Coyote Ridge Prairie Fort Collins Colorado, Lisa O'Dwyer fine art film photographer


2013 was a year of great change for me and my family. Personally, we moved across the Atlantic to Colorado where my family lives. My husband started a new job, I am in the process of building up my business again here, and my children are adjusting to life in another country and culture. We had lived in Ireland for 10 years and before that I was in Japan for 2 years. 12 years of amazing travel and life-altering events!

So along with the momentum of change and moving in the past year, I also photographed some beautiful weddings in Ireland, some amazing people here in Colorado and Ireland, and also some inspiring landscapes. I apparently missed the heatwave that hit Ireland this summer. The weather for weddings I photographed was mostly cold, wet, and dark… but that didn’t affect the joy and happiness I witnessed at those weddings. People in Ireland don’t let the weather affect them as much as people in other countries with more predictable weather. They ignore the weather and enjoy life. For me, the potentially poor weather at Irish weddings has made me a better photographer. I can deal with passing rain showers, flooded roads and mud, and very dark receptions rooms with questionable lighting. As long as there is love and happiness, then the weather doesn’t matter at all!

This past year, I’ve photographed more portrait sessions too… whether individuals, families, high school seniors, maternity, boudoir, or Old Hollywood glamour. I have found my own style for these sessions, using pure B&W film and color film, in an artistic and history-influenced style. I love meeting new people, and I find it uplifting when people are deeply moved by their portraits and tell me how those photographs have gifted them with a new-found confidence. I love doing portraits inside my home studio for a more classic look, or outside for a more lifestyle relaxed look.

I’ve also enjoyed collaborating with local vendors here in Colorado on wedding style shoots. I have done two already and have made some great friends! Look out here for some sneak peeks of these shoots, and I will let you as soon as they are published.

Above all, 2013 for me was finding my own voice and style in my professional photography. I was an Art History and Fine Arts major in college and this has become a big part of my style. I want to make imagery that is artistic, stylish, and historic. Imagery that will be an heirloom, not just photographs on a disk to look at on the computer. I have selected unique artistic albums and photography display products that adhere to this artistic and historic heirloom style and can’t wait to present more clients with photography to treasure!

To everyone who reads this little blog of mine, a very Happy New Year to you! 2014 is set to be another wonderful year and I can’t wait to meet you!


  1. Amy · December 31, 2021 Reply

    Oh wow Lisa these are absolutely STUNNING!!

  2. Allie · January 7, 2022 Reply

    Wow! What beautiful work. Welcome to Colorado!

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