The Best White House Photos from 2015

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There were many standout moments captured by the official White House photographers in 2015. Pete Souza, David Lienemann, Chuck Kennedy and Amanda Lucidon produce awe-inspiring images of the President, First Lady and members of the Obama Administration, and it is their work which has reignited my love of photography and the camera.

There are simply too many amazing photographs to choose from- these are some of my favorites.


First Lady Michelle Obama and Meryl Streep participate in a photo shoot for MORE magazine in the Blue Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


President Barack Obama's motorcade travels to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Mich. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move!" Funny or Die game show taping with Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street and Big Bird at Safeway in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


President Barack Obama speaks with First Lady Michelle Obama following his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


An aerial view of the White House taken from the cockpit of Marine One upon arrival from Baltimore, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Vicki Kennedy, widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, shows President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama a replica of Sen. Kennedy's Senate office following the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Mass. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama laughs with Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama's place is set at the table prior to the State Dinner for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


David Lienemann, the Vice President’s photographer, made this image in Dachau, Germany, of the VP and his granddaughter Finnegan Biden touring the concentration camp with Max Mannheimer, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)


The President’s daughter Malia stopped by the Oval Office one afternoon to see her dad. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Chuck Kennedy captured this scene at dusk as the President entered the Outer Oval Office with Shaun Donovan. (Official White House by Chuck Kennedy)


Pete Souza captured this image at the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery march commemorations. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The First Lady, along with senior monk Eigen Onishi, had tea with Amb. Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and her son, Jack Schlossberg, at the Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


The First Lady snuggled against the President during a video taping for the 2015 World Expo in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


The President walks to sign H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Pete Souza ran up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to capture this scene of the two looking towards the Washington Monument. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


After returning on Marine One, the President walks from the helicopter to the Oval Office holding an umbrella for aides Valerie Jarrett and Anita Decker Breckenridge. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


'Show us the Jeremy dance,’ the President said to departing Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard, during a farewell ceremony for Jeremy in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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)


Chancellor Angela Merkel asked the G7 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 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama had just stopped by the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park and we were already driving away underneath the stadium. The President asked the Secret Service to stop the motorcade when he spotted The Racing Presidents. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The First Lady and First Lady Agnese Landini of Italy tour the Mirror Room in the Italian Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus applaud the Vice President after the President acknowledged their partnership during a meeting and reception in the State Dining Room. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Underneath a picturesque sky, the President boards Air Force One prior to departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The President and First Lady walk back towards the south entrance of the White House following a moment of silence with White House staff for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)


Two days after the visit of Pope Francis, the President and First Lady hosted President Xi Jinping of China and Madame Peng Liyuan for another State Visit. Before the formal State Dinner, the President showed President Xi and Madame Peng the Gettysburg Address in the Lincoln Bedroom. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Pete Souza focused on the detail of the Resolute Desk as the President was talking with two aides in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


After their meeting with the President, Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Legislative Affairs, and Shaun Donovan, Director Office of Management and Budget, knock on wood–the Resolute Desk–in hopes that the budget would pass through Congress. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The President and First Lady react to a child in a pope costume and mini popemobile as they welcomed children during a Halloween event on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


After arriving in France to attend the Climate Change Summit, the President, with French President Fran├žois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, made an unannounced stop just after midnight at the memorial in front of le Bataclan, the site of a Paris terrorist attack. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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