Local photographer gains national attention

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For most of us, summer is a time to kick back and relax, but one local couple is working overtime to gain a national honor. News Leader Nine caught up with a local photographer is bringing national recognition to Columbus.

"It's the best of the best in senior photography, so to be chosen is amazing," said photographer John Pyle. His company, John Pyle Photography was the best of the best when they were chosen by the Senior Portrait Artists of America, or SPA, to participate in a nationwide workshop.

Pyle told News Leader Nine, "About 300 senior models that were submitted and they choose 15 from across the country to come and model and be in fashion shows so its an opportunity for one of our seniors to be chosen."

Pyle and his wife have created high school senior portraits for a few years now and feel honored to have their work recognized, "A lot of them want to get their pictures made and they want to be creative, have something different and unusual and I like fashion and edgy type things so it was a great opportunity to create images for people graduating."

And what do one of their model entries think about the experience? "I've never had my pictures taken, nothing out in the wild with fields and all that. If I win I'll be excited to go to San Diego with Sallye Anne and John. It'll be fun," said Northside High School upcoming senior Casey Googe.

The couple is still in the process of photographing seniors for the competition.

"We're going to have five or six models that agreed to enter the contest we have photographed and will photograph so we would love to go two for two and repeat this year," said Pyle. His wife, Sallye Anne added, "This year to be able to repeat the process, to win twice, would be amazing."

John Pyle Photography finds out later this summer if they will be entered into the SPA Model contest this year. We wish them the best of luck, and of course News Leader Nine will let you know how they do.