No more covert photo shots at the White House!  The White House has lifted the photography ban, proudly proclaiming “Photography is Encouraged…” Bring on the selfies and the family photos. Pose with the White House pups Bo and Sunny and get social — maybe you can trend with #DogsofInstgram?


Photo Courtesy of National Park Service

Photo Courtesy of National Park Service

The powers that be have been busy on Capitol Hill, from the Supreme Court’s major ruling on same sex marriage, to today’s news from the White House: the lifting of the longstanding camera and photo ban on public tours.

Effective today, White House tour photos are not only allowed but encouraged, and the White House issued a resounding yes to sharing on social media too! So go forth and document your Washington DC White House memories in a photograph.

Today, after more than 40 years, the White House is lifting its longstanding camera and photo ban on public tours.  Now your travels to Washington DC can include a photo of your family experiencing the White House tour! Flash photography, video, and livestreaming are still prohibited (scroll down for more important information).

To announce the change  policy, the First Lady posted THIS video on her Instagram account.

Some important information to note, from the White House press release:

Permitted Items: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are allowed inside the White House.  Photography is permitted but may not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests on the tour.

Prohibited Items: Video cameras, including any action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods, and camera sticks are not permitted on White House Tours.  Flash photography and livestreaming are not permitted while on the tour.