Celebrities who obviously called the paparazzi on themselves

Taryn Ryder
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle

Ever wonder how some celebrities “coincidentally” get photographed in remote places, picture-perfect settings, and/or in unusual situations? And one paparazzi agency just so happens to be there to exclusively snap the photos? It’s simple: Many stars have photogs on speed dial when they’re ready for that perfect shot. Take a look at some stars who probably called the paparazzi on themselves…

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie grocery shopping? Herself? Rocking a perfect blowout and a pricey-looking outfit, the mom of six appeared extremely happy doing the mundane chore alongside her pal Loung Ung, the Cambodian human rights activist. Perhaps that’s exactly the message Jolie wanted to send to the world — and maybe Brad Pitt? — with this unusually candid, and likely staged, shot. While it could be a coincidence that the typically reclusive star was snapped at the market, we have our suspicions because it’s not the first time it appears that she tipped of the paps. (Photo: Mega Agency)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Gossip lovers remember exactly where they were the first time they saw the photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a couple. In 2005, Pitt — fresh from splitting with Jennifer Aniston (and still technically married) — and Jolie, his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star, were photographed on the beach in Kenya. Now, it’s not impossible a random paparazzo happened to be in the area and on the beach in Kenya (Kenya!) when Brangelina was there. Of course not! However, if it was a setup, it was a brilliant way to introduce the new couple to the world: looking like a family with Angie’s then-newly adopted son, Maddox. (Photo: BPGG/GC Images)

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes

Perhaps Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes felt the need to take a page from the Brangelina playbook. After years of dating and never getting photographed, the couple has slowly emerged in the past several months. Still, this was the first PDA photo to give us dating confirmation. These two had nothing to promote or gain after all this time, except for possibly getting the “money shot” — aka “first hand-holding shot” — off their backs. According to the photographer’s caption, the couple splashed around in the ocean before enjoying drinks on their terrace. Super casual. (Photo: BACKGRID)

Kim Kardashian

What better way to tell the world you’re back to your pre-baby weight than by staging a bikini paparazzi shoot in Miami? After Kim was constantly ragged for her weight gain while pregnant with North West in 2013, who can blame the reality star for wanting to stick it to haters by showing off her hot bod? Kim certainly is the “Snap Back Queen”… and queen of keeping paps on her good side. (Photo: Brian Prahl/Splash News)

Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift

Who can forget debut of Hiddleswift?! We know Taylor hates the word calculated, but how else are you going to describe her make-out session with Tom on a rock in Rhode Island? Totally coincidental it got captured, right? Considering Taylor was about to enter a firestorm with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — which she got warning about — who can blame the superstar for wanting to change the headlines from her “famous” feud with Kimye to stories about her romance? (Photo: TheImageDirect.com)

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey was 39, feeling fantastic, and we think she wanted the world to know it. The paps tracked down the singer and her then-husband, Nick Cannon, at their private villa in the Caribbean. We’ll chalk it up to another coincidence! The pics were taken on the singer’s birthday (and on her good side), and she and Nick look like they’re having a ball. We wonder if Queen Mariah got final approval of the shots that were sold? She looks fabulous, so who really cares either way? (Photo: Splash News)

Heidi and Spencer Pratt

Oh, Speidi. The former Hills stars admittedly haven’t met press they didn’t like, and we applaud them for their honesty. That’s why we’re not surprised their trip to Big Sur, Calif., for their seventh wedding anniversary was caught on camera. Not to say Heidi and Spencer weren’t a huge paparazzi target in 2014, but … okay, that’s exactly what we’re saying. Sounds like some pap agency was tipped off. Here’s hoping they got some free stuff out of it! (Photo: Splash News)

Paris Hilton

Sometimes, paparazzi setups don’t have to have an earth-shattering purpose behind them — for example, this one with Paris Hilton. The socialite-turned-deejay is perfectly posed in front of the mirror while a photog snaps her picture as she’s shopping for eyewear. Perhaps in exchange for Paris getting photographed at their store, Dan Deutsch Eyewear gave Hilton some free shades? Just a guess! (Photo: London Entertainment /Splash)