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!
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!
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.
WE LOVE JULIE AND DUTCH!!! I would highly recommend Sweetwater Portraits without any hesitation!! My husband and I have never been professionally photographed so choosing someone that we felt comfortable with was very important to us. From the second I met them I knew they were the perfect fit. They were prompt with everything from the first inquiry to the arrival the day of. They are a husband and wife duo so they work incredible will together. Both were present during the day but never intrusive! They also work well with other vendors which allows for a stress free environment on your wedding day. If you are looking for a responsive, professional but most importantly FUN duo to work with , book with them!!!.
Julie and Dutch shot our July 28, 2012 wedding at Villanova/Union League - and they were incredible! I would highly recommend them to anyone. First off, Julie is extemely responsive - from the very first day I reached out to talk to her all the way up until now. They are a husband & wife duo which makes the experience even better - they work so well together and they made us feel extremely comfortable. We first met them in person at our engagement shoot in NYC (yes they traveled to NYC to see us!!) - it was so nice to get to know them & it really made us so comfortable on our wedding day. Julie made sure to set up time with me before the wedding to confirm who I wanted in our family portraits and any meaninful/important things that I wanted her to capture on my wedding day. We also set a detailed timeline so I knew where we would be throughout the day. On the wedding day, it was almost as if they weren't even there (which is a GREAT thing!). And I was really impressed with how calm Julie & Dutch were the entire day. I imagine it is pretty stressful trying to coordinate 20+ people for a picture! Our entire bridal party and family loved Julie and Dutch too. They are a wonderful couple who are both so professional and very good at what they do! One month after our wedding, we got the full online gallery to view! I couldn't believe the quick turnaround! And the pictures came out better than I ever could have imagined. She captured things that I had no idea happened on my wedding day and I couldn't be happier to see these photos. I really can't emphasize enough how great Julie and Dutch are. There are a lot of photographers in the Philadelphia area but these two are the best! If you are considering, go with them! And check out Julie's blog at www.sweetwaterportraits.com/blog
Sweetwater Portraits was the perfect choice for our wedding day. From the beginning Julie was professional, accomodating of our schedules, responsive and a lot of fun to work with! On our wedding day Julie and Dutch were wonderful. They were everywhere getting all of the photos but in a very unobstrusive way. We heard from multiple wedding guests how pleasant our photographers were.
And the photos! We just received our proofs and the photos are beyond beautiful! They captured everything we wanted and so much more. I don't know how we will ever be able to select photos for our album because there are so many wonderful ones. They are everything that you hope your wedding photos will be.
I can recommend Sweetwater Portraits without hesitation--they will capture every wonderful moment of your day!
Wow! Julie and Dutch are truly talented professionals. My daughter and son in law used sweetwater for their engagement session and wedding. Both Julie and Dutch are such fun to be around that you feel like you have a great friend with you throughout the day.
My husband was a commercial photographer for many years and he is still commenting on how aware of every detail Julie and Dutch were. They found the perfect candid shots throughout the day, yet also gave us beautiful formal shots. We wanted a photographer who would capture the emotion and energy throughout the day, they gave us this and more. At no point in the wedding did I ever feel like they were intrusive. They just seamlessly knew where to be and captured each moment of the wedding.
When I look at the photographs I feel as though I am both reliving and seeing new elements to a phenominal day.
Thank you Julie and Dutch for providing us with such great memories.
Julie and Dutch are two brilliant photographers! They were not only able to capture the true essence of our wedding and who we are as a couple but they did it with such joy and passion. You can tell that they absolutely love what they do. Another thing that made them so incredible on the wedding day is that they never missed a photography moment and yet I never saw them. Looking back on our wedding proofs and engagement session I feel so blessed that we found Sweetwater Portraits and that they were available on our wedding day, I literally can not say enough about how gorgeous the photos are. It is true eyecandy!
Sweetwater Portraits was the perfect choice for our wedding. Julie and Dutch are amazing photographers, and did an amazing job for us! Even better, they are a delight to spend time with, and made us, our families and our wedding party completely comfortable and at ease for all of our photos. I only wish I could come up with more events to have Sweetwater Portraits photograph for me!
Besides picking each other – selecting Sweetwater Portraits as our photographers was hands down the best decision we made for our wedding! Julie and Dutch are amazingly talented photographers who obviously love what they do.
My husband and I took selecting a wedding photographer very seriously. We were paying for our wedding ourselves and with me as a designer and my husband is a hobby photographer we were probably more critical than typical customers.
From beginning to end Julie and Dutch were professional, accommodating – and fun to work with! Julie and Dutch were so fun and personable; it really felt like they were wonderful old friends there to support us throughout our special day. As a couple who does not like to be the center of attention, we really appreciated how comfortable they made us feel in front of the camera.
Before the wedding Julie really helped with suggestions on timing and when photos were to take place. This really helped eliminate potential wedding day stress. On the way to the wedding there were some mix-ups and I (the bride) got lost on the way to the site – thankfully Julie was there to get us back on track and she had set up our schedule so that this delay didn’t ruin the day.
The photos are spectacular and so much more than we could have hoped for them to be! It is amazing to look back at the photos they took of our wedding because we feel like we are reliving the day and discovering new details that we overlooked. Julie and Dutch managed to capture every detail without us noticing - from the candid expressions on our guests’ faces to every personal touch throughout our special day.
Why should you hire Sweetwater Portraits, too? They will capture every moment and detail discretely and perfectly. Sweetwater Portraits’ photos won’t only serve as a visual record of your wedding day –they truly capture memories in the most beautiful way. I absolutely love working with these two and cannot recommend them highly enough.
Before we got married, dear family friends offered us some wonderful words of wisdom: when your wedding is over all you really walk away with is your spouse and your wedding photos - choose your partner and wedding photographer carefully. My husband and I were thrilled with Sweetwater Portraits. Julie was such a professional and a pleasure to work with. She really got a sense of who we are and what was important to us, even though we were planning our wedding from across the country. Furthermore, my husband and I are both a little camera shy, and she and Dutch made sure we were comfortable and confident on our wedding day. We love our wedding photos. If you have a moment, click on their blog or website, you'll see how Sweetwater Portraits captures the essence of what is unique and beautiful about each couple's day. We feel really lucky that they were our photographers. Best of luck with your planning! Allison Van Etten
We couldn't have been happier with Sweetwater Portraits! They captured our wedding with striking beauty and clarity, from the big events to the smaller, more personal moments. Personality is an important part of choosing wedding photographer, and both my husband and I felt that they enhanced our day with their professionalism and calmness. We felt comfortable with them immediately and had a great time shooting with them!
Also of note - Julie had to have foot surgery a few months before our wedding, and therefore was still on crutches on our big day. Sweetwater offered to bring in a third shooter, Tiffany Atlas, at no additional charge to us. Tiffany was also very professional and worked seamlessly in conjunction with Julie and Dutch.
I would absolutely, wholeheartedly, recommend Sweetwater Portraits for your wedding.
The best decision I made when planning my wedding was hiring Sweetwater Portraits. There are a lot of great photographers out there, but Julie and Dutch have that special something that only their pictures can describe. They keep in natural, capture the beauty in everything, and make you look better than you thought you could! And on top of all that, they are wonderful people to work with.
Here are a few comments we got from guests after sharing our photos:
"She is a genius. Wow, wow, wow."
"Just like something you'd see in a bridal magazine"
"More beautiful than the royal wedding."
I have recommended Sweetwater Portraits to every one of my recently engaged friends and family. My husband and I met with 3 photographers, Julie being our first. I knew 5 minutes into our meeting that this is who I wanted to capture my wedding. I was really nervous about being photographed and during the Engagement shoot, Julie, made both my husband and I feel very comfortable and managed to make us look great depite the 96 degree weather. The guestbook that she created with our engagement photos came out perfect. Julie and her husband, Dutch, are truly an amazing team and managed to capture so much warmth, beauty and love on our wedding day. If you ask me that is exactly is what your wedding photos should portray. No photos were forced or too posed. They really have a great talent for highlighting all of the tiny details as well the big moments. I will continue to reccommend Sweetwater Portraits time and time again!
Julie and Dutch were amazing! They were one of the best vendor choices we made for our wedding, if not the best choice. When you think about it, the photographers may be the most important vendor you choose, because you have the pictures for a lifetime and they are the only vendor who is with you for the entire day - and Julie and Dutch went above and beyond in every category.
From the moment we met them through the album-making process, they both have been warm, professional and easily accessible. Before the wedding, Julie met with me twice to run over the schedule of the day and asked if there were any specific people, places or types of photographs that we wanted. During this process, she even gave me a couple general wedding tips which were extremely helpful. Anytime I ever emailed Julie from scheduling our first meet-up through until now, she has always responded very quickly and thoroughly.
On the actual wedding day, Julie and Dutch were both on-time and they were an amazing presence to have with us. They were calm, seemed genuinely happy and were what I would call "quietly commanding." They were extremely well-organized in keeping us on schedule and organizing the wedding party and parents in a direct, yet polite fashion. They did exactly what we had wanted them to do in terms of photographing us in certain locations, getting particular people, etc. They photographed us for the entire lenghth of time we had asked for and didn't start packing up until after that time had passed (as opposed to some vendors who might include set-up in the "time"). In total, Julie and Dutch were with us for 8 hours and their energy levels stayed high the entire time. For a large part of the ceremony and reception, we forgot they were even there, because they had blended into the crowd so well. No worries about intruding lens in your face here! It wasn't until I noticed Julie packing up about twenty minutes after their services had "officially ended" that I thought, "Oh, Julie and Dutch are still here!"
And the photos! Oh the photos! They are gorgeous! They are photos we will be truly happy to have and proud to show for a lifetime. Julie and Dutch's style comes across as so bright and fresh. They are true artists, yet unlike some artists who would focus more on the surroundings than the person, they bring out the energy of the individual and truly capture moments.
Have I convinced you yet? I am now permanently a Sweetwater Portraits groupie! I hope that we can work with them again in the future for family portraits and I keep recommending them to everyone I know who is looking for a wedding photographer. Simply phenomenal!
Julie and Dutch were amazing. They made us fell so comfortable and were really fun to work with. We don't really like getting our pictures taken and they made us feel so relaxed. We were really able to enjoy it. We had so many people tell us how great they were. The pictures were absolutely beautiful!! They are both so talented!!!! We highly recommend them and could not have been more satisfied.
Working with Julie and Dutch was an absolute treat. We live in DC, but planning over email and phone with Julie was easy and worry free. Our pictures are the perfect illustration of our wonderful wedding. From the girls getting ready and tears walking down the aisle to an impromptu moon-bounce session and dancing all night, Julie & Dutch did a fantastic job capturing our wedding on film in a beautiful candid and journalistic style.
The ceremony was at St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel at Villanova University and in addition to capturing the beautiful church, Julie and Dutch did a fantastic job spotting picture-perfect locations all over campus (and dealing patiently with the August heat). The reception was nearby at Montrose Mansion in Villanova. Julie and Dutch again did a great job recommending good photo locations all over the grounds and got us through the more traditional portraits and family shots with plenty of time to spare for our cocktail hour.
We didn’t want a videographer, and with Sweetwater Photography we really didn’t need one. Their photos illustrated every aspect of our wedding, big or small, with very little guidance from us. We had the time of our lives at our wedding reception and we’re so happy to have the pictures to help us remember that for many, many years to come.
A million thanks,
Anne & Peter
8.21.2010 @ Montrose Mansion in Villanova, PA
I knew that I had to hire Sweetwater Portraits to photograph our wedding after they did the weddings of both a family member and a friend of ours. From the moment we contacted Julie she was professional, friendly and extremely helpful. Julie is not only an amazing photographer she is also a respectable business owner. In the months leading up to our wedding Julie was very responsive and organized. Julie even drove to DE to scope out good picture locations at our reception site which was very helpful with a tight timeline the day of the wedding. Julie and Dutch were so much fun the day of the wedding and a true pleasure to work with. We got all of our images back exactly one month from our wedding date and I was able to relive the pure happiness of the day through the photographs. I highly recommend Sweetwater Portraits to anyone looking for fine, high quality photography.
Julie and her husband Dutch photographed our wedding in August in Cape May, NJ. I found Sweetwater Portraits through some intense searching of photographers in the Philadelphia area (and even outside), and I fell in love with her work. Julie has a real knack for capturing emotion and interactions between people. Although her style is kind of like photojournalism, she also takes some more creative shots which I LOVE. On top of that, Julie and Dutch are such sweet people, and were very calm but knew how to get the shots we needed when we were behind schedule (because of my hair/makeup artist) before our ceremony.
We are thrilled with our pictures, and every time we look through them we feel like we get to experience our wedding all over again. :)
Julie and Dutch were AWESOME. They are based in Philly but were able to come out to Bucks County to shoot our wedding. They were very easy going and knew what needed to be done to get the photos we wanted taken. They didn't force anything upon us and just went with the flow. Dutch paid attention to details while Julie found the perfect spots for our photos. It was great having them both there to take pictures, they compliment each other well! We love all of our pictures!
Julie and Dutch are unbelievable. When my proofs were given to me (a MONTH after my wedding day!) I seriously had to walk away from my computer numerous times because I could not stop playing the slide show and watching the pictures. Thankfully, a thunderstorm knocked out my internet connection and I could actually focus on my work again. I could have stayed up all night looking at my pictures!
Words absolutely cannot express how thankful I was for the work that Julia and Dutch produced. They captured my husband and me in a way that truly shows how much we love each other. I love each and every picture. The candid photos of my family are amazing. I cried when I saw the pictures of my mom. Julie and Dutch are magical.
It would have been possible for me to have looked so beautiful in the photos without Julie's calming presence. During my bridal portraits, when my mom and my sister were fighting, Julie were only concerned about me. It was such a relief. She asked me so many times if I was okay, and it meant the world to me. When we were taking portraits our wedding portraits in a garden, Julie made me genuinely laugh and smile. I only hope other brides can have the experience that I did.
I know that this is not the last time I will have the pleasure of working with Julie and Dutch. I feel so fortunate to have met them both. My husband and I truly felt relieved and calm knowing that they were in charge during our day. Please don't ever leave the Philadelphia area!
Julie and Dutch were wonderful to work with for our wedding photography. My husband and I had two long meetings with Julie at a coffee shop where she really took the time to get to know us and figure out our style. She was always easy to get in touch with and both Julie and Dutch were early the day of wedding. They were very professional throughout the entire day and made everything...amazingly easy and fun. They blended so well in the church and reception, it was as though they were not there, while still taking the most amazing pictures, that truly captured the happiness of the day. Both Julie and Dutch have a great eye for the perfect picture and our wedding pictures turned out amazing!
Julie and Dutch of Sweetwater Portraits are great to work with - encouraging, helpful and professional. We actually liked them so much when they shot my sister's wedding two years ago, that when we got engaged, we immediately thought of them. After comparing prices, points of view and portfolios with other photographers, we decied to hire Sweetwater to do our wedding as well.
Their final product is absolutely beautiful and we are asked by anyone who sees the photos, "Who took these? They are gorgeous!"
Julie and Dutch were perfect with all of the guests- from capturing the fidgety little kids to making our elderly relatives feel at ease. We couldn’t have asked for a better relationship between the photographers and the guests, and that totally came across in the photos. I didn’t even realize they were there most of the time - they were very discreet. You wont regret choosing Sweetwater Portraits!
Sweetwater Portraits were simply the best!! They captured every moment of our wedding day with their gorgeous photography. The photos were absolutely beautiful!!! Working with them was a pleasure. When choosing photographers for my wedding, knowing that there were two photographers instead of just one photographer and an assistant played a big factor in my decision. I cannot say enough great things about the photography. Julie and Dutch are very creative and absolutely captured the spirt and emotion of our wedding day!!
We decided to go with Sweetwater after seeing the great work they did at our friends' wedding, and haven't regretted it for a minute. Julie & Dutch were both incredibly nice & personable and went out of their way to work with us throughout the entire process. We would recommend them to anyone who insists on the highest quality pictures, both technically and artistically, and wants the process to be as smooth and stress-free as possible. We loved the pictures and slideshow (as did all our friends/family), and can't wait to see what the final album looks like!
Julie & Dutch were spectacular photographers for my December 2009 wedding- we couldnt be happier with the results & CANNOT wait to see the album in a few months! Julie took the time to get to know us a couple, and to hear about all the details of the wedding. As a result, I feel that her work encompassed not only all the usual pictures taken at a wedding, but all the unique details that we as brides put so much effort into! Both Julie & Dutch were extremely professional, yet easy-going and fun, which put us all at ease, and it shows in our photos. We thank them for doing an awesome job, and will most definitely be recommending them to family & friends in the future!
Julie and Dutch were terrific additions to our wedding. Not only are they exceptional artists, they are gracious, lovely, unobtrusive people to have working so intimately at such a personal occasion as a wedding. The engagement shoot provided our family a chance to get comfortable with them and their style as well as glean some early photos that worked well for save the date cards and photos to be displayed on the tables at the reception. I could not provide a stronger recommendation for a photography team.
Wow! That is the first word that came to mind when we opened up the link to our pictures we received from Julie & Dutch. The pictures were ABSOLUTELY perfect! It brought back the day all over again, and made it even more memorable. We were just in awe, and can't thank Julie & Dutch enough for providing us with amazing creativity to bring us back to our special day. It was such a great day and such a pleasure working with both Julie and Dutch. Several of our guests had such positive comments on how great both of them were at keeping their eyes on all the little things as well as just great people to talk to and get to know.
My husband and I would highly recommend Julie & Dutch. From our initial meeting with Julie, we knew right away that we were in great hands as she has the photo-journalism look we were looking for. She is such a genuine person, as well as has such a great eye for capturing moments that you never want to forget. We are so thankful that we met both of them!
Julie and Dutch are the best! They are so nice and extremely talented. Mike and I were totally at ease while they photographed us. They made taking portraits fun. I had a large wedding party and Julie learned everyone's names. Julie and Dutch's unobtrusive style allows the guests to partake in fun and for them to capture real moments. The pictures were AMAZING! I was blown away looking through them. Julie and Dutch captured the enjoyment and emotions of the day. I was so excited looking at the pictures I felt almost as excited as I did on my wedding day. My friends and family have commented on how great the pictures came out thanks to Julie and Dutch.
We absolutely loved our photgraphers. First and foremost, the pictures came out great! Secondly, Julie and Dutch were amazing to work with. They were very professional from a preparation standpoint, returning all calls immediately. They actually drove down from Philadelphia to Cape May a night early because they had never taken photos at Congress Hall before, and they wanted to look for the best location to shoot our portraits. On the day of the wedding, with a rather large wedding party, they handled eveyone with grace, and a humor, and it felt like having friends shoot our wedding. They were very thorough during the portraits, but it was still fun. Finally, during the ceremony and reception, they disappeared or so it seemed, and my husband and I wondered if they could possibly have captured the wedding because we really didn't feel their presence except for the odd shot we asked them to take, but when we got the pictures back, they had managed to chronicle the entire event, catching things we didn't even know happened. And the best part is, they caught everyone smiliing.
Julie and Dutch were FANTASTIC! We were so lucky to not only have 2 incredible photographers but also to spend our wedding day with 2 of the nicest people you'll ever work with. Everything was perfect, the pictures are incredible, and the guests had no idea that they were even there. Choosing them was the best wedding-related decision that we made!
I do not have enough good words in my vocabulary to explain how AMAZING Julie and Dutch were as our wedding photographers! From my first meeting with Julie, I knew that she was someone I wanted following me around on my wedding day. And she did not disappoint! She was a joy to be around, and the boys had a GREAT time with Dutch. Our pictures are absolutely stunning, people comment on them all the time. And Julie is so easy to talk to, always incredibly responsive, and an incredibly talented photographer. Sweetwater Portraits was by far one of the best decisions we made about our wedding.
The intention of the photographer is definitely reflected in the image, and Julie and Dutch, an amazing duo, reflected the best intention in every shot! While Julie spent time making portraits with us ladies as we got ready at my home, Dutch was with all the gents downtown at the hotel. So fun! It was the perfect way to warm up for all the family and formal portraits that came later, and having the two of them there who have had so much wedding experience(including their own!) allowed us to feel totally comfortable. They were both relaxed and full of charm as they skillfully maneuvered through all the event locations of the day looking for creative and unique ways to record every detail, which they did so beautifully. You can tell that they really care by their enthusiasm and by their creative skills. We were so fortunate to have such brilliant artists with keen eyes and wonderful people with warm hearts capturing the beauty and love we felt on our wedding day.
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.
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.
Julie + Dutch