Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day -3.

"A hot air balloon is set up before a ride above the Coachella Valley with WTA player Lucie Safarova in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“A hot air balloon is set up before a ride above the Coachella Valley with WTA player Lucie Safarova in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"An aerial view of California's Coachella Valley is shown from a hot air balloon Monday, March 3, 2014."

“An aerial view of California’s Coachella Valley is shown from a hot air balloon Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Camila Giorgi hits a forehand during a qualifying much against Irina Falconi at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi hits a forehand during a qualifying much against Irina Falconi at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Draw chips are shown during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Draw chips are shown during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Jelena Jankovic is introduced during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Jelena Jankovic is introduced during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"The sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“The sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

What a fantastic day!

Riding in a hot air balloon wasn’t necessarily on my bucket list, but it’s neat to say that I can check that off my list. The WTA tennis tour arranged for Czech player Lucie Safarova to take a hot air balloon ride this morning over the Coachella Valley, so I was called to ride along and take photos. 

We caught an absolutely perfect morning, and by the time we were airborne the sun had just come up over the horizon. Golden light, a great subject to work with, and beautiful scenery from 2,000 feet in the air made for a happy photographer. 

Here is the WTA video from the ride, which will give you a better sense of it all. 

After that, it was all the other “run of the mill” stuff – tennis, draw ceremonies, and sunsets. A day to remember. 

Photos and Video: BNP Paribas Open – Day 1.

"Members of the media gather on the rooftop of Stadium One at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California for WTA All-Access Day on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013."

“Members of the media gather on the rooftop of Stadium One at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California for WTA All-Access Day on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013.”

"Maria Sharapova hosts a promotion for 'Sugarpova,' her line of gummy candies, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013."

“Maria Sharapova hosts a promotion for ‘Sugarpova,’ her line of gummy candies, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013.”

"Maria Sharapova participates in a blind taste test during a promotion for 'Sugarpova,' her line of gummy candies, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013."

“Maria Sharapova participates in a blind taste test during a promotion for ‘Sugarpova,’ her line of gummy candies, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013.”

"Members of the media gather on the rooftop of Stadium One at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California for WTA All-Access Day on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013."

“Victoria Azarenka addresses the media on the roof of Stadium One at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California for WTA All-Access Day on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013.”

""

“Agnieszka Radwanska addresses the media on the roof of Stadium One at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California for WTA All-Access Day on day one of the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday, March 6, 2013.”

I’m out in Palm Springs, California, where I’m working as a Multimedia Producer for the online team at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. I’ll be here throughout the entire tournament, so I’ll be posting the content I create and produce daily, so be sure to stay tuned for more!

The first video above is a piece I shot and edited. I’ve worked as a still photographer and social media editor at several tournaments on the professional tennis tour, including twice at the US Open and once at Wimbledon, but this tournament marks the first time that I’ve brought video into the mix. 

 In the video, reporter Scott Hennessee asked the top eight seeded players on the women’s side of the draw a series of questions to find out how well they knew each other. I filmed, shooting with a Canon 7D body and recording with wireless lavaliers, and then pulled together a quick edit to be posted on the tournament’s website and various social media outlets. 

Featured in this video are Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieska Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, and Sara Errani. The players gave us great material to work with, and I’m happy with the pace and flow of the piece. And, what could be better than interviewing the world’s best tennis players on the roof of the stadium at Indian Wells Tennis Garden under perfect, sunny, 80 degree skies?

I’ve also included some still images from All-Access Day, as well as some frames from an promotion event for Maria Sharapova’s line of gummy candies, “Sugarpova.”

Here is a link to a blog post with coverage from media day, and here is a link to a photo gallery of my images on the BNP Paribas Open Facebook page. 

As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, suggestions, criticisms, or questions. Enjoy!