Meredith Dake-O'Connor

This Is What it Looks Like When Photographers Are in the Rotunda

Photographers sometimes have to get in strange positions to get the perfect shot. On April 30, news photographers took photos of the Capitol Rotunda ceiling before Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reopened the Rotunda. The Rotunda was closed while construction crews prepared the space for the restoration of the Capitol Dome.

Getting in those tough positions, however, can really pay off. And sometimes you can capture incredible images like these:

Slideshow: A History of Modern Supreme Court Nominations

While Republican leaders in the Senate say they won't bring a Supreme Court nominee to the floor, President Barack Obama says he plans to nominate someone. Justice Antonin Scalia died at age 79 on Saturday.  

Take a look through the most recent high court nominations via CQ Roll Call's photo archives. And yes, the first one is from 1938 because we couldn't help ourselves (the original caption called the cameras "both sounds and stills").  

Harry Reid's Press Conference in 360 Degrees

What does it look like from the photography well of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s weekly presser? Photographer Al Drago answered that question with Roll Call’s new 360° camera.

Photos: Beau Biden Through the Years
Beau Biden, the 46-year-old son of the vice president, died Saturday following a fight with brain cancer.  ...
Man on the Run

Runners from Capitol Hill and beyond descended Wednesday morning on the banks of the Anacostia River for the 34th annual ACLI Capital Challenge.  

On a surprisingly cool day, members of Congress and the executive branch were joined in the 3-mile run at Anacostia Park by their staff, private industry and representatives from the Fourth Estate, including a number of CQ Roll Callers.  

Capitol Lens: Darling Ducks

If you need some cute to start your week, Photo Editor Bill Clark captured these 2-day-old ducklings in Lower Senate Park on May 14. The 10 ducklings swam in the pool and walked across the plaza trying to keep up with their mother.  


How to Get a Front-Page Photo (Video)

Sometimes capturing just the right moment requires you to move fast. Roll Call Photographer Tom Williams had only a few seconds to capture the hesitant Faye, a potbelly pig, avoiding a selfie attempt by Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.  

Watch the video below, courtesy of Washington Post National Reporter Colby Itkowitz , via Twitter .  

Capitol Lens: Remember


Standing before the Henry J. Daly Metropolitan Police Headquarters — so named for a slain officer — police officers remembered another one of their own Monday, Sgt. Clinton Holtz, a 6-foot-11-inch Capitol Police sergeant with a lot of friends and a lot of nicknames.  

Capitol Lens: V-E Day

Photo Editor Bill Clark and Staff Photographer Tom Williams attended the Arsenal of Democracy flyover Friday and captured some stunning moments.  

Many veterans from WWII were on the Mall to watch the commemorative event. According to the organizing group, the flyover included dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historical warbird formations representing the major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan.  

Capitol Lens: Time Out


In the photo below, Sen. John Thune is interviewed on April 30 at Google’s D.C. office during a #Hack4Congress event in which technology specialists face off in a competition to create innovations related to Congress. Read more about the event on Hill Blotter .  

Capitol Lens: Rainbow Connection

In the photo below, same-sex marriage rights activists hold a giant rainbow flag Tuesday outside the Supreme Court before the start of oral arguments on marriage equality. Read more about the arguments on Hawkings Here and the plaintiff's visit to the Capitol on Hill Blotter .  

Capitol Lens: Like Father, Like Daughter


Eloisa Somodevilla, 8, of Takoma Park, Md., in the photo below works with news photographers on April 23 during a news conference in the Capitol’s Senate Studio on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general.  

Capitol Lens: Honey, I Blew Up the Tulips

Red tulips on the West Lawn of the Capitol frame the Dome on Monday.

From Selma to the Capitol Steps

Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon whose experiences fighting for racial equality are being chronicled in a series of graphic novels, recounts his experience in Selma, Ala., Wednesday to a group of students gathered on the House steps. Explore our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montogmery, Ala., from Photo Editor Bill Clark and Hill Life Editor Jason Dick .