Lots of activity on the grounds yesterday at the BNP Paribas Open. The day began with an exciting doubles match on the brand new stadium 2 featuring fellow countrymen Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.
Not much more time to post, but these are the highlights!
Another very busy day today, but here are just a few selects from all the buzz yesterday.
A long, very busy day filled with activity. I don’t have much time to post, as we have another crazy day today. Here are a few grabs that I liked.
There’s always a buzz around the grounds when the big guys get to town. That’s what it was like yesterday, as Rafael Nadal made his first appearance in Indian Wells this year.
I wanted to shoot something different than the normal forehands and backhands at his practice session, and caught that quick glance he shot across the court as he took a water break. A moody moment.
A busy day lies ahead today!
What a fantastic day!
Riding in a hot air balloon wasn’t necessarily on my bucket list, but it’s neat to say that I can check that off my list. The WTA tennis tour arranged for Czech player Lucie Safarova to take a hot air balloon ride this morning over the Coachella Valley, so I was called to ride along and take photos.
We caught an absolutely perfect morning, and by the time we were airborne the sun had just come up over the horizon. Golden light, a great subject to work with, and beautiful scenery from 2,000 feet in the air made for a happy photographer.
Here is the WTA video from the ride, which will give you a better sense of it all.
After that, it was all the other “run of the mill” stuff – tennis, draw ceremonies, and sunsets. A day to remember.
Another busy but exciting day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden yesterday. I was on hand to shoot the McEnroe Challenge for charity, which featured the unveiling of a mural of John McEnroe on the tournament grounds, an opening commemorating the first match played on the newly constructed Stadium 2, and exhibition matches with former tennis legends including Jim Courier.
I also shot Kids Day earlier in the afternoon, which made for some fun, refreshing images.
A fun day overall!
Good morning from Palm Springs, California, where I’m here for the next three weeks shooting photo and video for the tournament website and social media outlets at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. I’m really happy to come back here after a great few weeks at this tournament last year.
I’m out here a few days early to cover events related to the grand opening of a brand new Stadium 2, seen above, as well as some incredibly impressive expansions to the grounds at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which we’ll be documenting more as the tournament goes on.
Last night, I shot the opening draw ceremony to the McEnroe Challenge for Charity, an exhibition match with former tennis legends who will play to raise money for four different charities.
It’s great to be back into tennis season! Lots more to come over the next several weeks.
I’m just returning from jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, where I was shooting and editing for several days at Boston Red Sox Spring Training camp. It’s hard to believe it’s already time for baseball. Where did the offseason go?
This year, we’re aiming to amp up our efforts to produce more great multimedia work within the Red Sox photo department, so we hit the ground running in Spring Training. This is one of a series of quick, fifteen second multimedia videos that are being posted to the Red Sox Instagram account. Each one is unique and highlights a different player on the team, be it a returning player from the 2013 World Champion roster or an exciting, young up-and-comer. We aimed to individualize each piece by playing to the personalities of each guy.
We have more players in the works, but I’m as Spring Training is still in its early stages, I’m posting pitchers and catchers here – Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Henry Owens, Brandon Workman, and A.J. Pierzynski.
Feedback online so far has been great, but as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, questions, and criticisms! Each of these is a combination shooting and editing effort between myself and Red Sox Manager of Photography, Mike Ivins.
On a more general note, as I enter into my fifth season shooting in Major league Baseball, I was really excited to work Spring Training for my first time. It was one aspect of the game I felt I hadn’t gotten to know yet, and this was a nice sampling of what the baseball scene is like down in Florida.
I’ve been busy out on the road with the Red Sox contingent lately. We’ve been all over New England, spreading the World Series cheer to schools, community centers, arenas, hospitals, stores, and everything in between.
It’s been a nice opportunity to see some of these places and small towns that I otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to see, and to meet some very friendly and interesting people.
You can also see the effect these trophies have on those who are less fortunate or are struggling at the moment. It seems like these quick moments can go a long way.
I just thought I’d make a quick post with this photo from our visit to Children’s Hospital Boston yesterday with some Red Sox up and comers who are in town this week for the Rookie Development program.
It’s refreshing to see such youthful energy, and the guys were great to follow around as they met with patients. I liked this moment.
It was a beautiful morning here in Boston, and although I didn’t really know what I was doing when it came to shooting figure skating, I tried to make some art out here at Frozen Fenway. It’s not every day that you get to see really good figure skating up close, so I made an effort to stay creative and play with the light and shadows.
A fun experience for sure!
It’s been a busy, cold, but exciting week shooting hockey at Fenway Park during Frozen Fenway 2014. We’ve had lots of games to cover, which has given us the opportunity to get a good variety of images.
Over the course of the week, I’ve tried to find lots of different looks, not just on game action, but also on those quieter moments before and after the game. I think it’s important to remember that as huge as some of them are, these are just college kids. The chance to play the game they love outdoors in Fenway Park is something very special, and I tried to convey that emotion when possible. During the game, I kept mobile, shooting some periods from down low, some from behind the glass, and some from up high.
I mentioned in my last post that hockey isn’t something I grew up around, but after these several weeks I feel very comfortable shooting the sport. This was a good introduction, and I hope I can have the opportunity to do more with it in the future.
It was also neat to shoot a skate-around with one of the all-time hockey greats, Bobby Orr! I threw a few of those pictures in there as well for the Bruins fans out there.
We haven’t had enough excitement at Fenway Park over the past several months, so why not throw in some hockey on top of it all?
This weekend kicked off Frozen Fenway 2014, which features high school and college hockey games, a Monster Sled tubing course, and opportunities for fans to skate out on the rink.
On Saturday, the stadium was the backdrop to two big games: Providence College vs. Merrimack College and Boston College vs. the University of Notre Dame. It was a nice change of pace and scenery, and I was excited to shoot something different around here.
I quickly realized that I’ve somehow made it this long having never shot hockey, so it was refreshing to shoot a new sport, and the hours of shooting all weekend served as some good practice. Hockey is something of a way of life up here, certainly more so than where I grew up in Baltimore. It’s all so foreign to me, but it’s definitely fun to be around.
These are my highlights from those two games. The first ended in a 1-1 tie, and Boston College was able to scrape out a victory in the second game.
I shot the third period of the BC-Notre Dame game perched in the middle of both team benches, with no glass between myself and the rink. It’s an amazing spot that’s right on top of the action, but overall, I’m just happy to walk away from those 20 minutes without a high stick or puck to the face.
I always like to take just a bit of time to reflect at the end of each year. The world of journalism is a fast-paced whirlwind of ups and downs, and 2013 was certainly no exception. For a photojournalist in Boston, it was a year filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. What I’ve posted above is one photo from each month of the year, and one more for good luck to make a group of 13.
I started my year off in Washington D.C., where I covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama as part of my coursework towards my M.S. in Journalism at Boston University, which I completed in May. I came out of that program with a new set of skills related to multimedia journalism, but more importantly, with a new network of friends and colleagues. In our world, nothing is more important.
I completed my fourth season working as a photographer in Major League Baseball, and it was without a doubt the most thrilling, rewarding, and downright fun experience I’ve ever had. Documenting the Red Sox run through the playoffs and World Series victory, particularly in the way it all happened this year, was literally a dream come true. Not many people can say they’ve lived their dream, so I feel very grateful.
For others in this city, this year was very difficult. We were all shaken by the tragedies at the Boston Marathon in April. My marathon coverage pales in comparison to the work of the journalists who were at the scene of the bombings, and their work has not gone unnoticed. I did my part to cover this story that has continued through the entire year and will carry on in 2014.
I stayed busy on the professional tennis tour as well, working as a tournament photographer, videographer, and social media guy at my first BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California, my second Championships Wimbledon in London, England, and my first New Haven Open in New Haven Connecticut. I love the tennis scene, and look forward to more coverage of those events in the new year. All the while, I was grateful for some wonderful freelance opportunities, among them the Patriots vs. Broncos game on the coldest night of the year.
Measured in page views and numbers, it was a down year for me on this blog compared to years past, but I’ve loved continuing to keep this record of my life and work, and I’m thankful for those who follow along. Here are the statistics from my yearly blogging report:
“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 120 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 458 posts. There were 938 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 358 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per day.”
2013 was an incredible year, and one that I’ll never forget. Given everything that’s happened in Boston and throughout the world, I feel very lucky to be able to say that. I’ve loved meeting so many new friends, colleagues, professional contacts, and role models. I’m also surrounded by an amazing group of friends and family, and it’s very cool to see how far we’ve all come this year. Everyone continues to do big things, and I’m so excited to see what another year brings for everyone.
Happy New Year! Much more to come in 2014!
Here are a few shots of the preparations around the park for Frozen Fenway 2014. It’s shaping up to be a pretty neat event!