Behind the Scenes: Barack Obama Photos

In my opinion, Pete Souza has one of the luckiest photography jobs in the world – personal photographer of Barack Obama and the White House. Pete gets to be a fly on the wall in a world most of us know very little about. And he gets to capture it all with his camera in a photojournalistic manner. Having adopted a strong social media policy, the White House has been running a photo stream for quite some time on Flickr. And there are information little captions to let you know what’s going on in the photos too. Pete seems to shoot with with a Canon 5DIII and a 24-70 2.8 lens. Here are some of our favorites:

Official White House Photo @ Pete Souza

“This is one of those rare instances where my presence indirectly became a part of this reaction from those pictured in the photograph. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had just accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug and she, the President and Vice President all reacted in a way that indicated that surely I wouldn’t get a photo of that to embarrass her.” – Pete Souza

Official White House Photo @ Pete Souza

“The President and First Lady were attending the game between the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team and Brazil in Washington, D.C. During the first half, the jumbotron flashed couples on their ‘Kiss Cam’, where they are then induced by the crowd to kiss each other. But neither the President or First Lady saw themselves when they were flashed on the ‘Kiss Cam’, and some in the audience booed when they didn’t kiss. At halftime, as we walked to the locker room to visit the U.S. team, daughters Malia and Sasha were asking their parents why they hadn’t kissed during their ‘Kiss Cam’ moment. Both the President and First Lady said they hadn’t even realized what had happened and didn’t know why people were booing. So in the second half, when they appeared again on the ‘Kiss Cam’, the President leaned over to kiss the First Lady amidst audience cheers as Malia and the Vice President watched overhead on the jumbotron.” – Pete Souza

Official White House Photo @ Pete Souza

“We were backstage at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the President’s appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’ The President let out a big laugh as he was being briefed by the producers and Mr. Fallon on the ‘Slow Jam the News’ segment.”  – Pete Souza

Official White House Photo @ Pete Souza

“‘Anyone want to try a piece of my strawberry pie,’ the President asked those at adjacent tables during a stop for lunch at Kozy Corners restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A young boy said yes and came over for a big bite of pie.” – Pete Souza

Official White House Photo @ Pete Souza

How about a White House beer? The President was greeting patrons at Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Iowa, when this customer asked him about the White House beer. The President said he thought he might have some on his campaign bus and asked an aide to check. A few minutes later, the President delivered a bottle and the customer reacted in celebration.” – Pete Souza

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