Donald Trump’s chief White House photographer has been ordered to carry around a stool to all events to shoot the president from above.
Trump hired Shealah Craighead, a former staff photographer for President George W. Bush, as chief White House photographer in January, and she’s been told to bring the stool to stand on for all official shoots. While Craighead is petite, the move has sparked speculation at Mar-a-Lago that the president wants to be shot from an elevated position to appear slimmer and taller.
Plus, the ever image-conscious president must personally approve each picture.
In addition, Trump has only released 50 official pictures so far on Facebook, which show a marked departure from Pete Souza’s more intimate shots of President Barack Obama.
So far, the White House official Flickr album has remained empty. Its Instagram account totals 33 photos, consisting mostly of bland, official photo ops taken in the Oval Office where Trump is in the company of visitors, or where he is speaking to an audience behind a podium. Most White House photos of the president are housed in an album called “The First 50 days” posted on the POTUS Facebook account, which amounts to 50 images.
Let’s remember some of Pete Souza’s wonderful photos (of which there are tens of thousands):