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Hi! My name is Erika Blackwell and I am the photographer of Center of Attention Photography. My business is located in Northern Michigan. My blog is a way for everyone to view some of my favorite images from recent sessions and get to know me! I am the VERY proud mommy to Braylan and Grayson. I LOVE what I do and I hope you can tell! These are not JUST pictures I take. I create memories... My heart and soul go into my work. I care about my clients and get to know them and learn what they like and dislike. I am a mommy & artist. I care about the ones I love like crazy, I love to have fun. I make crazy sounds to get those smiles. I dream big. I have tons of ideas. I cry during touching ceremonies and awesome reception speeches. I can usually be found smiling. I get inspired very easily. coaphoto.com 231.549.2038

Archive: November, 2013



still waiting on our little guy

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Oh what better to do when 39 weeks pregnant than to have lots of time to have ideas and no clients to use them on. :) I have never had this much time off… I was still editing the week I brought Braylan home which I’m super happy I won’t have to do. I have a couple late Dec. shoots for clients traveling from afar. So still a while to use these ideas on my own family. Our plan was to have the lil guy a couple weeks early and to be induced but his lungs weren’t ready so we had some time to wait. Now we are almost 40 weeks and I’m getting impatient but reminding myself I’m lucky to carry my kids full term. All I can ask for is for hi to be healthy and to have a safe and natural birth. I hope my next post is of my babies face!

SENIOR: Kendra

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

This is my Boyne Falls Senior Rep Kendra! I must tell you that this session was one of the most fun senior sessions I have done. We braves the elements and got some awesome shots. I wrote this on my facebook sneak preview after I took her pictures… but at the end of her session we were running for tree coverage fro the pouring down rain. Not to mention my baby belly was already large and it was probably a sight to see. We can across wild animals in the bushes… it was hot. We were laughing the whole time. Then I would say, “Okay let’s to a serious one.” And then we would laugh more. :) So fun!

CHILDREN: Lundy

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

These two are just the cutest! He loves his little sissy so much he hugs her and is so darn nice. And look at that tutu!

ENGAGEMENT: Toree and Ryan

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I’m so happy this awesome couple booked me for their engagement and wedding photos! From the second we started shooting their session I already knew we were such a great fit. They are getting married next June at Castle Farms and my mind is already going crazy with ideas for them. I can’t wait!

LIFESTYLE NEWBORN: Fauser

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I really love getting to know this family! I photographed them two winters ago in a lifestyle engagement shoot… their wedding was last fall… and now they welcomed their second son into the world this past summer. They invited me to photograph in their home to catch the special moments they share daily. Easton is such a good big brother to Finn! He cracked me up the whole time I was there. :)

FAMILY: Dixon

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Every year I get excited to shoot the Dixon family session. Last year we went to the beach and this year Jenna said she wanted woods and something more rustic. I took them to a place that is one of my favorites and right up the street from where I grew up. I love using the old garage door… the hill me and the neighborhood kids used to sled down and back where the first Boyne Falls School used to me.

SENIOR: David

Friday, November 8th, 2013

David is a Harbor Springs senior and you would never be able to tell he doesn’t care to have his pictures taken. Him and his mom were down with any ideas I had… I took David’s older sister Maggie’s pictures a couple years ago and am thankful to have them as return clients. There are SO many places to photography in Harbor it’s amazing. All the people we passed smiled at us and said hello. It’s such a warm feeling on every street. I know how some local people feel about all the tourist and out of towners being around in the summer but I have never minded it. I am a huge talker so I like to have conversations with different people and hear their stories.

FAMILY: Gaynor

Friday, November 8th, 2013

I absolutely think that a vintage themed session is the best thing ever right now! Alicia nailed it with these clothes and the kids did so great! I love photographing their family and getting to know them over the last couple years. I can never believe how each time I see them Hadley and Wyatt just grow so much…

FAMILY: Maginity

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

What an awesome family! We had the most perfect weather the day we did this family session and it was also Lisa’s birthday! My very favorite picture from their session is the first one posted here… you can just feel the love the share for each other.

WEDDING: Brittany + Eric

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

So I couldn’t wait to do a full post from my best friends wedding. :) So many fun things surrounding the big day!
Britt and Eric met while attending Michigan and made lots of friends through their college years. You will see some fun pictures with them in this post! They were married in Glen Arbor, MI on the shore of Lake Michigan and they had a vintage theme. The reception was at the Glen Arbor Township Hall, just a few blocks from the ceremony location. The bride and groom led a parade from the ceremony to the hall! They also are both vegan so their menu was completely unique and the best food I’ve ever tasted at a wedding. AND I’ve been to a lot of them!

Location: Glen Arbor, MI
Lodging: The Homestead
Catering: BJs (vegan)
DJ: Rusch Entertainment
Hair and make up: Lilly Jade Salon
Vegan Cake: Catherine Warner
Videographer: Home Video Studio
Flowers: Cherry Hill Greenhouse

 

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