Colin Drummond at his home in Alexandria, where celebrity photos he has taken line the wall.

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Colin Drummond at his home in Alexandria, where celebrity photos he has taken line the wall.

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Drummond took this 2007 photo of Oprah Winfrey when she was in Washington to give Howard University's commencement speech. In a close-up of her foot, it appears she has six toes. The photo spread like wildfire; in the end, Drummond says, he raked in more than $50,000 from that one image, and he's still collecting residuals from it.

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Drummond took this 2007 photo of Oprah Winfrey when she was in Washington to give Howard University's commencement speech. In a close-up of her foot, it appears she has six toes. The photo spread like wildfire; in the end, Drummond says, he raked in more than $50,000 from that one image, and he's still collecting residuals from it.

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A closer look at the Oprah photo that turned lucrative for Drummond.

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A closer look at the Oprah photo that turned lucrative for Drummond.

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Drummond's 2009 photo of Tom Cruise and daughter Suri out for lunch at Georgetown's Cafe Milano, a favorite of both local politicians and visiting celebrities.

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Drummond's 2009 photo of Tom Cruise and daughter Suri out for lunch at Georgetown's Cafe Milano, a favorite of both local politicians and visiting celebrities.

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Drummond's 2007 photo of singer Gwen Stefani in Georgetown.

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Drummond's 2007 photo of singer Gwen Stefani in Georgetown.

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Drummond and fellow paparazzo Gene Young wait at Dulles Airport after receiving a tip that singer-actress Jennifer Hudson would be arriving from Paris.

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Drummond and fellow paparazzo Gene Young wait at Dulles Airport after receiving a tip that singer-actress Jennifer Hudson would be arriving from Paris.

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Drummond, left, photographs Jennifer Hudson at Dulles Airport. His photos were purchased by the Daily Mail in London.

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Drummond, left, photographs Jennifer Hudson at Dulles Airport. His photos were purchased by the Daily Mail in London.

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Drummond continues taking photos of Jennifer Hudson outside Dulles. He says Washington has \

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Drummond continues taking photos of Jennifer Hudson outside Dulles. He says Washington has "gone from being an old, establishment town that's all about politicians to a hot town to be photographed in."

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Drummond, third from left, joins other paparazzi and fans trying to get a shot of Taylor Momsen in Vienna.

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Drummond, third from left, joins other paparazzi and fans trying to get a shot of Taylor Momsen in Vienna.

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Singer-actress Taylor Momsen, center, stops outside Jammin' Java in Vienna.

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Singer-actress Taylor Momsen, center, stops outside Jammin' Java in Vienna.

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Drummond has a network of hotel doormen, limo drivers and others who offer tips about celebrities' whereabouts in the city.

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Drummond has a network of hotel doormen, limo drivers and others who offer tips about celebrities' whereabouts in the city.

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Drummond gets his equipment together before heading out on the job.

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Drummond gets his equipment together before heading out on the job.

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Paparazzi get video footage and photographs of singer Chris Brown when he arrives at the Reagan National Airport in Arlington.

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Paparazzi get video footage and photographs of singer Chris Brown when he arrives at the Reagan National Airport in Arlington.

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Drummond records video footage of Chris Brown at Reagan National Airport.

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Drummond records video footage of Chris Brown at Reagan National Airport.

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Chris Brown at Reagan National Airport in Arlington.

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Chris Brown at Reagan National Airport in Arlington.

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Drummond downloads video footage in his home office. He began focusing on celebrity photographs in 2007.

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Drummond downloads video footage in his home office. He began focusing on celebrity photographs in 2007.

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Drummond regularly checks Web sites for news of celebrities who may be coming to the D.C. area.

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Drummond regularly checks Web sites for news of celebrities who may be coming to the D.C. area.

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Drummond with one of his two children in their Alexandria home.

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Drummond with one of his two children in their Alexandria home.

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Drummond says goodbye to his dog Princess in Alexandria.

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Drummond says goodbye to his dog Princess in Alexandria.

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Drummond photographs Carrie Underwood as she arrives at the Kennedy Center.

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Drummond photographs Carrie Underwood as she arrives at the Kennedy Center.

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Paparazzi get Reba McEntire on film as she signs autographs at the Kennedy Center.

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Paparazzi get Reba McEntire on film as she signs autographs at the Kennedy Center.

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Drummond says dealing with paparazzi is part of being a celebrity. \

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Drummond says dealing with paparazzi is part of being a celebrity. "It's part of the business they signed up for," he says. "They know it's part of the business, that their lives are public. They get paid by the public. The more professional ones know how to embrace it."

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