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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CITIES +

SKIES

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

Eric + Amy | Fairy Tale Baltimore Wedding

Sometimes it takes a village to make a marriage successful. And sometimes that village wears black gloves.

We were so lucky to meet these two BEFORE they were even engaged. Many moons ago, we photographed a couple that is near and dear to our hearts, Alicia and Ryan. It is at their wedding that Eric (brother of the groom Ryan) caught the garter and his soon to be fiance caught the bouquet. So for years, we've had our eye on them :P

Needless to say when we got "the call", we were over the moon excited to document their special day. Could not have asked for a better day for an October wedding. The city of Baltimore painted a beautiful backdrop, the champagne bongs were flowing (just learned what those were, not even sure we're saying it correctly - champbong?!?!?), and the stunning couple couldn't get married fast enough. 

We had so much fun #goinggarland and hope to be a part of your lives and all the incredible milestones ahead of you!

Kristen + Ryan

We found ourselves at Ironstone Ranch several times this year, a place we like to call home. Kristen + Ryan were a couple we connected what feels like years ago and when they mentioned they'd be tying the knot at the Ranch, we knew we had to be a part of their special day. Our engagement session was spent exploring the city of  Lancaster (they live in Philadelphia and us in Camp Hill had Lancaster being a great meeting place) and had a blast pursuing record shops and drinking delicious beers. Anyone who knows us, knows that this kinda of date for us was a match made in heaven. It was quite fitting that for our one month out we met at a one of their favorite corner delis in Philly to crack open some delicious brews while hashing out the details of timelines, family photos and planning for our creative portraits. 

Coming up the driveway at Ironstone, the skies were gray and the air was full of mist. Kristen and Ryan were the COOLEST, CALMEST, COLLECTIVE couple ever. They embraced the weather and honestly sunshine would have been a bit of a bummer as Kristen's dress and accessories were some of the most stunning rustic vintage details we've ever seen. The moody and romantic day went off without a hitch. Please take a look their love story where a timeless bride married a true gentleman. The only way this could have been any better would have been if their bird Holly and pup Murphy could have been in attendance. They were probably busy throwing a house party while their parents were away :)
 

Venue: Ironstone Ranch

Caterer: C&J Catering

Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Khara

Alex + Courtney | Stunning Wedding At Linwood Estate, Carlisle

This is a long overdue post. First, welcome to our new website, our new blog! Get nice and cozy and find time to explore our home! But do that after you read about Courtney + Alex because these two are near and dear to our hearts. They've been part of Philter for over a year and we squeal every time we look through their gallery, reliving the best day of these two beautiful human's lives. 

Alex explained it so eloquently when we first met-- he said he wanted to host an entire weekend for their closest family and friends, and the moment they stepped foot on the property at Linwood, they knew it was exactly what they had dreamed about. The stunning mansion has so much character and hospitality  to offer and the sprawling grounds make for the perfect setting for gatherings. Courtney + Alex planted their roots in Philadelphia but for their wedding they knew they would have guests from all over the country arriving, so for a long weekend in September, Carlisle was home. 

After a Paris proposal, we knew their wedding was going to be nothing but spectacular. Emotions ran so high, joyful tears spilling from Courtney at the average of about every 15 minutes. It is our greatest pleasure to share with you images from the Smith's fairytale wedding. 

Venue: Linwood Estate
Flowers: JDK
Catering: JDK
Videography : ClickSpark Films

 

WE'RE NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING. okay we're definitely crying.

Madelyn + Stephan: A Real Backyard Wedding

GUYS! This is a REAL backyard wedding. This sophisticated, stylish and timeless event was held in the family home of our dear, sweet bride Madelyn. I was fortunate enough to meet Maddie + Stephen through one of one of our favorite couples of all time, Alicia + Ryan Garland. The flowers were bold and rich in color and GROWN ON THE PROPERTY. The calligraphy found on stationary and menus was hand crafted by MADDIE's MOM. The beer served was BREWED BY THE GROOM. The list goes on and on of all the DIY that went into this wedding, but I promise you my friends, this was not a typical DIY wedding. There was a team of amazing vendors along side the family that pulled this INCREDIBLE wedding together, but if you can't tell how amazed I am with all of my capital letters, let these images paint the picture for you. 

 

XOXO STEPH + JULES

 

Hair/MKU: Up Do's for I Do's

Caterer: Clementines

Cake: Sugar Bakers

Live Music: Ken Kolodner

DJ: Raptor Productions