Photos and Reflections: BNP Paribas Open – Day 12.

"Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal hits a backhand against Juan Martin Del Potro during the championship match Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal hits a backhand against Juan Martin Del Potro during the championship match Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Juan Martin Del Potro serves against Rafael Nadal in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Juan Martin Del Potro serves against Rafael Nadal in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Juan Martin Del Potro reacts during the championship match against Rafael Nadal Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Juan Martin Del Potro reacts during the championship match against Rafael Nadal Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro congratulate each other after the championship match Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro congratulate each other after the championship match Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Confetti falls as Rafael Nadal poses with the championship trophy after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Confetti falls as Rafael Nadal poses with the championship trophy after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal gives a press conference after winning the BNP Paribas Open Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal gives a press conference after winning the BNP Paribas Open Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal poses for a championship photograph after winning the BNP Paribas Open Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal poses for a championship photograph after winning the BNP Paribas Open Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova hits a backhand during the BNP Paribas Open championship match against Caroline Wozniacki Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Sharapova hits a backhand during the BNP Paribas Open championship match against Caroline Wozniacki Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Caroline Wozniacki lunges for a backhand during the BNP Paribas Open championship match against Maria Sharapova Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Caroline Wozniacki lunges for a backhand during the BNP Paribas Open championship match against Maria Sharapova Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova reacts after winning the BNP Paribas Open championship match against Caroline Wozniacki Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Sharapova reacts after winning the BNP Paribas Open championship match against Caroline Wozniacki Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova gives a press conference after winning the BNP Paribas Open championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Sharapova gives a press conference after winning the BNP Paribas Open championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova poses for a championship photograph after winning the BNP Paribas Open Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Sharapova poses for a championship photograph after winning the BNP Paribas Open Sunday, March 18, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.”

I’m here in the terminal in the Palm Springs airport, in the middle of a long delay that was just announced when I got here at 4:30 this morning. I can already feel my tan fading, and it seems like I’ll be welcomed back to Boston later tonight with a fresh dusting of snow.

Since I have some downtime now, I wanted to take this opportunity to post my photos from all the championship action yesterday, and to reflect a bit on my experience over the past two weeks working as a photographer and videographer for the 2013 BNP Paribas Open

Yesterday was a crazy day, but a thrill to be on hand to shoot those final points and player portraits with the trophies. I’m particularly happy with the images I got of Rafa as he won championship point. I definitely chose the right spot to be in. 

Overall, I worked harder, longer hours at this tournament than at any other one I’ve done in the past. One guy covering an entire Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s worth of courts was a grind, particularly during the early rounds when there were so many matches going on. You’ll never hear me complain about warm weather, but it gets hot out here in the desert when you’re lugging all the photo gear up and down stadium steps all day. 

I was brought here to work hard, though, and I wouldn’t change that for anything. I loved every second of it, even the crazy moments where it felt like I had to be in four places at once. After all, it’s a privilege to shoot for one of the biggest and most important tennis tournaments in the world, and to meet and work alongside some of the world’s most talented photojournalists that I’ve admired for a long time. 

As I’ve recently said quite a bit, I’m making a big push this year to improve my video skills, and this tournament was a fantastic experience in conceiving a concept, shooting it, then editing it sensibly and concisely under tight deadlines. Just from the past two weeks, I feel a lot more confident in my abilities as a video journalist, and I’m proud of most of the pieces I produced. My videos and photos also landed me some nice bylines, included in both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times

Finally, and most importantly, it was wonderful to re-connect with old friends and colleagues, and to meet so many new ones. Over my whole career, I’ve been extremely lucky to work for and learn from the best in the business, and the BNP Paribas Open was no exception. I owe a huge thanks to Matt Van Tuinen and Jeff Watson, the MVTPR stars and masterminds behind the BNPPO media operations, for giving me this opportunity and for breaking me into unfamiliar territory. Also, thanks to the rest of our team – Nick McCarvel, Pete Holtermann, Fred Sidhu, and Craig Gabriel – for their creativity, tennis expertise, and help throughout the tournament.

Last but not least, thanks to you all for reading! Sorry I cluttered your news feeds with posts over the past two weeks. I’m off to find some breakfast. 

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 11.

"Juan Martin Del Potro reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic in three in the semifinals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Juan Martin Del Potro reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic in three in the semifinals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the first set of his semifinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the first set of his semifinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans show their support for Novak Djokovic Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans show their support for Novak Djokovic Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal hits a forehand during his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal hits a forehand during his semifinal match against Tomas Berdych Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Tomas Berdych serves during his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Tomas Berdych serves during his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych and advancing to the finals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych and advancing to the finals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych and advancing to the finals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych and advancing to the finals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"A ball boy holds an umbrella during a semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“A ball boy holds an umbrella during a semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bill Gates watches a semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bill Gates watches a semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Elena Vesnina serves during the women's doubles finals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Elena Vesnina serves during the women’s doubles finals Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina kiss the trophy after winning the women's doubles championship Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina kiss the trophy after winning the women’s doubles championship Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Mike Bryan lunges for a shot during the men's doubles championship match Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Mike Bryan lunges for a shot during the men’s doubles championship match Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan pose with the trophy after winning the men's doubles championship match Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan pose with the trophy after winning the men’s doubles championship match Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

We’ve arrived at the final days of the tournament, so here are the best photos from yesterday’s men’s semifinal matches and men’s and women’s doubles championships.

There was so much drama on court, which made for great emotion and energy. Today, we’ve got the men’s and women’s singles final, so be sure to check back for the winning photos!

Photos and Video: BNP Paribas Open – Day 10.

"Caroline Wozniacki reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber in the semifinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Caroline Wozniacki reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber in the semifinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Angelique Kerber returns a shot from Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Angelique Kerber returns a shot from Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Andy Murray serves to Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Andy Murray serves to Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro shake hands after their quarterfinal match Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro shake hands after their quarterfinal match Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Juan Martin Del Potro reacts after defeating Andy Murray in the quarterfinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Juan Martin Del Potro reacts after defeating Andy Murray in the quarterfinals Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"The sun begins to set of Main Stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“The sun begins to set of Main Stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Kirilenko reacts during her semifinal match against Maria Sharapova Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts during her semifinal match against Maria Sharapova Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova hits a backhand during her semifinal match against Maria Kirilenko Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Sharapova hits a backhand during her semifinal match against Maria Kirilenko Friday, March 15, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

Here is a selection of photos from quarterfinal and semifinal action on the men’s and women’s side of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. We’re deep into the tournament now, so at this point, the photos become more about emotion and reaction rather than straight about straight tennis action.

Additionally, I’ve posted a video from an incredibly unique opportunity I had to follow Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as they were escorted from the locker room to the court before their quarterfinal match two days ago.

What I love best about the work that I do is the experiences it allows for. These intimate moments before a sporting event of international interest are rarely seen, and it was incredible to witness that first hand. The entire journey took about three minutes, but it seemed to all happen so quickly. A memorable assignment for sure.

This video I shot and edited follows their journey.

More to come from all of today’s action!

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 9.

"A full stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is shown during a match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“A full stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is shown during a match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Roger Federer Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Roger Federer Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during his match against Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during his match against Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer walks off the court after losing to Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer walks off the court after losing to Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate after defeating Santiago Gonzales and Scott Lipsky Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate after defeating Santiago Gonzales and Scott Lipsky Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ekaterina Makarova lunges for a shot alongside Elena Vesnina during their doubles match against Casey Dellacqua and Kimika Date-Krumm Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ekaterina Makarova lunges for a shot alongside Elena Vesnina during their doubles match against Casey Dellacqua and Kimika Date-Krumm Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Tomas Berdych reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Tomas Berdych reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Victoria Azarenka addresses the media after announcing her withdrawal from the tournament due to an ankle injury Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Victoria Azarenka addresses the media after announcing her withdrawal from the tournament due to an ankle injury Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

A bit of a slower day yesterday, as Samantha Stosur and Victoria Azarenka, two of the hot tickets in the women’s draw, pulled out of the tournament due to injuries. Those developments left us with a  bit of downtime, which was a nice change of pace from the constant grind this tournament has been so far.

It also gave me a chance to recuperate before the much anticipated match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Although the match didn’t turn out to be one of the classics like they’ve had so many times before, the energy in the stadium was still high and it was a lot of fun to shoot. More to come soon from that match. 

Thanks for looking. Enjoy the photos!

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 8.

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Ernests Gulbis Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal hits a backhand during his match against Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal returns a shot from Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal returns a shot from Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Rafael Nadal Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Rafael Nadal Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova in three sets Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova in three sets Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Petra Kvitova serves during her match against Maria Kirilenko Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Petra Kvitova serves during her match against Maria Kirilenko Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves during his match against Milos Raonic Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves during his match against Milos Raonic Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Milos Raonic serves to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Milos Raonic serves to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Gilles Simon returns a shot from Kevin Anderson Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Gilles Simon returns a shot from Kevin Anderson Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Richard Gasquet reacts during his match against Tomas Berdych Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Richard Gasquet reacts during his match against Tomas Berdych Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan sign autographs Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan sign autographs Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"The Indian Wells Tennis Garden Corona Plaza is shown Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“The Indian Wells Tennis Garden Corona Plaza is shown Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Actor Kevin Spacey takes in a tennis match Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Actor Kevin Spacey takes in a tennis match Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic returns a shot during his match against Sam Querrey Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic returns a shot during his match against Sam Querrey Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

Yesterday was one of those whirlwind days. One minute you’re running around the grounds shooting what seems like every match at the same time, and then the next you’re camped in the photo pits to shoot Nadal celebrating after an epic three-set match.

It’s that kind of up and down that make this job so great.

I don’t have much time to post, so the photos will have to do the talking here. Another huge day of tennis today!

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 7.

“Maria Kirilenko reacts during her match against Agnieszka Radwanska Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts during her match against Agnieszka Radwanska Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts during her match against Agnieszka Radwanska Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic serves during his match against Grigor Dimitrov Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic serves during his match against Grigor Dimitrov Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts during her match against Agnieszka Radwanska Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Grigor Dimitrov returns a shot from Novak Djokovic Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a shot from Mardy Fish Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a shot from Mardy Fish Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson poses with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson poses with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Birds fly over Stadium One at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Birds fly over Stadium One at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Grigor Dimitrov balances tennis balls on his racquet during his match against Novak Djokovic Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Grigor Dimitrov balances tennis balls on his racquet during his match against Novak Djokovic Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Petra Kvitova serves during her match against Klara Zakopalova Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Petra Kvitova serves during her match against Klara Zakopalova Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Marin Cilic follows through on a serve during his match against Milos Raonic Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Marin Cilic follows through on a serve during his match against Milos Raonic Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Sharapova serves during her match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Sharapova serves during her match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

Yesterday was another hectic, long, crazy day out here in California, but a great day nonetheless. 

I had the pleasure of meeting NBA Hall of Famer, David Robinson, who, with his two sons, got to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga following his match. Also got to take in some good tennis throughout the day. 

Enjoy the photos! Another big day today!

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 6.

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Ivan Dodig Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer poses for a photo with singer Gladys Knight Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer poses for a photo with singer Gladys Knight Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Caroline Wozniacki serves during her match against Elena Vesnina Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Caroline Wozniacki serves during her match against Elena Vesnina Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Mardy Fish and James Blake wave to the crowd after defeating Milos Raonic and Feliciano Lopez Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Mardy Fish and James Blake wave to the crowd after defeating Milos Raonic and Feliciano Lopez Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan talk between points during their match against John Isner and Same Querrey Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan talk between points during their match against John Isner and Same Querrey Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ana Ivanovic reacts during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ana Ivanovic reacts during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans show their support for Ana Ivanovic during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans show their support for Ana Ivanovic during her match against Mona Barthel Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Andreas Seppi Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Andreas Seppi Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Victoria Azarenka reacts during her match against Kirsten Flipkens Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Victoria Azarenka reacts during her match against Kirsten Flipkens Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans cheer between during a match between Lleyton Hewitt and Stanislas Wawrinka Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans cheer between during a match between Lleyton Hewitt and Stanislas Wawrinka Monday, March 11, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

Yesterday was another packed day at the BNP Paribas Open. The draws are starting to thin out, so because I’ve got a bit more time with each match, I’m starting to mix things up and get some different angles and looks around court. 

I also had the opportunity to shoot a private meet and greet with Roger Federer and Gladys Knight, the “Empress of Soul,” which was a little side adventure. 

Another big day today. Enjoy the tennis!

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 5.

"Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a serve during his match against James Blake Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a serve during his match against James Blake Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a serve during his match against James Blake Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Andy Murray reacts during his match against Evgeny Donskoy Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Mardy Fish addresses the media during a press conference Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Mardy Fish addresses the media during a press conference Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bobby Reynolds returns a serve during his match against Mardy Fish Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bobby Reynolds returns a serve during his match against Mardy Fish Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans take in a tennis match from the upper levels of Stadium One Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans take in a tennis match from the upper levels of Stadium One Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans gather on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden lawn as they watch tennis matches on a large video board Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans gather on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden lawn as they watch tennis matches on a large video board Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fabio Fognini returns a serve during his match against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fabio Fognini returns a serve during his match against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

I don’t have much time today, so I’m going to keep this post short. I shot lots of good tennis yesterday at the BNP Paribas Open, so here are some selects from the day.

Thanks for looking!

Photos and Video: BNP Paribas Open – Day 4.

"Samantha Stosur serves during her match against Madison Keys Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Samantha Stosur serves during her match against Madison Keys Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jamie Murray serves alongside Andy Murray during their doubles match against Nenad Zimonjic and Robert Lindstedt Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer serves during his match against Denis Istomin Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer serves during his match against Denis Istomin Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Ryan Harrison Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Ryan Harrison Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Victoria Azarenka hits a backhand during her match against Daniela Hantuchova Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Victoria Azarenka hits a backhand during her match against Daniela Hantuchova Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Caroline Wozniacki hits a backhand during her match against Alize Cornet Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Caroline Wozniacki hits a backhand during her match against Alize Cornet Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ana Ivanovic returns a shot during her match against Taylor Townsend Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Ana Ivanovic returns a shot during her match against Taylor Townsend Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Lleyton Hewitt celebrates after defeating John Isner in three sets Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Lleyton Hewitt celebrates after defeating John Isner in three sets Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"The chair umpire booth on stadium two is shown Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“The chair umpire booth on stadium two is shown Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Mardy Fish and James Blake play a point against David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Mardy Fish and James Blake play a point against David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Richard Gasquet serves during his match against Bernard Tomic Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Richard Gasquet serves during his match against Bernard Tomic Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova greets fans during an autograph session Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova greets fans during an autograph session Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

I think this is the first time in my life that I’m actually sore from carrying photo gear and climbing stadium steps, and I’ve done a lot of that. Yesterday made for a crazy day, which included editing the video above and shooting photos at 13 different matches throughout the day.

It was a grind, but I had a blast doing it. If anything, it was a good leg and shoulder workout.

The video is similar to the WTA All-Access video I produced several days ago, but from the men’s side of the draw. It’s kind of a fun watch, if only to see the top five players in the world talk about each other.

As for the photos, I’ve posted a variety of action and features. It’s always a good challenge to mix things up while shooting tennis, particularly during the early rounds when you have so many matches to cover. For the first few days when you’re bouncing from court to court so quickly, it’s more about speed and efficiency rather than creativity. The above is a selection from the day. 

Today is another big day! Enjoy!

Photos and Video: BNP Paribas Open – Day 3.

"Ana Ivanovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer shovel dirt Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."

“Ana Ivanovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer shovel dirt Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."

“Rafael Nadal autographs construction helmets Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."

“Novak Djokovic addresses the media at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Friday, March 8, 2013”

“Ball kids await the start of a ‘Salute Our Heroes’ ceremony on Stadium One court at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Friday, March 8, 2013.”

Day three was a crazy day for me, but I was able to shoot some pretty unique things. After editing video from the Player Party in the morning, I shot a Q&A with former World No. 1 and eight time Grand Slam champion, Jimmy Connors, which you’ll see up top. 

The questions come from fans of the tournament on Facebook and Twitter, and Jimmy was great for the camera. I shot this quick hit on a Canon 7D DSLR and recorded with wireless lavaliers. 

I then rushed over to the outskirts of the Indian Wells Tennis Center, where I shot stills at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium that will be built and ready for play by next year’s tournament. Present at the ceremony were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, and Victoria Azarenka. It’s difficult to screw up the photos when you have all those people in one place.

After that, I shot a Djokovic presser, and in the evening, a ceremony on the main stadium court honoring the military. I’m wiped, but I’m proud of all this content. We’re set for an exciting weekend of tennis.