We had just left our hotel to go get something to eat when I noticed a couple of New York’s finest hanging around, one guy with one of those big television cameras on his shoulder, and a few more US Open official cars parked across the street than usual. I walked on until I overheard someone asking the camera man what was going on. I just caught the tail end of something about a tennis player who was about to come out. I did a quick turn and politely asked the camera man for the details. He was waiting for Samantha Stosur (AUS) last years winner of the opens singles title. I was hooked – I had to hang around.
As it turned out Sam must have gone out of another door because we did not see her but two other players did show: Laura Robson, a British tennis player and Olympic silver medalist who was scheduled to go against Stosur later that day and Tamira Paszek, an Austrian tennis player. Laura was in the zone for her match that day from the look on her face – or perhaps it was a bit of pre-game and fans are about nerves – as she walked to her waiting car. She did smile shyly as she drove away though. Tamira was more relaxed and posed for a few pictures for some fans.
Tamira Paszek. Unfortunately I was unable to get any good face shots of Tamira as I had just run across a street to get to her when she started walking away and I wasn’t bold enough to dash in front of her.
The biggest thing I learned about being a “paparazzi” that day is that you need to be patient and stand around a lot as well as learn where best to position yourself to get THAT shot. It also doesn’t hurt to talk to people to get some information you need – if they can/will give it to you – and have that camera set to take rapid shots. A shout out of thanks to that camera man and the other person who assisted me with my first paparazzi moment. I could learn to like this!