Well, what can I say about Ashley Tisdale? Like I mentioned before, I had no idea which celebrity was who when I started this job, and I guess I still have no idea who Ashley Tisdale is, besides her work on High School Musical. I have never seen High School Musical either. I’ve watched one scene via youtube and it was Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron singing (who I also saw a lot). Actually all the kids in that movie were somewhat important for whatever reason. I just know that if I saw them you had to take a lot of pictures, and that’s what I did. Ashley Tisdale by far being the least interesting of the bunch. I have no idea if she’s still relevant today (probably not). All I know is the first time I saw her I thought I had scored a massive sale, but instead it was just a white girl holding a puppy, though it did print a lot.
It was June 28th of 2008 and I’ve been working as a paparazzo for a bit over a month and mostly at LAX. Malak was “training” me in the art of shooting celebrities, so we spent a lot of the time in the airport. That day we had Vanessa Minillo and Ashley Tisdale to worry about, while Vanessa was departing in one terminal Ashley was arriving in the other one. We spotted Vanessa and started taking pictures, but I knew Tisdale was arriving soon so I told Malak I should cover the other flight while he kept working on Vanessa, so we split. I headed over to terminal 5 arrivals to wait for Tisdale and there she was coming down the escalator holding the most adorable puppy. Her mom and her assistant were behind her and I was nervous about doing all the work by myself. I took as many pictures as I could, ended up taking over 150 pictures. She stood by the carousel waiting for her bags (which happened to be a lot of bags) and then waited curbside for her limousine. That whole time I just took pictures and pretended I wasn’t even there. Never said anything to her or to her mom or assistant (newbie mistake, celebrities are much nicer when you greet them). Nevertheless she was smiling and the pictures turned out great.
I got way too excited landing this exclusive photo session with Tisdale that I felt the need to call my boss and tell him what happened. I told him that I just got Ashley Tisdale exclusive holding her puppy and looking happy. I honestly thought I just got a great photo session and felt the need to tell him everything to which he replied with indifference “okay”. Then I realized that my work was actually not important at all, it was just Ashley Tisdale in the airport holding her puppy (by the way, the puppy’s name is Maui, useless information you learn at the job). I saw that the picture printed in several magazines, especially the magazines for teens and it also went into a lot of different blogs.
These were the picture (June 28th, 2008):
Needless to say, I saw a lot of Ashley Tisdale through the years. A lot of the times in the airport but also out in Los Angeles. I used to go to a certain area in LA to hunt for celebrities in which a lot of them were neighbors. Next to Tisdale’s house was Haylie Duff’s, and around the corner was Hilary Duff’s. A block away was Jennifer Love Hewitt’s home and turn around the corner and you would find Miley Cyrus’ house, next to it, Steve Carell’s.
The next time I saw her was on July 9th, 2008. She was coming back from Hawaii and landed at 4:00 a.m. I didn’t want to work, she didn’t want me to be there, and for my surprise there were 4 other paparazzi in the scene. She covered her face with a giant bag the whole time and no one got a picture of her face, except me, I rolled on the ground and managed to capture this:
Then on November 8th, 2008 again coming back from Hawaii. To be more specific the island of Maui. Get it know? That’s why she named her puppy Maui….
On February 2nd, 2009 I followed her from her house to the 101 Cafe in Hollywood. She had lunch with her agent and nothing happened at all. 5 other paparazzi were there, we were all disappointed that we wasted our time waiting for her to come out of the Cafe for shitty pictures.
If you wonder how we know that she’s going to be at LAX, sometimes is this obvious. A driver holds a sign that reads A. Tisdale for her arrival on February 9th, 2011. Yes, a lot of the times the driver, the limousine company, the airline or other sources tell you her exact flight number.
Thrilling right? The sad part is that I still have more pictures of her at LAX and other places, but they were even less exciting than the ones I posted. I promise that next post will be of an actual celebrity. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of Ashley Tisdale.