Cheryl Ertelt started her photographic career as a senior in college, working for the University of Notre Dame's newspaper and yearbook. She has been shooting Notre Dame football games for the University since 1982 and has had many of these images published in national newspapers and magazines. In 1994 she took her first wildlife photo workshop and has not taken a non-photo vacation since then.
In 1998 she started specializing in outdoor dog portraits and action shots for the magazine and calendar markets. However, her favorite photo subjects are wildlife. She has over 75,000 images in her files and her work is represented by several stock agencies in the US and abroad. She hopes to someday quit her day job as a physical therapist and do photography full-time.
Cheryl was runner-up in the Animals in their Environment category for the 2006 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest with an image of an arctic hare taken in Churchill, Manitoba.
Cheryl is a moderator in the Naturescapes.net Wildlife forum. She also co-leads the Loons and More Shoot The Light Instructional Photographic Workshop witn Charles Glatzer and assists him on several other STL workshops.
"I really enjoy being outdoors, away from 'work' and all its pressures. I try to shoot images that will take me back to the places I enjoy and the animals I have seen, and allow me to share my impressions with others through my photography."