|Jay, the prototype for Jay in my mysteries.|
Photo by Cheryl Ertelt, 2008.
I am a very amateur photographer, but fortunately I have several friends who are real life animal photographers, and they have been inspirations and sources for my fictional Janet. (Caveat - the booboos Janet makes are my fault, not theirs!) For one thing, they've told me stories about photo shoots that I've pilfered for ideas. Some are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are infuriating, (the last usually because of people, not the animals).
|Lily, photo by Cheryl Ertelt, 2008.|
Cheryl Ertelt, who I knew first from obedience club - she has Flat-coated Retrievers - and then for her gorgeous photos, is one of my inspirations. If you've bought or looked through dog magazines and calendars, chances are you've seen Cheryl's photos. She also travels to nifty exotic places to photograph wildlife, and even leads photo trips for aspiring photographers. Cheryl lives in Indiana; you can see more of her work at her website, Photos & Phrases.
|One of Helen Peppe's gorgeous photos.|
|Happy shot! by Helen Peppe.|
There's an exhibit of art featuring birds in the book I'm now revising, and that brings in another whole angle on animal art. Since I paint animals myself, it's been fun designing an exhibit and thinking up paintings, drawing, and sculptures that I would like to see. And now, back at it! Have a creative weekend - go photograph some critters!