Seeing the Big Picture

I had a business with a reputation for working with all types of personal frames and enjoyed the challenge of each session.

I am still a custom portrait photographer choosing the best of what is available now

to offer a brand new direction in a curated selection of portraits and photo art that showcases your session to view and love.

I respect busy family time and schedules and keep decisions easy to make, see and enjoy.

Rest and have fun knowing that it will be completed and ready for enjoying on your walls!

My door is open to chat with you and envision a new family portrait that shows in the eyes.

Be seen. Schedule a chat at your home to make a really good photo of your family – and enjoy it every day afterwards.

Dorothy Perry is a Chicago natural light photographer of intelligent and spiritual portraits, personal branding for women entrepreneurs, and intimate family documentary.

Contact Dorothy here! 

Quirky Light

is my name

for a type of light

that looks beautiful

on you.

When it’s time to have your personal portrait created,

I would be honored to be your photographer.

Contact me through dorothyperryportrait@gmail.com or My Contact Page

for images of the best in you.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago natural light photographer of intelligent and spiritual portraits, personal branding for women entrepreneurs, and intimate family documentary.

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Driven

Custom made USB drives

can hold art,

transfer art,

and be art.

I am driven to choose tactile, natural feeling materials

for portraits and documentary that are uniquely personal.

When it’s your special occasion or gathering of loved ones,

I would be honored to be your photographer.

Contact me through dorothyperryportrait@gmail.com or My Contact Page

for images of the best in you.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago natural light photographer of intimate headshots, brave personal branding for women entrepreneurs, and connected feeling family portraits.

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The Power Of One

One of the most read posts I sent out on my WooWay mailing, called The Internet is Forever (Asterix) involved dealing with loss of my history with the Chicago Reader.

In this, I wrote about my discovery that examples of my early photography career with the Chicago Reader were no longer visible in their online archives…anywhere.

Due to size or intellectual property issues, they imported the articles, but did not include the photographs from earlier editions of the paper.

The email started with dealing with the reality of the situation – but at the end* celebrated the various soft and hard skills learned with the experience.

Fast forward nine months, and through the wonders of Instagram, I get a ‘ping’ from an artist group I photographed in 1992, updated in a Gossip Wolf column. (the article here.)

He Who Walks Three Ways

After I did a quiet appreciative happy dance, I decided to update the story. In addition to the pleasant surprise in being led to one of my photos, it was also a little reminder to me to give life’s irritations or obsessions up to the body’s wisdom, and let things happen as they will.

*Looking with the attitude that there is nothing to panic about or ‘fix’ is a mindset that allows for quiet personal wonder, delight, and awe, even within an ordinary day.

I found that by not fighting and resisting and replaying the memories accompanied by emotions that would suddenly float in and make themselves felt, they changed or would leave by themselves. No examining or selecting anything for further review, I stayed present with no judgement as to what came up, and it would just evaporate.

Practice presence in all different types of situations to have the grounded feeling of being inside your body. Feel the heat through your fingers, feel your toes against the floor, use your senses. Even if at times you conduct your day on autopilot, make time to connect with yourself through the day.

I invite you to subscribe to my ‘Woo Way’ newsletter for intuitive counterintuitive strategies to help sense the world around you at your best.

Please enjoy one of the great inspired books by Wallace Wattles, The Science of Being Great. I feel his books are like a message from a supportive grandfather who wants the best for you. It is a terrific read – & re-read – for the year ahead!


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.

A Better Truth

Sometimes candids need to look a little less candid-y.

The photo is from a snow filled time in Chicago when my daughter had come from Seattle for a holiday visit. We went to The French Market, my favorite place in the city to have lunch at a place that had Freitkoten: a way of making french fries my son really liked.

It was a rare and precious meeting with my kids that I tried to record on my phone, but my photos had resulted in the ‘selfie stretch’, enlarging the head of the person on the outside. Not only was it enlarged, but tilted as well.

Turn arrow to the left to see changes. Thanks!

I looked at it every day on my fridge, but when I considered making it a little nicer… I looked at it like a project I was making for a client. What can help improve it and yet keep its’ natural feel?


Canvas or deckled edge print, the new image is lovely on mantelpiece or portrait table.

Perhaps you have photos that have a quirk or two that keep you from enjoying them fully. There is no harm at all in a non-invasive treatment to do what improves them for you.

The truth, made a little bit better (smile!)

I would love to hear if that is a current project for you as well. My video chat consultation is free: schedule a time to talk on my Contact Page.



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!

On the Easel

Today on The Easel, I have a contemplative photograph with subtle and elemental symbols that show something different each time you look at it. This ballet of shape and pattern occurred during a moment teaching photography on a snowy day on the far side of Chicago:

a reason you always carry some form of camera, and take time to watch what is above you as well.

Bird on A Roof is 20″ x 30″, and made from fine watercolor paper with a deckle (torn) edge. Choose my neutral frame here, a different size, or an unframed version.

If you are interested in purchasing my art images for yourself or others, contact me for details. I love to see my photos in other people’s homes.


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.

Set the Tone


A local young bride’s wedding photographs are now ready for her home.

I was extremely pleased to have two heirloom frames to work with: these images look amazing in antique settings!

Another pleasure was in working with a younger person’s style of communication and relating.

So lovely to meet another who values images that hold an vibrant personal energy for her home. I whole-heartedly agree.


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.

Making Photos for Feelings

The image was a beautiful moment in the ceremony, deep within the photo, taken by a guest in the wedding party. The groom is a photographer friend, and I know so well the axiom that “the shoemaker’s kids have no shoes,”

and how a photographer may sometimes never own any decent photos of their own important life events sometimes.

I saw another moment within the image – to be ‘brought out’ and brightened, so that it can be seen – and felt.

The difference between retouching and my creative ‘digital caress’ is that I use a quieter, more intuitive eye to see the newer photograph inside the original one. I wrote another post about the technique in a June 6, 2020 post, Finding A Something More.

So happily honored to see that the bride posts this as her profile photo online.

I wish Daphne and Jeff Happy Anniversary, and many dances together to come!


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.

The Digital “Caress”

The post was from someone I have enjoyed reading and communicating with: Sophie has devoted her life to creating innovative products that aid with spiritual growth and development.

In this post she published an image of her younger self, an open smile under the flat yellow-sepia tone of film photographs of our past.

I don’t usually correct people’s images when I see them online in media – it is my observation that people upload what they choose to, and adjusting them is sometimes a second thought.

Some of these images have degraded badly with fading, water marks, scratches and dust specks, but others think it makes them look authentic, look past the damage, or put the restoration project in the overloaded file of ‘Things That Need To Be Done – Someday.’

But I really like seeing the joy of people who have good images of their loved ones. Like an art restorer uncovering years of age and grime, I love to see the sparkle that’s been there all the time.

I really like the intimacy of looking at faces closely, and bringing the details back into awareness. Like a remastered record from your past, you can finally enjoy these images with refreshed beauty and memory.

I don’t consider it only restoring. It is a loving ‘digital ‘caress’ from someone who loves photos, really loves portraits, and is aware of the positive energy a good portrait of a loved one can have.

My family has several beloved prints of my parents that have cracks in them so severe that the surface has disappeared and it will have to be reconstructed. I look forward to creating a renewed set of these favorite photos for my sisters and family to enjoy again.

I sent Sophie the new image, with the apology of taking the liberty of changing it. And I am honored to say that she loves it!

Do you have older and damaged images? My digital ‘caress’ can take old family and favorite images and make them bright and beautiful again. Contact me here to look to see what I can do for yours!


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago lifestyle photographer making personal stories of intimacy and connection.

 Contact her for commissioned work here. 

Portraits That Do You Justice

To do justice: to treat or show (something or someone) in a way that is as good as it should be.


When we are active in our busy lives every day,

we don’t think about the photographs that ‘live’ after us.

But consider: what photos will family remember you by?

Blurry snapshots? Selfies? Stiffly frozen portraits?

Meet someone that values and captures your personality.

Have portraits with vitality and energy to choose from.



Amateur photos and selfies don’t always do us justice.

My images of families and dynamic couples are calming, inspiring,

and beautifully displayed in elegant albums and framed art.

An amazing energetic now, for valued memory later.

Let’s make inspired images of you, your loved ones, or your life’s passion.

Images to do you justice, by Dorothy Perry Portrait .

Talk to Dorothy herself at (872) 208-7659.