Members of Congress almost never let their guard down when cameras are in the room because they don’t like photographs that show them doing anything other than their jobs. Tom Williams is the master at catching lawmakers in ‘real’ moments because he understands that the closer his subjects get to the podium, the more on-guard they become. By arriving early and staying late at events, he becomes witness to unstaged interactions, such as this one Wednesday with Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Sheldon Whitehouse.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.