I love a good photo just as much as the next person, but the idea of having someone follow me around with a camera is a bit daunting, to say the least. I'm not camera shy; I'm just not camera-obsessed. But when I heard about the Paparazzi Package at the Row NYC Hotel, I was intrigued. The package includes a one-night stay in a two-bedroom penthouse suite, hair and makeup by celebrity stylist Lionel Renard, and a Getty photographer to document the process. I've always wondered what celebs must feel like when they have the paparazzi following them around, so I decided to give it a shot.
After checking in, I headed up to the penthouse suite, which is named after legendary photographer Ron Galella. Galella is largely regarded as the original paparazzo and has taken snaps of Jackie Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Sophia Loren and Michael Jackson. The suite was decorated with his photos (some of them previously unseen) and stocked with his coffee table books. Aside from the pics, the room's décor is retro-inspired, mostly monochrome and with luxe details like marble tabletops, Missoni pillows and a snakeskin couch. And the breathtaking view of the Hudson River wasn't too bad either.
When you get the Paparazzi Package, the photographer will follow you anywhere in the city you want, but since the sun had begun to set we decided to take a few shots in front of the hotel. Demano expertly instructed me on where to look, where to stand, and what to do. And although I was worried that the lighting wouldn't be right, it turned out just fine.
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