Editorial photography of a trailblazer at the White House

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this shoot before.  I did some editorial photography for the Bush Foundation’s magazine B Magazine in January.   Their designer contacted me to photograph Jodi Gillette, who was the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs.  Little did I know people love her like a rock star.  She is the first Native American to hold this post.  Even one of the Secret Service guards at the White house who was Native American gushed about her.  He was all business until he found out we were photographing Jodi.  The portrait photos of Jodi are mine, at the top and bottom of the story.


It was really interesting doing this editorial photography shoot at the White House.  I almost didn’t make it in, because apparently, I wasn’t yelling my name loudly enough for the Secret Service guard at the gate.  (All of the guy assistants had no trouble, boo!)  The client wanted the main shot to strongly read White House, so we had to shoot it outside.  It was really cold though, and Jodi had to make it look like it was great out.  She was such a trooper!  Also, we couldn’t walk on the grass.  (Thanks Obama!)  In all seriousness, it was a great shoot and I am so pleased with the results.  I’m so grateful that the Bush Foundation had me photograph for their magazine.