To have the title of “Official White House Photographer” is a pretty impressive feat. Not only do you get the exclusive clearance of documenting the president’s every move, but you have the potential to capture some once in a lifetime, historic moments as well.
This was the life of Pete Souza who photographed Barack Obama’s two terms as President of the United States. He’d had some previous experience photographing presidents, as he served as Ronald Reagan’s official photographer from 1983 to 1989.
Over the last eight years, it is estimated that Pete captured around 2 million photographs of the president.
These photographs range from iconic moments to more candid, casual times. I find them especially fascinating because it’s like a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to behold the highest office in the nation, and all the many experiences that come with it.
Below are just 20 photos out of Pete’s impressive collection, and they gave a pretty interesting insight into life in the president’s shoes.