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!

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.