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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: ‘wedding’



WEDDING: Kaela and Michael

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Kaela and Michael were married at the Catholic Church in Harbor Springs. It was so beautiful!
As you may notice the church was full of their friends and family. So many people came to celebrate this marriage. It was a super hot day in June… but you can’t even tell. I always look to see if the groom (who is fully dressed) looks hot. NOPE! He champed it!

On another note. These guests/wedding party can DANCE! I was laughing so hard at some of Michael’s football teammates moves. It was soooo fun! We were standing on chairs trying to get everyone as the busted a move.

WEDDING: Ashley and Tyler

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The first time I talked to the brides mom on the phone before I knew it an hour had passed without even knowing it. What I did know was I was going to love this wedding without kmowing one person attending. From the minute I walked into the room where the bride and her girls were getting ready I had a smile on my face… it didn’t leave until I left. The people, decor, the dancing, touching speeches, smiles, laughs and cries. You will see in the super long blog post how awesome it was! Ashley and Tyler are the perfect match. They really enjoy being together and I could tell totally tell from the time I spent with them.

Location: Boyne Mountain Beach House



Introducing Mr.& Mrs.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Ok so I have so many favorite parts of a wedding! Probably a good thing right? I think so… I am going to start highlighting them. “Introducing Mr. and Mrs….” These are just a few that stood out to me. When the bride and groom turn to their guests and start their first walk as a married it makes me so happy to to catch them. Everyone is so different as you can see! I don’t think you can plan your reaction.

“LIKE” my picture on Facebook!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Castle Farms has a photo contest for this week only! The photo with the most likes by Friday, March 9th at 5:00pm will be the new cover photo for both the 2012 Castle Farms Wedding Planner and the 2012 Grand Bridal Expo Program! They asked each of the photographer’s on their vendor’s list to submit they fave. Thank you for the help!!

Here is the link directly to the picture:
PICTURE LINK

WEDDING: Karen+Chris

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

This wedding was at Castle Farms and was small but warm and full of love. It’s hard to explain when you meet two people that are so in love with each other that it makes you feel happy to be around them. It makes my job so super fun! They hired us for 4 hours and we got so many real awesome moments. You will see as you look through the post how happy they were on their big day… and Karen’s smile. I could not help but post so many pictures of her REAL not posed smile. Also the moment that Chris saw her walking down the aisle. I teared up along with him. SOOOO sweet!! They snuck out while their guests were finishing their dinner and got some pictures around the property as the sky turned into magical colors. That isn’t photoshop… totally real.

The picture’s below were taken at the same exact time. One by me and one by my second shooter. It’s a perfect example of the two different styles mixed into one.

WEDDING: Keisha+Adam

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

I was looking through my blog at my wedding posts and realized I didn’t update 2010 weddings. My New Year’s resolution is to stay on top of the blog way better so I’m going to just keep on going so I catch up.

I remember this wedding very clearly. It was my first summer wedding while being pregnant in 2010 and I was still in sick/tired mode. I take my profession super serious and did not let it effect me on the day. The only thing that got me was watching them zipline. :) The motion and trying to focus… standing on a hill while looking up. This wedding party was the first to do the zipline at Boyne Mountain. Keisha is awesome at planning/details/decorating and when I walked into her reception and saw the decor I was like, YES! I could have made this blog post way longer but I have read that a viewer loses interest after 30 seconds of looking at photos of someone they don’t know. True or false?? Leave me a message and tell me if you did. (I hope you didn’t but be honost!)

WEDDING: Lauren+David

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

A cold rainy day in June, my sister and I were driving up to Bay Harbor praying the whole way it would stop raining. It was a Friday afternoon and the sun was hidden behind the dark clouds. You see for a photographer clouds are great… but the rain is obviously not. We arrived and set-up the “at first sight.” For those of you who don’t know what that is I will explain. These days we have the traditional see eachother as the bride walks down the aisle… OR before the wedding. I love these! Both are great because it defines the unique personality of the couple. I like sneaking away before the wedding and doing the bride and groom picture without everyone around. I feel like I catch so many more moments naturally between the love birds than I wouldn’t with the bridal party. Sometimes I get to sneak away at a normal wedding with couples too. Ok on to the good part… it stopped raing for the pictures and outdoor ceremony! We were so excited. The Inn at Bay Harbor is so breathetaking inside and out it probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway. As you will see this bride and groom may look like a couple other people in the photos… that’s because they are BOTH twins. Yeah I know……. AWESOME! I didn’t figure it out until we got the whole group together. They also made props and had cameras for their own photobooth. It was so fun to see their guests dress up and act silly. I love fun weddings!

Wedding 2011 Sneak Peeks

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Jenessa & Bryan

Friday, February 4th, 2011

WEDDING: Valerie+Kellan

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Walking in a winter wonderland! Probably the funniest groomsmen I have ever met. Lovin’ the pyramid at the church the did… took some talking into for Kellan and the pictures leading up to him getting to the top are great. I already have a problem narrowing the pictures from wedding I show on my blog and every wedding I do it gets worse. Valerie looked stunning… and her color scheme was perfect for their special day.

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