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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,

A Certain Way · Creativity · Energy · Imaginating · Perry Portrait Art · Photography · Practice · Vision

A Branch of My Own

I have been a photographer without a fixed location for much of my career here in Chicago. A permanent location never seemed in the cards for me.

As years went by, the vision of this passion would flare briefly when I displayed my photos in local coffeeshops, bakeries, libraries and other unconventional spaces.

I once had a charming space in a vintage building at a prime location in the Wicker Park area. As everything I earned was consumed by rent, I quickly learned the grown-up lesson about pricing my services appropriately!

Back to home base again, not only for financial reasons, but to do a deep dive into the inner self that kept sabotaging me, saying I did not deserve to be successful.

Seeking independence, going my own way, creating something different: the miasma of all these rejections seemed to hang in the air, clouding my picture of myself with my dream.

I did not know I had to keep seeing the dream in detail, no matter what my current situation said, no matter what painful memories I remembered, to eventually hear the clear quiet that guides my actions.

Part of this is going back to the experience with an opened heart.

There are many times life’s formative experiences are created on a misinterpretation or misunderstanding from times when you were very young.

That young mind creates the meaning, but it need not stay destructive: it can be a reserve of power and purpose if redirected.

Money is a powerful force, and can be positive, and life-affirming, but at times, issues around earning more money can bring up old memories of relationships ruined over money, unwanted attention, crime, and other situations that create unease and concerns that money is dangerous to have.

An topic that needs to be addressed regards the secret, sabotaging fears of how having more money will change life.

I love to share what helps open energy around me, and I share an original money affirmation I use that has been helpful for the ideas my inner self has expressed around making increasing amounts of money.

There are different ways to use this gem:

  1. Record it in your own voice and listen to it as the start to each morning.
  2. Gently sit with each sentence and let the images and emotions and experiential memories well up, allowing the emotion to move through without resistance.
  3. You can choose one sentence and use it as the inspiration to consider through the day.
  4. Say it out loud during your morning walk in the park in the strongest, most positive voice you have.

After the affirmation, ’embody’ it –

Wiggle a ‘happy dance’ like a kid! Smile! Clap and shake out your body! Give thanks for the abundance you have now and already have experienced! Spread the good energy around in your world!

In my case, it took a few years to achieve, and meeting a terrific guy (attraction also happens when you begin to flex your abundance!)

who allowed the use of a beautiful big window on the side of his beautiful Victorian building that shows my artwork, beautifully visible to daily traffic of prospective customers. That window with its’ beautiful gold sign, makes me smile every day!

A dream come true. My abundance in action.

PS: I love to use the word beautiful! The word (used with the emotional feeling of viewing beauty) contains great energy in it!

As long as this amazing location of my dream exists, I read words of thanks over the picture window every day,

asking also for increased good energy for everyone who sees it, and encouragement for other people chasing their dreams of entrepreneurship and independence.

I share this affirmation publicly: may the thankful energy of a dream come true open windows of opportunity and increasing all that is good in your world.

All the best,

Money affirmation I use daily.

Dorothy Perry of Perry Portrait Art is dedicated to photographing the good energy of unique people throughout Chicago.

I welcome you to answer and send the completed Contact Page to talk about envisioning yours.

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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.

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Imagine It

For the scholars, teachers and parents staring a new year, one of my ‘oldies but goodies.’

‘Enjoy’ a cup of coffee in a different way to connect (and reconnect) with the calm inside.

This uses a visualization technique called imaginating, a great tool for managing and mellowing real life situations.

The key is to let your hearing, sense of touch, sense of smell and taste engage naturally as you ‘hold’ the warm cup in hand.

Try it, play with it (!) and apply it in different situations to see it work for you!

Dorothy Perry is a Chicago natural light photographer of intelligent family portraits, and personal branding for women entrepreneurs.

Contact Dorothy here! 

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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.

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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.

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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!

Think about a portrait as a great gift to a friend, or for a 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!

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 studio for commissioned work.

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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.