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: ‘maternity’

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!

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!


Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

These are our friends Dustin, Paige and their little man Sawyer. Poor Paige was on bed rest the end of her pregnancy and had to have Sawyer early… but he is a healthy and happy baby! He was anything but sleepy for his newborn session.

MATERNITY: Stephanie and Marc

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

You know sometimes when the weather is pefect… the sun is golden… your near the water… and there are no bugs?
Ok when I look at these pictures from this session that is exactly what I remember. We were down at the water in Charlevoix and the session couldn’t have gone better. You will see at the very end of the post the water fountain pics. YEAH it was awesome! I have since photographed their handsome little man Cooper which you will see shortly. These are a couple of good lookin’ parents right?

Adrianne, Maya and baby #2!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Brittany’s Maternity

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

My Baby Belly! 27 weeks

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Holy belly right?? My little man is a grower! My sister, mom and I drove around for a while to find the perfect place for some fall shots of my belly. A few teenage boys drive by super slow looking at us by this field like we were CRAZY. :) My sister fell in a hole and her feet went above her head (she saved my camera.) It was a funny 10 minutes! Next will be a pumpkin patch with my husband.

MATERNITY: Jessi-Jo and Dan

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

These two are really good friends of my husband and I. One week after taking these pictures baby Beau Daniel arrived! A little early but really healthy and adorable as ever! Only a couple more days until his first photo session…. Jessi-Jo is a total country girl/cowgirl so it was only right to take the pictures on their farm. I love them!


Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Almost exactly a year before this session I took Sarah and Josh’s pictures… a just because couple’s shoot. My husband Josh and this Josh have been good friends since high school. These two (Sarah and Josh) have been together a long time and have such a natural love! They are going to be SUCH great parents!! Baby Lane will be here later this month and I can’t wait to meet him!







Friday, October 30th, 2009

Sharmai’s belly was sooo cute! I had fun shooting her and David… and now their little one is here! I can’t wait for her to come because everyone knows how much I LOVE to photograph newborns! I went a little ebay crazy buying props for newborns because there is so many about to be born that I have sessions with.








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