Danielle has been photographing weddings in the Ithaca area for over eighteen years. Danielle is a professional photographer with a BFA from Syracuse University’s School of Art and Design in Art Photography. She is able to provide every bride and groom with a unique album of artistic images that tell the story of their wedding day. Danielle is interested in documenting every aspect of your wedding day, down to the smallest detail. Capturing moments with friends and family through a variety of artistic candid and posed images.
Danielle is willing to travel, offering packages for Destination Weddings. Gerritsen Photography also offers premium albums, professional photographic prints, canvas prints, dvds, USB keys, custom client galleries and more.
Danielle will only photograph one wedding on a given day. In order to reserve your date, there is a required non-refundable deposit of $300 which will go toward the cost of your wedding photography.
Have a specific budget? Just let Danielle know.
She will try to work within your budget to create an artistic wedding photography package.
For more detailed pricing information, or to schedule an appointment, call or email anytime.
Reviews from The Knot:
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Memories! posted 11/2/2015
Danielle was incredible to work with for several reasons. I read about 10 of the 30+ reviews of Danielle, every one of them rated her four or five stars, and a few common themes stood out:
1. The quality of her final product – the photographs
2. Her professionalism leading up to and during the wedding day
3. Her variety of price points and packages for her clients
4. Her calming presence on the big day. (Now that the other three points were established, this was the winning factor for me!)
As far as logistics, we had two phone calls before the wedding, the first was one month after we booked Gerritsen Photography, about 10 months before our wedding. On our first call we reviewed our general timeline with Danielle. We had already decided to do a first look and get our family and bridal party photos accomplished before the ceremony, leaving us more time to spend with guests during cocktail hour. Danielle was very open to this schedule and made several great suggestions regarding timing.
Our second phone call was about a month before the wedding. At Danielle’s suggestion, I had already created a pinterest board with wedding shots I liked. Danielle took a great deal of time to go through the shots with me over the phone to discuss each one and determine if it was the lighting I liked, or the location, the poses, etc, to be sure she had pinpointed what I was looking for in each case and to help establish the overall mood I was going for. Danielle also provided a very thorough shot list template as a starter for us (an outline of all the possible bridal party shot combinations), and we removed and added shots to best suit our needs. She used both the shot list and my pinterest page as a running checklist throughout the wedding day.
On the actual wedding day, Danielle showed up right on time, looking adorable in a fabulous lace top, with a warm, friendly smile and ready to go. She shot for 10 hours straight in 80+ temps and never complained, to the contrary, she stopped often to check that we were doing ok. We knocked out most of our bridal party photos before the ceremony, however Danielle was great about following up with the shot list and any outstanding items. One of the major advantages to the first look approach is that it builds extra time into the schedule – you do have cocktail hour in case you don’t get around to everything before the ceremony! We took a few more photos and still spent time with guests during the cocktail hour. She captured amazing moments on the dance floor during the reception, and was mindful to get photos of couples, both sitting at tables and while slow dancing. Danielle wisely mentioned during one of her last check-ins that we only had a couple of shots remaining, and it was ultimately our choice as to whether to spend the time on another mini photo shoot or stay and enjoy the moments with guests. For the most part, we chose the latter, and in a few cases had another reason to talk to close friends and family that we didn’t have photos with yet.
Our guests keep telling us how absolutely fantastic our photos looks and we couldn’t agree with them more! Danielle was a pleasure to work with on the day of our wedding – she ensured everything went smoothly – and the photos we have as keepsakes are truly invaluable treasures.
Truly perfect photos posted 5/2/2015
We hired Danielle based on a recommendation from a friend and could not have been happier with our choice! Starting from our first email Danielle was polite, professional, and responsive. Also her pricing was really competitive.
The photos that she took were stunning, and so thorough. She captured every single detail of the day. She had wonderful ideas for shots, and offered really thoughtful opinions when we asked her for suggestions.
Most of all, though, what makes me give Danielle the 5 star review is that she is a lovely person. We genuinely enjoyed having her at our wedding, and numerous guests commented on how nice she was. My husband and I feel extremely lucky to have had someone so wonderful and talented involved with our wedding. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Danielle Cook Gerritsen covers weddings all over the Finger Lakes area, including the following venues:
La Tourelle Resort and Spa, The Aurora Inn, The Statler Hotel, Sheldrake Winery, Wagner Winery, Graditude and Grace, The John Joseph Inn, The Fontainebleau Inn, Lakewatch Inn, Taughannock Farms Inn, Celebrations, The Hathaway House, The Roycroft Inn, Ginny Lee Cafe, Ithaca Yacht Club, Ithaca Country Club, Ithaca College, Cornell University, Sage Chapel, The Lawrence Chapel, Annabell Taylor, The Plantations, Meuller Chapel, Taughannock Fall Overlook and State Park, Bakers Acres, Treman Park, Buttermilk Falls, Belhurst Castle, Logan Ridge, Ventosa Vineyards, Mirbeau, Ithaca Farmer’s Market, The Lodge, Skaneateles Country Club, The Frog Pond, The Hayloft on the Arch, Quinta Rosa Estate, and more.