Author archives: Chris Smith

  • Kristyn & Brad

  • The weather this weekend was PERFECT! The lighting was PERFECT! And of course Brad & Kristyn were the PERFECT couple! What more could a wedding photographer ask for?!? :-) When I arrived at Kristyn's home Saturday, the girls were still getting their hair and makeup done. Juliet & Leslie did an excel[...]
  • Media Tournament Champs

  • OK, so being the official photographer of the Family Circle Cup isn't ALL work...we DO play a little. Mike Saia, the Communications Manager at the cup, organized a really fun Media Tennis Tournament. We had writers, photographers, TV crews, and other media staff participating. It was a TON of fun! I[...]
  • A New Queen is Crowned

  • After a week of intense competition, a new queen has been crowned the Family Circle Cup Champion! Overcoming gail force winds as a storm front passed through Charleston on the day of the finals, Jelena Jankovic (SRB) defeated Dinara Safina (RUS) 62, 62. "It was really windy and tough circumstances,"[...]
  • Venus Williams Loses by Two Points

  • In a THRILLING three-set semi-final match against Jelena Jankovic (SRB), there was only a difference of TWO POINTS in the total number won by each player. Now THAT's close! The match was also filled with long rallies, jaw-dropping winners, and several hotly disputed line calls. Here's one of Venu[...]
  • Charleston's New Sweetheart

  • I think the Charleston fans have found a new sweetheart to support. Michaella Krajicek finally lost to Vera Zvonareva today...but not without putting up a fight in the second set! As an underdog, she defeated top players like Sybille Bammer and the tournament's number one seed, Nicole Vaidissova. Bu[...]
  • Martina Hingis wins Meredith Inspiration Award

  • I get so many GREAT action images on the courts each day that I feel like I should be posting more of those each night. But when I get a truly special opportunity, like photographing Martina Hingis at a private Awards Banquet, it's REALLY HARD not to select it as my shot of the day! The banquet was [...]
  • On-Court Coaching with Michael Chang

  • WOW, what a day! I photographed a lot of stars today. But imagine my surprise when I step on court to photograph the match between Patty Schnyder and Shuai Peng...and notice Michael Chang sitting RIGHT behind me! A former tennis star himself, and French Open champion, he was one of my idols as a [...]
  • Doubles Anyone?

  • Since I'm normally a doubles PLAYER, I thought tonight I'd post an image of some doubles action. :-) Here's Vera Zvonareva returning a serve while her doubles partner, Nathalie Dechy, protects the net. Interestingly, earlier in the tournament Vera beat Nathalie in the singles draw! How awkward is TH[...]
  • Helping Hands

  • This morning I had the privilege of photographing something VERY special! A few of the BEST tennis players in the world including (left to right) Patty Schnyder (SUI), Nicole Vaidisova (CZE), and Corinna Morariu (USA) lent a helping hand to cheer up some brave young cancer patients at the Medical Un[...]
  • Happy Easter

  • I had a really FUN day photographing the last round of qualifying matches at the Family Circle Cup today! The main draw begins tomorrow. Aside from some AWESOME tennis, one of today's highlights included meeting the Easter Bunny. :0) Believe it or not, the guy inside the outfit is none other than Mu[...]
  • Family Circle Cup Kicks Off

  • A tour veteran, Nathalie Dechy is one of my favorite players to photograph. She's always in peak physical condition. She plays every match with passion and poise. And her movement around the court has a fluidity and a flare that's fun to watch. Her singles ranking has been slipping as of late. But I[...]
  • The Bausch & Lomb Championships

  • This week I'm here in CHARMING Amelia Island photographing the Bausch & Lomb Championships professional women's tennis tournament. Amelia Island is only about 3.5 hours from Charleston. Yet in all the years I've been photographing professional tennis, this is the first time I've made it down to th[...]