Yesterday, I was honored to attend the very first public White House Tour that allowed photography and social media. For over 40 years, the White House has banned guests from taking photography on tour, and in an effort to make this the most accessible White House in history, the ban has been lifted. Photographs (but not video) and sharing to social media are encouraged for anyone who takes the tour, and that's a great thing, because the White House is extremely photogenic!Unfortunately, cameras with detachable lenses aren't allowed into the White House, otherwise, I would have brought my DSLR to capture better details of everything—these were taken with my iPhone, and compact camera. Still, it was awesome to be able to just be there, this was my first ever visit inside, and it's extremely awe-inspiring. I didn't know where to look first, at the opulent chandeliers, the gorgeous flower arrangements, the historic artifacts, and portraits beautifully displayed everywhere—it's great that I was able to photograph it, otherwise, I don't think I would remember what I saw. My favorite part of the day was seeing Bo and Sunny Obama up close—Bo and I bumped into each other in the hallway, as he and Sunny made their way to a huge bust of Abraham Lincoln to set up for their paparazzi moment. They are adorable, and super calm, it's funny watching them, because they know the drill—stop, and pose for the cameras. I could take a few pointers from them on how to be photographed, to be honest.
It was certainly a lot to take in, but, it was also just a great experience in general, and I would encourage everyone to visit the White House at some point in their lives, and see it for themselves.
For more pictures, search the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour on Instagram, and see everyone's pics from the day!