My Favorite Photographs by White House Photographer Pete Souza

The end of President Obama's second term also marks the end of an eight-year tenure for Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza. Souza has been an immense inspiration to many photographers and photojournalists and, even as a filmmaker, I've learned a lot about visual storytelling, lighting, composition, and creativity from his photography. He has done the nation a tremendous service by opening up an easily accessible view into the daily life of the President and being present to capture events of incredible historical significance. Historians and citizens of future generations will be forever appreciative to Pete and other White House photographers' stewardship of history. Although the White House employs many talented photographers, the photographs in this article have only been taken by Pete Souza. I want to thank Pete Souza for his many years of historical service to this country with a roundup of some of my favorite images from his time covering President Obama from 2009 to 2017. Look closely for Souza's mastery of capturing intimate and important moments without becoming a distraction to the moment itself. As photographers and filmmakers, we can learn a lot from Souza's unobtrusive yet creative style of photography. Here is just a small selection of my personal favorite photographs shot by former Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance while the band Earth, Wind and Fire performs at the Governors Ball in the State Dining Room of the White House 2/22/09. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden laugh together in the Oval Office, 1/22/09. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, tour the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., for departure to Miami, Fla., Oct. 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 14, 2013 "The President sips a cup of tea while talking on the phone in the Oval Office with President Xi Jinping of China. I converted the digital file to black and white to accentuate the three presidential aides in the foreground." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A United States Secret Service agent stands watch as Marine One descends towards a landing zone near Petra, Jordan, March 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 30, 2013 "A quiet moment inside Nelson Mandela's former prison cell as the President embraced Sasha while the Obama family was listening to Ahmed Kathrada recount his years spent imprisoned here on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, initially in this prison cell. Kathrada was imprisoned at Robben Island for 18 years." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Aug. 1, 2013 "The President talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in a staircase of the White House. I admittedly was influenced by the compositions of the photographer Cartier-Bresson in framing this." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 1, 2011 "Much has been made of this photograph that shows the President and Vice President and the national security team monitoring in real time the mission against Osama bin Laden. Some more background on the photograph: The White House Situation Room is actually comprised of several different conference rooms. The majority of the time, the President convenes meetings in the large conference room with assigned seats. But to monitor this mission, the group moved into the much smaller conference room. The President chose to sit next to Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command, who was point man for the communications taking place. [With] so few chairs, others just stood at the back of the room. I was jammed into a corner of the room with no room to move. During the mission itself, I made approximately 100 photographs, almost all from this cramped spot in the corner. There were several other meetings throughout the day, and we've put together a composite of several photographs (see next photo in this set) to give people a better sense of what the day was like." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Oct. 18, 2013 "Light matters. The paper that the President was writing on provided some fill light as he worked at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 26, 2015 "It was a festive atmosphere as the White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. I chose this angle from several options because I like that much of the White House staff had stayed late on a Friday night to take part in the celebration." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

June 6, 2015 "The President hugs Vice President Joe Biden after delivering a eulogy during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Nov. 19, 2015 "The President watches the sun set over Manila Bay from his hotel balcony in Manila." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and his family arrive back at the White House aboard Marine One after a weekend at Camp David. 2/8/09. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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