As Barack Obama prepares to office, chief White House photographer Pete Souza recently shared some of his favorite pictures of the President and the First Family.

All of them were taken either by me or a White House photographer on my staff. For many of the images, I’ve included the back story behind the image to provide further context or to share why that image was particularly important to me, Souza wrote for Medium.

He added that the selection process was a very personal one.

“Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the President and First Lady. And I’ve included a few that I thought were just cool photos.

Take a look!

One of our personal favorites:

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