Here are photos from championship Sunday at this year’s BNP Paribas Open. This was the 5th time I’ve shot this tournament. That’s hard to believe. Shooting around the grounds in the 90 plus degree heat has become second nature to me by this point, but with familiarity comes the challenge of making what you shoot look unique and different from years past. It’s a good challenge every year, and this go around was just that – a good challenge.
It’s not just a challenge creatively, either. 15-plus hour days in the desert sun with no days off is really difficult to do. By the end of this tournament, I was completely spent, both physically and mentally. Luckily, I think pacing is something you learn as you get older. I feel like I’ve gotten a little better at this over the years, at least.
While the tennis is always amazing in Indian Wells, what keeps me coming back year after year are the people I work with. I’m so lucky to be included each year as part of an incredibly talented, hard working, fun group of photographers, editors, writers, videographers, and social media gurus. Having a team of people like this around you pushes you to be better, and it’s amazing to see ideas and concepts come to life through the collaboration among us. Thanks again to everyone on the team – you know who you are!
After a month in Florida for Spring Training, followed immediately by 10 days at this tournament, I’m back in Boston and catching up on rest. But not too much rest. Opening Day is in 11 days!
Yesterday was another full day of tennis in Indian Wells. Roger Federer wiped Rafael Nadal off the court. It’s always a fun match up to shoot.
Here are some images from my third day out here at Indian Wells. A decent, very hot, day of shooting.
I’m back in Indian Wells, California, to shoot my fifth BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. It’s been a whirlwind journey getting here, coming straight from almost a month at Red Sox Spring Training. I’m feeling tired, but glad to be here to shoot. Here’s a few from the first day. Nothing great. Just getting warmed up.
Here are my photos from the men’s and women’s singles finals matches on Sunday in Indian Wells. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka pulled out an upset over World No. 1 Serena Williams, while Novak Djokovic cruised easily to beat Canadian, Milos Raonic.
And with that, the 2016 BNP Paribas Open is over. It’s hard to believe this is the fourth straight year that I’ve shot this amazing tournament. Each year, the event gets bigger, more innovative, and more progressive. And lucky for me, the team that I get to be a part of does to. When I started in 2013, there were just five of us on our media team. It has now grown to over 20, and is poised to get bigger in years to come. What we have now is an elite team of writers, photographers, videographers, social media experts, and public relations specialists, all bringing expertise from different professions and different places. It’s pretty special, and it makes the long hours, endless flights of stairs, and countless hours in the 90 plus degree sun with heavy photo equipment all worth it. I’m lucky and thankful to be a part of something like that.
I also believe that in this business, it’s good practice to be as diverse as possible. It’s refreshing to shoot special events like this. For me, it gives me a breather from shooting baseball, but also always leaving me feeling re-energized creatively, and ready to bring that energy back to my work here at the Boston Red Sox. I think events like these balance themselves out well with my career in baseball, and I’m lucky to be able to experience both.
A big congratulations and thank you to everyone I got to work with in Indian Wells. By this point, there are too many people to thank individually. That’s a good problem to have. You all know who you are.
After three weeks at Red Sox Spring Training followed immediately by ten hard days shooting tennis in the desert, I am physically exhausted. I need to relax and regroup over the next few days. Then I’ll get fired up for the start of another season at Fenway Park. It’s good to be busy!
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Here are some quick ones from Day 10 at Indian Wells desert tennis!
Here are photos from Day 6 out here in Indian Wells! We had all the big names on court yesterday, capped off by a tight three set win from Rafael Nadal. Another busy one today.
I’ve arrived in Indian Wells, California, where I’m here to shoot my fourth BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. I don’t have much time to write, but wanted to get this post out from my first two days here.
Some neat moments, including Venus Williams’ first appearance at this tournament in 15 years.
After three weeks in sunny Fort Myers, Florida at Red Sox Spring Training camp, I’m finally back in Boston. The team looks very promising this year. The talented in the Red Sox Creative Services department is off to a great start, too. We’ve produced some really compelling content so far, which will serve as a good base to build upon as we head into the season.
Here are a few closing images from the last week of Grapefruit League games I shot.
I’m really excited for the season to begin, but first I’m off to Indian Wells, California, to shoot tennis at the BNP Paribas Open. More to come from the West side soon!
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Above is a gallery of photos from both the men’s and women’s singles finals matches at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open. I’m a bit late in posting these, but it’s been a crazy few days of traveling and getting back into the swing of things in Boston.
Sunday made for an amazing day of tennis, with two back and forth, three set matches. In the end, Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic were able to pull off wins against Jelena Jankovic and Roger Federer. These are some of my favorites from the day.
And with that, the tournament comes to a close! Indian Wells has a special place in my heart, and just like years before, my experience working for the tournament web and social media team was incredible. It was long days in 90 plus degree heat, tired legs and sore shoulders. But it was also amazing tennis, unparalleled access, and genuinely great people to work with.
I believe that any place or experience is only as good as the people it’s shared with, and the team of writers, photographers, editors, social media specialists, and public relations experts that I am lucky to be a part of is second to none. I owe many thanks to each person on our team. They are all talented, creative, hard working, and fun to be around.
I hope I’m able to continue working in tennis in the future!