Ben + Beth | A Fairytale in Hershey

Beth + Ben are one of our sweetest couples, kind of the Hermione + Ron of Philter: Beth’s a gorgeous, brilliant woman with the clearest, sweetest eyes, and Ben is a goofy, hilarious redhead with a heart of freaking gold. They had a sweet ceremony at Historic Acres of Hershey, which, while not the Hogwarts of Central PA, definitely captured the nature of their tender relationship.

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We had a blast with this amazing couple, and we can’t wait to see where life takes them next!!!!!!

xoxo

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Mary + Joel | It's Always Sunny and Lovey in Philadelphia

Ahhh Mary + Joel. The coolest couple ever. They contacted me and said “hey, we’re engaged and we want to make sure our photos celebrate where we live— Philly!” So I hopped in the car and met them at their adorable house next to the best Mexican restaurant I’ve ever eaten at we took off for a Philadelphia sized adventure.

Not only are they ridiculously cute, BUT Mary has the BEST sense of style. Her next outfit change was one of my favorite dresses EVER.

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IF YOU HAVENT NOTICED: Mary + Joel are from the Philippines. So I may or may not have suggested a nighttime visit to Chinatown and THEY LOVED THE IDEA. So we went for some funky photos at Chinatown cause WHY NOT!

And there you have it— one of my FAVORITE Philly engagements and one of the coolest couples that exist. Can’t wait to see where life takes you guys!!!!

xoxo Jules

Maddie + Jimmy | Harrisburg Capitol Engagement Session

Sometimes you just meet someone and you know, you know? Maddie and Jimmy are those types of people-- I met Maddie when I was interviewing babysitters for my little love back in 2016. I needed someone to hold down the fort while I shot weddings and my husband was working, and in stepped Maddie, all blonde and lovely and bubbly and everything I could ever ask for in a babysitter. Some of you may recognize her as your child's teacher at Holy Name, everyone else will see her smile and just know that she's gotta be one of the sweetest people ever. In Jimmy, Maddie's found the love of her life. He's supportive and HILARIOUS and the perfect ying to her yang. 

First we headed to the Capitol in Harrisburg. The area surrounding the building has several interesting textures, patterns, and pops of color perfect for a summertime engagement session. If there's anything I can tell you to expect from this session, it's lots of laughter, love, and a whole lot of sweetness <3 It's a....Graham Slam, if you will ;)

FUN FACT: Maddie and Jimmy's first kiss (sorry mom!) was after they both sloppily ate some 3B's ice cream, so naturally we decided to get ice cream at 3Bs. BEST CHOICE EVER.

We ended the session during glorious golden hour. A field nearby the Philter studio is the perfect backdrop for ooey-gooey lovey photos, and this couple did not disappoint. 

M + J, I can't even wait for your wedding. It's going to be incredible!!!!!

xoxo Jules

Charlie and Alicia | Downtown Harrisburg Engagement Session

So often it is easy to miss the beauty that is in our hometown. Hanging with Alicia and Charlie at their place in Midtown reminded us just how much we love our city, from the kind neighbors, art filled streets and countless hang spots for good food and icy cold drinks. 

Christy and Stephanie tagged team the engagement sesh and started at the home with their rescue pup Pipi. Within 3 mins of shooting, a giant storm rolled in and kicked our butts, but with Alicia and Charlie's up for anything attitude, we rolled with the thunder. 

After waiting out the storm, we headed to the Midtown Cinema for ice cream and ran circles around ZeroDay's brewpub's walls. Holy dress batman, Alicia's attire was THE PERFECT fit for our adventures. 

We were lucky enough to catch the sunset while walking on River Front on our way to Alicia and Charlie's watering hole, Note

Despite the gloomy weather, the day ended up to being absolutely perfect. Their November wedding can't come soon enough! 

Philadelphia Beauties | Styled + Sexy

What a cool thing it is to be able to come together as a group of creatives with one single vision and provide imagery that is even more than we could imagine. That's one of our favorite parts of our jobs-- making something come to life that only had thoughts behind it before. For this incredible session, we joined a group of creatives in the Philadelphia area (plus one of our 2018 Philter brides!!) for an empowering boudoir day in downtown Philly. 

Hair: Nicole Spitz

Makeup: Dominique Speca,  Alchemy BeautyLanette Aloi, 

Jewelry: Shop Sixty Five

Styling: Lianna Liss

Model: Rachel Elisabeth , Lianna Liss

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Cherish Sessions | Celebrating Motherhood

This July, we're excited to announce that we're launching a whole new type of family photo from Philter: The Cherish Sessions. Celebrating everything that makes motherhood magical and capturing every tiny kiss, hand hold, and interaction with your little. Fully styled and curated to give you those warm gooey feelings! 

Set in a field in Harrisburg, complete sunset golden light, blowing grasses, a client closet stuffed full of flowy, floral dresses, and a mini makeup application (lashes, contouring + lips!) so that mama feels like the queen she is, these sessions will take your breath away. 

Here's a little preview of whats to come!! 

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Style Guide | Engagement Sessions

Your one-stop page for styling inspiration, how to find the best location, best times to shoot, and everything in between!

You have one job: Decide what kind of session you want! Are you a mountaintop kind of couple, or a cityscape chic couple? Do you want to get cozy on the couch with beer or coffee and giggle the morning away? Are you more interested in a windswept, sunset field? It's entirely up to you! What can you expect from your engagement session? A ton of fun, a total adventure, and a great opportunity to fall more in love with your honey!

 

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GRASS + STREAMS

Calling all nature lovers! Think about your favorite place to hike, picnic, frolic, or general "you" space. Let's spend an afternoon adventuring in your favorite field or mountaintop, in your favorite worn leather boots or your Sunday best. Let's wander and create images that will fill your soul for a lifetime.

 

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The hustle and bustle of the city around you feels like home. Let's celebrate your favorite city with photos that capture the most unique features of you and your honey between skyscrapers! Think about your favorite brewery, coffee shop, or those quiet nooks on cobblestoned streets. Dress up and pop champagne on a rooftop at sunset or finish the evening at a dockside bar! 

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Let's be honest here-- no one knows exactly how to look or be during their engagement session. That's okay!!! That is what we are here for. For outfit inspiration, think about your aesthetic as a couple. Most comfortable in jeans and a t shirts on the couch? Great, in-home session is where it's at! Feeling like you wanna be epic with a red skirt blowing on a mountaintop at sunset? We've got Amazon links to dresses that we've tried and have made for some incredible photos. 

We tend to suggest that you think about the little details for your session. Get your nails done, or have them clean of chipped nail polish. Consider getting professional makeup done or go in for a makeup trial, so that any little skin imperfections aren't on your mind while we're giggling in a coffeeshop. Wear the lace top that everyone tells you that you look amazing in, even if it's just for a few photos.  The little things matter, so tops with embellished details, jeans without holes, and outfits that you can conquer the world in are key for photos that feel like you. 

For guys, think about a business casual look, especially for city sunset photos. Nice jeans, a button up, maybe a blazer, a watch. Match your belt to your shoes and your watch-- black goes with black, brown goes with brown! For hiking, wear those nice jeans, a flannel, and your favorite boots. Vest kind of guy? WEAR IT ALL DAY. For most guys, we can say this: google Justin Timberlake or Zac Efron street outfits, and wear something like that. Get a haircut a few days before, and have a beer before your session so you're ready to loosen up and be yourself in front of the camera. Come prepared to answer some VERY SILLY questions about your wife-to-be, be prepared to laugh a lot!

If we can give you any advice for your engagement session it would be this: You be you. We'll capture that, and so much more, so that your photos are your favorite thing-- other than your love.

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S T Y L E G U I D E

For more styling inspiration, check out our pinterest board at https://www.pinterest.com/julianaschutte/engagement-session-style-board/

 

Melody + Justin | The full engagement session of our Blogging Bride

Mel is in front of my lens from time to time with fashion and lifestyle blogging but I never see her happier than when she's doing these photos with her man in hand. It's been our dream since meeting to do a wind swept engagement session and with her wedding only weeks away, I'm super excited to say mission accomplished. We'll let Mel share all her tips and tricks on styling for an engagement session but other than it being less warm than the seasonal average, mother nature gave us some stunning shooting advantages. 

Our evening took place outside of  Lancaster at the White Cliffs of Conoy. As a photographer, this was definitely on our bucket list and for Mel, it was exactly what she was envisioning for sunset session she had always dreamed of. 

Mandy + Cole | Two Funky Gals in Love

There is not much to say about Mandy and Cole other than the fact that we immediately clicked. They came in, we joked around with each other, and they told me they wanted to make things as easy as possible, and I had what they needed. We planned their engagement session and chatted about their wedding later this fall, and everything fell into place. 

The girls own a cute house that is almost too far from a Target that it makes me cry, BUT they have two (three now!) dogs, a great sense of style, and a banging sense of humor! I showed up on a chilly afternoon for some engagement photos at home with their dogs, and then we went down to the icy Susquehanna "just for fun" and got some fun shots along the river and woods. 

As Cole would say, "Okay sis, you're going to post a blog post about us? Like for real?!"

(I can actually hear her saying that though -insert cry-laugh face here lol-)

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xo Jules

Allison + Steve | Winter Wedding at Ironstone Ranch

Our hearts and eyes were set on this couple many years ago when we were photographing a wedding back in 2016 (Hi Courtney and Mike!!!!). The officiant was a friend who delivered a witty yet incredibly heartfelt ceremony and had everyone talking about his words for years. We're actually all still talking about it. And at the same wedding, I spied my with my little eye this blond bombshell who was just killing it on the dance floor. I have never seen the moves that came out of that women's body in my lifetime. And that includes a lot of wedding receptions. 

So fast forward a few years and I'm meeting a bride who is looking at Philter to document their day and in walks THAT blond bombshell! And then I find out she's marrying that witty officiant. She told me all about this winter wonderland wedding they were planning at Ironstone Ranch. Anyone reading this blog knows how much we love Ironstone Ranch!! It was such a good fit for us each, the only hard part was counting down the days until their day was finally here. 

And what an incredible day it was. Allison spent her morning with girl tribe. A kinship among these kind, caring and hysterical women that I hope every bride has with her maids. And Steve belly laughed his way through the morning with his best men. Animals were petted, champagne was consumed, pizza was ate, not an ounce of panic or stress. 

And then the rest was history. Steve and Allison got to marry the humans of their dreams and then they danced. And they danced and they danced and they danced. 

Thank you again to Ironstone Ranch for ALWAYS putting their couples first and hosting a hella good wedding day for these two. We'll see you again soon!!

Venue: Ironstone Ranch

Makeup: Beauty by Khara

Florist: Butera the Florist

DJ: Mixed Up Productions