I recently had the pleasure of shooting Ana Ivanovic for a Toronto based sports magazine, Sportsnet. It was quite the timing because I had just started getting into tennis about a month before this opportunity was handed to me. Watching her practise after my shoot was fascinating because -- obviously -- I'm no where near her level of skill, and seeing how easy it all looked made me interested in the sport even more.
As you can imagine, she was absolutely lovely. I made her hit rally after rally and asking her to do slightly outlandish things like "can you look at me as you hit the ball?", "can your arms stretch out a little more as you hit it?", "can you smile and look at me and hit the ball and look comfortable and look like an angel?" Despite my slightly silly requests, she did it like a complete pro, which is not surprising because she is, in fact, a pro. A real, heart-of-gold, anyone-will-become-a-fan-in-a-second pro.
I would also like to add the fact that I was pretty much standing right in front of her as I was shooting, but she always made sure I didn't get hit. Obviously, this is her job and her aim is going to be pretty darn amazing compared to the general population, but knowing my tennis levels and how hard it can be to control where the ball is going to go, let alone predict where it will go... Ahhh... I just love seeing professionals in their field. It's so inspiring.
Thank you to the Sportsnet Magazine team and Ana's management for making this happen.
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Assisted by Josh Birrell