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

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010

So I’m always talking about getting and making new props… if you’ve been to the studio you know I have a TON of stuff. Last summer I bought a super old children’s desk. I haven’t used it yet but I was some great ideas for spring. I absolutely love the the new vintage trend! I also love when little girls wear hair accessories! AND I love when people bring their own stuff too. I’m always looking for new and awesome ideas. So I just wanted to show some new headbands I made for the studio. If you look at a post of Eloise below you will see she has a purple one on.

welcome to my world…..

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

So I was looking at a super awesome photographer’s blog… Stacy Reeves. I came across this pie chart and was like… wow. YES. I have been a photographer now since late 2005. I have struggled with explaining how much work I actually do because I’m not so great with explanations. Not only does this chart sum things up but to add a little in site… it’s not always fun. It’s not just about making pretty pictures. My husband and I have invested a ton of money into my business and I have spent countless hours making not as much much as some people think. My hourly wage would make you laugh… I don’t ONLY do it for the money. I really LOVE my job. Now the business aspect is a tough one. I’m an artist and I’m learning how to be a good business person. I just thought I would post this because it’s good for other people to see. :)


Friday, January 8th, 2010

and the WINNER is…..


Thank you sooooo much to everyone that visited the blog to vote!
There were over 1,100 votes!!

I have decided to have a “cutest babies” and a “cutest kids” contest.
Choose from:
A 30 minute mini session + a CD-ROM with 10 pictures= $75
A regular session

Sessions will be accepted until Monday Feb. 15th. (for the contest)
The contest will be posted beginning of March sometime and the prize will be awesome. :) I promise.
If you were in this contest you are still eligible for the next with new pics!
Call or email to set up a session! 231-549-2038 or


Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

UPDATE!! Contest will end 1/8/2010 @ 5PM!!

I posted a contest in October and it was a hit… so vote for you favorite picture again!

Have your friends and family visit the blog to vote! You can even add the link to your myspace of facebook. One vote a day per computer will count. The contest will end on JAN 8th @ 5pm!

The winner will recieve:
1-Mouse Pad


Christmas Greetings

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


Many more templates to choose from! Please visit my webiste to view them!

Minimum 20
5×7- $1.80 each
4×6 or 4×5- $1.20 each

One Wed

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Check out our wedding reviews on One Wed! Type in your zip code and they will lead you to great local vendors….

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Boyne Area Business Expo

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Yesterday I was a part of a Business Expo to help spark some business in our area. I think it was a great success just hearing all the positive feedback from people about the whole expo. There was 70+ booths and I was lucky enough to be one of them. The Boyne City Chamber of Commerce is just amazing to have held such an event and I want to say THANK YOU! I have already have calls and emails so I couldn’t be happier. Here is my booth that my husband and I worked so hard the last couple weeks to put together…







Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

FINALLY! I’ve been working so many hours to get my new website up! I absolutely must say I love the more modern look…. plus I have way more options and it’s black. I just want to get some music up and I’ll be really happy. I also will be using my old page for seniors! I have to start on that today so stay tuned!

Soon I will have a new shopping carts because I changed labs. It’s been a long time coming and I just have to finish setting everything up with them and I will have a new link on the main page for you to order your pictures/products!

In some non-photography related talk…. I used to watch Dancing With The Stars faithfully and kinda lost interest over the seasons… BUT last night hooked me in again. They have a great cast and I have it set to record for the season :) My favs: Steve-O, Lil Kim, the girl from the bachelor, and the gymnast. If you didn’t watch this weeks you should def tune in next week!

What’s a post without a picture?

Bridal Show

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

So I attended a Bridal Show a couple weeks ago at Stafford’s in Petoskey.
I met with sooooo many brides and had lots of fun talking about their weddings. I’m getting really excited about 2009 and the journey’s I will be able to take and photograph. I was pleasantly surprised on how many grooms came with their brides. I give them props!
In the bottom picture you can probably see my mom. My mom, dad and husband helped me set up… and my husband stayed to sit with me :) He’s so sweet!

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