I post a monthly diary highlighting the pictures taken for the previous month by the White House Photography staff lead by Pete Souza (an archive of those past diaries can me found here). Pete has posted his annual album of his favorite pictures of the year. I thought I'd take the opportunity to choose some of my favorite from his selections. As always I encourage you to click through and check out all of the pictures he has posted when you have the time. You can view his entire Year in Photos 2013 album here.Year in Photos 2013 by Pete Souza
All photographs were taken by the White House Photography staff lead by Pete Souza.
Jan. 17, 2013
"The President sings 'Happy Birthday' to the First Lady after greeting inaugural brunch guests in the Blue Room of the White House. Of course, the First Lady's new hairstyle attracted a lot of attention."
Jan. 2, 2013
"The President and First Lady wave to supporters as they ride in the inaugural parade. I had asked the President if I could ride in the presidential limousine and the President joked, 'But Michelle and I were planning to make out.'"
Feb. 14, 2013
"The President genuinely enjoys being with kids. Here, he played a magnifying glass game with children during a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Georgia."
March 13, 2013
"The President talks with House Speaker John Boehner after the President participated in a Q&A with the House Republican Conference at the U.S. Capitol."
"How high is that ceiling? The President showed Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein's children just how high by throwing a basketball to see if he could touch the ceiling with it."
March 23, 2013
"I was on the second helicopter which landed minutes before Marine One, and then photographed the President's helicopter as it descended into a landing zone outside of Petra, Jordan."
March 26, 2013
"The President signs memorabilia in the Oval Office for an overjoyed Nina Centofanti, 8, the 2013 March of Dimes National Ambassador."
April 1, 2013
"Robby Novak, AKA 'Kid President', feigns a phone call at the Resolute Desk during his visit to see the President in the Oval Office. 'Kid President' became a YouTube sensation and was invited to participate in the Easter Egg Roll at the White House."
April 11, 2013
"Chuck Kennedy photographed the First Lady as she takes a 'selfie' with Bo, the Obama family dog, for National Geographic."
April 12, 2013
"Filling in for David Lienemann, Lawrence Jackson made this photograph of the real Vice President, with Julia-Louis Dreyfus, star of the HBO show Veep', in his West Wing office of the White House."
April 15, 2013
"Gotta love the reaction of that young face as the President greeted members of the audience following a ceremony honoring the 2012 BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team on the South Lawn of the White House."
April 22, 2013
"The President pauses for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings."
April 25, 2013
"Four Presidents. One funny story. Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama and Bush wait backstage to be introduced during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas."
May 2, 2013
"The President tastes a sip of tequila at the urging of President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico prior to a working dinner at Los Pinos in Mexico City."
May 19, 2013
"Graduates react in the pouring rain as the President delivered remarks during the commencement ceremony at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. Officials from the college wanted the event to proceed outside because they did not have an indoor facility available for this many people."
May 26, 2013
"The President and members of the White House staff look out the window of Air Force One to view tornado damage over Moore, Oklahoma. After landing at Tinker Air Base, the President did a walking tour of the damage and met with those affected."
June 5, 2013
"A student eyes the Emancipation Proclamation as the President gave students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago a tour of the Oval Office."
June 14, 2013
"The President had invited departing staff member Adam Neufeld to the Oval Office for a farewell photograph. When the President picked up Neufeld's six-month-old daughter, she started grabbing his face."
June 17, 2013
"The President and British Prime Minister David Cameron visit with school children at Enniskillen Primary School, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, during a break from the G-8 Summit."
June 19, 2013
"The President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen to remarks by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The last time I had been here was in 1987 on the opposite site of the Gate when President Reagan had challenged Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall.'"
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."
Aug. 22, 2013
"A man salutes the President as he travels from Seneca Falls to Syracuse, N.Y. during the college affordability bus tour."
Aug. 28, 2013
"Chuck Kennedy worked with the National Park Service to be able to photograph from this angle at the Lincoln Memorial as the President, First Lady, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter walked to the stage during the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."
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."
Oct, 31, 2013
"I was headed back into the White House after the President and First Lady had finished handing out Halloween treats on the South Lawn, when I noticed 'Glinda the Good Witch' greeting youngsters from inside her bubble."
Nov. 6, 2013
"Bo was just hanging out in the Outer Oval Office when the President walked in to begin his day. Each morning, the President always enters through this door rather than the direct outside door to the Oval Office."
Nov. 25, 2013
"The night before, we had landed in Seattle just as the sun was setting, with Mount Rainier clearly visible in the distance. The next morning, as we drove back to the same airport, the fog was quite thick. I got out of my car in the motorcade quickly to position myself for this photograph of the President waving goodbye to a few people watching the departure of Air Force One."
Dec. 13, 2013
Everyone has a smart phone. The President delivers remarks with the First Lady during a Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House."
Dec. 25, 2013
"When little kids are around, you never know what will happen. On Christmas Day, the President and First Lady were greeting almost 600 active duty troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe (known locally as K-Bay). This youngster gave the President a look, which he returned; click to the next photograph to see what happened next."
White House Photography Disclaimer:I know a lot of people don't have the time to check out the White House's photostream at Flickr so I put together this diary at the end of each month for everyone.
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
If you see an image you really like I encourage you to click through using the links I've provided under each image and view that photo in a larger format (in cases where there are no links that is because the White House has not yet uploaded that image to Flickr). Also, you can order prints through Flickr or download full sized files to print at home if you'd like. I've printed quite a few over the years to hang in my office here at school.
Please feel free to add your favorite White House Photo Staff pictures in the comments that I missed and you'd like to share with everyone.