Cris Van Grol and Family

 Hi I’m Cris - a photographer and doula in Rochester, NY.

That's us - Rory, Wren, Flip, and me - our little family that's plugging along through life in Rochester, NY. When I became a mother for the first time, I didn't realize it'd be so hard to have a tiny human who relied on me day-in and day-out. I turned to the camera collecting dust on my shelf to work through it all and my love for photography was reignited.  

At two and half years postpartum I came into my own again, wearing the mom badge proudly, and then I was surprised with another pregnancy. At the same time I started out on a journey to figure out why my birth and postpartum were difficult, surely it didn't have to be that way? 

I began studying to be a doula and through my pregnancy I put my studies into practice and with that, I felt much more prepared for birth and the postpartum shift this time around. When we welcomed our newest family member Flip Thomas into the world my experience confirmed what I already knew - it doesn't have to be so hard. In fact, the transition into parenthood can be thouroughy joyful.

With knowledge and experience under my belt, my goal is to walk with you as you figure out your way, to support you through your huge life transition, and to honor you during a really amazingly awesome hard emotionally charged time. All while photographing the moments between you and yours. There will be lots of high-fives and maybe even some tears too because the happy, the sad, the messy, the joyful moments -  all have a place in our human story.