Pleased to Meeting You!

As a Chicago photographer, I see people working together to provide the best experiences their own businesses can offer. All the time. This good feeling image, taken during a meeting of the Northside Networking Group, is the type of image I always seek to bring back to those who hire me.

My business event photography loves seeing the good moments of interactions, networking, and outreach in our lively communities throughout the city.

My special skill is in capturing the brief, but beautiful moments of interactions, outreach, networking and personal celebrations with better than normal portraits with the leaders and participants of your distinctive event.

Inquire here, too if your firm or organization needs branding and portrait images for social media or professional needs.

Contact Dorothy Perry Portrait at 872 208 7659 to arrange meeting and social networking photographs that show your event in its best energy.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.

Loving the ‘Lovey-Dovey’


I had a mom and dad who loved each other,

and through their 50+ marriage

were joking and affectionate with each other all their lives.

But there is no evidence of their lively personalities

in the traditional poses and portraits they had taken of them.

These photos are all we had to recall the vital, real people they were.


See if you can find the two lively, lovely people in this picture!

So, in my portrait sessions, I use techniques that encourage a couple

to express their “lovey dovey” feelings for each other.

This opportunity to be affectionate lightens the mood and creates terrific images.

How great for a couple to have images specifically about their relationship.

What a great way for children to see and remember their parents as real people.

My pleasure, profession, and mission as a portraitist

is to envision the feelings of love in a lasting way

especially for later.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.

Shower of Power


The pieces of glass that clad this building

show their secrets of refraction when the light is just right.

I see person after person walk by,

deep in their thoughts and phones, 

unaware they are travelling through a shower of rainbows. 


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.

The Dance of Life


I always start a wedding by coming early

so I can ‘synch’ up with the pace of the day.

Not only does arriving early allow me

to capture precious moments of preparation,

it lets me connect with the emotional energy of the couple

as they prepare to approach a new stage in their life.

Matching their pattern and pace is like dancing with them,

helping me to sense – and capture – real moments in time for them.



Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.

The First Purple

The mercurial Midwest Spring has been hard on the beautiful flowers that come up in the neighbors’ gardens.  

They come into the beautiful, shapes colors and scents and sometimes into extended days of rain and chill that blast and freeze them.  

The lilac season came in the midst of rain and bone chilling temperatures.  


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In a week, they had bloomed and then were gone.  

I picked a wild branch, that true to all wild things, did not open, but found a blooming garden and stood there (as long as my son let me)

breathing in the air of my childhood

being again as the little curious, exploring, growing child 

And with this brief meeting this season, I ‘got’ how flowers are used as examples to teaching the here and nowness of life: so beautifully and sensually and completely HERE in their season and time on Earth  

an inspiration, a gift and appreciation.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.

Better With Age

I have a studio photograph of my parents as a middle aged married couple, a posed portrait with her best outfit on, leaning on my dad’s back, both with pleasant, fixed smiles. 

This is the same pose we always have of ourselves through school, printed in the yearbooks, and remembered by friends.  

But years later the children have only these photographs to recall their fathers, mothers, and beloved partners.  What is remembered of their sparkle and vitality?

It is no accident the photograph of my parents my sisters share the most is one of them as childhood sweethearts in their youth and energy, graceful in the naturalness of that candid, immediate moment.  

And it is kismet that years later, I find it is the seed of my creative technique in my search to capture real emotions for the romantic parents I love to photograph.

It stems from my desire to capture livelier, more engaged and energized portraits of mothers and fathers, photographing parents as the childhood sweethearts and lifelong soulmates they are.

My portraits are moments between two people in love, showing tenderness and affection. Glowing from true feelings inside for life and each other.

This intimate portrait is a gift that keeps on giving.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

Contact her studio here.

Love Needs Courage



“When the seed becomes a sprout

it is going into something unknown.

When the sprout starts growing flowers

it is again a movement into the unknown.

And when the fragrance leaves the flowers —

again, a quantum leap into the unknown.

Life needs courage at each step.” 

~Osho


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.

Walk in Beauty



I find beauty all around me.

I would love to find it for you, too.  

Contact my studio for portraits and events

that capture life’s freshness in spirited images.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.