A Year with the Ladies of NJNY Track Club

In Hollywood, movie buffs play the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” a game where one tries to connect any arbitrary actor to Kevin Bacon in the fewest amount of steps.  It’s based on a concept that any two people on earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. That’s a “big world” with 7 billion people.

By comparison the running world is extremely small. Further, the professional running world is microscopic. In that microscopic world my favorite game to play is “Two degrees of Stephen HAAS”. Simply, every running job I have ever photographed, every pro runner I have ever met is a direct result of my very first encounter with World Wide HAAS. So my first thank you of this project goes to him for introducing me to Ashley Higginson and New Jersey New York Track Club (NJNYTC).

Past readers will remember Ashley as the brave professional who ran in a race kit through freezing rain for a set of photos from earlier this year. Since that shoot Ashley made Team USA for the world championships in Moscow.  For some mysterious reason, despite making her battle the elements, Ashley doesn’t hate me.

A few months ago she asked if I would be interested in photographing the wonderful women on her team for a fundraising calendar. Occasionally I get requests where I hesitate, this was not one of them.

Over the past few weekends I have made pilgrimages to the Enchanted Land of Jersey to photograph the lovely ladies of NJNYTC.  Below are some of the images that resulted.

Ashley deserves all the credit on these images.  Despite being a full time runner and law student she organized every location, detail, and schedule. This project doesn’t exist without her work.

In addition, I can’t thank Chris and Pat enough for their contributions to the club and the calendar. They somehow make a brand feel like family.  Thanks also go out to the brave men who sacrificed their arms to hold strobes. Liam, Eddie, I hope the soreness was worth it.

The calendar was a joy to shoot. It was a pleasure to get to know each of the women and I look forward to working with them all in the future. You can find out more about NJNYTC at their website www.njnytc.com . If you are interested in purchasing a calendar there is a link at the bottom of the page.

Enjoy. (Tech Details below photos)

All images were shot with a 5D Mark III.  Images used 1 or 2 strobes, all Einstein Lights. Most shots were shot using HyperSync allowing me to photograph at up to 1/2000 while still maintaining strobe power. It's changed the way I shoot and is a fantastic tool to create drama.