Finding the Moments That Define Your Event



So I got to photograph the AIPAC policy conference a few days ago (AIPAC = American Israeli Public Affairs Committee; they are a pro-Israel organization which works to strengthen the US-Israel relationship).  My sister-in-law works for AIPAC and my brother-in-law used to, as well (it's where they met) but even so I knew next to nothing about what AIPAC was or what they did.  Turns out they do a hell of a lot. I was invited to be one of six photographers shooting the 3-day convention; there were over 10,000 people in attendance and I have to say it was an amazing experience to be among people from so many different backgrounds who were united in one common goal.  I had assumed AIPAC was mostly liberal, jewish democrats but it turns out that a *huge* number of the delegates were actually conservative, republican christians.  I had no idea. I was also blown away by the scope and scale of the event: the video screen in the main hall was 500 feet long.  Seriously.

It was an exhausting, physically grueling 3 days and it was also one of the most incredible experiences of my life.  I got to photograph world and US leaders and got to see first hand how policy is shaped.  I can only hope I'm invited back to do it all again next year.

More photos to come over the next few days, but here are some of my fave Obama photos (obviously I'm not a photo editor or I'd only have two or three of my best photos to show.  Forgive the monotony of the shots.)