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Throwback Thursday: Sid & Aaliyah Headshots & Portraits – Brooklyn, NY

Aaliyah Williamsburg Brooklyn Portrait

Half of these pictures have not seen the light of day until today, they were taken a year into my photography career in Brooklyn, NY. I met Sid on a casting call and we met up pretty much randomly at the last minute one day to get some headshots, portraits and other random shots.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.0

This shoot took place in and around Sid’s apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We were literally standing on top of his bed and took this and a few similar portraits against the wooden wall of his room. Probably the first and last time I set up a light stand on someone’s bed.
Sid Williamsburg Brooklyn Portrait
Fortunately, we eventually did move outside for a few headshots against random walls.
Brooklyn Headshots
Interestingly enough, Sid told me during the middle of the shoot that he had a couple other friends with modeling experience. He called a few people but only one was able to make it, his friend Aaliyah. She initially didn’t want any pictures taken, she just wanted to hang out but Sid convinced her otherwise and we got a few shots of her.
Brooklyn Headshot & Portraits

We also got a few shots of Sid and Aaliyah together. I had just read up on engagemet shoots and wanted to practice making people look like they were madly in love. These guys are nothing more than friends but I think I managed to make this look pretty steamy.
Engagemet Photos

Sid eventually moved back to Los Angeles to pursue acting more and last I heard, Aaliyah had shot a Chanel campaign with Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist. I probably had nothing to do with it but I like to tell people I discovered her. 😉

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