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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

Tag: ‘Charlevoix Michigan Photography’



April showers bring May flowers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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!

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

FAMILY: Polleys

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I’ve been taking pictures of this family for a few years. We had so much fun on a hot summer day at Mt McSauba in Charlevoix. It was the first time I had ever been to this location and went back a couple time after I loved it so much!

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!

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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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!

7 day old: Khyler

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Isn’t this guy so darn cute!? We had so much fun with him…

Maria and Frank’s Wedding

Monday, February 11th, 2013

A sneak peek of this beautiful wedding. I can’t wait to blog more!

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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