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Meet Dorothy Perry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dorothy Perry.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My experience is built from hundreds of many little happy moments as a photographer of people, their dreams, and their lives.

Early in my career, my favorite events were weddings! I made BW film weddings for couples seeking natural, candid storytelling of their special day. My brides were drawn to my images that showed my skill in capturing emotional joy. And as my couples became parents, my clientele grew to photograph children and families. My skills are especially valued by parents for my ability to capture delicate and sensitive children.

Usually now when I photograph someone, I am usually seeing them also through psychic senses as well. My intuitive side is a cultivated and valued part of my everyday life, and without making a big deal about it, are usually viewing through my intuition as well as my cameras.

I am now a portrait artist capturing fresh, vital moments of local business women, who also entrust me with capturing the beautiful, natural moments of their children and families. My business fanbase loves how I capture real people events for media and annual reports.

I also teach photography and photojournalism that focuses on seeing with the eyes of their ‘inner photographer.’

Every day I am photographing, I do what I love. I feel if you can do something you love every day, even a little bit, you create the energy to change your life for the better.

Please tell us about your art.
My vehicle is photography, but the medium is energy. I photograph people to show them the beautiful, graceful faces they have when they are being themselves.I specifically seek to create images with feelings of affection, connection, and moments of beauty in a portrait that speaks to emotion.

I keep my intuitive eyes ‘on’ through my day so I can stay connected and inspired. The creation of some beautiful images have come to me in this way, as well as meeting some very unique people – intuition creates a ‘sparkly’ energy which is very attractive to be around!

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The biggest challenge facing artists today is the current push to have every aspect of life serve an agenda – including art making.

Today’s younger artists are encouraged to make art strident and confrontational, and they carry this negative energy into their environment, relationships, and personal lives. I can’t believe that good art, good ideas, or a good life can come out of continual upset and anger.

I am not a Pollyanna with rose-colored glasses, but because of my intuition, I will always be a cheerleader for the positive aspects of life. Spend some time alone in nature, away from the Web and your phone. Listen to your body, pay attention to your gut feelings, do your ‘shadow work’ so your emotional side doesn’t sabotage you.  And, if your heart calls for it, have the bravery to walk your own path and create your own style of art, whether it follows the trends or not.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?|
My photographs don’t get exhibited a lot in public at this time, but my current and upcoming projects will be posted on social media, mostly Instagram. 

When images are available for sale, they will be offered on my website at  My blog carries practices and processes to make with art with more depth and meaning; and happily encourages those creating in this way as well.  I look forward to it!

Image Credit:
Dorothy Perry

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1 Comment

  1. Mildred Lacy

    July 5, 2019 at 12:17 am

    My favorite photo was one that Dorothy Perry took of me in Harpers Court in 2015, dancing! It adorns a wall with my favorite quotation, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” I had been to the doctors office that morning feeling ill. Upon arriving home a neighbor told me of the Event. I went and danced till dusk! No, not what the doctor ordered but I never felt better!! Dorothy captured my feeling!!!!

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