Photos & Video: Connecticut Open Tennis Press Conference.

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This is a video I shot and edited for the Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Tournament staff held a press conference on-site to officially announce the August 2015 event and highlight the new changes coming to it. 

The video combines DSLR footage as well as GoPro footage mounted to my DJI Phantom 2 Drone. The aerial looks give the piece some variety in the b-roll footage accompanying the audio.

I also included a few quick stills from the press event, which featured former American tennis star, James Blake. 

It always feels good when you shoot both photo and video simultaneously and get equally good results. A great, productive day all-around! 

Photos and Reflections: New Haven Open – Day 9.

on Day 9 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 20, 2013.”

“Simona Halep reacts after winning championship point to defeat Petra Kvitova in the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Simona Halep reacts after winning championship point to defeat Petra Kvitova in the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Simona Halep reacts after winning championship point to defeat Petra Kvitova in the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Simona Halep hits a forehand against Petra Kvitova during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Simona Halep hits a forehand against Petra Kvitova during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Petra Kvitova hits a backhand against Simona Halep during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Petra Kvitova hits a backhand against Simona Halep during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Simona Halep tosses the ball as she serves to Petra Kvitova during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Simona Halep tosses the ball as she serves to Petra Kvitova during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Petra Kvitova serves to Simona Halep during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Petra Kvitova serves to Simona Halep during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Simona Halep tosses a ball out of her pocket after winning a game against Petra Kvitova during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Simona Halep tosses a ball out of her pocket after winning a game against Petra Kvitova during the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Simona Halep kisses the trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova in the finals to win the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Simona Halep kisses the trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova in the finals to win the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Simona Halep speaks during a press conference after defeating Petra Kvitova to win the singles title at the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Simona Halep speaks during a press conference after defeating Petra Kvitova to win the singles title at the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Sania Mirza reacts after winning championship point with doubles partner Jie Zheng to win the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Sania Mirza reacts after winning championship point with doubles partner Jie Zheng to win the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng react after taking championship point to win the doubles title at the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng react after taking championship point to win the doubles title at the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

"Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng pose with the trophies after winning the doubles title at the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

“Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng pose with the trophies after winning the doubles title at the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 24, 2013.”

I’m back in Boston after spending the past ten days in New Haven, Connecticut, where I worked as the tournament photographer and videographer for the New Haven Open tennis tournament. Although this is a significantly smaller tournament relative to others I’ve worked in the past, the amount of work to be done, photos to be taken, and video content to be produced was no less than ever, so I’m just now finding the time to catch up on posting that work here. 

Finals day is always crazy, but also always makes for great photo opportunities, and I was pleased to get some nice reaction images as Simona Halep stunned Petra Kvitova to win the singles championship and Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng took the doubles title. 

Although the New Haven Open is a women’s only tournament, and the draw is smaller than some others on tour, there’s still tons of activity off the court that needed to be covered. My work often calls for shifting styles and working somewhere in the middle of journalism, marketing, and public relations, respectively, and this was no exception. Although I was on court shooting editorial photos of forehands, backhands, and serves, I was also shooting corporate events, tennis clinics, and sponsorship signage around the grounds, all aimed toward use for future marketing material. In that regard, these ten days served as a good experience for me in shooting for those different purposes simultaneously.

As usual, it was a nice opportunity to re-connect with old colleagues and friends, and to make new connections as well. It’s a pleasure to work alongside so many talented individuals, and I’m very lucky to do so on a daily basis, both in tennis and in baseball. I of course owe huge thanks to the team I was chosen to be a part of. Matt Van Tuinen and Jeff Watson of MVTPR and all-around media whiz Nick McCarvel do some seriously impressive work. It was also a great pleasure to work alongside Elsa Garrison, our old Boston Getty Images photo colleague turned New York staffer, out on court and at events throughout the week. 

Although I won’t be able to shoot the US Open this year as I’ve done for the past two years, I’ll be keeping busy in Boston for the next couple of months, as the Red Sox are in the heat of a playoff chase that should come to an exciting ending. 

Thanks for reading!

Photos: New Haven Open – Day 8.

"Caroline Wozniacki connects on a forehand during her semi-final match against Simona Halep on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“Caroline Wozniacki connects on a forehand during her semi-final match against Simona Halep on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"Simona Halep tosses the ball a she serves during her semi-final match against Caroline Wozniacki on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“Simona Halep tosses the ball a she serves during her semi-final match against Caroline Wozniacki on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"The shoes of Caroline Wozniacki are shown as she prepares to serve during her semi-final match against Simona Halep on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“The shoes of Caroline Wozniacki are shown as she prepares to serve during her semi-final match against Simona Halep on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"The sun sets as Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep play in a semi-final match on Stadium Court on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“The sun sets as Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep play in a semi-final match on Stadium Court on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"Simona Halep reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“Simona Halep reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"Caroline Wozniacki waves to the crowd as she walks off Stadium Court after losing in the semi-finals to Simon Halep on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“Caroline Wozniacki waves to the crowd as she walks off Stadium Court after losing in the semi-finals to Simon Halep on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"Caroline Wozniacki is presented with a Yale University Hockey jersey as a parting gift after losing to Simona Halep in the semi-finals on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“Caroline Wozniacki is presented with a Yale University Hockey jersey as a parting gift after losing to Simona Halep in the semi-finals on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"Petra Kvitova blows a kiss as she acknowledges the crowd on Stadium Court after defeating Klara Zakopalova in the semi-finals on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“Petra Kvitova blows a kiss as she acknowledges the crowd on Stadium Court after defeating Klara Zakopalova in the semi-finals on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

"Petra Kvitova (right) visits with anchors and Rennae Stubbs of ESPN on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 20, 2013.”

“Petra Kvitova (right) visits with anchors Cliff Drysdale and Rennae Stubbs of ESPN on Day 8 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Friday, August 23, 2013.”

These are photos from the two semi-final matches at this year’s New Haven Open. Both were great matches with some nice opportunities for pictures. 

Photos: New Haven Open – Day 7.

"Ball Kids dance on Stadium Court during a rain delay on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 20, 2013.”

“Ball Kids dance on Stadium Court during a rain delay on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 22, 2013.”

"Kids are given racquets during an Emirates Airline tennis clinic on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 20, 2013.”

“Kids are given racquets during an Emirates Airline tennis clinic on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 22, 2013.”

"Wayne Bryan, father of Bob and Mike Bryan, leads a cheer during the annual family classic tennis clinic on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 20, 2013.”

“Wayne Bryan (left), father of Bob and Mike Bryan, leads a cheer during the annual family classic tennis clinic on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 22, 2013.”

"Simona Halep prepares to hit a swinging forehand volley on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 20, 2013.”

“Simona Halep prepares to hit a swinging forehand volley on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 22, 2013.”

"Caroline Wozniacki waves to the crowd on Stadium Court after defeating Sloane Stephens on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 20, 2013.”

“Caroline Wozniacki waves to the crowd on Stadium Court after defeating Sloane Stephens on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 22, 2013.”

"Elena Vesnina wipes her face with a towel between points during a match on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 20, 2013.”

“Elena Vesnina wipes her face with a towel between points during a match on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 22, 2013.”

"Sloane Stephens reacts on a changeover during a match against Caroline Wozniacki as her coach, David Nainkin, looks on on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 20, 2013.”

“Sloane Stephens reacts on a changeover during a match against Caroline Wozniacki as her coach, David Nainkin, looks on on Day 7 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 22, 2013.”

This was another busy day which had me running every which way around the grounds. This is a quick bite of everything I shot on Day 7. 

Photos: New Haven Open – Day 6.

"Caroline Wozniacki connects on a forehand on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Caroline Wozniacki connects on a forehand on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 21, 2013.”

"Julia Goerges serves during a match on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Julia Goerges serves during a match on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 21, 2013.”

"Sara Errani hits a forehand on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Sara Errani hits a forehand on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 21, 2013.”

"Sloane Stephens waves to the crowd on Stadium Court after defeating Julia Goerges on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Sloane Stephens waves to the crowd on Stadium Court after defeating Julia Goerges on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 21, 2013.”

There wasn’t much time for me to shoot on-court action on Day 6. Instead, I was mostly occupied with off-court events, promotions, and corporate and sponsorship photos needed for the tournament.

These are a few that I did manage to get from the day’s tennis action.

Photos: New Haven Open – Day 5.

"Petra Kvitova serves during a match on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Petra Kvitova serves during a match on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

"Petra Kvitova lunges to return a serve on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Petra Kvitova lunges to return a serve on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

"Annika Beck lunges to return a serve from Petra Kvitova on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Annika Beck lunges to return a serve from Petra Kvitova on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

"Elena Vesnina reacts after losing a point on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Elena Vesnina reacts after losing a point on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

"Sara Errani plays a game of table tennis after an autograph session on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Sara Errani plays a game of table tennis after an autograph session on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

"Fans line up for autographs on Stadium Court following a match on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Fans line up for autographs on Stadium Court following a match on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

"Angelique Kerber hits a forehand during a demonstration at a 'Girl Scout Day' tennis clinic on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Angelique Kerber hits a forehand during a demonstration at a ‘Girl Scout Day’ tennis clinic on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

"Fans cheer during a match on Stadium Court on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

“Fans cheer during a match on Stadium Court on Day 5 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Tuesday, August 20, 2013.”

I’m back in Boston now and finally finding the time to catch up on all my work from the New Haven Open at Yale. This is the first of several post to come, so I won’t type too much in each consecutive post until I get to the end of the tournament.

Photos: New Haven Open – Day 4.

"Sloane Stephens connects on a forehand on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

“Sloane Stephens connects on a forehand on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

"Klara Zakapalova celebrates after defeating Dominica Cibulkova on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

“Klara Zakapalova celebrates after defeating Dominica Cibulkova on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

"Simona Halep hits a backhand on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

“Simona Halep hits a backhand on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

"Stadium Court is shown during a rain delay on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

“Stadium Court is shown during a rain delay on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

"ESPN anchor Prim Siripipat speaks to guests on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

“ESPN anchor Prim Siripipat speaks to guests on Day 4 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Monday, August 19, 2013.”

I don’t have much time to post, but I wanted to get this out to get caught up. These are just a few snaps from yesterday’s action at the New Haven Open.

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!