Erica LOVES :: Photography

Erica has always loved creating – drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, things made of wood, and more. In college, she studied photography and later pursued it as a career. She still operates a small design + photo studio, in addition to her nonprofit work.

From family portraits to weddings, senior photos to new babies, corporate to nonprofit work, travel and adventure photography – her portfolio is full of personal and professional images. Over the years she has enjoyed capturing photos for friends, family and strangers (who later and often became friends), knowing that the images would be treasured memories of their biggest milestones in life.

To this day, she usually has a camera in her hand or strapped across her body, and loves to capture the moments that others sometimes miss. Her photographs are hung on the walls of our home; and are often requested by family and friends for their own houses, personal notecards and holiday gifts.

>>> Scroll through the gallery below to see some of Erica’s favorite photographs that she has taken <<<

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Childhood Moment :: Go Outside

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As a child, Erica spent most of her time outside.

Rain, sun, snow, hot, cold.

Her parents would send her out after school and on the weekends to explore with the neighbors, create “fancy” paintings out of mud and other findings, or help her dad build things (like her swing-set and model horse barns).

Bike riding, swing-swinging, dog walking, stream-walking, exploring, gardening, tree-climbing, swimming, boating, ice-skating, day-dreaming.

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Weekend evenings would be spent at the beach searching for hermit crabs in tide pools, building sand castles and collecting sea shells. Sunday mornings would include a walk on the boardwalk at Hammonasset Beach after a breakfast out at a favorite restaurant. [To this day, Erica’s parents still spend Sunday mornings this way!]

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Being outside, enjoying nature and spending time with animals is one of the most important experiences in life for Erica and Bryan (and their families) … and every day they hope to spend more time outside than in.

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” ~e.e. cummings


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Childhood Moment :: Fuel in the Veins

Bryan grew up with a deep love of automobiles; and weekends would often find them at the race track, working on his dad’s 1967 Mustang (which he still has to this day!)

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Bryan and his brother, Chris | Limerock Racetrack


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Bryan’s love of cars has remained a big part of his life. After several years a pro racer, he now enjoys time working on his car and driving through beautiful parts of our country.

Additionally, he spends several days every June with his family and friends driving more than 1,000 miles through Michigan in unique and classic cars.


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Off to a Horse Show!

We have been pulling together several stories to post in our blog and on social media that share even more about who we are – as a couple, and as individuals. We hope to expand on our profile book, and tell more about our childhoods, our passions and what we do for fun on the weekends. We aim to start sharing those more 'in-depth' posts next week.

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In the meantime, I (Erica) am off to a horse show this weekend! Horses have been a huge part of my life since childhood. Having a relationship with horses taught me many things over the years – responsibility, empathy, communication, hard work, dealing with loss, and much more. I believe that every child (and adult!) should have the opportunity to spend time with a #horse, and at the very least, experience that sense of wonder that comes from standing next to kind-hearted animal of that size.

I currently have a handful of students who compete in an equestrian sport known as “eventing” and several of them are off to a large show this weekend in North Carolina. These kids have become part of our family over the years, and their own families have become an extension of ours as well.

I have been teaching in the equestrian field for a long time, and have been able to turn my love of horses into a career [more on that another day!]. Horses, and our relationship to them, have a lot of parallels to other areas of life – and I am so grateful for the opportunity to coach these riders in a sport that I love, cheering on their accomplishments and supporting them through the struggles.

"Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world." // –– Quote by Josephine Demott Robinson

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Summer Daze

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It may seem strange that this photo – where we are both wearing jackets – reminds us of summer, but it does. Often, summer is a time when we are able to get away with family and friends. A long weekend, a week at the beach, or a trip across the country to the Pacific Northwest.

Believe it or not, this photo was taken at the end of July, and it was cold enough in Sitka, Alaska to warrant the same jackets that we wear during a North Carolina winter. But regardless of the wardrobe, photos of our summer travels bring back the best of memories. And they spark a yearning to get away and travel again.

This year we have not planned much travel far from home, as we are hopeful to get an email, text or call that we are matched. Adoption requires dedication in a lot of ways – emotionally, financially and in time/availability. For us, this year, we are dedicating ourselves to the process now; and we are thinking of future summers when we plan other adventures as a bigger family. <3

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –– Quote by Henry James


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Asheville, again.

When family was visiting last week, we loaded up the cars for a day trip to Asheville. We spent a few hours exploring downtown's shops and galleries. We had a wonderful lunch at a brewery nestled into the mountains; and we spent some time just enjoying the view.

“Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.” –– Quote by Unknown Author

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July 4th Reunion

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A July 4th Family Reunion.

We started planning before Christmas of last year, and last week, we welcomed 25 family members (Bryan's side) for a Fourth of July reunion at the farm in North Carolina! Relatives came from Michigan, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to join us for six days of fun and family fun – a group ranging in age from four months to mid-seventies.

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The week included a trip to Asheville, go-karting, rock-wall-climbing, miniature golf, riding bikes, swinging from trees, feeding animals, swimming, dock jumping, kayaking, fly fishing, lawn games, fireworks, wish lanterns and delicious meals together.

Despite a lot of different schedules and many miles to travel, everyone made it happen, and we are so grateful for such a fun and memorable time together!

"The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together." –– Quote by Erma Bombeck



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Pick-up Sticks

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Another game of {giant} pick-up sticks, with our sweet niece.

So far, our #july4th week has been filled with giant lawn games, jumping off the dock into the lake, family meals and time catching up.

We are waking up this morning on day 4 of a six-day family reunion and are looking forward to another day of time #together.

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Happy July 4th!

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We hope your #fourthofjuly is full of the moments that make you #sparkle.  

Regardless of the holiday, please don't hesitate to reach out. For us, holidays are full of family, both our current and our future.

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Quiet Blogger

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It's no secret that our blog has been a bit quiet lately. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been preparing to welcome 25 family members to the farm for a family reunion (on Bryan's side) for the Fourth of July week. A full week of activities, travel to the mountains, family dinners and relaxation has been planned... and a LOT of grocery shopping has taken place. :)

We are excited to spend time with family who we do not see that often – cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings, nieces and nephews are traveling from Wyoming, Michigan, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina to join us.

Grateful to have loving, supportive families on both sides, we treasure the time we have together, and we look forward to sharing it all with a child in the future.

Photos of the holiday week to come!

Photo: a quick snap of the sun setting the other night on the farm – with one of our horses making a cameo in the bottom corner with his superhero mask on (it keeps the flies off his face in the summer!)


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Plant Life

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I (Erica) am not known for my green thumb.

Growing up, my mother's garden would explode with tomatoes, spicy edible flowers, enormous lettuce and squash the size of my torso. Bird feeders scattered our trees, wild raspberry bushes edged the property and a trellis of morning glories climbed the side of our house. Despite agonizing over my “chores” of having to water the gardens, I envied my mother's ability to create a green space for veggies to thrive.

Today, my mom's garden still remains a focal point, overflowing with home-grown edibles and surrounded by a custom-built fence to keep the deer from helping themselves. Plants that are decades old sit in giant pots on the deck and in the sun-filled living room, having lived though my adolescence as though they were another member of our family.

My lack of gardening ability does not match my affection for plans, however. I love being surrounded by nature, trees, gardens, flowers and more; and make it a point of spending as much time outside as possible. So, to continue to stretch my boundaries -and- surround myself with greenery, I find comfort in creating small pots of succulents, which seem to have the stamina for my plant-inspired learning curve.

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

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My (Erica) father, born in Denmark, is an energetic, intelligent and insanely talented individual who can build, fix or envision almost anything.

He prefers to be outdoors, rather than inside, and walks several miles per day. He cares deeply for people's well-being, and will drop anything to answer the call for a sick or injured family member, friend or neighbor. He has always set an example for my sister and I to have a strong sense of justice and volunteerism, and to this day, he dedicates several hours per week to serving others.

He has never been afraid to take risks towards entrepreneurship; and he is passionate about boating, reading and learning. We are so lucky to have him in our family!


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A Beautiful Day

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Amazing temperatures and low humidity are making for a beautiful day at the farm.

We have thirty kiddos coming today from area schools to learn about horses and spend time in nature, exploring.

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The "Office"

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Bryan and I have both been passionate about our careers since graduating college. We are both hard-working, and we care deeply about the people on our teams. We enjoy learning, and are always trying to surround ourselves with people who are different and unique; those who have different strengths than we do. But, we are also focused on work-life balance, making sure that we are “working to live,” and not “living to work.”


Bryan has the flexibility in his job to work from home; and somedays he travels to one of two offices around the state. Occasionally he will travel for work, jetting off to cities such as San Francisco, Phoenix, London or Denver – and in some instances we take advantage of turning it into an impromptu mini family vacation.


Since starting my own business in my 20s, I have always worked from home; or in my own studio where I have the flexibility to set my schedule. For the last six years, following a cup of coffee, I walk around the farm to say good morning to the horses and enjoy the warm light from the sun coming up. {I am a naturally early riser.} With the exception of being out of town or under the weather, I have done this – rain, shine, heat, cold, snow, rain. It is my favorite part of the workday; and I am grateful to have this view from my “office.”

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Insecurities

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To the expectant mother we have yet to meet – we cannot fully imagine how hard it must be to even think about creating an adoption plan for your child, let alone move forward with it. This process must be deeply filled with emotion and uncertainty as you think about what you want for your child’s future; and we know it requires immeasurable strength, commitment and courage. We expect to feel humbled by the expectant mothers we may meet during this journey; and we expect to be quite vulnerable throughout this process. What maybe we did not expect was how much self doubt we would feel on our end as we make a “pitch” for ourselves and our family out there in the world, waiting to be chosen.

In our social media society, it is easy to get wrapped up in toxic comparison. Weddings, birthdays, careers, fashion, parenting…the “perfection” in so many of these images we see easily makes you feel as though everyone else has it all together, and that you should too.

As we immerse ourselves into the world of “marketing” for the sake of being chosen by an expectant mother, insecurities can come flooding in.

Are we “attractive” enough? Is our life interesting enough? Can we really get across what kind of people we are; what type of parents we will be? Will transparency about our insecurities be a turn off? What about us will draw someone in, and want to learn more?

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What we are confident about – and what we hope we can get across – is that we are compassionate, genuine, hard-working, stable and open-minded people.

We are unique and interesting; and yet we are human and we make mistakes. We have strong family connections and a village of close friends; who help us when we are down and celebrate with us when we are up.

We may not be as “perfect” as someone else's Instagram may appear, but we are good people who hope to leave this world a little better than we found it. ...and hopefully somewhere along the way, we are perfectly imperfect for an expectant mother to reach out to learn more about us, too.

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