A 19-year-old soon-to-be star, then known simply as Stefani Germanotta, poses for a photo at her parents' place in New York City. Although photographer Malgorzata Saniewska didn't know it at the time, it would be one of the first photo shoots of the pop star Lady Gaga.
Germanotta and Saniewska worked together at a restaurant. Germanotta was a waitress. Saniewska was a bartender.
"She gave me a CD of her first single, and I listened to it and I was really impressed," Saniewska remembered. "And she's a beautiful girl. Based on her looks and her personality I thought (a photo shoot) would be great fun."
The photo shoot was at the home of Germanotta's parents.
"The house was empty, it was just the two of us," Saniewska said. "I knew she was a singer, so our focus was her and her very first piano."
The lighting was natural. "No strobe lights, nothing special, no tripods," Saniewska said.
"She did hair and makeup, picked out the clothes and we started," Saniewska recalled.
Back then, Gaga "played piano and sang," Saniewska said. "This 19-year-old girl, she was really talented. She didn't talk about it a lot, (but) she did say that she studied music. ... I cannot even explain to you what she sounds like with just a piano, then or now."
Saniewska said she shot around 200 photos that day.
Saniewska gave Germanotta a CD of the pictures. The singer was happy with them, the photographer said, and used some of the art for her own promotional materials.
As Lady Gaga's fame continued to grow, Saniewska kept the early photos to herself "out of respect," she said, particularly because she wasn't in touch with her.
The two would later bump into each other in 2010.
"I actually ran into her in the East Village, and she came up to me," Saniewska said. "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. She was really excited. From that moment on I figured I could do something about it. And she's OK with it."
"She didn't say 'Hi' and run off," Saniewska said. "She stood there for 15 minutes, just chatting. She remembered my name, she remembered who I was, and she had so much to say. She's still the same person to me."
Saniewska hopes that those viewing the photos will get to see another side of Gaga.