About The Photographer

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. 231.549.2038

Archive: ‘baby’


Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I can not express how much these two boys mean to me. Braylan saw the glasses and hat on the table and wanted one picture. His were taking in less than one minute… then I waited for help for Grayson’s one minute session. Can’t wait to hang them up!

Gender reveal!!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

So I want start off by saying… I love I get to be on my clients/friends first to know list. Upon knowing they were expecting I threw this idea around with Alyssa and she loved it! She put it all together and I came for a quick shoot. They were all ready in the white shirts, both colors (in case it was a boy or girl,) and handed me the envelope. In that moment when the took off their blind folds… it was so exciting for me to witness. They were cheering and all 3 said they just knew it. They told me before they thought it was a girl. I can’t wait for the next gender reveal!

Catching Fireflies

Friday, June 14th, 2013

I have 2 more catching firefly mini session to still shoot but I have to say… these are so much fun!! I just love how awesome this theme is turning out. Parents are so excited with the sneak peeks so-far and editing is so fun! I can’t wait to to photograph more in the next couple days.

my sister is having a………..

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Brendan Paul will be here on or by May 24th. :) We are so excited!

Indian River Mini’s

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

I had a fun mini session event with these three families in Indian River this summer. A super nice lady let us use her awesome yard and I was walking around with my mouth dropped open. It was so full of so many cool things I was having a blast.

Beau and Westyn

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

I just love these boys! I have so much fun photographinng them and their Mama and Nana help me SO much that I get so many great ones. We just kept oooohing and awwwing at them. There Mama just put some of these into an old barn window as a picture frame and it looks amazing!


Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I know I always say it… but it’s only because it’s TRUE… I love watching babies grow! I have been photographing this little man since he was in his mama’s belly. It’s the third session I have had with his parents and I have to say this one is my fave! We had to fight the wind and he did so great. Today his mom wrote she needs more wall space and it made my day. You probably can tell he loves to fly. :)

6 MONTH OLD: Hadley

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Look at this cute pie! She was giving me a run for my money when I was trying to get her to smile… I check my facebook the next day and her mommy said she was just FULL of smiles. Braylan and her would make great friends. haha. He hates the studio. We’ve already decided on a plan for her one year old session. Hadley Grace WILL smile for that one… I love getting to know people through my business. Alicia and Roger drive all the way from Cheboygan to have me take their pictures and I’m so happy they do! I even drove up there last week to take some pictures for the company they work for. It’s so fun to watch people babies grow and to learn about people! I LOVE the little outfit they got off esty! I’m thinking about doing a vendor spotlight on what to wear and where to find stuff…


Monday, March 5th, 2012

My son has not been the biggest fan of snow. He likes to say, “snowwwwwwww” but when it comes to the cold stuff no way! We got him all dressed warm took him out and the second he got some on him he balled. So we waited a while and let him get used to the idea… took him out again a couple weeks later and still not a fan. We have a super hard time finding any type of footwear for him because he has a chubby wide big foot for a baby. He is now walking and someone suggested rainboots. We went and found some at a local store and they didn’t have his size… I try as much as possible to shop locally and I hope everyone else reading my blog does too. I could go on and on about that subject but I think we all know why it’s important. Long story short I had to order some online. We got them in last Friday and I had the bright idea to take him back out. It was before we got a the huge snow storm and the roads were bare. He loved it! Now I think it’s time to try again with actually playing in the snow and maybe he will keep his mittens on.


Monday, January 9th, 2012

There are two sessions in this one post… as you will see the two different logos. A little about that. I know it’s terrible for branding my business changing my logo and I try to stop. I reallllly do! Outside of photography I’m a designer and have so many ideas that I love change. I get bored and want to throw something new in the mix.

I have done three sessions starting with maternity for Brittany. I have gotten to know her and her family and they are great! Our husband’s work at the same factory on different shifts/departments. I also enjoy now trying to do the same pose for multiple sessions to watch them grow.


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