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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.