Amanda Lucidon, Former White House Photographer. She was responsible for photographing the First Lady from 2013 to 2017, and was the only female photographer during her time in the Obama White House.
"I was the only woman there during my time at the White House, but there were two phenomenal photographers who were in the same role prior to me, Samantha Appleton and Sonya Hebert. During my time, there were four male photographers and myself. To work for the Obama administration, among more women and minorities on staff than any other administration, it felt special to be included in that space."
"My time at the White House was a totally transformative time, and I learned so much from the President and First Lady that it would be hard to narrow down. I learned from Mrs. Obama to be fearless. I heard her tell young people across the country and the world to be fearless and to be unafraid to fail, because failure is a part of learning and pushing yourself to new heights. She also encouraged us to look at the challenges in our lives as our strengths and not our weaknesses, because the tough times have taught us resilience. I draw on these lessons almost every day."
"That’s the thing they taught me and they taught us: there are lessons in all the bold work they do, but there’s also the question of, “What are we going to do?” You know, we’re the torchbearers, too."
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