Inside Move: McDougall offers red-carpet respite

'Polite Paparazzi' to play nice with celebs

An announcement of a new celebrity photo service came through the Variety transom the other day, for an outfit dubbing itself the “Polite Paparazzi.”

The brain child of Stephen McDougall, the idea is to take pictures of celebrities if and only if the stars allow him to.

“We offer photography services where we would go and be polite, do it more respectfully, talk to actors, actresses, directors or producers,” McDougall explains.”

Is it any surprise that this idea comes from Canada?

A resident of Sarnia, Ontario, McDougall’s many talents include wedding photography, improv comedy and party deejaying.

He believes there’s great demand for nicer paparazzi. Says McDougall: “From everything I read, a lot of paparazzi get a bad rap. There are people who try to be a little bit pushy and edgy” though, he adds, politely, “There are some good guys out there.”

So far, McDougall has yet to test his idea in practice. He currently has no clients and has done no celebrity photo work. And his distance from the L.A. and Gotham red-carpet circuit will no doubt cut into his opportunities.

But he’s hopeful that something will pop up in Toronto, and he remains good-natured: “I love photography, and it’s kind of just something that needed to be done.”

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