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Sweetwater Portraits

Philadelphia , PA
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Philadelphia, PA 19147 US (map)

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267-626-9778

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ABOUT US

Hi there!

We're Julie + Dutch. Together, we photograph wonderfully interesting couples much in love. And yup, we're married ourselves. Julie founded Sweetwater Portraits on... Read more
Hi there!

We're Julie + Dutch. Together, we photograph wonderfully interesting couples much in love. And yup, we're married ourselves. Julie founded Sweetwater Portraits on her love of art, beautiful imagery, and nice people. We find ourselves very fortunate to be doing what we love.

Sweetwater Portraits is located in Philadelphia, but Julie & Dutch will travel worldwide to photograph weddings.

Our goal?

A genuine approach to your loveliest day.
Wonderfully natural and gorgeous portraits.
Spontaneous candids, laughing faces, and teary eyes that say it all.
Fresh. Absolutely, dizzingly, fresh and fabulous and unique.

Call us. We'd love to meet you.

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Photography

PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I hired Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater Portraits for our wedding photographers and it was one of the best decisions we made throughout the planning process. I found their work online and was immediately enamored with their photography. It was some of the most beautiful wedding photography I had seen and we knew we had to meet with them. When we met with them, we were immediately at ease - having a cold drink on their roofdeck overlooking the Philly skyline - doesn't get much better. The next day, we met with a different photographer and left the meeting and immediately emailed and booked Julie and Dutch. We came to the realization that our photographer would be with us ALL day during the wedding and we would want someone that we liked to be around. Julie and Dutch were great to work with - fit right in with our family and friends and made us feel completely at ease having our picture taken a million times. They were extremely easy going - despite the fact that it was unusually hot and humid for September and despite the fact that my now father-in-law ran over a bag of camera lenses with his car prior to the wedding (!). My husband is not the most photogenic, but they were able to make it work and got so many great pictures of us. We have recently gotten all of our photographs and we are completely overwhelmed with how great they turned out. Everyone we show them to is so taken aback by how beautiful they look. We have no idea how we will narrow them down for our album and certainly not for choosing which to frame. Certainly a good problem to have. Julie and Dutch are seriously talented and a ton of fun to work with. You are making a mistake if you do not hire them for your wedding/engagement photos/baby photos or anything else. I (almost) cannot wait to have children so we can have Julie photograph them!
My husband and I hired Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater Portraits for our wedding photographers and it was one of the best Read more...
My husband and I hired Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater Portraits for our wedding photographers and it was one of the best decisions we made throughout the planning process. I found their work online and was immediately enamored with their photography. It was some of the most beautiful wedding photography I had seen and we knew we had to meet with them. When we met with them, we were immediately at ease - having a cold drink on their roofdeck overlooking the Philly skyline - doesn't get much better. The next day, we met with a different photographer and left the meeting and immediately emailed and booked Julie and Dutch. We came to the realization that our photographer would be with us ALL day during the wedding and we would want someone that we liked to be around. Julie and Dutch were great to work with - fit right in with our family and friends and made us feel completely at ease having our picture taken a million times. They were extremely easy going - despite the fact that it was unusually hot and humid for September and despite the fact that my now father-in-law ran over a bag of camera lenses with his car prior to the wedding (!). My husband is not the most photogenic, but they were able to make it work and got so many great pictures of us. We have recently gotten all of our photographs and we are completely overwhelmed with how great they turned out. Everyone we show them to is so taken aback by how beautiful they look. We have no idea how we will narrow them down for our album and certainly not for choosing which to frame. Certainly a good problem to have. Julie and Dutch are seriously talented and a ton of fun to work with. You are making a mistake if you do not hire them for your wedding/engagement photos/baby photos or anything else. I (almost) cannot wait to have children so we can have Julie photograph them! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Julie and Dutch at Sweetwater Portraits were absolutely unbelievable to work with, leading up to the wedding and on the big day. Leading up to our wedding, Julie was available and quick to answer any questions that I had. On the day of our wedding, a lot of details were changed due to the weather. Even with all of the changes, they handled everything with ease and were able to capture the most amazing shots that truly represented the emotion of the day. They are so natural at what they do and their photos and super8 video speak for themselves. I would recommended their photography and super8 services to anyone looking to work with professional, flexible, down to earth, talented and creative people! I can't say enough about how lovely they are and we are over the moon about our photos and super8.
Julie and Dutch at Sweetwater Portraits were absolutely unbelievable to work with, leading up to the wedding and on the Read more...
Julie and Dutch at Sweetwater Portraits were absolutely unbelievable to work with, leading up to the wedding and on the big day. Leading up to our wedding, Julie was available and quick to answer any questions that I had. On the day of our wedding, a lot of details were changed due to the weather. Even with all of the changes, they handled everything with ease and were able to capture the most amazing shots that truly represented the emotion of the day. They are so natural at what they do and their photos and super8 video speak for themselves. I would recommended their photography and super8 services to anyone looking to work with professional, flexible, down to earth, talented and creative people! I can't say enough about how lovely they are and we are over the moon about our photos and super8. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We can't recommend Julie and Dutch enough! They photographed our wedding this past May, and were such a pleasure to work with! They are lovely, easygoing people who really put you at ease from the moment you meet them. We were nervous about being photographed and looking awkward, but they really make you feel comfortable. I would also suggest booking an engagement shoot with Julie as well, we felt like it helped us get to know her a little better, making us feel even more comfortable on the actual day. (and the pictures were awesome!)

They are accessible and reliable, always answered our questions promptly. They're also organized--which was great as they helped us plan a timeline of the day.
They captured all of the important moments of our day, and hundreds more, but did a great job blending in with the guests--not obtrusive in any way. Also, our bridal party loved hanging out with them (which I think says it all--spending hours getting photographed can be tiresome). Our proofbook arrived 4 weeks after the wedding and the pictures are BEAUTIFUL! We have received so many compliments on the photos so far, they are extremely talented.
You absolutely can't go wrong booking Sweetwater Portraits, Julie and Dutch are incredible!
We can't recommend Julie and Dutch enough! They photographed our wedding this past May, and were such a pleasure to work Read more...
We can't recommend Julie and Dutch enough! They photographed our wedding this past May, and were such a pleasure to work with! They are lovely, easygoing people who really put you at ease from the moment you meet them. We were nervous about being photographed and looking awkward, but they really make you feel comfortable. I would also suggest booking an engagement shoot with Julie as well, we felt like it helped us get to know her a little better, making us feel even more comfortable on the actual day. (and the pictures were awesome!)

They are accessible and reliable, always answered our questions promptly. They're also organized--which was great as they helped us plan a timeline of the day.
They captured all of the important moments of our day, and hundreds more, but did a great job blending in with the guests--not obtrusive in any way. Also, our bridal party loved hanging out with them (which I think says it all--spending hours getting photographed can be tiresome). Our proofbook arrived 4 weeks after the wedding and the pictures are BEAUTIFUL! We have received so many compliments on the photos so far, they are extremely talented.
You absolutely can't go wrong booking Sweetwater Portraits, Julie and Dutch are incredible! Read less
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Alexa
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
It was an absolute pleasure working with Julie and Dutch for our wedding on 4/26/14 at the Phoenixville Foundry. These two are just the best that is out there and I cannot recommend them enough. Their work is unbelievable - they have an incredibly artistic eye, but also have a wonderful way of capturing emotion with their photographs. Not only did they make us look amazing, but they got tons of photos of our friends and family having fun on our wedding day, which was exactly what we wanted. And they were fast in getting our photos to us! The photos are so great that we would have been happy to have waited longer for them, but we were glad to receive them as soon as we did. The other thing about Julie and Dutch is that they are just really nice, easygoing people. Several family members commented on this after the wedding, and it really made a difference to have photographers who made us feel comfortable and who we wanted to be around us on our wedding day. We had a wonderful experience with them and hope that our friends book them for their weddings so we will get to work with them again :)
It was an absolute pleasure working with Julie and Dutch for our wedding on 4/26/14 at the Phoenixville Foundry. These two Read more...
It was an absolute pleasure working with Julie and Dutch for our wedding on 4/26/14 at the Phoenixville Foundry. These two are just the best that is out there and I cannot recommend them enough. Their work is unbelievable - they have an incredibly artistic eye, but also have a wonderful way of capturing emotion with their photographs. Not only did they make us look amazing, but they got tons of photos of our friends and family having fun on our wedding day, which was exactly what we wanted. And they were fast in getting our photos to us! The photos are so great that we would have been happy to have waited longer for them, but we were glad to receive them as soon as we did. The other thing about Julie and Dutch is that they are just really nice, easygoing people. Several family members commented on this after the wedding, and it really made a difference to have photographers who made us feel comfortable and who we wanted to be around us on our wedding day. We had a wonderful experience with them and hope that our friends book them for their weddings so we will get to work with them again :) Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater were incredible to work with. We met with Julie initially. I was really nervous about the idea of having a formal photographer. I'm a mature bride who was not doing a traditional white gown, etc. She put me at ease completely. My photos are amazing - with colors popping and some of the most fun candid shots I've ever seen. She made me and my husband look great!
Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater were incredible to work with. We met with Julie initially. I was really nervous about the Read more...
Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater were incredible to work with. We met with Julie initially. I was really nervous about the idea of having a formal photographer. I'm a mature bride who was not doing a traditional white gown, etc. She put me at ease completely. My photos are amazing - with colors popping and some of the most fun candid shots I've ever seen. She made me and my husband look great! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Sweetwater Portraits was the best decision we made for our wedding! Julie and Dutch were so easy to work with and every photo was beautiful. My husband hates having his picture taken and he even commented on how much fun he had during our session. Dutch was an absolute champ as he entertained our little ring bearer who was reluctant to smile during our portraits. Julie and Dutch have an amazing eye for lighting and setting. They knew exactly where to place us for the perfect backdrop. Our pictures are so artistic and they really captured the moments. We will cherish these photos for the rest of our lives and we would highly recommend Sweetwater Portraits.
Working with Sweetwater Portraits was the best decision we made for our wedding! Julie and Dutch were so easy to work with Read more...
Working with Sweetwater Portraits was the best decision we made for our wedding! Julie and Dutch were so easy to work with and every photo was beautiful. My husband hates having his picture taken and he even commented on how much fun he had during our session. Dutch was an absolute champ as he entertained our little ring bearer who was reluctant to smile during our portraits. Julie and Dutch have an amazing eye for lighting and setting. They knew exactly where to place us for the perfect backdrop. Our pictures are so artistic and they really captured the moments. We will cherish these photos for the rest of our lives and we would highly recommend Sweetwater Portraits. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I cannot say enough about Julie and Dutch. Amazing people with amazing talent! I met Julie before I was even dating my husband and knew that if I was ever to walk down the aisle, I would have to have Sweetwater Portraits there to capture it all. They were the first vendor we booked and we couldn't have been more thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos.
My husband and I cannot say enough about Julie and Dutch. Amazing people with amazing talent! I met Julie before I was Read more...
My husband and I cannot say enough about Julie and Dutch. Amazing people with amazing talent! I met Julie before I was even dating my husband and knew that if I was ever to walk down the aisle, I would have to have Sweetwater Portraits there to capture it all. They were the first vendor we booked and we couldn't have been more thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos. Read less
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Marguerite
Wedding:
3/9/2013
5.0/5.0
What a glorious experience we had with Julie and Dutch! Our wedding and engagement pictures are stunning and we loved working with them.

We interviewed a number of photographers in the NYC area, but when we met Julie and Dutch we just knew they were the perfect choice to capture our wedding day. Their photography style beautiful: not staged, just natural, lovely photos with minimal photo editing. I just can't say enough... they're simply the best!
What a glorious experience we had with Julie and Dutch! Our wedding and engagement pictures are stunning and we loved Read more...
What a glorious experience we had with Julie and Dutch! Our wedding and engagement pictures are stunning and we loved working with them.

We interviewed a number of photographers in the NYC area, but when we met Julie and Dutch we just knew they were the perfect choice to capture our wedding day. Their photography style beautiful: not staged, just natural, lovely photos with minimal photo editing. I just can't say enough... they're simply the best! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Dutch Huff, of Sweetwater Portraits, is an incredible talented and unique film producer. My husband Mike and I were married in Cape May on November 9th, 2012. Our theme was vintage/classic and we wanted our wedding style to stand the test of time. We weren't looking for a traditional wedding videographer (which is more like a hollywood movie production- multiple people with bright lights in your face all night). Sweetwater portraits produces incredibly beautiful silent films on super8 video.

Having only spoken with Dutch on the phone prior to our wedding, Mike and I felt as though he was one of our guests at the wedding. He learned a lot about us prior to our wedding so that he could create a final product that fit our personalities. He blended right in capturing the most special moments of the happiest day of my life. To be honest, I never really noticed he was there (which is fantastic quality of a photographer or videographer).

The finished product truly brought tears to my eyes. It is incredible how a silent film can capture the many emotions of one day so much better than sound. The raw, artistic feel of the film was so original, yet so classic and beautiful. Dutch added in video of the crashing shore break, the old-fashioned elevator dial going up to the top floor where my husband was getting ready, the flowers blowing in the wind showing no signs of damage from hurricane Sandy, the tops of guests' happy heads stuffing their faces with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Dutch so eloquently pieced together every memorable moment of our day in a few short minutes in a way I've never seen before.

Thank you Dutch of Sweetwater Portraits for your incredible work!
Dutch Huff, of Sweetwater Portraits, is an incredible talented and unique film producer. My husband Mike and I were Read more...
Dutch Huff, of Sweetwater Portraits, is an incredible talented and unique film producer. My husband Mike and I were married in Cape May on November 9th, 2012. Our theme was vintage/classic and we wanted our wedding style to stand the test of time. We weren't looking for a traditional wedding videographer (which is more like a hollywood movie production- multiple people with bright lights in your face all night). Sweetwater portraits produces incredibly beautiful silent films on super8 video.

Having only spoken with Dutch on the phone prior to our wedding, Mike and I felt as though he was one of our guests at the wedding. He learned a lot about us prior to our wedding so that he could create a final product that fit our personalities. He blended right in capturing the most special moments of the happiest day of my life. To be honest, I never really noticed he was there (which is fantastic quality of a photographer or videographer).

The finished product truly brought tears to my eyes. It is incredible how a silent film can capture the many emotions of one day so much better than sound. The raw, artistic feel of the film was so original, yet so classic and beautiful. Dutch added in video of the crashing shore break, the old-fashioned elevator dial going up to the top floor where my husband was getting ready, the flowers blowing in the wind showing no signs of damage from hurricane Sandy, the tops of guests' happy heads stuffing their faces with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Dutch so eloquently pieced together every memorable moment of our day in a few short minutes in a way I've never seen before.

Thank you Dutch of Sweetwater Portraits for your incredible work! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Julie and Dutch were wonderful! Yes, their packages may appear to be on the pricey side, but after their professionalism and enthusiasm the day-of, I would pay twice as much to have them do another event with us. They are both really low key and fun, and their easy manner just put us at ease (since we are hardly professional models). Although I knew that they were very talented photographers before hiring them, I did not know that they would work as hard as they did to easily organize and facilitate our day. Taking pictures in the 40 degree weather (outside!) was not what we were expecting, but Julie and Dutch made the best of it. If our flower girl was getting cold, they sent her inside to warm up and easily switched gears to shooting another subset of family-- all told, the two of them were probably outside the longest, but neither complained. They scouted locations for photos that would be an easy walk for the grandparents. Honestly, I have no doubt that the photos will be more beautiful than we could even imagine... but it's those immeasurable qualities (like friendliness and efficiency) that made them such a huge part of our special day.
Julie and Dutch were wonderful! Yes, their packages may appear to be on the pricey side, but after their professionalism Read more...
Julie and Dutch were wonderful! Yes, their packages may appear to be on the pricey side, but after their professionalism and enthusiasm the day-of, I would pay twice as much to have them do another event with us. They are both really low key and fun, and their easy manner just put us at ease (since we are hardly professional models). Although I knew that they were very talented photographers before hiring them, I did not know that they would work as hard as they did to easily organize and facilitate our day. Taking pictures in the 40 degree weather (outside!) was not what we were expecting, but Julie and Dutch made the best of it. If our flower girl was getting cold, they sent her inside to warm up and easily switched gears to shooting another subset of family-- all told, the two of them were probably outside the longest, but neither complained. They scouted locations for photos that would be an easy walk for the grandparents. Honestly, I have no doubt that the photos will be more beautiful than we could even imagine... but it's those immeasurable qualities (like friendliness and efficiency) that made them such a huge part of our special day. Read less
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