About this Vendor
Ithaca Ny Weddings-Cornell University Weddings
Danielle Cook Gerritsen is a professional photographer in Upstate NY with a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University. She specializes in documenting your wedding imagery in a beautiful and artistic way. Each wedding is unique, and it is just as important to connect with your photographer and feel comfortable with them as it is to have beautiful images. Venues include Cornell University, The Aurora Inn, Fontainbleau Inn, John Joseph Inn, barn Weddings and winery weddings. Danielle wants to get to know you and your wedding plans to provide you with the best wedding photography experience.
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Lifestyle, Vintage
Bridal Portraits, Engagement, Trash The Dress
Getting Engaged, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing
Truly perfect photosReviewed on 5/02/2015 Kathryn R
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!
All I can say is, Danielle is amazing! When I booked Danielle for our wedding, I had looked over her website and was in love with her photos. They are absolutely stunning and she is a true professional. Leading up to the day, I was incredibly confident in her abilities and in her perfectly capturing our day. Danielle did our engagement photos--which turned out beautiful--and answered all of my questions about weddings and how things would go the day of. A month before the wedding, I was a bridesmaid in a friends wedding and was shocked that the bride and photographer were on such different pages. I contacted Danielle right away and she assured me that everything would be fine. She sent me a master list of photos so I could check off the ones I wanted, and she asked to be added to my Pinterest board of wedding photos so she could get the photos I liked. The day of, she showed up more than on time and started right away. She was constantly talking to me, making sure she was getting everything I wanted, and then staying back and just shooting when appropriate. She is a true professional and very good at what she does. I got about 1300 photos: no filter, B&W, and filtered. They are so beautiful and I've gotten constant compliments about the photos that were added online. I would recommend Danielle to anyway. She is worth every penny and she will not disappoint. THANK YOU DANIELLE!!
9/25/2010 WeddingReviewed on 10/30/2010 Amanda K
Danielle was absolutely amazing! She took the photos we asked her too, along with many many more. Her creativity, eye for detail, and caring nature gave us everything we could have hoped for from a wedding photographer. She didn't take a million photos, yet waited for the right moments and captured many beautiful images - candid and formal. I would recommend Danielle to any bride and groom that is looking for a professional photographer to capture their wedding day in a unique and beautiful way.
Danielle is amazing!! She's helped me through so much already with my engagement photos and can't wait to July for her to be there to capture the moments of my wedding!!
Danielle was absolutely phenomenal to work with! She was attentive, met with me to discuss what I was looking for before the wedding and the quality of her photos were incredible! She got pictures of everything and did it without me even knowing she was there! We got a million complements on the photos that she took and trying to narrow down them down was close to impossible. Could not be happier that Danielle was part of our day! Recommend 110%!
Danielle was a dream to work with. She has such an amazing talent for capturing meaningful moments, and we could not have been happier with the beautiful photos and memories she gave us. Danielle is also such a calming presence--she is so easygoing and flexible that she helped relieve my stress and ease my nerves throughout the process. She is also able to blend in so well that people don't even realize they’re being photographed. We could not recommend Danielle more. We were so thrilled both with her professionalism and service, and especially with the beautiful photos!
Danielle was an absolute pleasure to work with. My fiancee and I worked with her for our engagement photos, and they came out amazing! I was initially very nervous because I had never been in a photo shoot, but Danielle made it fun and stress free. We did not pose unnaturally, but when we saw the photos Danielle somehow made them look like we were models! :) We got a lot of compliments from everyone! We would have loved to book her for our wedding, but she was already booked a year ahead. Definitely book her early!
Danielle did an incredible job! Our wedding photos are better than we could have imagined. Her artistic eye and talent brought us beautiful pictures we can't wait to share and cherish forever!
Danielle captured all the amazing moments of our wedding; from the big things down to tiny details. She was flexible to plans and people and had such great ideas.
I hired Danielle based on how great she did photographing my sisters wedding 5 years ago... so we already knew what to expect. I must say she went above and beyond even those expectations! I didn't think her work could get any better. We could not be happier with our pictures and our experience with Danielle. She is truly amazing and has a wonderful gift!! Don't think twice, hire her:)
Danielle is a wonderful photographer and a truly lovely person. She made everything so easy from us, from the initial contact through finalizing the wedding album. We ended up with 1,400+ photographs organized into ceremony, formal portraits, reception, etc., so they were easy to sort through. The photos themselves are wonderful - no forced smiles or stiff poses - everyone is relaxed and very much themselves, but all the shots are flattering at the same time. Danielle coached us through some great poses outside with the changing colors of the leaves prominently featured and those became some of our favorite pictures. She also captured some fantastic moments on the dance floor and of course during the ceremony; we couldn't be happier.
Working with Danielle throughout the entire wedding planning process and wedding day was incredible. My parents and I had the opportunity to meet with Danielle a few months before the wedding; her calm and warm demeanor along with her expertise were clearly apparent. Her reputation preceded her as we met with vendors - we felt so lucky to have her! During the wedding day, she was non-intrusive, but also gave great suggestions for shots that turned out absolutely gorgeous. She was familiar with the venue and knew the best spots for photos before, during, and after the ceremony. She was very accommodating with our crazy jam-packed wedding schedule. The turnaround time for the photos was very quick as well. We absolutely LOVED Danielle and hope that you will feel the same!
Danielle was such a pleasure to work with throughout the process. She was extremely responsive, easy to talk to and bounce ideas off of and she truly wanted to make sure she accommodated our day exactly how we envisioned it. She encouraged me to send along sample pictures and lists of particular shots which helped to keep us organized the day of. In addition, our guests couldn't stop talking about how she floated around the venue to capture so many moments. She was not "in your face" like other photographers, she never got in the way of our guests and it was crazy how many places she seemed to be at one time. Even when I pulled her to capture a certain real-time shot, she always seemed to be right by our side ready to go! We are so happy that she was part of our amazing day and look forward to staying in touch through her journey!
Danielle was amazing to work with from the first meeting right up until after the wedding when it was time to sort through all of the great photos. She is incredibly creative, personable, and patient which made it easy for my husband and I to relax and truly enjoy the day. Some of my favorite photos were the candids she captured. I would highly recommend Gerritsen Photography to any bride and groom!
Danielle was over the top accommodating for us on our special day. We could not have asked for (or even wished for) a more professional and helpful photographer. There were times that I thought some shots wouldn't be captured or that some high spirited guests would make it more difficult but you'd never know from the photos Danielle took! Our pictures turned out beautiful and we couldn't have asked for more gorgeous photos to be able to look back on. The day goes by so quickly and having these pictures are a true treasure that we hold dear. Thank you again Danielle for helping make our day perfect.
We recently used Danielle to photograph our wedding and I am just ECSTATIC at how they turned out!! She has such an eye and captured some really artistic shots. I also love the ease of being able to View, 'Favorite', and download either all photos at once, or individually. The process is fantastic! I would highly recommend!!
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Memories!Reviewed on 11/02/2015
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.
She's Amazing!Reviewed on 10/14/2015 Melissa F
Danielle is extremely friendly, easy to work with and flexible. We planned our Greek Peak wedding from CA and she was so organized and helpful. She allowed us to plan our in-person meetings around our trips to NY and was very informative about the whole process. She gave us numerous ideas about what photos we might want but was never forceful. The day of the event went perfectly. She asked when we would like her to arrive at the venue and what pre-ceremony photos we would like. Things were a bit hectic right before the ceremony but she got all of the photos we wanted and took so many others of my attire and my girls and me getting ready that I never would have thought of. She was so helpful before the ceremony and got some really unique and special photos. It is obvious that she knows her stuff and is a total professional. She went beyond the role of photographer, helping me get ready and letting me know what should be done next. During the posed photos she was very instructive and moved quickly but thoroughly through the usual photos, even working with our vendor to ensure we were able to get some unobstructed shots in front of the resort. During the ceremony and reception she captured so many priceless moments but was never obtrusive. Everything went so smoothly. She was beyond professional throughout the entire experience and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her!
Danielle was great to work with. We knew when we first interviewed her that she was serious, had a good eye, and was so easy to get along with. Before the wedding she was helpful and available. On our day, she took so many great shots, which we'll treasure forever. Thanks again, Danielle!
WeddingReviewed on 9/14/2015
Danielle did an amazing job photographing our wedding! She got a lot of beautiful pictures, and was very professional. I am so happy with how they all turned out! She did a wonderful job capturing our day!
Couldn't have had a better experience!Reviewed on 8/25/2015
Our experience with Danielle and Gerritsen Photopgraphy truly could not have gone better. We live a long way from the venue, so she was very accommodating when we were in town to find a time to sit down with us and go over our options. This made us immediately comfortable with her and her services. We traded a lot of emails back and forth as we got closer to our Wedding Day, and she had a lot of great suggestions for how to go about things logistically that we probably wouldn't have considered without her help. On the day of the Wedding she had wonderful ideas for shots, was a calming presence, and was able to handle some hidden challenges that popped with grace and humor. She worked very hard all night, and made herself nearly invisible while we were having a wonderful evening. When we did get a chance to chat with her during the evening she was reassuring, fun, and gracious. She's very familiar with a lot of the venues and other service providers in the area, which makes her invaluable not only as a photographer but also as a general resource for planning. We couldn't be happier with the shots she got, and we'd happily recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer.
Wonderful, can't recommend enough!Reviewed on 8/17/2015 Molly O
Hire Danielle, and then come back and read this review! She was absolutely amazing. She was very friendly and professional and made us both feel comfortable in front of the camera. Danielle made sure to get all of the shots that we wanted, even pulling us aside for a few minutes during the reception to get shots that I had forgotten. Most importantly, the photos are beautiful and she returned them all to us within a week of our wedding.
Ithaca Area PhotographerReviewed on 8/10/2015
Danielle Gerritsen did an absolutely wonderful job capturing every important moment on our wedding day. She was extremely profession. Danielle gave great direction for our portraits and paid attention to all the small details throughout the day. We couldn't be happier!
Fairytale photosReviewed on 11/05/2014 Jess B
Danielle is a professional artist. She is, without a doubt, one of the most naturally skilled photographers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her photos from our wedding could not have come out better--they are completely beautiful. She has a keen eye for detail while being able to see the big picture, and was unobtrusive and considerate the entire day. My husband jokes that we need more walls as I have so many frames :) we have worked with her since, and her quality never disappoints. I feel really lucky to have a photographer that is so flexible and willing to entertain my ideas--I can and do recommend her to everyone I know! Thank you Danielle!
Expert Photography!Reviewed on 11/04/2014
Gerritsen Photography did a speculator and amazing job at our wedding photos!! My husband and I are definitely pleased with her work and wouldn't have gone with anyone else! She truly knows her stuff and captures beautiful memories in the photos she takes :-)!!
Meet The Owner
Danielle Cook Gerritsen
The relationship between a couple and their photographer is important. It is crucial that you feel comfortable with your photographer, as we are with you throughout the day. I feel so honored to have been able to document hundreds of weddings over the years. I strive to be a calming presence while photographing the days events. I have helped to get brides dressed, driven couples to other locations, fixed bouquets and resolved problems. Anything that I can do to better your wedding experience is reflected in the imagery I create for you. I would love to make a personal connection with you.