Gift for Gaga

As many know, I’m a huge Lady Gaga fan 🙂  I don’t remember the last time I really got into a pop star like I have Gaga.  She’s got the talent, the brains, the moves, the style, the attitude, the maturity.  Her music moves me and a lot of people, and her creative freedom inspires people all over the world.  This year I had the privilege of photographing one of her performances in Las Vegas at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.  It was definitely one of the most fun and exciting times I’ve had as a professional photographer in the years I’ve been doing it.  So when I learned that I’d have the opportunity to photograph another performance of hers at Z100’s Jingle Ball in NY, I thought I’d make her a book of some of the images I shot in Vegas (particularly the details photos of her stage, and her rare duet with Sting) with hopes I could actually give it to her in person.

With the support of Jim Collins, Debra Gerson, and everyone at Pictage, I created an 11×14″ leather  album with metallic prints and brought it with me to Madison Square Garden.  I got permission to give it to Gaga after her VIP meet and greet, prior to her performance. I was assigned to shoot this meet and greet so the circumstances were perfect.

I have to say, I wasn’t that nervous!!!!  Gaga walked in the room and of course I just stared at her!  She was extremely nice and graciously met a few lucky fans for some photos and autographs.  At one point a young girl came in, tears streaming down her cheeks, and asked “is it really you Gaga?”  Once I finished up those photos, I calmly walked up to her and presented her with the album (the amount of security she had was pretty impressive).  She turned through each page and commented on all the photos.  She loved the pictures I took of her motorcycle keyboard the most!!!  She also loved the photo of her and Sting looking at one another with adoring eyes.  I put a little message in there from me as a fan, and included the reflection photo I took in her bike’s mirror.  She loved it and hugged the book and said “I’ll absolutely cherish this!”  Then she said “lets take a photo” – so I handed my camera off to someone in the room and got my photo with her!  The whole experience was surreal and my sincere hope is that I touched her in some way…

(A huge thank you to Darren and Anna at ClearChannel for supporting me in this; they helped the artist and fan in me see a dream come true.)



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Brian with Lady Gaga

Brian with Lady Gaga

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  • Tina smithDecember 10, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    I really love this. The picture of Sting and Lady Gaga is amazing. I hope she was thrilled. XxxReplyCancel

  • Christopher DugganDecember 10, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Absolutley freakin’ FANTASTIC!!!ReplyCancel

  • Abigail MontesDecember 10, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    OMG!!!!!!! This is such a beautiful gift and story! I’m all teary eyed just thinking how amazing this must’ve been. SO happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • JeffDecember 10, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    Just when I didn’t think you could get more awesome, you go and do something like this 🙂 So rad!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy RomeroDecember 10, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    Absolutely amazing. So well done! So happy for you. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Danny CohenDecember 10, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    From You, a Fantastic Artist to Another Great Artist!
    What a Great Story!
    ~and Your pics are as always, gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen BroderickDecember 11, 2011 - 1:04 am

    Saw your post on Pictage forum–this is amazing!! Seriously–I am starstruck and that’s just from your album! Congratulations. What an experience! Your book is just incredible. She is lucky to have it!ReplyCancel

  • AnthonyDecember 11, 2011 - 3:15 am

    That’s so awesome dude! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • melissa whistonDecember 11, 2011 - 4:53 am

    Amazing album!!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous work and what an amazing gift xReplyCancel

  • Jim CollinsDecember 11, 2011 - 10:48 am

    Beautiful work Brian. It was a fun collaboration to be sure!ReplyCancel

  • Life with KaishonDecember 11, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    The book is GORGEOUS : ) I just saw your post on pictage about it. Very beautiful. I am glad she was kind and appreciative. You did a great job putting that together. Absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

  • JenDecember 11, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    Brian!!!! I love this so much. The album and the story are both just beautiful. I especially love the last page.

    You fan, friend, and fellow Little Monster—Jen GrippoReplyCancel

  • JenDecember 11, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    Your your fan, friend…..ReplyCancel

  • Airika PopeDecember 12, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    It is so amazing to see the finished album, Brian. I love all the pics and love the story even more.ReplyCancel

  • DawnDecember 12, 2011 - 5:56 pm

    I LOVE this Brian!!!! Amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Brian NoahDecember 13, 2011 - 4:05 am

    Brian, Once again your work is stunning. As always.ReplyCancel

  • Howard LubingerDecember 14, 2011 - 9:16 am

    Great work and a great story!ReplyCancel

  • sofia negronDecember 15, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    amazing amazing amazing!!! the album looks awesome! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Evgenia EliseevaDecember 26, 2011 - 8:19 am

    absolutely incredible! and love the album!!!ReplyCancel

  • KJanuary 10, 2012 - 4:41 am

    Wow … wow…. amazing …. love those photos …. my favourites are the black and white photos and the two below (the one where Gaga is pointing and the photo on the opposite page is upside down.ReplyCancel

  • Mark MonacoJanuary 29, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Gaga tribute album, parfait! As expected… Your love & passion shines through every time you press the click button. Almost as good as the wedding photos you took of us in NYC…. LOL….mon ami.ReplyCancel

  • […] little nervous, but I held it together and shot at f/8!  I was also nervous because I had made an album of photos of Gaga that I was giving to her after this short photo session – so this was on my mind as well.  But as I like to remind […]ReplyCancel

  • Ellen AdamsMay 11, 2012 - 12:09 pm


    Congratulations!!! What a great experience. And you were the cool as a cucumber professional from start to finish. Fabulous photos, as usual. I want to be like you when I grow up!!! :OD

    Ellen AdamsReplyCancel

  • Paige ElizabethAugust 6, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Brian! The photos are ridiculously gorgeous, the album is STUNNING, and your story… priceless. Soooo fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle OcampoSeptember 26, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    This is AMAZING!!! Love it…ReplyCancel

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  • Patrick RyderJuly 30, 2013 - 11:44 am

    Creativity at its best!ReplyCancel

  • Julie SaadOctober 2, 2013 - 10:22 am

    How cool is that? The book looks gorgeous, Brian! I loved reading this story!ReplyCancel

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