Brynn’s Birth Story — Thousand Oaks Birth PHOTOGRAPHER

I’ll never forget the day I met Dara. It was a few years ago at the gym on a treadmill. I usually exercise outdoors, but my lovely friend Kelly convinced me try a workout she had recently started called Drenched. Kelly was introduced to Drenched by her identical twin sister, Dara. When Kelly and I arrived at the gym, Dara was already warming up on the treadmill. I remember doing a double take because it was strange seeing two of the same people! I hadn’t met Dara before that day, but by the time our workout was over, I felt like we were old friends.

Dara and her husband Matt have three gorgeous daughters together, and decided not to find out the sex of baby number four. Before they were married, and before having children, Matt only wanted boys. He was professional baseball player and dreamed of coaching his sons. Fast forward to now — Matt is surrounded by all girls, and he wouldn’t change it for the world.

“I was NOT having girls. Period. I was going to have sons. But as you can see, life had other plans. Raising these three little girls has profoundly changed me. What I didn’t realize back then was how I much I needed them. There’s something special about the bond between a dad and his daughters that cannot be explained with words, it can only be felt. My girls fill my heart every single day and make me a better man.” -Matt Riordan

When I first arrived at Los Robles Birthing Center, Dara was in a fair amount of pain, and Matt was pacing the halls with anticipation. Over the next two hours, friends and family arrived, and Dara peacefully pushed out her beautiful baby. There was a room full of love, tears, and so much beauty! I cried behind the lens of my camera as I witnessed the moment everyone found out Dara had given birth to another baby GIRL!

Dara and Matt, the birth of your beautiful Brynn will stay with me forever. I’m so honored I got to be part of your journey.

Birth Location:  Los Robles Birthing Center