February 25, 2012 19:45:24 GMT
Photographer Malgortzara Saniewska released the pictures she took of the singer whom she still recognized as 19-year-old Stefani Germanotta.
Some never-before-seen photos of Lady GaGa back when she was still known as Stefani Germanotta have emerged. Aspiring photographer Malgortzara Saniewska met then 19-year-old GaGa at a New York restaurant where she worked as a waitress and took her for her object of art.
"We were colleagues, we didnít hang out really heavily, but she's the nicest girl ever ...She's down-to-earth," Saniewska told CNN. "Based on her looks and her personality, I thought (a photo shoot) would be great fun." The pictures were believed to be GaGa's first-ever professional pictorial.
The property used in the photo shoots was none other than a baby grand piano owned by GaGa's family. "The house was empty, it was just the two of us," Saniewska recalled. "I knew she was a singer, so our focus was her and her very first piano. We just hung out in her parents' living room, and the piano was right by the window."
Saniewska kept the photos to herself even after Germanotta scored some fame. "I actually ran into her in the East Village, and she came up to me. She was already Lady GaGa, and we spoke a little, and she leaned on me, and she said in my ear, 'Did you know that this was my first photo shoot?' I had no idea," Saniewska said. "She was really excited. From that moment on I figured I could do something about it. And she's OK with it."
Saniewska had about 200 photos of GaGa in various poses but released only 15 of them.