Given Wings


“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.

How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling, they’re given wings. ”— Rumi



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.

May I Capture This Dance?



The wedding season is upon us, and I am looking forward to new couples, new experiences,

and amazing moments you can ‘dance to’ again and again.


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.

Sane Spaces

“I’m going to miss this show.”  

This student used to come to the UIC African American Art Gallery

to do her home work and study along with other students:

making art, practicing yoga, and on Finals week,

even eating breakfast there!

It occurred to me that I had made an art show

that successfully created a zone of energy.



For four months, 11 photographs in the AACC gallery

imbued the space with energy,

serving as an artistic ‘power station’ –

and creating a room that felt really nice to rest in.

This show working with vibration worked beyond my expectations,

and created an idea for future exhibitions, rich with potential.


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.

Share a Breath


Take time to hear someone’s voice from the inside.

Match your calm breathing with the breathing of your partner,

and ‘share a breath’ in and out for a time of silence.



Not only does this calm emotions, this action serves to ‘sync’ one’s heart with the other,

to humanize a connection, and energize the space for a newer – or deeper – conversation.



It is my wish that you have enriching experiences

using this technique throughout moments in daily life.


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.

On A Portrait Never Seen Before


How do I make my portraits?

By watching you in sunlight, in play, in relaxation.

In quietness.  In laughter.

In glances where you both recollect and reconnect,

with good moments within your togetherness.

Looking for your beauty at all times.

Seeing your beauty at all times.

Making a view you have never seen before.

You, at your best.  In love.

Inquire about my personal portraiture

that captures the ‘sparks’ of couples (or the ‘sparkle’ in you)

to warm the spirit again and again.

Intrigued?  Interested? Let’s connect and chat.


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.

Finding A Something More

Funny how some normal-looking photographs

offer the potential of being something more.

My daughter sent me a long-distance snapshot

of my grand-son playing with his dad.  

I can’t get enough pictures of my little guy, 

exploring his new world with a toddler’s beautiful curiosity.



Something about this image attracted me.

I take another look and let my subconscious see it, too.  

(It helps to relax or fuzz the eyes so you are not focusing on detail.)

If I get a ‘alerting’ feeling about it:

almost like an antenna picking up a signal,

it means my eyes are noticing a new pattern or a new image there;

seeing the potential of a new composition

deep in the center of the photograph.


Like all beautiful things, it has been there all the time.

I would love to hear if this technique has worked for you,

and about the brave new photographs you have found,

deep within your own images.


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

 Contact her for commissioned work here. Thank you.

One Inspired Evening – One Moment in Time


I was pleased to be able to see a micro-view of the mission of the Inspiration Corporation in effect during their annual benefit, called One Inspired Evening. They are well known for their stellar work with local homeless populations, and their benefit art auction is the best local art social of the year! Enjoy the photos!



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.

I Have News For You


Poem by Tony Hoagland

There are people who do not see a broken playground swing
as a symbol of ruined childhood

and there are people who don’t interpret the behavior
of a fly in a motel room as a mocking representation of their thought process.

There are people who don’t walk past an empty swimming pool
and think about past pleasures unrecoverable

and then stand there blocking the sidewalk for other pedestrians.
I have read about a town somewhere in California where human beings

do not send their sinuous feeder roots
deep into the potting soil of others’ emotional lives

as if they were greedy six-year-olds
sucking the last half-inch of milkshake up through a noisy straw;

Do you see that creamy, lemon-yellow moon?
There are some people, unlike me and you,

who do not yearn after fame or love or quantities of money
as unattainable as that moon;

thus, they do not later have to waste more time
defaming the object of their former ardor.

Or consequently run and crucify themselves
in some solitary midnight Starbucks Golgotha.

I have news for you—
there are people who get up in the morning and cross a room

and open a window to let the sweet breeze in
and let it touch them all over their faces and bodies.


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.