What I Miss: Presidential Edition

I'm a little late to the game with this post, but one of the things that I miss the most from this past presidential administration (and just wait for it- I'm staying apolitical) are the photographs of Pete Souza. 

Over the past 8 years, Souza has photographed the life of President Obama.

His photos represent  the most intimate and vulnerable moments experienced by Obama during his presidency. They've given me insight into the way Obama lives, the way he interacts with his family, and  the way he interacts with complete strangers....

The collection is a little slice of life that has  humanized the president to the point of downright lovability, and the images have shown me that what makes Obama  real, makes him human. 

The images have given all of America a little piece to relate to— something that I hope my photography does for all of you. 

Here are some of my favorites:

 

All photos presented in this post are the copyright of Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer for President Obama.

This is Why

Yesterday, Mickey tried pulling a book from the shelf for me to read.

“Too heavy,” he said. 

He managed to pulled the book down, and weighed down by it’s heaviness, it thudded to the ground. From there, he got down into a bear crawl, and pushed it all the way across the floor to the couch, where I was sitting. 

The book was our family photo album from the past year. I motioned for him to sit next to me on the couch and we’d look at the pictures together.

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As we flipped through the pages, he peppered them with his usually commentary, “Mickey sleeping,” “Daddy playing with mickey…” He stopped on a page with photos of my mother—“Bubby.”

"Want to go grocery shopping with Bubby."

He said it again, and my my face crumpled with tears that were a mix of joy twinged with sadness. 

It’s been 5 months. 

We miss you Bubby. So glad we have the pictures of us grocery shopping, hanging out at the park, and at the zoo. So glad we have pictures swimming, and relaxing on the couch.

This is why I take pictures like this.

So that I could remember, and so that Mickey could remember— not only what you looked like, but what it felt like to hang out with you, and to have fun with you. (Yes, even in the grocery store.)

What it felt like to just be around you.

This is why. 

 

 

 

Murica!

For anyone who knows me well, you might know that I got my start photographing landscapes and wildlife. I'd love to say that I got really good at it, but either way, it's been one heck of a journey since my last trip to Yellowstone... which was also my first time ever handling a DSLR. 

And, man..I love nature!

Last time, I spent way too much time fiddling with camera settings, while my husband was EXTREMELY patient with me. Like, superstar patient. Luckily, that's all second nature by now, because I have a toddler, and we all know that toddlers have less than zero patience when it comes to basically anything. 

In any case, here's a little glimpse of America through my eyes. 

Isn't she beautiful?