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

Tag: ‘Castle Farms’

Beautiful Winter Wedding

Monday, April 7th, 2014

WEDDING: Cristina + Nate

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Oh Gosh… did I ever love this wedding. You will see how in love and caring the both of these two are. She is so gorgeous, the bridal party were so funny, the way Nate would look at Cristina would melt my heart, smiles everywhere… joy… tears… laughs. I can’t say enough about this wedding and how great this bride and groom were to work with!

Location: Castle Farms, Charlevoix, MI.
DJ & Ceremony Music: A+ Event Entertainment
Theme: Wine

Castle Farms Wedding Show 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

I met so many awesome bride, grooms, bridesmaids and some parents this past Sunday at the Castle Farms Annual Wedding Show. This year my mom helped me a super ton… she usually helps me a lot but she really took over since I’m pretty limited to what I can do. I’m sooo thankful! I think my booth this year was my favorite of all wedding shows I have ever attended. Also I completely do not know how I forgot but I am going to blame it on baby brain… I did not add my website, phone number OR email to my brochures. Grrrr.

I don’t have many dates left for 2014 but I chatted with a lot of 2015 brides too so I’m excited about the next couple years of business!

Castle Farms Wedding: Brandi and Tim

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

From the moment I met them at their engagement session I knew that we were a great fit! I can’t tell you how much I smiled while shooting their big day. From the details, the moments of love, the speeches, funny guests and just the happiness these two share just made the best time! I also entered a contest Castle Farms was hosting for their vendors to win a cover spot on the bridal magazine they give to booking couples with Brandi and Tim’s photo… and thanks to my facebook fans, friends family and all of Brandi and Tim’s peeps I won! I am so very grateful for all the support!

Castle Farms Cover Photo Contest Winner

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

So excited! My family, friends, facebook fans and people I’ve never met polled together and helped me win the 2013 Castle Farms Cover Photo Contest!! This image will be on the cover of the 2013 edition of the Wedding Planner (given to every Bride that reserves at Castle Farms) and the 2013 Grand Bridal Expo program. Yay!! Thank you times a million for every single person that voted, reposted and told their friends. I had a view people that really went above and beyond for me and it touches my heart more than they will ever know.

it’s all in the details….

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

This was one of the best years by far for awesome details at weddings. I know a couple brides used pinterest for some ideas… I really wish that site existed when I was planning my wedding!

“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:

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.


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