Not much point duplicating Emily Blunt again.

February will be a quiet month this month as I’m tied up elsewhere and also working on my new website which seems to be getting a lot of interest. Also it’s no joke standing around waiting for celebrities in this weather. I’m a hard nut but I’m not a fruit cake.

So what’s happening at Fame Fad in February?

BAFTAS 7 January. If the weather is OK I may be there but will be after candid shots but not from the crowds. Hit rate will be low but anything that I do get should be interesting. If there’s a hint of rain or snow I will not be there.

London Fashion Week 20-24 February. Again subject to weather I will be there in a celebrity and also fashion photographer capacity. If I see any celebrities then of course they will be here.

If you’re interested in fashion and nothing much is happening at Fame Fad during February you can get me over at Twitter @fjgirls

Kelly Brook arrives at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2014, London

Happy New Year from Fame Fad if you don’t follow us on Twitter. The latest behind the scenes news and a smattering of celebrity events that are on their way in January. A bit later than usual as a result of the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

Kelly Brook arrives at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2014, London

Kelly Brook arrives at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2014, London

Photo of the Month: December 2014:  Kelly Brook arriving at the 2014 Cosmo Awards in Mayfair, London

Why this photo?  Kelly is as good a reason as any to kick start 2015 and this photo seems to achieve that result.

Tanya Burr arrives at the British Fashion Awards 2014 London

Tanya Burr arrives at the British Fashion Awards 2014 London

Tanya Burr was a close second with this candid shot of her arriving at the British Fashion Awards standing in front of me doing her latest Vlog update and getting blitzed by flash from compact cameras. Slightly over exposed but has been left   for it’s blingy look. Candids look to be the way forward in 2015. More on that later!

 

What’s hapening in January 2015?  Here’s a list of a few events that are on during January 2015 including premieres and a couple of awards events. This is the tip of the iceberg as there are other things on. They are listed here for reference purposes only, but I personally may not be at these events but elsewhere such as the hotel or maybe but probably not the after party or another event.

FILM PREMIERES:

Monday 5th January
Testament Of Youth Premiere
Empire Leicester Square , London
Starring: Alicia Vickander, Hayley Atwell, Kit Harington, Dominic West

Wednesday 7th January
Into the Woods
Curzon Mayfair, London
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine

Monday 12th January
A Most Violent Year Premiere
London
Unconfirmed
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

Monday 19th January
Mortdecai Premiere
London
Unconfirmed
Starring: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow

Wednesday 21st January
Kingsman: The Secret Service Premiere
London
Unconfirmed
Starring: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

AWARDS EVENTS:

National Television Awards 2015 o2 arena 21 Jan 2015

London Critics Circle Film Awards 18 January 2015 Mayfair Hotel London

Fame Fad Behind The Scenes News: January 2015

As you may have noticed near the tail end of 2014 Fame Fad is gradually changing direction and moving away from premieres and huge crowd events although awards events will still be covered on this website. Here’s whats happening in January and beyond.

1. Increased Fashion Bias. More emphasis on fashion shots, fashion events, female stars including casual, smart and red  carpet fashion. Male stars will still be covered but the more edgy types will be here such as the Brand’s, Pattinsons and other such types. I call them The Heart Throbs!

2. Candids. Increased emphasis on candid style shots such as the Tanya Burr shot above. These are incredibly hard to get and involve a lot of luck and incredible timing to get them but this is the way forward. The Fame Fad Candid Awards 2014 coming in the next couple of days will give you a taste of what is to come and probably better.

3. Video. Still in it’s formative stages but the new mobile I have recently acquired produces shockingly good HD video with matching sound. Trying to figure out how to shoot stills (photos) and video at the same time. Once that is figured out there should be some interesting footage in both formats which again I think is the way forward for this website and in general.

4. Smaller more intimate event coverage.  Things like parties, charity galas and balls and other similar events can produce some great pictures and have a broad cross section of stars in attendance you don’t normally see on what I call “the circuit”. They tend to have a handful of paps in attendance instead of 20-30 you normally see.

5. Reduced coverage at ITV and BBC.  Big names turning up at both these venues of course will be covered such as Rita Ora, Ariane Grande, Taylor Swift and other such names that arrived in 2014 but will be used more as a backup if I didn’t get them somewhere else. A lot of the stars lately have been leaving via back exits and using side doors or other such tricks which is not what you really want after waiting 2-3 hours! Reviewing the photos over the year especially the ITV shots they tend to not be as good as shots taken elsewhere with rather uninspring backdrops. BUT as said before if a big name is in town and I have had no luck elsewhere then I’m left with no choice but to go the ITV or BBC route.

6. Exclusives?  Exclusive photos of celebrities? A laughable and very rare thing in London but something that is being looked into with new information sources recently acquired this could be a step closer to reality but when your face is known and you are waiting somewhere in Central London for a celebrity from a tip off  it’s not long before 1 or 2 other paps turn up who text others and then you are surrounded by 15 or 20 and with you thinking “That’s that exclusive out the window”. Still in the experimental stage but watch this space!

7. Blog Posts: Blog posts could be making a come back in 2015 with a short few words on the latest update and a 600 x 800 or so px photo with a link to the gallery. Maybe a photo of the day similar to the photo of the month. Still being chewed over. Watch for further news!

Suki Waterhouse and Guests at Winter Wonderland

Photo of the Month: November 2014: Suki Waterhouse and guests arriving at the Winter Wonderland VIP Night in Hyde Park,  Central London on 20 November 2014. Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

Photo of the Month: November 2014: Suki Waterhouse and guests arriving at the Winter Wonderland VIP Night in Hyde Park, Central London on 20 November 2014. Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

Photo of the Month November 2014:  This photo sums up the christmas season right on with Suki Waterhouse (centre) and guests in christmas spirit with the massive Winter Wonderland lights in the background setting the tone.

What’s Happening at Fame Fad in December:

December is a month that starts with a big bang and ends pretty quiet with the Christmas period being traditionally quiet and the celebrity world is no exception. Here’s what I’m aware of at this moment in time (29 November)

Events:

These are the bigger events I’m aware of that are on during December. There are many others including charity balls, christmas parties and other seasonal goings on. Things that I like the look of I will be attending and they do not appear on this list below. Most of these are common knowledge and easily found on the web.

The British Fashion Awards. The London Palladium 1 December 2014. Rita Ora, Kelly Brook, Rosie Huntington Whitely and Harry Styles were there last year. Very hard event to get decent shots but well worth attending for the names involved. On the same day as the Hobbit Premiere. I will be at this event. I have to be!

The Victorias Secret Fashion Show Earls Court Exhibition Centre
SW5 9TA 2 December 2014 8pm Models such as  Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo and Karlie Kloss probably ring bells for this massive fashion extravaganza. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier are set to perform plus more. Huge event. Again hard venue to pap but the hotels will be a good bet as well as this venue. A challenge but could throw up some big surprises.

Further details

The Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards. 1 Mayfair. London 3 December. The Glamour Women of the Year Awards is THE event of the year for female stars but this one is still pretty good. Was held at the V&A in 2012, didn’t attend in 2013. Female stars mainly Brit from all walks of celebrity life. The venue is not as good as the V&A it has to be said but some decent shots should be on the cards. Again an event I have to be at..

The Jingle Bell Ball 6 and 7 December 2014 SSE Arena London. Not the easiest place to get shots but a huge turnout of music stars for this event. Further details 

 

Film Premieres

Monday 1st December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, – World Premiere

Odeon Leicester Square & Empire IMAX, London
Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Exodus Gods and Kings – World Premiere

Odeon Leicester Square, London
Thursday 4th December 2014

Montana – Gala Screening

The Mayfair Hotel, London
Monday 15th December

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb – European Premiere

Empire Leicester Square , London

OTHER NEWS:

Christmas and New Years I will be off with a return in early January. BUT if I do bump into any celebrities over the Christmas period they will be here. Keep an eye on Twitter for any updates but regulars will know the chances are slim.

Ellie Goulding at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 London. Archive Photo © Frank John for famefad.com

Ellie Goulding at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 London. Archive Photo © Frank John for famefad.com

After a quiet August what will be happening in September in Fame Fad? Further news on that below.

Photo above is Ellie Goulding (looking very good) at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards held early June this year,  just arriving at the event. Can’t remember what I said on the night to get her attention after literally just getting out of the car ( a knee jerk reaction shot) but a good shot none the less………………..1 second later she was gone with a last look over her shoulder (another shot)………she  didn’t hang around to have her photo taken by the other photogs and headed straight in.  She’s currently at No1 in the charts with her latest single BURN which has beat off names such as Lady Gaga in the process. That’s something.  A lot of talent here with her soft husky tones…………very unique vocals…..impressed is not the word………..hence her headline photo for this article!

Back to normal at Fame Fad for September. 2 film premieres in the first week of September including Diana portrayed by Naomi Watts which is already causing a stir pre release. Stirrings in Diva land also with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga due to appear at the Itunes Festivals at the Roundhouse in Camden which means they will be in town. Cheryl Cole and her new Rose tats causing a media stir are currently recording a new album, should be things happening  there soon as well.  Awards season kicks off also with some events in the pipeline.

Other news

Full Length Shots

After having a look around the site, currently the emphasis is on portrait and head shots but this will be changing with more emphasis on full length shots or fashion shots especially with the female stars (basically to get the clogs) but head shots and portraits will still feature strongly as that’s my thing. Looking at a new decent wider angle lens to achieve that aim (not cheap) as the current lens collection is not great for full length shots when stars are 3-6 feet away which is becoming increasingly the norm these days. Asking a star to take 4 steps backwards as I don’t have a wide angle zoom lens er  doesn’t really cut it…………. especially with the A listers.

Photo Updates

Previously photos were released the following day for an event but some weeks prior to August photos were released within 2 hours of the event on a trial basis. From September onwards this will be the new norm with photos from an event released within 1-2 hours after the event to rival the major photo wire services.

Notting Hill Carnival.

Was there last year, this year is a No show from me. Search on this site for last years pics, doubt if this year will be any different in photo terms!

1 Direction Premiere

Did promise to be at the 1 direction premiere for  photos. I was there with everything but the kitchen sink but couldn’t get in (tried every trick in the book). Heard the screaming, saw the tears, saw the crowds,  heard the Security guards shouting “You in the purple dress stop climbing and  get down of the security screening”  (8ft high). It was chaos worse than the final Twilight premiere. All I can say is Directioners 1 Fame Fad Nil

Should be back late this week if not def very early Sept at one of the premiere’s

As always watch for further news and of course more amazing? celebrity pics!