Show of Hands

I photographed their parents elopement portrait

and their blending families,

and amongst the official moments

of this special day, of a new life,

they created a new portrait

especially for me to see.

I wish their big, brand new family

many moments of unity, amity, and love.


Perry Portrait Art captures real families and their good energy.

Complete the Contact Page to envision yours.

Generosity of Spirit

waving good luck cat maneki neko

There is a generosity of spirit I continually refer to in dealing with others.

The best way I can describe it is intent, creation, and maintenance of a state of mind

that is flexible, open eyed, and playfully creative.

It trains itself to see abundance in the environment,

experiences simple, present-moment emotions of happiness,

maintains a grounded, connection with internal wisdom (quickly when needed)

and surrounds itself with reminders

to look upward and inward for its answers.

Head in the Clouds

A counter-intuitive inspiration for today:

Any energy you ‘fight’ you are actually feeding.

If you are pushing something away, you are inviting it to stay.

To get the wisdom of a lesson, practice allowing

emotionally charged or upsetting feelings to happen,

and then continue to ‘pass through’ you like clouds or water.

In time the upset feeling could be seen as a signal

to pay extra attention to a part of yourself

that needs extra compassion or love.

Perry Portrait Art is the photography services of Chicago photographer Dorothy Perry.

I love creating custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding

for women executives on location. Please contact me here.

The Dance of Life

With all that changes, some things still remain the same:

A couple decides that their two will become one (and added little ones, too!)

And the energy of their precious private moment

becomes an artistic testament to their love.


Do the photographs in your home thrill you?

If they don’t, call me! I do my best to see you at your Best!

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


Contact her for portrait photography here.

Good Vibrations

One positive thought produces millions of positive vibrations.

John Coltrane

Send out a little ‘good vibration’ wherever you go!

Thoughts of your relaxed state,

enjoying a beautiful song, enjoying nature,

enjoying a cafe au lait in Paris,

feeling the air, sensing smells and sound

until your body connects with the vision.

The key is increasing gradually the amount of time you can sit in this uplifted memory energy. Believe me, it feels great!

Can’t think of something right away? Get them all together and ready in one spot to go from one memory to the next!

Buy a special journal just for writing your good memories down

so that you are able to access your playlist of incredible whenever you need it!

This is specifically for past moments, feelings, and experiences in your life that create feelings of love and happiness for you!

Some of mine are:

Seeing rainbows during thunderstorms

Seeing both my kids asleep at my home (my daughter lives in Seattle)

Seeing a cardinal in a tree nearby

Seeing videos of my tiny granddaughter learning to walk, etc…

This book is for your list of good memories! Do not record ones that have tearful, regretful, or sad feelings.

Practice seeing the moments in your mind’s eye until your body responds.

Whether or not it influences your environment immediately, you will be more awake and attuned.

The effects will emerge in awareness, improved experiences and a different quality of conversation.

Cheering for your success, Dorothy!

Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits,

modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives

at home or on location. Please contact her here for commissioned work.

Loving Cup

With good will and applause,

I introduce my signed, special edition ceramic mug,

included with a Perry Portrait Art gift certificate for a family portrait!

It beams out an artistic image (my son Artist’s hands)

to hold dark roast or Darjeeling, just the way you like it!

Your patronage supports a Chicago artist and brings beauty to light!

Think great housewarming, gift to a friend, or new baby present!

These certificates (of any denomination) create amazing personal art

for connection, self esteem, and great memories!

Let’s chat to take the steps towards making your family portrait a reality today!

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.

Keep it Fuzzy

A valuable skill in our sensitive, seeing world

is relaxing the eyes’ focus (letting the eyes ‘go fuzzy’)

when waiting or resting.

It rests more than your eye muscles:

it also gives the ever-spinning wheels of mind a rest, too,

and lets your intuition come through

to show you how to see something new.


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.

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.

Eye Contact

Some kids will be in need of others adult help to manage their lives

all their lives. Some will need to have coaches, practicing, extra encouragement to try something in unfamiliar situations, using social skills that others take for granted.

Love makes everything grow!

And in my life, it was 100% worth it. Seeing my guy Artist with his graduating class is abundance in presence, representing years of adapting to continual change and independence in my life and his with optimism, patience, and gratitude.

I speak for all good things for the tremendous special ed teachers like Ms PW at crucial times in his education! The value that caring teachers, therapists, and assistants bring to parents is incalculable when they cheer little successes as steps towards independence.

Every day he goes to work as an IT assistant with a financial firm, I say Thank You that our efforts helped create a young man who can hold down a steady job in this type of position.

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

Contact Dorothy at Perry Portrait Art here.