By JEROD CLAPP
JEFFERSONVILLE — Shutters clicked continuously as the models showcased their designer clothes down the runway recently.
And when the bell rang, they went to third period.
Jeffersonville High School’s fashion club and advanced photography class recently participated in the school’s first inaugural fashion show. Fashion club students strutted with designer clothes while photography students snapped away under the direction of local professionals.
Lauren Clodfelter, the photography teacher, said experts from Andrew Kung photography showed her students what it was like to be fashion photographers. The Louisville-based company is the official photographer of the Kentucky Derby and has a number of nationwide commercial contracts.
“They were elated, absolutely excited to have the experience,” Clodfelter said. “Through all of this, they felt like this was just another project, but today, they had butterflies and were excited for the moment.”
Kung and his associate photographer, Allie Filley, worked with students a couple of times in a month to teach them about different professional niches of photography, including editorial and commercial work, to give them a feel for what part of the industry they may be most interested in pursuing.
“This sort of opportunity makes it a lot easier to see if this is your calling, if this is what you really want to do,” Kung said. “That with the correct gear, you can see your own talent ... pursue it or move on to something else.”
And the gear was an important piece of the picture. Kung brought a number of his company’s professional-level cameras and lenses to let students feel what it’s like to carry around the heavy gear experts use every day.
“We had one girl who probably had a setup that weighs about 10 pounds,” Kung said. “To hold that up for 14 hours a day is what we do during Derby. They might like the idea of doing that, but when they get their hands on it, they might change their minds.”
Filley said not only did photography students get a chance to learn, but the fashion club got recognition from students in the audience.
“The students didn’t even know this club existed and now they had some good exposure,” Filley said.
Students in the photography class got their photos back from Kung and processed them on their own.
Kung said he was glad to come to the school and teach the students about the business.
“If I had this kind of opportunity when I was that age, it would have been great,” Kung said. “There may have been some missteps I could have avoided. I hope they get that out of this.”