Here’s the reason why I love social media and working in Washington, DC – for the second time in five months (here is the first trip to the White House) I’ve been given access to take pictures at the White House. How awesome and cool is that? My only other wish would be to have the opportunity to decorate for the holidays but that would make my head explode.
Last week I saw a tweet about the White House’s Google+ page and the opportunity to get up close and personal in the White House garden and to walk the grounds before the garden tour was open to the public on Saturday morning. I was picked for a group of about 25 amateur and some professional photographers to come to the White House on Saturday at 7:45am to snap pictures. We started the first half of the morning taking pictures around the south lawn of the White House and going into Michelle Obama’s garden. Because I love to cook so much I would love to start a garden but I can’t get over dirt or bugs. Oh well. The second half of the day we went to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and met the president’s photographer, Pete Souza! We also met Mrs. Obama’s photographer, Sonya Hebert earlier in the day. Pete Souza showed us some of his favorite images and talked about his job and how he captures these amazing historical moments. I didn’t get to meet the President or the First Lady but I did meet Bo, the first dog. Hey, I’ll take whatever I can get. Everyone who participated tagged their photos on Google+, Twitter and Instagram as #WHPhotoWalk (I may have written #WHPhotoTour on Instagram…oops!) so you should definitely check out everyone else’s images but I’ll give you mine below, enjoy!
If you’d like to see more of my photos, check out the rest on my Flickr feed.