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!

Nadal, Fish among many stars to appear at 2011 ‘Taste of Tennis’ event in New York City.

"Rafael Nadal poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Tommy Haas poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011.

"Fernando Verdasco poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mikhail Youzhny poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Janko Tipsarevic and his wife, Biljana Sesevic, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Gilles Simon poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"James Blake poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis eventl at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Vera Zvonareva poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mardy Fish and his wife, Stacey Gardner, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

After a bit of last minute planning, I got to shoot the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in Manhattan last Thursday night on behalf of the very hip tennis fashion and style blog, Tennis Served Fresh. An opening celebration of sorts as we gear up for the 2011 US Open, Taste of Tennis brought the world’s best tennis players and chefs together for a night of cooking, partying, and plenty of photo opps. Be sure to check TSF for a full report of the night’s activity.

This was the first time I’ve shot a red carpet event, although this carpet happened to be green. It was exactly like what we see on television at these types of occasions: hordes of photographers packed together like sardines for two hours screaming at famous people to look their way. 

I was beat by the end of it, but it was extremely exciting to be there. It’s exhilarating to be so close to so many tennis players my own teammates and I have watched throughout the years. 

Thank you to Nick McCarvel for allowing me to shoot for him, and to Ben Snyder for making the connections!

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