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I had a mom and dad who loved each other,
and through their 50+ marriage
were joking and affectionate with each other
all their lives.
But there is no evidence of their lively personalities
in the traditional, prom-type poses and portraits they
(and all the parents of that time) get taken of them.
And when they pass, these bland, photos
are all that their children have to recall
of the vital, real people they were.
So, in my portraiture, I seek always to create a state of mind
that encourages a couple to express their "lovey dovey" feelings for each other.
This portrait always lightens the mood of the couple:
they smile in recognition of the feelings it creates.
How great for a couple to have a visible image
with energy about renewing their love for each other,
What a great way for children to see and remember seeing
their parents as real people with love in their eyes.
My mission as a Portrait Artist is to capture the feelings of love in a lasting way - for now
and for later.
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 joie de vivre 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.
My soulmate portraiture 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 married people in love, hugging, kissing, showing tenderness and affection. Glowing from true feelings inside for life and each other.
This type of personal, meaningful portrait is an investment in a gift that keeps on giving.
Chicago-based photographer Dorothy Perry captures moments of love for Boomer and Third Age couples in fine art portraits, weddings, personal events, and day-in-the-life photo stories.