Photographic Images opened in downtown North Platte September 15, 1980 by Keith and Holly Howe, fulfilling a dream Keith held since he was an eight year old child and received his first Brownie camera as a birthday gift. At fourteen he photographed his first wedding. As a teenager, he printed his own photographs in his mom and dad’s basement while serving as newspaper and yearbook photographer at Kearney High. Keith and Holly met in college and began dating in the fall of 1977. Interestingly enough, Keith spent much of that first date talking excitedly about the new job he would be starting in three days, working for a local studio. After Keith and Holly were married, they set about finding a location to start their own business. They decided on North Platte because "it just felt right". It was a feeling that proved to be true.

After running a downtown studio for five years, the Howes outgrew the space and started looking for a new location. Fate stepped in when they learned the old St. Pat's "convent" house that was up for sale. Keith and Holly loved the personal ambience of a home rather than a commercial retail location, and the opportunity to preserve a part of North Platte history. A location was found, a house mover was hired and the lovely old building was moved to it's present location at the corner of Fifth and Willow. Through the years Keith and Holly have made many changes to the house, but it still has the same cozy atmosphere and same sense of history.

KEITH HOWE

HOLLY HOWE


Keith has come a long way from that little boy with the box camera. He is a Master photographer, Photographic Craftsman, and a Master Artist, as designated by the Professional Photographers of America. He is the only photographer in Nebraska to hold three national degrees. He has also received the Imaging Excellence Award from PPA for having 13 photographs selected for the prestigious Loan Collection. His work has been displayed at EPCOT and appeared in Sports Illustrated, Ironwork, Guidepost, Positive Thinking, American Profile, Art Doll Quarterly, Doll Crafter, and the cover of The Professional Photographer magazine. Keith also holds the Diamond Fellow of Photography, the highest degree presented by Professional Photographers of Nebraska. Through the years the PPN has selected him as Wedding Photographer of the Year eight times, Photographer of the Year, numerous Top Ten and Top Five Master Photographer awards as well as several Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He has served as President of PPN and is currently the Nebraska representative to the PPA Council. He is also an international affiliate juror for professional photography competitions. Of all his professional accomplishments, he is most proud of receiving the coveted National Award from PPA given for meritorious contributions to professional photography.


Holly says she "fell in love with a photographer and then fell in love with photography". Holly is also a Master Photographer and a Photographic Craftsman. She also holds the PPN Diamond Fellow degree. Holly's work has earned her many Top Ten trophies and Top Five Master's as well as display at EPCOT, Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards. She was thrilled to also receive the National Award from PPA. Photography always provided Holly with a creative outlet for her artistic talents. In the last several years she has started a second business, mixed media figurative sculptures. Her pieces have gained national attention being a featured artist in the 2005 Better Homes and Gardens Santa Claus book as well as appearing in Art Doll Quarterly and several other national art doll magazines. You may view her work at www.1224artdolls.com.

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