Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Photograph of Michelle Obama on the Cover of NV Magazine

In October 2008 I went to a rally on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder to hear Michelle Obama speak. Although I was buried in the crowd I was able to take some photographs of her with my Nikon D80 and a 70-300mm zoom lens. A skate girl next to me let me stand on her skateboard for a few shots. She had to steady me because skateboards aren't really designed for this sort of thing. Later, I posted a couple of the photographs online. One of these became my most viewed photograph on Flickr. At the end of 2008 the photo was used with my permission on a First Ladies fashion website called Mrs. O. And then NV Magazine asked to use it as part of their "Michelle is Me" cover story, about Michelle Obama's impact on African-American women.

NV Magazine Cover - Michelle is Me
The original uncropped photo has blurry backs of people's heads along the bottom and right side. But I think Mrs. Obama's smile transcends the entire scene.

Michelle Obama in Boulder uncroppedSince I took this photograph she has become a gracious and beautiful first lady.

NV - New Vision in Business Magazine is sold at many Barnes & Noble stores around the U.S. Thanks to Leah Bailey at NV Magazine.


Anonymous said...

brilliant, she look completely natural. love your blog, btw!

Valorie said...

So cool! Great photo, btw.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Congratulations, Joe!
Evelyn in Montreal

kinfolknews said...

Congrats, Joe. That's awesome!

Anonymous said...

Excellent Joe!
I follow you on Flickr.

I bet my wife, Cynthia, has this very photo in her extensive collection of Obama Pics!

Anonymous said...

Great success! congrats

Joe said...

Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone :)