Photographic Images

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Photographic Images

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.

Keith Howe

Keith's journey from a young boy with a simple box camera has been nothing short of remarkable. Today, he stands as a distinguished figure in the world of photography, holding the esteemed titles of Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Master Artist, Master of Electronic Imaging and Master Wedding Photographer, all recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  He is the only one in the state of Nebraska to hold all 5 and the first in the world, a testament to his exceptional skills and dedication.

Keith's talent has garnered him numerous accolades and prestigious recognitions. He has been honored with the Imaging Excellence Award by the PPA, thanks to the selection of 13 of his photographs for the highly acclaimed Loan Collection. His work has graced prominent platforms such as EPCOT and has been featured in esteemed publications like Sports Illustrated, Ironwork, Guidepost, Positive Thinking, American Profile, Art Doll Quarterly, Doll Crafter, and even the cover of The Professional Photographer magazine.

Moreover, Keith proudly holds the Diamond Fellow of Photography, the highest distinction presented by the Professional Photographers of Nebraska. Over the years, the PPN has repeatedly acknowledged his exceptional talent, naming him Wedding Photographer of the Year nine times, Photographer of the Year, and bestowing him with numerous Top Ten and Top Five Master Photographer awards. He has also been the recipient of several Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He is tied for the most times being Nebraska Photographer of the Year.

Keith's involvement in professional photography goes beyond his personal achievements. He has served as the President of PPN and past PPA Council and has served on the JEC and nominations and elections committee. Furthermore, he contributes to the field as an international affiliate juror for professional photography competitions.

Among all his professional accomplishments, Keith holds the highest regard for receiving the coveted National Award from the PPA. This prestigious recognition is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of professional photography, a distinction that fills him with immense pride.

Holly Howe

Holly's journey in the world of photography is a testament to her love for the art form. As she likes to say, she initially fell in love with a photographer and then developed a deep passion for photography herself. Holly's dedication and skill have earned her the prestigious titles of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman, highlighting her expertise in the field. Additionally, she has attained the esteemed PPN Diamond Fellow degree, further solidifying her standing in the Professional Photographers of Nebraska.

Holly's remarkable work has garnered numerous accolades and recognition. She has been honored with multiple Top Ten trophies and Top Five Master's awards, showcasing her exceptional talent and vision. Her photographs have been displayed at renowned venues like EPCOT and have earned her distinguished honors such as the Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards. One of the highlights of Holly's career was the joy of receiving the National Award from the PPA, a recognition that holds immense significance and pride for her.

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