I’m pretty sure this one will make my final 2014 Year in Photographs edit. “I love babies!” the President often says. And it shows here as the President plays with the daughter of a departing staffer in the Oval Office.

This photo is under consideration as I make my final edit for 2014 Year in Photographs. I think of my job as documenting this Presidency. Sometimes that means turning my camera away from the President himself and looking for scenes but still reflect the Presidency. All of my photographs are archived for the historical record and I try to keep this in mind for people who might be viewing my work in 50 or even 500 years. This scene was from when the President was meeting with top military officials at CentCom about the situation in Iraq and Syria.

Still editing for 2014 Year in Photographs. I had planned to include the photo we released in October of the President hugging nurse Nina Pham, an Ebola survivor who had contracted the disease after caring for an infected patient in Dallas. The frame on the right was the one we had posted on the White House website. We chose this frame because you could clearly see Nina’s face. But the President’s hug in retrospect seems a bit awkward, mostly because it is a split second after the full hug and squeeze. When going back through my files for this edit, I chose the previous frame, at left, because it’s clearly the moment of the full hug and squeeze. To me, it doesn’t matter that you don’t see Nina’s full face. It’s almost more effective seeing just her big smile. So I’m planning to use this–the one on the left–for my final edit.

Editing for 2014 Year in Photographs. The final edit will be posted on Flickr and whitehouse.gov. This one is of President Obama and Los Angeles Clippers basketball player Chris Paul backstage before a “My Brother’s Keeper” event in Washington. A few minutes before this picture was taken, I was talking with Chris and he told me he was real nervous about having to introduce the President. Which surprised me that someone who plays in front of thousands every night would be so nervous about making an introduction. Then the President came over and got Chris laughing to put him at ease, and the introduction went off without a hitch. @cp3

Still editing my 2014 Year in Photographs. I considered this portrait of the President during a meeting with staff in the Rose Garden but ultimately decided not to use it in the final edit. Here’s why: although I used the widest aperture on a long lens to blur the background, I should have also used a slightly lower angle so the brighter area in the mid-upper background was directly behind his head. Although some people might not be bothered by this, it actually torments me that I missed this detail while making this frame. Alas, another frame from this same situation will make the final edit and you’ll be surprised how different it is from this one.

President Barack Obama Plays with a Little Boy on Christmas at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

President Barack Obama and a young boy point at each other as the President greets Marine personnel and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014.

President Barack Obama holds a young girl while meeting with Marine personnel and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014.

President Barack Obama holds a young girl while meeting with Marine personnel and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014.

Merry Christmas!

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden thank nurses and doctors during a Christmas Day visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland, Dec. 25, 2014.

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden thank nurses and doctors during a Christmas Day visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland, Dec. 25, 2014.

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke with children across the country to help them track Santa’s sleigh with the help of NORAD. Follow along with them at noradsanta.org.