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.

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.

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.

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.