Sarah, Age 15 - First Singles
Guys, these sessions are THE BEST. I got to meet this incredible young woman, listen to that satisfying thunk of a tennis ball well-struck, and shoot a whopping 600+ shots in under an hour. Does it get any better?
Without further adieu - meet the third in my series: Sarah. A beautiful and intelligent girl who is incredibly talented and driven, and also just has a love for the game that is so obvious. Keep scrolling and you'll see it, too.
Sarah is as much of a natural in front of the camera as she is on the tennis court and she says she used to be really shy, but I'm not sure I believe it. This court was her stage and she absolutely rocked our session. It's no wonder, really. This girl joined varsity as a freshman and was playing first singles in no time.
Sarah said one of the best parts of playing tennis was that it empowers her to connect with people. From coaches, to teammates, classmates and little kids who want to learn how to play tennis, she's had so many more opportunities to meet and become friends with people she wouldn't have met otherwise and come out of her shell.
When she told me about how she feels when she's playing a match - focused, confident, and like she can put herself out there - I completely understood. At her age, I felt the same exact way whenever I was playing basketball. Whatever else happened that day, it fell away with my first layup, and if nothing else, I knew I was good at it.
When we got into the action shots & game face portraits - I really wanted to capture that focus and intensity. This girl is happy, smiling & sweet, but don't let that side of her fool you. She's a force to be reckoned with. Just look for yourself: