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Diva Ariana Grande Walks Out of Photo Shoot – No Natural Light or Photos From the Right Side of Face

By Hanssie on September 9th 2014

When I get rich and famous, I shall only have red and purple Skittles, served to me in separate handmade fuschia bowls, crafted by blond haired barefoot cherubs. Those who do not abide by my demands shall be subject to my tantrums. After all, that’s what divas do, right?

At least for 21 year old pop star, Ariana Grande, it is. Grande reportedly walked off the set during a photo shoot in Australia after her list of ego-tastic demands were not met. Grande was in the country to promote her new album. “After only a few minutes,” she walked out on the first photo shoot because, she told her assistant, she didn’t like the way her outfit looked in the photos. She never returned to the string of media commitments scheduled that day, including interviews and more photo sessions.

During the first ill-fated shoot, she reportedly checked each frame after they were taken and made sure the ones she didn’t like were deleted immediately. Later, she sent her assistant to demand that the photographer delete all images from the cut-short session. When the photographer refused, he allegedly was later approached by one of Grande’s bodyguards who would not allow him to close the trunk of his car as he was packing up his equipment to leave.


Photographers were also told beforehand that they were not allowed to photograph Grande in natural light and could only snap photos of her from the left side of her face. Cosmopolitan magazine reported that a “quick scan of Getty Images shows that Ariana’s right profile shot is, as celebrity photos go, a rather endangered species.” 


She later agreed to some video interviews, but after journalists were previously given a list of topics they may not ask about, including working with Justin Bieber, her former costar of the show Sam & Cat, Jennette McCurdy, relationships/dating/ex-boyfriends, her grandfather’s passing (understandable) and Mariah Carey (Um, ok).

Well, Ms. Grande, I guess those photographers have “one less problem without ya,” anyhow.


What do you think? When you reach star status, do you have the right to make such demands? What are some crazy demands you’ve had from clients? I’m sure you have a few stories to tell, do so in the comment section below.

[Via Cosmopolitan/Photo via ScreenShot]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Marco Guzman

    Tocó hacer fotos con unos artistas argentinos acá en Bolivia, al principio no sabia lo que querían ellos mismos se confundían, que hice?? tome mi Studio e hice respetar mis reglas, era mi lugar de trabajo, hay que hacer pensar a los artistas que por mas que paguen no pueden hacer algunas cosas, ahí va la psicolgía al cliente, si Ariana estaba aburrida primero tienes que preparar a tu cliente darle confort. Eso hice yo, pause la sesión, les hable, fumamos un cigarrillo y arrancamos de nuevo.
    Si Ariana no tiene esas costumbre de ser amable, pues mal por ella porque si bien mucha gente no es su publico no es la manera natural de tratar a cualquier profesional sea chófer, fotógrafo o presidente.
    Pienso que hay que saber ser cliente y también saber ser Fotógrafo.

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  2. Gene Gregory

    i don’t know this Ariana but this is why what i don’t like about commercial photography with A.K.A big stars/starlets, you can’t control what that person what might do during the set or shoot. but as for the story
    i see both parties are at fault because every high end fashion shoot with a celebrity always comes with a contract clause. the celebrity states what they want and as for the photography company involved they should have set an expectation on the contract. Ariana walks out = Fault of the starlet. she could have told the parties involved change clothes and lighting I’m not comfortable with it. Photographer = Fault, photographer should also apologize to the star and restart the shoot. hahahaha Kids this days! but good article.

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  3. Reynardt Badenhorst

    What a horrible person! If she asked me to delete some of the photo’s I’d just ‘accidentally’ format the whole bloody memory card, pack up and go have a beer at my favorite pub and reminisce about some stupid kid celebrity.

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  4. Daniel Jester

    I agree with others here, the natural light thing is what’s weird to me, not necessarily the acting like a diva or only shooting the good side.

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  5. Ralph Hightower

    Spoiled diva. Who is Ariana Grande anyway? In that photo, she looks like she was assimilated by the Borg.

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  6. Prairie Ranger

    I have had the opportunity to photograph a few stars and for the most part it has been good and they have been good. But I have had a diva with a long list of ridiculous demands which made my job difficult. I think there is good and bad celebrities and people to deal with as subjects in the photography world, it’s just a shame some people think so highly of them selves that it makes the people around them not think very highly of them at all.

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  7. William Emmett

    I’ve had to deal with some crazy stuff from some clients. Some of the stuff was justified, like a bride not wanting the “ring shot”. Why, because she bit her nails down to where they bleed. One client did not want me to photograph her head on, because one eye was higher than the other. With this woman, I would not have photographed her with 100% natural light anyway. I would have just shot what she wanted. I would not have shown the photos off the viewing screen, but told her how bad the JPEGs would be prior to post processing. I may have even allowed her to participate in the post processing if she had the time. The big “But” in this story would have been the bill she would have gotten for the shoot. If this shoot was for her, she would be a bill for the shoot anyway, blown or not. If not paid for, she could tell the judge why. I really don’t consider this person crazy, nor a nut case. She is just seeking attention, and hopefully make a mark on the entertainment industry as a star, before her star goes out. The media is to blame for giving these little twinkles so much attention. When shooting a so called star, you must establish who manages the shoot. Certainly not the “star”, but the most experienced person there, the photographer.

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    • Daniel Thullen

      Well said William. The photographer needs to manage the shoot, regardless of the “famousness” of the subject.

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    • Hanssie

      “These little twinkies…” hahahahahaaha.

      That just made my day :)

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    • Dave Lyons

      Ok so… if she has this list of demands and the photographer/agency has their
      demanded price why does she have to meet their demanded price but they don’t have to meet her demands??? After all they could have chosen to turn down the gig if they didn’t like her demands. The only thing that should be an issue is if she didn’t pay after they met her demands.

      Her demands might sound childish but SHE IS HER BRAND and it is up to HER to decide on how HER BRAND will be conveyed… it’s NOT up to the photographer to decide what her brand should be, the photographer just needs to shut up & do their job according to the demands that they agreed to when they accepted the job.

      The photographer isn’t paid to manage the shoot, they’re paid to take photo’s based upon the clients demands, so no they should not be managing the shoot. According to these comments the photographers are more of a diva then the divas themselves! Hell I’d let her and her assistant go thru and delete all the ones they dont like… damn be a HUGE time saver!!! And then they couldn’t be unhappy later on because after all they culled the images.

      The person{s) who is in charge is the one who pays the bill and if you can’t handle someone hiring you to do a job and giving you demands on how they want it done then don’t take the gig and certainly don’t whine about it when they want it their way….

      Photographers are a dime a dozen… always remember that

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    • Hanssie


      I agree that she has a brand to protect and that is very important, but as a human being, she could treat other people with much more kindness and graciousness.

      Ariana walked out of the shoot and never returned, not for any of the scheduled shoots. That just is like a 3 year old stomping off because she didn’t get her way. Then she had her bodyguard go and try to intimidate the photographer to delete everything. How difficult would it have been for her to apologize and say, “Look, I don’t feel like I look my best today in this outfit, I’d like to change.” If she favors her left side and studio lighting, whatever. She just needs to take the theatrics down a notch. Clients have requests all the time, some can be considered ridiculous and out of nowhere.

      Of course, there are two sides to every story and I’m only speaking from the side we have heard about.

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    • Jeff Nasci

      Sadly, the person who controls the shoot are the attorney’s involved. I’m sure contracts were signed and if the obligations were not met by either party then there are repercussions. If she walked off and didn’t give the photography company what they paid for or agreed to she is liable. Likewise for the photography company, if she said in her contract (not her unofficial rider), no photos from the right and they shoot it…well then they are in breach.

      Overall it just seems like a lot of teenage girls on a set.

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  8. Rafael Steffen

    What a crazy story.

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  9. Chris Nachtwey

    I can understand the whole best side thing, but the other stuff is whacked. No natural light really!? Um last time I checked natural light can be more flattering than flash. The bodyguard going up to the the photographer is down right stupid. It’s sad she is such a diva at a young age, she is talented, but that type of attitude will not be good in the long run. I feel bad for the photographers who have to deal with crap like this.

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  10. Daniel Thullen

    Like the rest of the commenters, I’m not sure who Ariana Grande is. To bad there is not a Photoshop function to repair attitudes.

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  11. Jeff Lopez

    This is ridiculous behavior, I don’t even know who this Ariana Grande is. I could see maybe someone like Michael Jackson having these demands, ya know “of course mr jackson, whatever you say” I mean come on he made Thriller. What did this women do for anyone?

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  12. Mitch Walla

    I hear she’s deformed on the “bad” side. Must be burns. Get over yourself. By age 23, no one will even remember you. (I don’t even know who she is, I just know I’ve heard her name before.)

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      You’re one up on me because until this article I’d never even heard her name.

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    • Hannes Nitzsche

      Same here… Gotta spend less time outdoors and more time in front of my computer it seems lol

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    • Phil Bautista

      Anyone with kids or tweens would. She’s a star on the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels. It’s so sad when people so young develop egos so big with talent so little.

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    • Mark Iuzzolino

      Count me in for not hearing of this tyrant. I can tell you who my president, Vice President, Secretary of State, senators, congressmen and women, and other way more important people than this unimportant nobody. When these type of people become more recognizable than the ones I mentioned above, we’re all going somewhere in a hand basket.

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  13. Nick Viton

    I wouldn’t have guessed that behaviour from her. She seems like such a lovely girl. She’s immensely talented and easy on the eyes. Guess we can’t all be perfect.

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