LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some Louisville-area students have shown off their photography skills as part of an after-school program at the Neighborhood House Community Center. 

What You Need To Know

  • Some Louisville-area students have shown off their photography skills

  • The students participate in the Neighborhood House Community Center's photography club
  • Their hard work is now in a published book 

  • Neighborhood House plans to publish another book of pictures, perhaps in a couple of years

"We went to take pictures at the Derby," said Mario Bellamiranda, a fourth-grade student at Portland Elementary School. "We had to wake up at 4 or 5 (a.m.) just to take a few pictures."

It's something Bellamiranda said was excited for, even though his parents had to wake him up early.

"Every day, you can learn a lot of things, and that's what happens in the photography club," he said.

For the last three to four years, he has participated in the Neighborhood House program.

"It's really hard to get the right picture at once ... because (of) all your surroundings and everything that is going on," Bellamiranda said.

Around 25 students participate in the club. Jessie Whitish, director of development, said their hard work is now published in a picture book.

"Having the book together is so important because the kids can then see their work published," Whitish said. "Rather than just knowing that it's out there, being able to have these physical books that every kid got a copy of, each of them can give them to their parents, to their teachers, whoever is important in their life to really see, 'Oh, this is (what) I do.'"

She said they have plans to publish another picture book, perhaps in a couple of years.