Photos: 2015 BNP Paribas Open – Day 1.

I’ve returned to beautiful, sunny Palm Springs, California, where I’m here to shoot my third BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. After a long, tough winter in Boston, naturally I’m thrilled to be out here shooting tennis in the sunshine for a few weeks.

This is one of the best tournaments on tour, so I’m excited to get some really good photo and video coverage for the tournament website, social media channels, and marketing materials. 

I’m here a week before the tournament starts to cover several things happening, including the second annual John McEnroe Challenge for Charity, which brings former tennis stars and current players together for a night of exhibition matches to raise money for various charities. Last night was the draw ceremony and VIP reception for the event, so I’ve included a few pictures from that. John McEnroe was of course in the house, along with James Blake, Andy Roddick, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Rick Leach, Coco Vandeweghe, and others. 

I’ll be sure to post updates daily as the tournament goes on!

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 1.

"Rafael Nadal drinks water during a workout on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal drinks water during a workout on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Rafael Nadal hits a forehand on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal hits a forehand on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Rafael Nadal unveils a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal unveils a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Rafael Nadal's shoes are shown before the unveiling of a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal’s shoes are shown before the unveiling of a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays soccer on the player lawn at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays soccer on the player lawn at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova gets a Sushi rolling lesson from Gregorio Stephenson, head chef at Nobu in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova gets a Sushi rolling lesson from Gregorio Stephenson, head chef at Nobu in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Fans gather to watch the ATP Draw Ceremony for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Fans gather to watch the ATP Draw Ceremony for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

There’s always a buzz around the grounds when the big guys get to town. That’s what it was like yesterday, as Rafael Nadal made his first appearance in Indian Wells this year.

I wanted to shoot something different than the normal forehands and backhands at his practice session, and caught that quick glance he shot across the court as he took a water break. A moody moment.

A busy day lies ahead today!