Paparazzi struggle as Pitt-Jolie birth nears
WINDHOEK, Apr 25 (Reuters) It's the million-dollar shot. An exclusive photograph of Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their newborn, especially one taken in the far-flung African state of Namibia where they are staying, would be gold dust to the lucky snapper.
Little wonder paparazzi from around the world are lurking outside the Burning Shores Lodge in the seaside resort of Langstrand where the couple are staying ahead of the birth, due in mid-May.
''It would be one of the biggest celebrity pictures of all time if there was a genuine exclusive,'' said Darren Lyons, founder of London-based Big Pictures, one of the biggest celebrity photo agencies.
''It would be over a million dollars.'' He confirmed he had a ''team'' in Namibia, a sparsely populated land with deserts, huge sand dunes and game reserves, but would give no other details. He, like many others, believes however that the odds are stacked high against a genuine scoop.
Not only must the paparazzi contend with cloth screens surrounding the luxury resort.
The police have joined private security guards to protect Jolie, 30, and Pitt, 42, from prying lenses, and one guard has used pepper spray to keep a photographer at bay.
The couple may also throw a spanner in the paparazzi's works by posing for a selected media outlet or holding a carefully staged photo call giving everyone access.
''There are two options,'' said Rhianne van der Linde, account manager at Images 24, the pictures arm of South African media group Media 24 which runs a stable of newspapers and magazines.
''Either Brad and Angelina decide to schedule an exclusive photo shoot with a reputable magazine and photographer, or they are going to make a public appearance and the paparazzi can gather and everybody gets the same shot.
''That would take the price down to normal levels,'' she said.
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