2015 BNP Paribas Open – Day 5.

Here is a gallery from ATP and WTA All-Access Hour and media availability today at the BNP Paribas Open, as well as a few from some practice sessions as the bigger names arrived on site. 

Didn’t get the chance to shoot a lot of match action today, but there were some fun features from the media hour. When you take a step back, it’s crazy to see moments like the above, with the world’s best so close to each other. 

Photos: The Championships Wimbledon 2014 – Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

"Maria Sharapova signs autographs for fans at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Maria Sharapova signs autographs for fans at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Slazenger used championship tennis balls are sold at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Slazenger used championship tennis balls are sold at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Decorated Slazenger used championship tennis balls are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Decorated Slazenger used championship tennis balls are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A boy grabs two cans of Slazenger used championship tennis balls at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A boy grabs two cans of Slazenger used championship tennis balls at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"An honorary steward stands outside the ticket resale booth at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“An honorary steward stands outside the ticket resale booth at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Resale tickets to Centre Court are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Resale tickets to Centre Court are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A chair umpire calls a match on Court 12 at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A chair umpire calls a match on Court 12 at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A fan cheers as she watches a match on Henman Hill at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A fan cheers as she watches a match on Henman Hill at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Fans read a Wimbledon program as they camp out in a tent in the queue at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Fans read a Wimbledon program as they camp out in a tent in the queue at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, July 1, 2014 during the 2014 Championships Wimbledon.”

Not a lot of tennis action for me on day eight of the tournament. My assignment was to focus on several different needs on the shot list required for the All England Club. It was fun to mix things up a bit after having shot so much tennis over the past eight days. 

Here is a gallery with a few more of my photos. 

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 7.

"Alexandr Dolgopolov reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal in three sets at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dolgopolov reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal in three sets at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Alexandr Dologpolov hugs Rafael Nadal after their match at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Alexandr Dologpolov hugs Rafael Nadal after their match at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal and Alexandr Dolgopolov play each other in a third round match on Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Rafael Nadal and Alexandr Dolgopolov play each other in a third round match on Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer reacts after defeating Dmitry Tursunov in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Roger Federer reacts after defeating Dmitry Tursunov in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Li Na hits a forehand against Karolina Pliskova in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Li Na hits a forehand against Karolina Pliskova in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ana Ivanovic hits a forehand against Sloane Stephens at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Ana Ivanovic hits a forehand against Sloane Stephens at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Jir Vesely in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Jir Vesely in the third round of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova serves to  Camila Giorgi in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova serves to Camila Giorgi in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi serves to Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi serves to Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi plays Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi plays Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi reacts after winning a point against Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi reacts after winning a point against Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova argues with the chair umpire during a third round match against Camila Giorgi at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova argues with the chair umpire during a third round match against Camila Giorgi at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Camila Giorgi reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Camila Giorgi reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Maria Sharapova waves to the crowd as she walks off court after being defeated in three sets by Camila Giorgi in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Maria Sharapova waves to the crowd as she walks off court after being defeated in three sets by Camila Giorgi in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open Monday, March 10, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

What a day of tennis. Just like that, the two defending champions of this tournament, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal, are out of the draw after being upset to two underdogs.

Great drama. Great moments.

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 3.

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer speak to the press before the start of their matches at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer speak to the press before the start of their matches at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Maria Sharapova smiles during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Maria Sharapova smiles during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Maria Sharapova poses for a photograph during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Maria Sharapova poses for a photograph during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Jack Sock reacts after losing a point to Tim Smyczek at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Jack Sock reacts after losing a point to Tim Smyczek at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Victoria Duval hits a forehand during her qualifying round match against Alisa Kleybanova at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Victoria Duval hits a forehand during her qualifying round match against Alisa Kleybanova at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Bethanie Mattek-Sands adjusts her headband during a match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Bethanie Mattek-Sands adjusts her headband during a match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Caroline Garcia reacts after defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets in a first round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Caroline Garcia reacts after defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets in a first round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

Another very busy day today, but here are just a few selects from all the buzz yesterday.

Photos: The Championships Wimbledon 2013 – Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

"Maria Sharapova walks toward the Aorangi Practice Courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Maria Sharapova walks toward the Aorangi Practice Courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"The grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England are shown Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“The grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England are shown Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"The grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England are shown Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“The grounds at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England are shown Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Spectators watch a match on No. 17 Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Spectators watch a match on No. 17 Court at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Inflatable Strawberries are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Inflatable strawberries are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Maria Sharapova throws a medicine ball at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Maria Sharapova throws a medicine ball at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A line judge gestures a call at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A line judge gestures a call at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A ball boy waits between points at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“A ball boy waits between points at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Fans sit beneath flowers on Henman Hill at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Fans sit beneath flowers on Henman Hill at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Broadcaster Annabel Croft and former tennis player Mats Wilander host 'Live At Wimbledon' at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Broadcaster Annabel Croft and former tennis player Mats Wilander host ‘Live At Wimbledon’ at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Laura Robson is interviewed on the set of 'Live At Wimbledon' after her first round victory over Maria Kirilenko at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Laura Robson is interviewed on the set of ‘Live At Wimbledon’ after her first round victory over Maria Kirilenko at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Roger Federer walks off the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Roger Federer walks off the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Former tennis player John McEnroe greets Roger Federer at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Former tennis player John McEnroe greets Roger Federer at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Roger Federer signs autographs at the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Roger Federer signs autographs at the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Roger Federer signs autographs at the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Roger Federer signs autographs at the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

Things really picked up here on Day Two of the Championships. Matches aside, there were what seemed like endless events, appearances, and happenings around the grounds.

Here are my favorites from the day. By now, I’ve shot several major tennis tournaments, but there are days when I still need to pinch myself. It’s a bit surreal being so close to so many well known people.

Until tomorrow!

Photos: The Championships Wimbledon 2013 – Saturday, June 22, 2013.

"Centre Court and the outer courts are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“Centre Court and the outer courts are shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Rafael Nadal signs an autograph after a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“Rafael Nadal signs an autograph after a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Roger Federer walks toward the outer courts before a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“Roger Federer walks toward the outer courts before a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Roger Federer gestures during a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“Roger Federer gestures during a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Roger Federer hits a backhand during a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during a practice session at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"Maria Sharapova leaves the practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“Maria Sharapova leaves the practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"A group of ball boys and ball girls stand in line at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“A group of ball boys and ball girls stand in line at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"The left shoe of Rafael Nadal is shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“The left shoe of Rafael Nadal is shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

"An official Slazenger tennis ball is shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon."

“An official Slazenger tennis ball is shown at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Saturday, June 22, 2013 before the start of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

Greetings from London! I’m lucky enough to be here for the next two weeks working as a photographer and videographer at the 2013 Championships Wimbledon. It’s great to be back here after shooting this tournament last year for the first time. I’m still a bit jet lagged, but it strangely feels like I never left.

The Championships don’t start until Monday, so today and tomorrow, I’m on the hunt for features and players getting themselves ready for play. I just so happened to run into the two biggest guys, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, out on the courts today. Here is the full gallery of my photos from the day. 

I’m really looking forward to seeing all the work produced our incredibly talented crew at wimbledon.com over the next two weeks. Stay tuned for more posts throughout the tournament, hopefully every day! 

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 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 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 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!