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 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.