I may not play tennis (I’m actually truly terrible) but being married to a tennis coach I think it would be fair to say I know a fair share about the sport. Over the years I have not only grown to appreciate it but now – somewhat as a necessity if I am to choose to live with my husband – love watching it! So when Athletic DNA asked me to shoot their sponsored guys during the Australian Open I was pretty happy :) Of course shooting weddings is where my heart lies but any time you can diversify you can only learn and ultimately grow! It also meant that Billy and I got to work together…in Melbourne?! I’m not sure we ever thought the athletic coach and creative photographer would ever collide on the job, but it was pretty awesome – and the location made it that much better! Billy’s player – Tim Smyczek – made it through qualifying and beat Ivo Karlovic in the first round of the main draw. Second round he faced Ferrer (4 in the world) in a stadium packed with 12,000 Australians rooting for Tim! The atmosphere was unreal, and once Tim had warmed up to it, he took Ferrer to 4 sets, walking away with an L but displaying some unreal tennis.
Here are the guys I shot for Athletic DNA:
Here is Tim Smyczek (Billy’s player) practicing before first round of qualies.
I was too nervous to shoot Tim during his matches – safe to say I will make a terrible sports mum! But managed to grab this one shot of him looking at Billy after he won the first round of the main draw :)
And finally here are a few snippets from our days off wandering around downtown, drinking coffee, eating chocolate and generally enjoying the scorching temperatures!