The “Morning Joe” After

Buttons given out at the filming of “Morning Joe” in Boca

I haven’t covered hard news in years, so I was a little unsure what to think when my publisher Bernie asked me to join him in Boca to photograph the filming of “Morning Joe” at Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern Restaurant. Wake up at 2:45 a.m. to cover politics in a paparazzi-like fashion? Not exactly my comfort zone. As a magazine editor, I’m used to interviewing people with carefully thought-out questions, not stalking them with a camera hoping to get close enough to catch the back of their head.

But somehow I found myself at Racks at 4 a.m., and within minutes of arriving my attitude began to change. Adrenaline started to kick in, and I started to feel more like I was having a once-in-a-lifetime experience than like a fish out of the water. I thrived on shoving my way through the crowd to get up-close shots, and I’d keep shooting until someone told me not to. I confess: I could not stop texting my mom. I felt so proud to be in Boca as it played a part in a historic election. The full story appears in our magazines here: http://bit.ly/RUyz7N

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite shots from that morning.

Restaurateur Gary Rack, owner of Racks, prepares for the crowds.

Willie Geist of “Way Too Early” was one of the first celebs to make an appearance.

Michael Stephen Steele, the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee

Some members of the crowd decided to get pretty patriotic, including this woman who lives near Mizner.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski interacted lots with the crowd.

Tom Brokaw didn’t pose for too many pictures, so I was excited when I was finally able to grab this shot!

Most of my Brokaw shots were more like this.

I’d bet 4 a.m. is probably the earliest the Racks’ bar has been open. (Or the latest, depending on how you want to look at it).

John McCain even made an appearance.

Thanks to Racks for letting Gulfstream Media Group cover the taping of “Morning Joe.”

For more photos and the full story, click here.

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