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’

Davey, Mommy & Daddy

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Yay! After all this time Ellen let me take a family pic along with Davey’s! This was the same day as we did the boys football pics out in my parents front yard in the leaves. Dave and Ellen have big rocks in their yard the we used… and we even got Morgan their pug in a couple. I love how smiley Davey is in these pics! OF COURSE I was acting crazy and using my silly tricks. It’s so fun to watch babies grow in pictures.

Michigan vs. State

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

My friend and I thought this would be funny this past fall before the “BIG” game! They boys were like, eh?
I think it’s cute! Braylan and Davey supporting their teams.


Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Holy cow time flew by! This was this summer when Beau was turning one. He loves it outside and I thikn you can tell by these pics. He is getting so big… his baby brother will be here within no time and you will start seeing them both pop up on here! I can’t wait.


Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I am not a very good blog keeper! Some people ask me where the posts with my son are. I looked back and there is not very many. I am taking a mini vacation from the business Dec. 23rd-Jan. 6th. I’m going to be changing a little when I return! I’m also going to be posting lots of sessions from the last year of my clients.

This year my life totally changed! I’m happy to say it has been the best yet most challenging thing I have ever done. I have completely loved every second of motherhood. I was lucky enough to tough it out and be a stay at home mom AND fulltime photographer. Yeah I don’t know how I did it! I guess late nights turned into early morning editing. Every free moment returning calls, changing a diaper, emailing, feeding Braylan, placing orders, shooting, feeding myself, wedding… running around like a mad woman. I’m working on a plan for 2012 because it was very stressful…. but it all worked out in the end. My business took off this year and I guess I wasn’t as ready as I thought I was. I dreamed of this since day one of opening and it took me a while. I have a awesome mom who helps me SO much with Braylan when she isn’t working during the week. My husband works nights and he wakes up with the little guy when I have morning shoots. I tell ya! I know every mom thinks it of their own child but this little man is my world and is amazing. He has such a huge personality. His favorite thing is shopping! Not kidding… he doesn’t care much for products he just loves the attention people give him while he’s strolled around in the cart. Such a ham!! He just turned one and is fast as lightning crawling everywhere. He’s not walking yet and I’m in for it when he does because he’s very curious about EVERYTHING. He has always been a big boy and is in 2-3T clothing right now at 12 months. People usually can’t believe his age. :) He says about 8 words right now on a regular basis and loves to play hide and seek.

Here is a year of pictures of my little love!

FAMILY: Muller

Thursday, November 10th, 2011


Remember this awesome family? A couple years ago I had the pleasure of shooting their wedding. Look at how little Kate was!

Fast forward to this past Sept! Andrea asked me to meet them at Sleeping Bear Dunes and I’m glad I did. Not only did I get to meet their new addition Jack but I got to lay eyes on probably the most beautiful places Michigan has to offer. I’ve been to Hawaii and Florida and this place seriously took my breath away! This family is so loving and fun I hope you can tell by the photos you are about to view. I am totally down next summer to meet some families back at this location… plus I’m thinking I need my family pics here. :)


Thursday, September 29th, 2011

K Family

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

B Family

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Gwen and Emma

Thursday, September 29th, 2011


Friday, August 19th, 2011


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