As we write our stories, we usually have a good idea what the main characters look like. But sometimes, a visual really helps!
I am a visual person, so having a photo in front of me often spurs my creativity.
All of the main characters in my series, The Circle of Friends, are loosely based on a celebrity's appearance. Lori resembled Anna Kournikova. Heather looks a lot like a younger version of Sean Young.
For each of the main characters, I selected a well-known athlete or celebrity and searched online for photos. Google Image Search is great for this! Those photos helped me envision a real person while writing my stories.
For Book III, which comes out August 18th, I selected Martin Henderson (from The Ring) for the character of James. (See photo above!) They shared similar features and hair style. Even more important, Martin's expression and eyes reflected the hint of sadness that I saw in James, and it helped me connect with this character on a personal level.
How about you? Do you use photos of real people to bring your characters to life?
BTW - a caution when searching for images. While I enjoyed looking for photos of Christian Bale (Jason in Book I) I happened upon a few that were more of him than anticipated. (Not that I'm really complaining!)