For Paparazzi, Obamas Are as Hot as Pitt-Jolies

Paparazzi competition heats up for snaps of future first family
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2009 8:14 AM CST
In this Aug. 14, 2008, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., body surfs at Sandy Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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(Newser) – Hordes of photographers are gearing up to make their fortunes with photos of the glamorous new first family, Elizabeth Wolff writes in New York magazine.The transition team is trying to carefully manage images of the Obamas, but they're up against patient and wily paparazzi trying to sneak shots of the family that photo agencies are ranking right up there with the Pitt-Jolies for celebrity status.

One veteran pap says Obama pix are outearning his Lindsay Lohan stock. They'll be doggedly lying in wait to snap "regular people" shots of Michelle shopping and taking the girls to school, but  the Holy Grail of Obama pics is a photo of the president-elect smoking. Such a photo would "definitely fetch over $100,000," says the chief of one agency dispatching extra snappers to DC.