2015 BNP Paribas Open – Day 10.

Here are some images from yesterday at the BNP Paribas Open. A crazy busy day of shooting and running around in the heat!

2015 BNP Paribas Open – Day 8.

Here are a few quick moments from a busy day yesterday at the BNP Paribas Open.

Photos: Connecticut Open Tennis – Day 3.

"Eugenie Bouchard smiles as she signs autographs during WTA All-Access Hour on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014."

“Eugenie Bouchard smiles as she signs autographs during WTA All-Access Hour on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014.”

"Caroline Wozniacki bikes on a spin bike in front of the Yale New Haven Health booth during WTA All-Access Hour on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014."

“Caroline Wozniacki bikes on a spin bike in front of the Yale New Haven Health booth during WTA All-Access Hour on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014.”

"Annika Beck hits a forehand during a match against Misaki Doi on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014."

“Annika Beck hits a forehand during a match against Misaki Doi on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014.”

"A young fan hits a tennis ball during a tennis clinic as part of Kids Day on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014."

“A young fan hits a tennis ball during a tennis clinic as part of Kids Day on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014.”

"A young fan slides down a slide during a tennis clinic in the AETNA FitZone as part of Kids Day on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014."

“A young fan slides down a slide during a tennis clinic in the AETNA FitZone as part of Kids Day on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014.”

"Andrea Petkovic high fives kids during a tennis clinic in the AETNA FitZone as part of Kids Day on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014."

“Andrea Petkovic high fives kids during a tennis clinic in the AETNA FitZone as part of Kids Day on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014.”

"Flavia Pennetta hits a forehand during a match against Klara Koukalova on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014."

“Flavia Pennetta hits a forehand during a match against Klara Koukalova on day three of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Sunday, August 17, 2014.”

Here is a selection of photos from a busy day three at the Connecticut Open. This is a mixture of pictures from the WTA All-Access Hour media session, Kids Day, and action on the court.

Photos and Reflections: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 13.

“Novak Djokovic and American Idol judge Randy Jackson pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Novak Djokovic and American Idol judge Randy Jackson pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“American Idol finalist Angie Miller sings the National Anthem before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“American Idol finalist Angie Miller sings the National Anthem before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta is introduced on court before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta is introduced on court before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Agnieszka Radwanska hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Agnieszka Radwanska hits a backhand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans show support for Agnieszka Radwanska during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Fans show support for Agnieszka Radwanska during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Flavia Pennetta Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after winning the first set during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after winning the first set during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s finals against Agnieszka Radwanska Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta poses with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta poses with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open women’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe, a ball boy, and Roger Federer pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe, a ball boy, and Roger Federer pose for a photograph before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves to Novak Djokovic during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer serves to Novak Djokovic during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s finals Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after losing a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after losing a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic hits a forehand during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.” Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open against Roger Federer Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”
Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Roger Federer in three sets to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Roger Federer in three sets to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic addresses media after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic addresses media after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy and the Serbian flag after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy and the Serbian flag after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2014 BNP Paribas Open men’s singles championship Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

I’m 30,000 feet above somewhere in the middle of the country, flying back to freezing cold Boston after an unforgettable three weeks working at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

This was the second year in a row I’ve shot this tournament, and it was amazing to see how much it grew in just 12 months time, not only in the size of the venue itself, but also in the scope of our digital and social media operation. Tennis is a progressive sport, and as journalists we’re lucky that this tournament embraces the ever-changing, expansive world of social media and digital technology. 
Our website crew of six people last year nearly doubled in size this year, as did the quality and quantity of the content we produced as a result. Writing, blogging, photo, video, social media on just about any platform imaginable – we did it all, and at a level that’s comparable to any other tennis tournament or sporting event in the world. It’s a really exciting line of work to be a part of. 
 
This is without a doubt a glamorous event by professional tennis standards, and I have to pinch myself sometimes when I find myself in situations like yesterday, standing two feet away from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the player’s tunnel against the backdrop of the scenic California desert. But from a photographer’s perspective, these few weeks are a grind. The pace is grueling, most days easily going 13 or 14 hours long, and climbing up and down stadium steps with huge camera equipment in the 90 plus degree sun all day can be brutal. It’s no vacation. 
 
But as I finally find the time to reflect upon the whole experience for a few minutes, it’s clear that the memories I’ve made and the people I’ve met and worked with make it all worthwhile. 
 
There are so many people I could shout out, but there are a few I have to mention here. Thank you to Dee Dee Felich and Cindy Liberati, for working so hard throughout the year to make this tournament such a great place to come back to each year, and for embracing and supporting the work that we do. To our fearless leader Matt Van Tuinen, thank you for the opportunity to work, not just in Indian Wells but throughout the years. Nobody in the world of media does it better than you and it’s impressive to watch. Thanks also to social media guru and all around rockstar Nick McCarvel for the brilliance, leadership, guidance, and navigation through this crazy world of tennis. Michael Cummo and Lauren Foley, my Boston Red Sox contingent of photographers and videographers, both did an incredible job and their talent and hustle is top notch. And to everyone else on our crew – Fred Sidhu, Craig Gabriel, Stephen Villatoro, Rodrigo Azurmendi, David Rosenberg, and Erwin Ong – thanks for doing what you do and doing it so well. I’m lucky to work with such talented individuals.
 
The images above are the highlights from the men’s and women’s finals matches. 
 
Now it’s time to switch gears yet again. Opening day at Fenway Park is just a few short weeks away!

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 8.

"Julien Benneteau reacts after defeating Dominic Thiem in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Julien Benneteau reacts after defeating Dominic Thiem in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Julien Benneteau hits a forehand during a match against Dominic Thiem in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Julien Benneteau hits a forehand during a match against Dominic Thiem in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jelena Jankovic hits a forehand against Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jelena Jankovic hits a forehand against Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Golfer Rory McIlroy watches a match between Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Golfer Rory McIlroy watches a match between Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic lunges for a forehand against Alejandro Gonzalez in a third round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic lunges for a forehand against Alejandro Gonzalez in a third round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Alexandr Dolgopolov chats in the Michelob ULTRA booth during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Alexandr Dolgopolov chats in the Michelob ULTRA booth during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"BNP Paribas Open tennis balls are shown at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“BNP Paribas Open tennis balls are shown at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Simona Halep reacts after beating Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Simona Halep reacts after beating Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Flavia Pennetta reacts after defeating Camila Giorgi in the fourth round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after defeating Camila Giorgi in the fourth round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan chest bump each other after winning their third round doubles match Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan chest bump each other after winning their third round doubles match Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

We had a much needed, smooth day of tennis yesterday. All the matches went relatively quickly, which gave us some time to catch our breath and regroup as we head deeper into this tournament.

I tried to mix things up a bit, and found shooting from up high to be working well yesterday.

Another big day today!

Video and Photos: New Haven Open – Day 1.

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"2013 Wimbledon Ladies' Finalist Sabine Lisicki takes part in the main tournament draw ceremony on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013."

“2013 Wimbledon Ladies’ Finalist Sabine Lisicki takes part in the main tournament draw ceremony on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013.”

"2013 Wimbledon Ladies' Finalist Sabine Lisicki takes part in the main tournament draw ceremony on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013."

“2013 Wimbledon Ladies’ Finalist Sabine Lisicki takes part in the main tournament draw ceremony on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013.”

"A chair umpire sits under an umbrella on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013."

“A chair umpire sits under an umbrella on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013.”

"Monica Puig returns a shot during her qualifying round match against Nadia Echeverria Alam on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013."

“Monica Puig returns a shot during her qualifying round match against Nadia Echeverria Alam on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013.”

"Flavia Pennetta reacts after losing a point during a qualifying round match on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013."

“Flavia Pennetta reacts after losing a point during a qualifying round match on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013.”

"Kelcy McKenna eyes a backhand return during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013."

“Kelcy McKenna eyes a backhand return during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 1 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 16, 2013.”

I’m here in New Haven, Connecticut for the next ten days working as the tournament photographer and video producer at the 2013 New Haven Open tennis tournament. Today marked the first day of the tournament, so I was busy shooting tons of tennis and opening events. By now, I’ve learned that on these early days of the tournament, it’s less about being too creative with photo and video and more about making sure that everything gets covered, as there’s so much going on.

Above is a quick hit video piece I shot and edited from the tournament draw ceremony featuring 2013 Wimbledon finalist, Sabine Lisicki. As the tournament goes on, I’ll have more time to polish these video spots. For now, it was a good way to get back into the swing of things after shooting lots of baseball over the past several weeks. 

There’s also a few selects from the stills I shot today. 

As I often make my practice, I’m hoping to publish a post every day of the tournament, so be sure to check back if you’d like!