Photographic Images was established on September 15, 1980, in downtown North Platte by Keith and Holly Howe. This venture was a realization of Keith's childhood dream, which began when he received his first Brownie camera as a birthday present at the tender age of eight. Keith's passion for photography grew, and at the age of fourteen, he captured his first wedding. During his teenage years, he honed his skills by developing his own photographs in his parents' basement while serving as a photographer for the newspaper and yearbook at Kearney High School.
Keith and Holly crossed paths in college and started dating in the fall of 1977. It is worth noting that during their initial date, Keith eagerly shared his excitement about an upcoming job he was due to start in three days at a local studio. Following their marriage, the couple embarked on a quest to find the perfect location to launch their own business. After careful consideration, they chose North Platte, as it felt like the right place to bring their aspirations to life. This gut feeling turned out to be accurate and rewarding.
For the first five years, the Howes operated their studio in downtown North Platte. However, as their business flourished, they outgrew the space and began searching for a new location. Destiny intervened when they discovered the old St. Pat's "convent" house was up for sale. Keith and Holly were captivated by the intimate atmosphere of a home rather than a commercial retail space, as well as the chance to preserve a piece of North Platte's history. They found a suitable location, hired a house mover, and relocated the beautiful old building to its current position at the corner of Fifth and Willow. Over the years, Keith and Holly have made several modifications to the house, but it still retains its cozy ambiance and rich sense of history.