Not until I became a mother myself did I truly grasp the unique bond shared between a mother and child. Seeing it from the mother’s perspective threw a whole new light on this love. When I put word out that I was going to be back in Portland, I was contacted by my old friend, Erin, to photograph her with her daughter, Bella. I was beyond thrilled. It had been years since I had seen Erin, and would be my first time meeting her lovely daughter. What a sweetheart. We shared a magical afternoon together; I was still glowing way after our time was over. Their connection is the kind mothers aspire to! How lucky those two are! Witnessing their closeness was captivating, and the love between them is pretty remarkable. Thank you, Erin and Bella, for inviting me to document this memorable time in your lives.
When two of your most gorgeous and enjoyable college friends get married and have kids, the offspring tend to be a testimony to those qualities. Jack and David are absolute sweethearts, and It was a complete honor to photograph these riveting young men. Jack is heading to off to college next year, and David is on to high school. Watch out world! Our time together was just perfect, and I think we got just what we were after. ✨
It’s not every day you get contacted to work with a gorgeous model. To be honest, it’s my absolute fantasy job. Susie originally wanted to shoot a headshot, represented by Urban Talent Management. When the subject exudes natural beauty along with utmost confidence in front of the camera, it’s a photographer’s dream. We ended up collaborating with a great local clothing shop, Mountain Monkey Business, and the results were pretty spectacular. They generously loaned us the goods and we played dress up both indoors and out. I had this vision of an older warehouse space with big windows, and contacted the Erin at Mountain Dance Unlimited, who kindly loaned us her wonderful studio right in the center of town. It was exactly what I was looking for. Afterwards, we headed over to the North Valley Rail Trail, south of town to do the final outdoor shots. Susie was a good sport to tromp around in the bitter cold and wind to get the shots I envisioned. What a fabulous time!
Model: Susie Seme
Management: Urban Talent
Clothing / Accessories: Mountain Monkey Business
Venue: Mountain Dance Unlimited
When one of your favorite people (who happens to be your sister-in-law) comes to visit, it calls for doing everything you can possibly fit in. The weather was every extreme - from warm and sunny to cold and really snowy. We took advantage of being together and went out and explored. One of the highlights was showing Kundalini one of the nearby Hot Springs, followed by an impromptu photo shoot overlooking the river.
What a moving experience to get to spend time with glowing Morgan and Matt. They wanted a snow maternity shoot and I was all in! Due to have their baby within a couple of weeks - the timing was perfect. She was radiant in her burgundy Infinity dress by Henkaa. Emily Farr from Dahlia Salon did a fabulous job with Morgan’s hair and makeup. Such a magical time to share in these sweet moments, basking in the weeks before their little one was born ~ 🌸
I can’t believe our baby is 14! For his birthday, Landen got to go for a test flight on a plane with an instructor here in town. He hopes to get his pilot’s license at 16 and the pilot and I connected on the possibility of this happening as a special birthday present. They went through all the pre-flight checks and he got to fly for part of the time. It was a super fun day and the weather was perfect. Both he and his brother missed the day of school, and it was so worth it! We followed up with dinner at his favorite Chinese restaurant with family in town from Portland and homemade pumpkin pie at home.
There is a group us who migrate back to Walla Walla, Washington each Fall, where we attended Whitman College. Whether or not our spouses went to Whitman, they too have come to enjoy the closeness we share, which deepens through the years. We usually rent a couple of houses within a block of one another and enjoy doing all of the things Wally World has to offer, much of which hasn’t changed since our early days. The group continues to evolve, as friendships do, and come from Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. We often try and catch a sunset in the wheat fields, though the weather this year wasn’t conducive to that. Usually, one night is spent at a winery, followed by doing Karaoke. You can imagine how that goes. 😜
So lucky are we to continue this bond from long ago, to support one another through the triumphs and challenges life throws to us. I feel so fortunate to belong to this special community that will always be a part of who I am.
I don’t know if it’s the people, the place, or the combination. If you have never been, make a point of going to Walla Walla some time in your life. There is something special about being in the middle of the wheatfields of eastern Washington, the Palouse especially, that captures a unique spirit of peace like no other. We all know this place is special. And being here each year with these exceptional people, is what makes it that much more extraordinary.
I was so honored to be featured in the 2018/2019 Winter publication of the Visit McCall Magazine! They did a great job of highlighting new businesses that opened in town this past year. The timing was good, kicking me into gear to look closely at my business accomplishments and future goals. There are some great new businesses in McCall, and I really appreciated being included with them!
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“Amy’s adventurous spirit shows in her photography, which intertwines beauty, playfulness, and depth. ‘She has a gracious authenticity that she captures in the people she photographs and a joy that shines through her work,’ says a client of Amy Isacson Photography.
Amy’s English and Studio Art studies, engagement in the technological editing process, and instinctive artistic flair are foundational layers for her work. The inspiration has always been from a sense of place and people. It has been a long-time dream of Amy’s to live in McCall. Since moving her family and business to McCall, her work has elevated to a new level. Conveyed with honesty and heart, her images come to life, each capturing a unique story through the lens of Amy Isacson Photography.”
Smokey skies made for some golden shots of Catherine and Lizzie late summer at dusk. It was such fun to take photos of these sweet sisters and their adorable dog, Baby Ruth. They knew were they wanted to go, which made for a pretty simple shoot. It was ideal and they were great troopers!
Sylvan Beach was a pretty spectacular setting for the wedding of Annie and Jeff. I was honored to have been asked to document their special day. With the sweet feeling of Autumn in the air, Annie and Jeff’s heartfelt ceremony took place with the lake as their stunning backdrop. Clearly so much love and friendship amongst this group ~ it was a delight to document.Read More
In early August, Idaho became our full-time home. We have been here on vacations in summers and winter, but this time it is permanent. Our family ties here go way back.
What an incredible world it is. It has been especially fun to witness the change of seasons - for the most part, this transition in McCall has evaded my awareness. The lake gets lower, the rivers run thinner, the trees put on a magical show and the skies get more striking. If that is even possible. Experiencing the shifting crispness in the air and the moodier light is almost spiritual. It is so good to be home.
Set in the magical garden of the bride's Oma, the wedding between Christina and Brian was absolutely stunning. It was a hot afternoon, which adeptly set the stage for a memorable wedding. Every detail was thoughtful, and the bride and groom were radiant, basking in the love surrounding them by their family and friends.
We got inspired to do a photo shoot at sunset with four lovely young women from our group. (A couple of them I have known since they were babies). Time is so fleeting and it was fun to document their glowing beauty at this point in their lives. They were good troopers, happily posing in bare feet at Stoneman's Meadow. It was a short bike ride over to the meadow, and everyone seemed pleased with the outcome.
4:30 am was especially easy to wake up to with the promise of sunrise over Half Dome.
Some friends invited us to join in their family's traditional Yosemite trip, camping in the valley floor in housekeeping. What a pleasant surprise! I was wary of being part of a group of 40, but it turned out to be an incredible time.
We had easy access to everything and no real need to drive if we didn't want to. This morning we chose to drive the hour trip up to Glacier Point. A friend from the group had done it the day before and I was eager to see for myself. At midnight the night before I made the decision. I told my husband, Karl, what I was thinking and he was game. He was looking forward at the prospect of the one way 7 mile hike back down past Vernal Falls ending at Happy Isles. I drove back solo to camp with far too many beautiful things to savor in that early morning glow.
We told the kids about it when we both returned and ended up repeating the trip the very next day. Our younger son was excited to make a time lapse of the sun rising over Half Dome. Truly a spectacular show.