Souza, who has been photographing the president throughout his entire administration, released Wednesday his annual ‘Year in Photographs’ list. Editing photographs, especially for a project like this, is both subjective and personal,’ Souza wrote in a post about the collection. ‘I not only found key historic moments from the year, but also chose moments that give people a more personal look at the lives of the President and First Lady.
Scroll down to see some of the photos from 2015, with notes from Souza or the other White House photographer who took them:
The above picture is Ella Rhodes, daughter of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, with the President after he lifted her in her elephant costume that she was wearing for a Halloween event at the White House (October 30, 2015)
German-American relations: We were at the G7 Summit in Krün, Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel asked the leaders and outreach guests to make their way to a bench for a group photograph. The President happened to sit down first, followed closely by the Chancellor. I only had time to make a couple of frames before the background was cluttered with other people (June 8, 2015)
The President was playing golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California. As he was finishing his round, he began to shake hands with guests waiting for a wedding ceremony about to begin. The bride and groom were waiting inside but when they looked out the window and saw the President, they decided to make their way outside. I made a grab shot as the bride, Stephanie Tobe, and her soon-to-be husband, Brian Tobe, came running to greet the President. I made sure to send a copy to the happy couple and both wrote back to me that they were extremely grateful to have the President ‘crash’ their wedding (October 11, 2015)
Visitor from the Vatican: David Lienemann scoped out a great vantage point from the Blue Room Balcony to capture this moment as the President and First Lady escorted Pope Francis back inside the White House following the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn (September 23, 2015)
Above is the picture of the President and the First lady reacting to the costume of a child looking like the pope and in a mini popemobile as they welcomed children during a Halloween event on the South Lawn of the White House (October 30, 2015)
The President was in the midst of his daily intelligence briefing. An aide popped his head in the door to inform him that the Supreme Court had affirmed the Affordable Care Act subsidies ruling, and with a telephoto lens, I made this sequence of his initial reaction (June 25, 2015)
One huge guy: It’s definitely true that former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal is a big guy. But I’ll admit that I used a wide angle lens and this angle to accentuate his size when he stopped by the Oval Office for a quick visit (February 27, 2015)
Presidential love: I was moving around trying to capture different scenes away from the stage during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. When I glanced back towards the stage, I noticed the president and first lady holding hands as they listened to the remarks of Rep. John Lewis. I managed to squeeze off a couple of frames before they began to applaud, and the moment was gone (March 7, 2015)
These are the few we got and we can only hope these few pass the message that although he is the President and she is the first lady, they are also human and by human, I mean they have regular lifestyles like other people too (Just more expensive and classier).
They have hobbies, play games, laugh heartily an most importantly, love heartily.