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From the beginning of my career as a photographer in Chicago, my focus has been to capture the energy of personality in portrait form.
In the past, these images never reached their potential, because many times they were delivered on CD or USB, a media that is easily scratched, corrupted or forgotten.
Despite the best intentions, I saw how these beautiful images, planned for albums and photo projects, got postponed and replaced in priority year after year.
The most valuable lesson I have learned from master photographer mentors, is that
A portrait is completely finished when it is properly, professionally framed.
My studio’s decision to offer only framed portraits and photographs has its benefits:
Beautiful frames that match your room colors, and in custom sizes that fit your spaces beautifully.
Hands-on help for a time-pressed parent, mom or bride to find the images and portraits that bring beautiful energy to the home.
Artwork of archival materials for a unique gift or a lasting legacy for your children.
Making the decision to offer only framed portraits and photographs has its benefits:
Custom Designs: I create beautiful frames that match your room colors, and make them the size that fits beautifully
Easier Decisions: I help a time-pressed parent, mom or bride find the best photographs that can be enjoyed again and again.
Quality Construction: Photography, printing, framing or other presentation is chosen from the best quality materials from the best in our industry for artwork that can be legacies for your children.
I love to make it easy to see the images of your loved ones to enliven your home beautifully. An in-person, in-home visit is just a phone call away.
Dorothy Perry Portrait, 872 208 7659
A bit of counter-intuition for friends, photographers, and everyone in between:
Don't be so eager to photograph the daily treasured moments of your life above all else.
To be in ‘pictures or it didn’t happen’ mode, twenty-four seven. To be removed from the reality of interaction with family, children, experiences.
Take time to enjoy and feel the depth and beauty of what you witness.
Bring the energy of your presence - go quiet - be fully there.
Even a second of this type of connecting brings this beautiful state of energy to the photographer -
and to your photographs.✨
I go online and Google myself sometimes, and saw an 2006 post from a fellow photographer, riffing on the theme of being a psychic photographer based on an ad I had written for my services. To read the original post, click here.
It was good-natured, but it stung a little that I had tried so carefully to describe what I did, only to have it be the butt of someone’s joke. And it apparently had still been smouldering, since it had caught my attention during a moment I had not expected.
I think to practice ones’ gift is to know that many times, it will be misunderstood, even by well meaning people.
The difference is that now I am choosing to see these kinds of situations with a mindset of appreciation for what it teaches - (even though I could not see it while it was happening.)
Some memories arise to a neutral, dispassionate view that acknowledges that yes, something happened, and despite potential for a cautionary tale, yes, it is done. Others create laughter: I can take a deep breath and smile at challenges to my ego or my vanity. And others can be seen with compassion for immaturity, inexperience, or incomplete information at the time.
When this picture comes up again in the Slideshow of my Mind:
I will choose to see it differently this time; feel it differently.
Bring a gentle, open, and curious self to those formative incidents, especially ones that ‘ring up’ old memories or create unexpected charges of emotion in the body.
I see it in the light of day.
I see the drama of the story dissolving.
I see it now for the best - for everyone involved.
The energy of releasing old stories affects people differently.
Sometimes the act of getting it out is invigorating, and other times, I have to let it work its way and have its say quietly, as there is more under the surface that takes time to reveal.
The first-steps experiences of my growth were admittedly the subject of humor by a stranger, but the years since created someone new:
Someone with an idea that can’t be shaken, even when another cannot see it yet.
And with that picture, even the irritations of life are like a speck of sand, welcomed for the pearls they create.