Aliya Waldman - Professional photographer, wanderer, and human
Aliya is a 26 year old nerd from Saint Louis, MO (now based in NYC) with a passion for the strange and an eye for the bold. Shooting for close to 10 years now, she's gotten the experience of working with models and brands in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago and New Orleans. Fashion photography is her main focus- but getting surreal and proving her artistic chops is where the fun lies!
Believing that female empowerment is key, Aliya has been a guest speaker at an all girl's school to talk about why being a female in the industry is a beautiful and powerful thing, as well as being a huge supporter of the body positivity movement and not letting beauty standards dictate her clientele.
Aliya has been published in several local and national magazines and hopes to continue working to spread her vision!
“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers
aside from photography, I love video games and music. I've been playing guitar and writing original songs for 4 years now! I also attend comic con in cosplay regularly.
"amazing work, but most of all, a fun personality to help you through the entire shoot" - Michael Wagner
"Aliya is an amazing photographer and artist. Everything she does is amazing!! She is a phenomenal person. When she photographed my kids I was completely in shock at how good she is" - Kimber Scurek
"Phenomenal work in bringing out the awesomeness that is you in the form of artistic and breath taking images!" - Zach Shaw of The Weekend Routine
"One of the best, friendliest photographers I've ever worked with. Great eye." - Jason Thurston
"I've never so much as had a posed/ disposable camera picture taken of me (if I could help it), but Aliya really blew me away with our boudoir shoot. She made me feel as comfortable as possible, exceeded expectations, and was an absolute joy to be around. Not only that, but she managed to make me feel more beautiful and delicate than I'd ever imagined." - Kenzie McAfee