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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: ‘personal’



My DUDES.

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!

At home with the Blackwell boys…

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

So I have been busy. It’s a pretty big adjustment adding a baby into the mix. Braylan was doing amazing until he decided he wants our full attention again. He is still doing good… he’s super loving and nice to Grayson. I started my wedding season in February on top of doing winter minis all month. We also got hit with not 1 but 2 virus’ in one month. With all the craziness we are so very blessed to have two awesome boys!

Good thing Grayson has a high tolerance for his big bro. Not often does he get mad for cheek squishing or loud yelling.

We missed his buddy Westyn’s birthday party because we were all sick but he still got his super hero stuff and wears it often!

Bray wants to be just like Daddy!

By far my favorite pictures of Grayson! :)

We love to play with cars, trucks, buses and trains. Bray makes up stories about his lego guys going on a bus to school to learn how to be a pilot.

Braylan stands with the fridge door open for long periods of time at night looking for snacks.

We make crafts a lot. Grayson loves his ExerSaucer so he bounces around a little while we get artsy!

I got our wall display done on one of our living room walls!

My boys

Friday, January 31st, 2014

So the word busy… I never imagined it could mean more than it already did before having another kid. :) Yikes. Working, Braylan starting school, being up for hours at night with Grayson, house work, Dr. appointments, taxes, cooking… I could go on and on. I also reinjured my back. From 28 weeks on my back and sciatic nerve was terrible. This past month I’ve had a hard tine with lifting my chunky monkey.

So you will see a little of what we’ve been up too. Braylan has been exploring his feelings. I’m happy, I’m mad, I’m sad… I knows exactly what they all mean and tells me! His facial expressions usually say it all too! I have been taking pics of me and Grayson every 4 weeks to show his growth. Plus I always said I would never match my kids… and I did. I don’t like to always do it but I had to this once!

Bray and Gray :)

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Personal post!

Gosh do I love that I get to spend so much time with my boys! So snowy outside and toasty here in the house. Braylan keeps wanting to cuddle with me and his baby brother. The other night we were laying around watching TV and Braylan said he wanted to hold his brother. He was already in his diaper so we pulled off Grayson’s jammies and I am so in love with the pictures we got from them together! Then today I decided to put him in his tie onesie and grab some quick pictures in front of our sliding door since the light was perfect. I was cracking up at the faces he was making and the picking his nose pic. Nothing better than being a mommy!

I also have been writing down all the funny/cute things Braylan says during this time so I can show them when they are older.

What Braylan says:
“Mama! I love Grayson’s ears… they are like crabby patties.”
“HEY STOP eating my mama’s belly. It’s my turn to drink dirty milk.”
“Sorry brother I was bad when we were taking your pictures.”
“Hey Grayson! Watch me go potty.”
“Mom! Where did your belly go?” -SO WORRIED
“Grayson want to smell my arm pits?”
“I love rubbing my brothers head softly.”
“Don’t vacuum! Your scaring my brotherrrrrrr…..” -Braylan is scared of the vacuum
“Why does Grayson make them sounds all the time?” -He grunts constantly

I can’t believe how much they are looking alike!

Grayson Jonah Blackwell

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

We have been blessed with our baby boy at last.
Grayson Jonah was born on 11-30-13
9:41pm – 21in. – 8lbs 14oz

He is amazing and we are all soaking up every second!
Braylan has been beyond awesome. Kisses and I love you’s all day long. He wants to help and says some of the funniest things ever.
We had both Grayson and Braylan at Charlevoix Area Hospital and want to say how much I loved the care we received both time. Of course we love Dr. Jeakle and would never choose another Doctor but the nurses are also so caring and go above and beyond. A special shout of to Vicki. During hard labor she really made a huge difference for me with Grayson. :)

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!

Elleana: Snow White Themed Shoot

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

As a little girl I wanted to be a Disney princess and my niece Elleana is no different. I had a last minute idea when my mom showed me a dress she got for her. Just out in my sisters yard we did a quick 20 minute shoot and it’s my favorite to date! She loved playing Snow White… I can’t believe she is 4 years old. My son Braylan followed her around and told her he was taking her pictures and to say cheese. Thank goodness she didn’t… oh the word cheese it makes me cringe. His toy camera taught him that! Darn thing. I have a theme just for Braylan coming soon and I can’t wait!

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I’m back!

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Oh where has time gone? I have a LOT of catching up to do with my business, my blog and my personal life. I have been kind of MIA for a while and haven’t been the best at returning phone calls or emails very well. I am working on getting back to a normal schedule. :) I lost my dad at the end of March at the same exact time I found out we are expecting #2! What a mix of emotions for a person to handle. I was very close to my dad and it took some time to adjust and it will always be a work in progress. I have had very bad morning (all day) sickness the last 12 weeks exactly like I did with my son. If you know me I am very open and these are real world problems that a lot of people face. I have made it my mission to start focusing more on my family which means I will be taking less sessions per week. I also want to start on some new themed projects that will hopefully be super fun for me to do! So thank you all for understanding and being patient with me. Thank you to all my family, friends and clients who do know my story already that check up on me and send me nice little messages that brighten my day.

So… I am due at the end of Nov. and will be having my baby near or before the middle of Nov. I will be taking of 8 weeks after and Christmas pictures will have to be done in Sept/early Oct. Email coaphotoerika@gmail.com to schedule your session and place your retainer to save your date to make sure you get a spot!

my cupid

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I’ve been on a good role taking pictures of my little man this winter. I’m a little proud of myself. Last year he hated my camera so I would give up for periods of time. Today my sister and neice had an “ice day” from school so before my husband went to work we dropped by the studio. I’ve had this idea since last Valentine’s day. I had the kissing booth last year… this year I thought we would keep it clean and cute. Tomorrow I will post Elleana’s take. :)

Reading with our boy…

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Yesterday we stayed home most of the day relaxing. I got a little editing done. We played. Bray took a good nap. It snowed most of the day…. I’m so happy because up until a couple months ago Braylan didn’t like books. Seriouly. I would read books while he was taking a bath or playing. Now he loves them so much. It makes my heart happy! His favorite books right now are the Tickle Monster, Pirates Don’t Change Diapers and Goodnight Construction Site.

 

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