The actress was furious when a photographer tried to snap pics of Valentina Paloma. He succeeded, and we've got them!

By People Staff
February 12, 2008 04:00 PM

Salma Hayek’s maternal instincts came out during a confrontation with a paparazzo yesterday on New York’s Fifth Avenue outside of Bergdorf & Goodman, a store close to the hotel where she and her fiancé François-Henri Pinault are staying. The 41-year-old actress was furious when the photographer got too close to her daughter Valentina Paloma.

Hayek was leaving the store with her daughter, who’s now more than 4 months old, when the photographer tried to get a close-up of the little girl. The new mom immediately reacted, shouting at the paparazzo to get away from her child.

See pictures of the confrontation here

This is the first time the Mexican actress – who’s typically patient and polite with the press – has really lost her cool while having her picture taken. The lesson? Don’t mess with her daughter.