I think this is the first time in my life that I’m actually sore from carrying photo gear and climbing stadium steps, and I’ve done a lot of that. Yesterday made for a crazy day, which included editing the video above and shooting photos at 13 different matches throughout the day.
It was a grind, but I had a blast doing it. If anything, it was a good leg and shoulder workout.
The video is similar to the WTA All-Access video I produced several days ago, but from the men’s side of the draw. It’s kind of a fun watch, if only to see the top five players in the world talk about each other.
As for the photos, I’ve posted a variety of action and features. It’s always a good challenge to mix things up while shooting tennis, particularly during the early rounds when you have so many matches to cover. For the first few days when you’re bouncing from court to court so quickly, it’s more about speed and efficiency rather than creativity. The above is a selection from the day.
Day three was a crazy day for me, but I was able to shoot some pretty unique things. After editing video from the Player Party in the morning, I shot a Q&A with former World No. 1 and eight time Grand Slam champion, Jimmy Connors, which you’ll see up top. The questions come from fans of the tournament on Facebook and Twitter, and Jimmy was great for the camera. I shot this quick hit on a Canon 7D DSLR and recorded with wireless lavaliers. I then rushed over to the outskirts of the Indian Wells Tennis Center, where I shot stills at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium that will be built and ready for play by next year’s tournament. Present at the ceremony were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, and Victoria Azarenka. It’s difficult to screw up the photos when you have all those people in one place. After that, I shot a Djokovic presser, and in the evening, a ceremony on the main stadium court honoring the military. I’m wiped, but I’m proud of all this content. We’re set for an exciting weekend of tennis.
Well, I’m a day late with this post, and a lot has happened since everything you see above, but I still want to get the blog up to date.
The video up top is one I shot and edited from the 2013 BNP Paribas Open Player Party, which was held at the Indian Wells Club. I filmed as all-around media star, Pete Holtermann, interviewed the top players in attendance on the green carpet. This year, the party had a “disco” theme, so we asked the players about their music preferences and dancing skills. This is kind of a fun piece, I think. Unfortunately, one of the main house lights on the green carpet area blew out halfway through, so the lighting on all of the interviews inconsistent. Regardless, it was neat to be there in the presence of so many pros. I was running against the clock to get this piece up and out through the tournament social media outlets as soon as possible, so I think there are a few spots where the editing could be tightened up. But, such is life in our nonstop, need-it-now media world. The photos are an assortment from the day. It’s the standard stuff: press conferences, practice courts, and scenes from around the grounds. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!
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!