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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

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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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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Proofs

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Alexis
Wedding:
7/1/2017
5.0/5.0
When I started to look for a photographer, I knew that I didn't want anyone typical or the usual "wedding look". I wanted someone who took candid, genuine shots and really captured emotion and thats exactly what I found with Sweetwater! I just received all of my engagement session photos back and they are AMAZING! Julie is so wonderful to work with and I can't wait for my wedding with them!
When I started to look for a photographer, I knew that I didn't want anyone typical or the usual "wedding look". I wanted Read more...
When I started to look for a photographer, I knew that I didn't want anyone typical or the usual "wedding look". I wanted someone who took candid, genuine shots and really captured emotion and thats exactly what I found with Sweetwater! I just received all of my engagement session photos back and they are AMAZING! Julie is so wonderful to work with and I can't wait for my wedding with them! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
8/20/2016
5.0/5.0
When I set out to find a photographer for my engagement photos and discovered Julie and Dutch's site, I was drawn to their work because none of the photos looked posed or unnatural; they exuded so much life and energy that I could almost imagine the sounds and conversations surrounding the moments they'd captured. I’m thrilled to say that I feel the same when looking through the photo gallery created for my fiancé and me—my fiancé, Ty, was especially happy about the nod-to-Wes-Anderson doorway shots! We truly love our photos and have already ordered several prints! Many thanks to Julie and Dutch for their wonderful work!
When I set out to find a photographer for my engagement photos and discovered Julie and Dutch's site, I was drawn to their Read more...
When I set out to find a photographer for my engagement photos and discovered Julie and Dutch's site, I was drawn to their work because none of the photos looked posed or unnatural; they exuded so much life and energy that I could almost imagine the sounds and conversations surrounding the moments they'd captured. I’m thrilled to say that I feel the same when looking through the photo gallery created for my fiancé and me—my fiancé, Ty, was especially happy about the nod-to-Wes-Anderson doorway shots! We truly love our photos and have already ordered several prints! Many thanks to Julie and Dutch for their wonderful work! Read less
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Jeri
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Julie and Dutch are the absolute best!! It's hard to put into words how much we enjoyed working with them for our wedding. Not only are they the best photographers, they are also the sweetest and nicest people. From the very first time we met Julie and Dutch we knew we wanted to work with them on our wedding day. They invited us into their home and showed us their wonderful work. They always responded to our questions quickly and made us feel so comfortable from the very beginning. We were looking for photographers that would capture the emotions of the day, and Julie and Dutch did this so perfectly. We are absolutely obsessed with every one of our pictures from our wedding day. Julie and Dutch went above and beyond to make our day the best and to capture the moments that were most important to us. Throughout the planning process they truly listened to what we were looking for. When we got the pictures back they took our breath away! We've looked at our pictures so many times and each time we find something new that we love about each of them. Julie and Dutch are amazing to work with leading up to the wedding and they helped make our wedding day so special! During the planning, they gave great suggestions that were so helpful to us. They are experts at what they do! Julie even did a site visit to our venue with us since they hadn't been there before for a wedding. This attention to detail and commitment to getting the absolute best pictures was just one example of Julie and Dutch going above and beyond! Julie also helped us create a wedding timeline that was extremely beneficial to us and our planning! We were so impressed with Julie and Dutch from day one and their willingness to go that extra mile was greatly appreciated. Every picture captured a moment of our wedding day, and it's almost like we are back in that moment each time we look at them! We couldn't be happier and we are forever thankful to Julie and Dutch for these incredible photographs!!!
Julie and Dutch are the absolute best!! It's hard to put into words how much we enjoyed working with them for our wedding. Read more...
Julie and Dutch are the absolute best!! It's hard to put into words how much we enjoyed working with them for our wedding. Not only are they the best photographers, they are also the sweetest and nicest people. From the very first time we met Julie and Dutch we knew we wanted to work with them on our wedding day. They invited us into their home and showed us their wonderful work. They always responded to our questions quickly and made us feel so comfortable from the very beginning. We were looking for photographers that would capture the emotions of the day, and Julie and Dutch did this so perfectly. We are absolutely obsessed with every one of our pictures from our wedding day. Julie and Dutch went above and beyond to make our day the best and to capture the moments that were most important to us. Throughout the planning process they truly listened to what we were looking for. When we got the pictures back they took our breath away! We've looked at our pictures so many times and each time we find something new that we love about each of them. Julie and Dutch are amazing to work with leading up to the wedding and they helped make our wedding day so special! During the planning, they gave great suggestions that were so helpful to us. They are experts at what they do! Julie even did a site visit to our venue with us since they hadn't been there before for a wedding. This attention to detail and commitment to getting the absolute best pictures was just one example of Julie and Dutch going above and beyond! Julie also helped us create a wedding timeline that was extremely beneficial to us and our planning! We were so impressed with Julie and Dutch from day one and their willingness to go that extra mile was greatly appreciated. Every picture captured a moment of our wedding day, and it's almost like we are back in that moment each time we look at them! We couldn't be happier and we are forever thankful to Julie and Dutch for these incredible photographs!!! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Julie and Dutch are phenomenal! They are masters of their craft. We felt so at-ease with them from the moment we first met them. We had a great time during our Engagement Shoot as well, during which they kept us laughing and totally comfortable. The shots turned out great.

On the day of the wedding, they were absolutely perfect. They hung out with us while we were getting ready, taking beautiful pictures, while getting to know the bridal party and our family. These relationships they built made everyone comfortable throughout, so that they could put together a fantastic collection of photos. During the ceremony and reception, we barely even noticed they were there, and yet they captured every candid moment.

They’re incredibly talented photographers, and we cannot recommend them highly enough.
Julie and Dutch are phenomenal! They are masters of their craft. We felt so at-ease with them from the moment we first met Read more...
Julie and Dutch are phenomenal! They are masters of their craft. We felt so at-ease with them from the moment we first met them. We had a great time during our Engagement Shoot as well, during which they kept us laughing and totally comfortable. The shots turned out great.

On the day of the wedding, they were absolutely perfect. They hung out with us while we were getting ready, taking beautiful pictures, while getting to know the bridal party and our family. These relationships they built made everyone comfortable throughout, so that they could put together a fantastic collection of photos. During the ceremony and reception, we barely even noticed they were there, and yet they captured every candid moment.

They’re incredibly talented photographers, and we cannot recommend them highly enough. Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Sweetwater Portraits was AMAZING!!! It's difficult to adequately put into words how much we truly enjoyed working with them. Julie and Dutch are professional, inviting, and immensely talented. We looked at three other photographers, but from the moment we met with Julie and Dutch they made us feel at-ease and we knew they were the only people we wanted capturing our wedding. During the planning we really appreciated that they listened to what we wanted, made suggestions, and helped us create a schedule that allowed us to get great photographs while also enjoying ourselves. We decided to do an engagement shoot, wedding photography, and Super8 with Sweetwater. The day of our wedding they were fantastic, being there for every moment without really being seen. They made an effort to get to know the family and bridal party, making us feel like they were old friends enjoying every moment of the day with us. The photos are gorgeous and the video brings us to tears every time we watch it. Sweetwater couldn't capture the love, emotion, excitement, and fun of that day any better. We are so fortunate to be able to have the photos and video to remember our wedding day for years to come, and feel so lucky to have found Julie and Dutch and experience their wonderful talent.
Sweetwater Portraits was AMAZING!!! It's difficult to adequately put into words how much we truly enjoyed working with Read more...
Sweetwater Portraits was AMAZING!!! It's difficult to adequately put into words how much we truly enjoyed working with them. Julie and Dutch are professional, inviting, and immensely talented. We looked at three other photographers, but from the moment we met with Julie and Dutch they made us feel at-ease and we knew they were the only people we wanted capturing our wedding. During the planning we really appreciated that they listened to what we wanted, made suggestions, and helped us create a schedule that allowed us to get great photographs while also enjoying ourselves. We decided to do an engagement shoot, wedding photography, and Super8 with Sweetwater. The day of our wedding they were fantastic, being there for every moment without really being seen. They made an effort to get to know the family and bridal party, making us feel like they were old friends enjoying every moment of the day with us. The photos are gorgeous and the video brings us to tears every time we watch it. Sweetwater couldn't capture the love, emotion, excitement, and fun of that day any better. We are so fortunate to be able to have the photos and video to remember our wedding day for years to come, and feel so lucky to have found Julie and Dutch and experience their wonderful talent. Read less
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Rosemary
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
In a word, AWESOME. The pictures turned out beautifully- we couldn't have asked for anything better. Julie and Dutch captured every moment with grace, style and ease. They are true professionals, who will go above and beyond to make your wedding pictures perfect, literally. Hiring a photographer, in my opinion, is one of the most important decisions of the day because they're with you from start to finish. You want someone who won't intrude on those special moments between you and your partner (like the first look), but who can capture them at the same time. It's a delicate balancing act that Julie and Dutch have mastered. They were THE calming presence during those hectic hours leading up to the ceremony and reception. Beyond the wedding day, the process of actually reviewing/choosing the photos and receiving the albums couldn't have been easier. You will be in very good hands with Julie and Dutch- and chances are they'll probably become your friends! That's just the kind of people they are.
In a word, AWESOME. The pictures turned out beautifully- we couldn't have asked for anything better. Julie and Dutch Read more...
In a word, AWESOME. The pictures turned out beautifully- we couldn't have asked for anything better. Julie and Dutch captured every moment with grace, style and ease. They are true professionals, who will go above and beyond to make your wedding pictures perfect, literally. Hiring a photographer, in my opinion, is one of the most important decisions of the day because they're with you from start to finish. You want someone who won't intrude on those special moments between you and your partner (like the first look), but who can capture them at the same time. It's a delicate balancing act that Julie and Dutch have mastered. They were THE calming presence during those hectic hours leading up to the ceremony and reception. Beyond the wedding day, the process of actually reviewing/choosing the photos and receiving the albums couldn't have been easier. You will be in very good hands with Julie and Dutch- and chances are they'll probably become your friends! That's just the kind of people they are. Read less
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Anya
Wedding:
8/1/2015
4.8/5.0
As soon as we got engaged, I knew I wanted a fabulous photographer for our wedding day. Our wedding planner sent us a list of reputable photographers and the minute I came across Sweetwater's website, I was in love. We immediately put an email through to see if they were free for our wedding date. What struck me from the beginning were the vibrant pictures and the emotions that spilled off the page. I literally felt as though I was a guest at these weddings. As I continued to look through Sweetwater's website and blog, I was struck by the way each and every couple was photographed in such a distinct and unique manner. Simply put, each blog post was different then the next. All these other photographers simply put the couple in the same rote poses and clicked away. Yes, there were beautiful skylines, lighting, and editing, but the feelings were a tad muted.
After we got the great news that Sweetwater was available for our wedding, we went ahead and booked our "getting to know you" meeting with Julie and Dutch. Time flew and by the end of the meeting, my husband and I felt as though the four of us were all old friends. It hit me that this was the every reason why Sweetwater's pictures varied so much by couple! They actually take the time to invest and develop a relationship with their couples; in turn; the vein in which Julie and Dutch photograph is so reflective of the couple's love, interaction, and personality.
I love looking at out pictures simply because of the way my husband I were captured. Yes, Julie and Dutch managed to make us look so beautiful and handsome but they also did a miraculous job of capturing our spirits.
As soon as we got engaged, I knew I wanted a fabulous photographer for our wedding day. Our wedding planner sent us a list Read more...
As soon as we got engaged, I knew I wanted a fabulous photographer for our wedding day. Our wedding planner sent us a list of reputable photographers and the minute I came across Sweetwater's website, I was in love. We immediately put an email through to see if they were free for our wedding date. What struck me from the beginning were the vibrant pictures and the emotions that spilled off the page. I literally felt as though I was a guest at these weddings. As I continued to look through Sweetwater's website and blog, I was struck by the way each and every couple was photographed in such a distinct and unique manner. Simply put, each blog post was different then the next. All these other photographers simply put the couple in the same rote poses and clicked away. Yes, there were beautiful skylines, lighting, and editing, but the feelings were a tad muted.
After we got the great news that Sweetwater was available for our wedding, we went ahead and booked our "getting to know you" meeting with Julie and Dutch. Time flew and by the end of the meeting, my husband and I felt as though the four of us were all old friends. It hit me that this was the every reason why Sweetwater's pictures varied so much by couple! They actually take the time to invest and develop a relationship with their couples; in turn; the vein in which Julie and Dutch photograph is so reflective of the couple's love, interaction, and personality.
I love looking at out pictures simply because of the way my husband I were captured. Yes, Julie and Dutch managed to make us look so beautiful and handsome but they also did a miraculous job of capturing our spirits. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Our daughter and son-in-law (R&M) chose Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater (J&D) as they were paying for their wedding photography, so we didn't meet them until the wedding. We used Front & Palmer's vendor list for all of our vendors, a very wise choice. We had total confidence in R&M's choice, especially after R&M's first meeting and how excited they were to work with them (J&D). The engagement pix were perfect and beautiful, and my husband and I were so excited to meet J&D at the wedding. They brought Matt with them and he was terrific too. Not only were they warm, engaging, and attentive: they took the BEST pix! Now we have the task of choosing the best ones for our album, no easy job because there are so many great ones! Thanks guys for everything. Can't wait to see the super-8 video Dutch is producing! I sell wedding invitations, and as a wedding vendor I will be recommending Sweetwater to everyone who inquires!
Our daughter and son-in-law (R&M) chose Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater (J&D) as they were paying for their wedding Read more...
Our daughter and son-in-law (R&M) chose Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater (J&D) as they were paying for their wedding photography, so we didn't meet them until the wedding. We used Front & Palmer's vendor list for all of our vendors, a very wise choice. We had total confidence in R&M's choice, especially after R&M's first meeting and how excited they were to work with them (J&D). The engagement pix were perfect and beautiful, and my husband and I were so excited to meet J&D at the wedding. They brought Matt with them and he was terrific too. Not only were they warm, engaging, and attentive: they took the BEST pix! Now we have the task of choosing the best ones for our album, no easy job because there are so many great ones! Thanks guys for everything. Can't wait to see the super-8 video Dutch is producing! I sell wedding invitations, and as a wedding vendor I will be recommending Sweetwater to everyone who inquires! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
From the first day we met with Julie and Dutch, we knew they were the ones we wanted by our side on our wedding day. They made us feel comfortable right from the start with the ease of conversation and how they described their style of photography. Their love of what they do was clear, along with how much they care about the couples they work with. They really took the time to get to know us, so when the big day came-- we felt like we were spending it with friends we had known for quite some time. They captured every moment in a natural and organic way. Their sweet nature made us feel comfortable and at ease-- even when it started storming on our wedding day. Julie described to me how beautiful the indoor location would be and she was absolutely right. When we received our photo gallery, we were so happy with all the emotions and moments they captured that day. I realized that it didn't matter that we weren't in the vineyard on a sunny day because they captured the genuine feelings of love we have for each other. Had we picked another photographer who only relies on a great backdrop for pictures, we surely would have been disappointed. What these two do is not just photography, it's art. We are so thankful to have had Julie and Dutch as part of our wedding day!
From the first day we met with Julie and Dutch, we knew they were the ones we wanted by our side on our wedding day. They Read more...
From the first day we met with Julie and Dutch, we knew they were the ones we wanted by our side on our wedding day. They made us feel comfortable right from the start with the ease of conversation and how they described their style of photography. Their love of what they do was clear, along with how much they care about the couples they work with. They really took the time to get to know us, so when the big day came-- we felt like we were spending it with friends we had known for quite some time. They captured every moment in a natural and organic way. Their sweet nature made us feel comfortable and at ease-- even when it started storming on our wedding day. Julie described to me how beautiful the indoor location would be and she was absolutely right. When we received our photo gallery, we were so happy with all the emotions and moments they captured that day. I realized that it didn't matter that we weren't in the vineyard on a sunny day because they captured the genuine feelings of love we have for each other. Had we picked another photographer who only relies on a great backdrop for pictures, we surely would have been disappointed. What these two do is not just photography, it's art. We are so thankful to have had Julie and Dutch as part of our wedding day! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Sweetwater Portraits to any bride and groom. Julie and Dutch are such a blast to work with. They are a brilliant husband and wife team that truly know their art. Individually they bring their unique photography talents to the table but together they create masterpieces. Not only are they talented, but they are the sweetest people to work with. You go to their lovely home in South Philadelphia where they make you feel so warm and welcome for your consultation and meetings. They are not afraid to give their opinion if you ask them for honest feedback. Our friends, family and complete strangers are still continuing to stop us, 3 months after our wedding day, telling us that our photos look like they are right out of a bridal magazine. They are so talented! I plan on working with Julie and Dutch again for any future event we have! Thank you both for making our day so unforgettable and giving us the gift of relieving it whenever we look at our beautiful photos.
I would recommend Sweetwater Portraits to any bride and groom. Julie and Dutch are such a blast to work with. They are a Read more...
I would recommend Sweetwater Portraits to any bride and groom. Julie and Dutch are such a blast to work with. They are a brilliant husband and wife team that truly know their art. Individually they bring their unique photography talents to the table but together they create masterpieces. Not only are they talented, but they are the sweetest people to work with. You go to their lovely home in South Philadelphia where they make you feel so warm and welcome for your consultation and meetings. They are not afraid to give their opinion if you ask them for honest feedback. Our friends, family and complete strangers are still continuing to stop us, 3 months after our wedding day, telling us that our photos look like they are right out of a bridal magazine. They are so talented! I plan on working with Julie and Dutch again for any future event we have! Thank you both for making our day so unforgettable and giving us the gift of relieving it whenever we look at our beautiful photos. Read less
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