Photos and Video: James Blake Gives Tennis Clinic in New Haven.

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"A girl smiles as she participates in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“A girl smiles as she participates in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Tournament Director Anne Worcester participates alongside kids in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Tournament Director Anne Worcester participates alongside kids in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake addresses the media during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake addresses the media during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake high fives a participant during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake high fives a participant during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake leads a drill during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake leads a drill during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake signs autographs during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut."

“Former professional tennis player James Blake signs autographs during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut.”

Today I headed to the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut to shoot the annual Free Tennis Lesson in advance of the upcoming New Haven Open tournament. 

This year, the guest was recently retired American pro, James Blake, who participated in a clinic with several hundred kids from local area schools. 
I was able to get lots of good footage and stills throughout the day, which I’ve posted here. The video is a quick recap package produced several hours after the event concluded, and the stills were used for the tournament’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. 
It’s always a pleasure to have such great access to athletes, especially when they are as gracious and well-spoken as James is. 

Video: Yale Bulldogs Mascot.

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This idea for this spot is a product of all of us working on the tournament website here at the New Haven Open at Yale. We wanted to have some fun with one of the top women’s tennis players in the world, so here’s what we came up with.

A fun watch and a fun one to shoot as well.

Photos: New Haven Open – Day 2.

"Tsvetana Pironkova reaches for a forehand on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

“Tsvetana Pironkova reaches for a forehand on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

"Nicole Melichar serves during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

“Nicole Melichar serves during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

"Jeff Dadamo hits a forehand during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

“Jeff Dadamo hits a forehand during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

"Elliot Orkin reacts after losing a point during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

“Elliot Orkin reacts after losing a point during a US Open National Playoff match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

"Fans sit under an umbrella as they watch a match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

“Fans sit under an umbrella as they watch a match on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

"A ball girl holds a tennis ball behind her back on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

“A ball girl holds a tennis ball behind her back on Day 2 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 17, 2013.”

Today was a relatively slow day for tennis action here in New Haven. It’s the calm before the storm, so to speak, so I won’t write much.

These are just a few images from the day.

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!

Photo and Video: Taylor Townsend Teaches Tennis at New Haven Open Free Lesson Day.

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"Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend leads a volley drill Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut."

“Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend leads a volley drill Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event.”

"Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend leads a volley drill Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event."

“Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend leads a volley drill Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event.”

"Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend talks to kids Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event."

“Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend talks to kids Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event.”

"Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend addresses local public school students Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event."

“Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend addresses local public school students Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event. Also pictured is Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut (right, blue necktie).”

"Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend leads a tennis drill Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event."

“Professional Tennis Player Taylor Townsend leads a tennis drill Monday, May 13, 2013 at a free tennis lesson promotional event leading up to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred children from ten New Haven public schools attended the event.”

Earlier this week, I went down to New Haven, Connecticut to shoot promotional photos and video at a free tennis lesson event leading up to the New Haven Open professional women’s tennis tournament which I’m shooting this coming August.

Held on site at the Yale University Tennis Center, the 12th annual free tennis lesson day featured an appearance by the young, up-and-coming women’s tennis player, Taylor Townsend. Also in attendance were both Connecticut Governor, Dannel P. Malloy, and John DeStefano Jr., Mayor of New Haven.

Despite working both still photo and video simultaneously, the shoot went well, and Taylor was a fantastic subject to work with.

Lately, it seems my video work has fallen more on the side of promotional and advertising rather than straight journalism, and this video is a continuation of that trend. It’s interesting to see how the approach differs so greatly knowing that you’re shooting for marketing material instead of with a journalistic eye. I have to say, I enjoy both formats.

I’m looking forward to an exciting couple weeks in New Haven in August!