Consciousness · Creativity · Family Portrait · Framing · Perry Portrait Art · Photography · Vision

This is Why


To witness the moment in photographs.

To record the beautiful grace of infancy.

To remember the elders, travelling to see their new young one.

To document time, place, and reality for the future.

To make good energy visible for the home.

To celebrate the two, becoming three.

To honor the spirit of family.

This is why.

If I can help record your family legacy with fine lifestyle portraits, I welcome your inquiry at http://www.dorothyperry.com/contact/.


Creativity · Energy · Photography · Vision

Knowledge is Golden


Professional artists love the opportunity for a ‘hands-on’ workshop with Sean Michael Felix, one of the best gold sign artists in the Midwest and the US.

Everyone’s creativity was enhanced by the beautiful setting and free flow of information: an urban ‘artist’s retreat’ experience.

Even the cats played their part to bring an ultra-relaxed vibe into the space.

These artisans in glass, tattooing, custom finishing, and sign-making come here to play, take these techniques to their businesses, and make them their own.

It feels great to be able to impart such knowledge and create artwork that adds much-needed beauty to this world.

Reach out to have a real artist experience. Feed your soul by creating something beautiful!

Sean Michael Felix Illumination Art & Design 26oo W North Ave. Chicago, Il 60647. Email: smfelixart@yahoo.com. Phone: 815-922-0959. Hours by appointment.

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Words From Friends

Sometimes, someone

captures a beautiful,

evocative idea

to inspire the week ahead.

This quote by Epicurus

on a friends’ Instagram post

‘speaks’ to me today.


Do not spoil

what you have

by desiring

what you have not.

Remember that

what you now have

was once among

the things

you only hoped for.


After years of chasing this dream

through the ups and downs of life,

I feel blessed and grateful

every time I look through the lens

at someone who trusts me

to capture a beautiful, personal moment

of their private lives.

If I can be of service to you or yours,

I appreciate meeting and working with you.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer

specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots,

& beautiful personal branding.

Contact her for commissioned work here. 

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Original Face

Cease practice based

on intellectual understanding,

pursuing words and

following after speech.

Learn the backward step

that turns your light inward

to illuminate within.

Body and mind of themselves

will drop away,

and your original face

will be manifest. — Dogen


This ancient poem

holds the energy

of what I choose to see

in the world around me –

and what I seek to create.

Genuine. Inspired. Human.


Contact Dorothy at Perry Portrait Art

to commission new images and portraits

for the year to come!✨


Consciousness · Creativity · Dorothy Perry · Energy · Family Portrait · Perry Portrait Art · Photography · Portraits · Practice · Vision

On the Easel

Today’s On The Easel is an infant’s portrait in natural light.

Very small infants are absolutely lovely while they observe their world around them –

I love how they embody their innocence, essential energy, and innate purity.

If you are interested in commissioning a custom portrait for your family, yourself

or as a gift for a treasured client, contact me so we can talk about how to make yours special.

I’d love to help see you surrounded by beautiful, meaningful personal art of the people that matter in the places that are ‘home’ to you.

All the best,


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 Certain Way · Creativity · Digital Caress · Energy · Perry Portrait Art · Photography · Portraits · Practice · Vision

To Your Health

My personal portraits focus on enjoyment & contemplation.

I photograph people in their body’s ‘comfort zone’

and post-session remove canes, walkers, and aids for standing.

It is not a denial or sugarcoating of their age or health issue,

but a focus on a portrait that celebrates life

and a vision of wholeness.

Always to your health,

Dorothy Perry of Perry Portrait Art captures beautiful portraits that celebrate the best of you.

Contact her here.

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A Moveable Feast

In the early nineties, I cut my teeth working for local weekly newspapers like the Defender, New City, and the Chicago Reader.

I loved seeing the interiors of cafes and restaurants in natural light, where the simplest things created artistic still lives, and photographed my meals before eating.

The food magazine Saveur was an inspiration to me, as for what could be done in capturing the zest of the real things happening in creating food,

and sometimes when I was lucky, I was able to photograph the people beginning the prep for the evening menu.

I got assignments from a SF startup called TurnHere and another called Seamless, photographing the dishes of local restaurants in their settings that would be included in their online advertisement.

My favorite assignment was shooting images for a book about local ‘greasy spoon’ diners, who found me by an image of the quirky scenes at Chicago’s famous White Castle.

Yes, their tiramisu tasted GREAT!

Moving into digital and past newspapers, I began to photograph for walks, special events, and expos, and photographed private events such as the Chicago WineFests in their various locations through the year.

Chicago Winefest – one of my favorite clients!

Past clients have included Sweet Thang Bakery, Letizia’s Bakery and Spacca Napoli, not to mention the restaurants captured for the start up companies.

I love watching the ‘zen’ movements of master chefs.

I’m a behind the scenes type of person, so I really enjoyed capturing the graceful rhythms of chefs within crowded rooms and the skill in creating the dishes for their customers.

The simplest things are beautiful to me.

I always pinch myself that I really do the thing I love every day. And I’d love to have the opportunity to work with you, too!

Fill out the Contact Page for photographic art of your event or experience soon!

All the best,