The Budget

This blog was originally posted on "Eye Contact," the official blog of the photo department of the Hartford Courant.

Last week's budget proposal by newly elected Governor Dan Malloy got a lot of people talking, mostly about new taxes, and proposed cuts. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the event.

Gov. Dan Malloy addressed the full legislature to explain his budget at the State Capitol in Hartford.

Malloy introduced Art Ward, the Mayor of Bristol who recovered from a life threatening choking incident last year, to a standing ovation.

Former Senate Candidate Linda McMahon greets Mayor of Norwalk, Richard Moccia, before remarks by Gov. Dan Malloy.


Before Gov. Dan Malloy addressed the legislature with his serious remarks, there were some lighter moments. Here, Nancy Wyman, House Speaker Chris Donovan, D, Meriden, and Don Williams, D, Brooklyn, State Sen. President Pro Tempore, greeted him onto the stage.

A full legislature listens to Gov. Dan Malloy explain his budget.

Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D, Westport, left, and Rep Lonnie Reed, D, Branford, share a thought during the speech.

Marysue Owens, from the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing impaired, signs the remarks made by the governor.

From left, Rep. William Tong, D, Stamford and Canaan, Rep. Peter Tercyak, D, New Britain, and Rep. JosephTaborsak, D, Danbury, listen to the governors remarks.

After the speech, Malloy's wife, Cathy, joined him on as he accepted applause.

Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green leaves the chamber after Gov. Dan Malloy speech.

Melissa Kurowski announces free pizza available to all to celebrate the "City of New Haven day."

After the speech, Malloy had lunch at the State Legislative Office Building, which he often does.

Equipment: I used a variety of lenses; a wide angle zoom, a telephoto zoom, and a 300mm/f4 on my Nikon D300.

Pro Tip: When shooting a staged event, look in all directions and try and make interesting photos of things outside the main subject.