Behind the Scenes: Cover shoot with former NBA player Derek Anderson




I recently had the pleasure of meeting and photographing former NBA player Derek Anderson as part of a cover story for The Voice Tribune, a Louisville based publication. Derek is one of the kindest and most genuine souls i've encountered in quite some time. (If you are unfamiliar with his story, which encompasses homelessness, an NBA championship with the Miami Heat, and a personal endorsement from Michael Jordan; or his current philanthropic/community building efforts through his Stamina/A.O.K. initiative, I highly recommend doing some research or checking out the story for which these photographs were taken here (story written by Thomas Pack).)  Upon arriving to the shoot he lit up the room and was as giving with his time and energy as a photographer could ever hope for. 

The Shoot:


  • Profoto D1 x2
  • Photek Softlighters (46 in & 60 in)
  • 5D MKIII
  • Canon 24-70 2.8 II

We had about one hour for this shoot which was held at Derek's old highschool (Doss High School) in Louisville, KY. I planned ahead and drew up four different setups which we were able to spend about 15 minutes each on, each one being slightly different. Never more than two lights being used. Variety and options are always important for editorial work, and why not make the most out of the time you have? Below are some behind the scenes shots and the resulting images as published.




Thanks for reading!