perfection in imperfection, fine art photography, Lisa O'Dwyer Colorado film wedding photographer


I am busy editing the three weddings I shot last month in Europe. As I look at hundreds of images and decide which ones are the best to give to the couples, I have to stop to think about the idea of perfection. I feel that certain moments are better represented in imperfect photographs. These are the moments we can’t predict. They are the ones that just happen and the photographer has to be ready to capture (years of experience prepare a wedding photographer to be “aware” of these moments). They are not perfectly posed or in focus. They capture fleeting moments and feelings…not the well thought out image and dream we have of ourselves and others.

For me, I love these kinds of photographs in classic black and white film. I love the grain of black and white film and the depth of the film photograph. It is something that can’t be replicated in digital I feel. I hope you enjoy these three photographs I choose as examples of “perfection in imperfection”. They are a beautiful accompaniment to the perfectly posed and timeless photographs that will become a family’s treasured heirloom.

* photograph of bride with veil is from a recent wedding where I was guest photographer for Mark Hayes Photography at Dunafon Castle


  1. wendy laurel · August 12, 2021 Reply

    oh i agree.. imperfection has my heart.

  2. Lindsay Madden · August 12, 2021 Reply

    I couldn’t agree more. All three of these images are beautiful!

  3. kel ward · August 12, 2021 Reply

    That image of the veil is TO DIE FOR!! Such great examples of when imperfection totally works.

  4. Amanda Crean · August 13, 2021 Reply

    So effortlessly beautiful. x

  5. Amber Snow · August 13, 2021 Reply

    Gorgeous grain! The photos are like dreams.

  6. Sara Hasstedt · August 13, 2021 Reply

    Oh my gosh, I am dying over the photo of that bride smiling. I love that you capture sweet and real moments like that, Lisa!It is such a strongsuit of yours!

  7. Mirelle · August 13, 2021 Reply

    The grain in these make me cry, in a very very good way. The one of the bride laughing. STOP IT. Soooo good!

  8. Anaïs · August 14, 2021 Reply

    Lisa I applaud you for highlighting ‘perfection - imperfection’. Sometimes incredible emotional, storytelling moments just happen too fast to focus and it’s an art to capture those fleeting moments. Your images really show that deeper beauty in those ‘imperfect’ moments and I’m sure brides would appreciate those images as an addition. Those images make their story unique and timeless. Kisses, Anaïs

  9. Jaine Kershner · August 14, 2021 Reply

    capturing the moments is what makes photography so important - imperfections and all!

  10. Valentina · August 15, 2021 Reply

    These are perfect! I love the blur and the motion!

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