The 2015 WTA Wimbledon Pre Party was held on 25 June 2015 at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens just off Kensington High Street which marks the fact that Wimbledon 2015 is just around the corner. One of the four major Grand Slam events.
This is my 3rd WTA Wimbledon Pre Party, I’ve been lucky for two years getting Maria Sharapova both times posing up right in front of me. Will I be lucky third time around???
All the tennis stars were expected to turn up including Sharapova (above) , The Williams sisters, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, last years winner Petra Kvitova, Laura Robson and many more.
This is a hard event to get shots as technically they arrive by car, get out of the car, walk down the carpet, pose for the press then straight inside. The theory is to stand with the loudest craziest fans, get these stars attention and if lucky get them to pose up. That’s the theory and it’s a shaky one without firm foundations and unpredicatable in nature?
In reality this year was a different set up with a pen full of school kid age tennis fans right on the red carpet opposite us between the video interview area and where the cars pull up. There’s a saying in the performing arts “acting next to children and animals they will steal your limelight” and this year they did. Had a bad feeling about this.
In this game you have to keep pulling that “rabbit out of the hat” regardless of how the odds are stacked against you.
Luckily I brought along my newly acquired 70-200mm Tele zoom as I had a feeling my luck was going to run out at this event. Managed to come away with something just grabbing nano second candid shots here and there with officials and camera crew constantly getting in the way at that crucial moment. As a result mainly head and portrait shots with full length shots proving mainly elusive.
A monumentally hard night in photographic terms. May try for the stars at Wimbledon instead next year and give this event a miss. It was that bad!!!! I’m laughing today but the language was pretty bad last night. Hopefully my views will change by next year?
These photos never nearly got published. Thanks to a member of the fairer sex having a few words saying “you have to get these pictures out” in my ear…… they are here LATE! My photographic results in the two links
Maria Sharapova at the WTA Pre Wimbledon Party 2015 Gallery
Purple Carpet Candids at the WTA Pre Wimbledon Party 2015 Gallery