2014 wrapped up with George W. Bush. It was my first experience meeting the former president #43. He was in the Chicagoland area to present his new book on his father called "41 A Portrait of Father", where he did a 30-40 minute question and answer forum. Ron and I were honored to be the photographers asked to cover the event and the VIP grip and grin that took place before had. George W. was very personal, all smiles and jokes during the grip and grin. During the Q&A he made a good deal of joke, had the crowd laughing, envisioning his father with wings and forgetting about any negativity from the #43 days.
The shot below is one of my favorites from the Q & A forum. I was all the way to stage right looking for an interesting angle, peeking through the shoulders of some giant secret service people when I saw this shot.
And finally, the reason I do these things...so I can add shots like this to the wall. When I approached him, I tripped and almost fell but luckily W. leaned in and caught me which is why we look so close and happy in our embrace.