There seems to be a myth that only professional photographers can take good photography. Guess who perpetuates that myth? The truth is, with the right type and level of teaching you can learn the techniques of the professional and how to apply them in your own photography.
Another inspiration has always been Victorian pictures. I think the women were so beautiful back then. I try to include them in jewelry as well. I think the interesting part is that these people are now long gone, and they get to live on in my artwork.