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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Catching Fireflies {Mini Sessions}

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Location: Boyne Falls
June 13th- 6:30pm & 7:10pm
June 15th- 6:30pm & 7:10pm

-$50 retainer to book (within 48 hours of reserving)
-The $75 balance is due at session
-Props are included

Mini Session ?’s and FAQ:

How long do mini sessions last?

Each mini session is 20 minutes long. There will be other sessions booked in the time slots around your session… so each session is timed.

Is there a limit to the number of people that can be included in the session?

Mini-sessions are limited to immediate families of 6 or smaller. If you have a larger family, I recommend you book a full session. $10 will be added for each person over 6.

How do we reserve our session?

Sessions are booked on a first come, first serve basis. All bookings do require a $50 retainer to hold your spot. You can pay via check, cash or paypal.

What should we wear to the Mini Session?

Bright colors look great! They provide visual interest and make your portraits “pop”! Try to avoid graphic prints and being to matchy. Only 1 outfit will be allowed for mini sessions due to the time restraints.

When will our online gallery be available and how do we get our CD?

2 weeks after your session your online gallery will be loaded. They gallery will be up for 7 days to make your choice.
CD’s can be picked up at the studio or you can pay $5 to have it shipped. There will be on option for your choice in the cart.

Can we purchase more images on our CD?

Yes! 10 images with the package price will be included… each additional image if desired can be purchased afterward for $10 each. Each mini session is different and the number of ending images will also depend. The number will not go over 15 to choose from.

Some sneak peeks!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

SO many more sneak peeks to post but I had to start some where. :) I’m hoping to catch up and actual get some full session and wedding blogs up!

Engagement: Erica and Rob

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

These two were driving up from downstate the morning of their shoot and their truck broke down. They called to tell me they may be running late… they showed up on time… with a speeding ticket. OH MAN. I would have been in the worst mood ever! They were awesome. We joked around a little bit and started on our way. We went to a new location I’ve been wanting to sneak up to. It was a super fun morning with them! It’s so great to get to know people before their wedding… I feel like they are my friends on the day. :)

Boudoir Beauties

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

A boudoir (French: [bu.dwar] English: [bud.wɑr])
What is this you ask?? Let me show you! I love love love this type of photography and I have a BLAST shooting, editing and getting creative. I also love making woman feel amazing, beautiful and in the end confident! This is not to say that these girls don’t come a little nervous because they do but the #1 thing by the end of their session is that I made them feel comfortable and they don‘t want to stop.

The pictures are in no order… I mixed them up just to give you a little look. I also added some of the girls reactions when they viewed their gallery and some reviews. :) There will me more to come because my facebook is acting up and won’t let me see my messages tonight!

I will be releasing my next date SOON. I take a limited number of girls for my boudoir mini events. If you have some girl friends that might want to join in on the fun let them know about it! It is a super fun day with some pampering, laughing, and of course fun! These photos make great gifts but even more than that they are just amazing to have of yourself. I have always looked at pictures of Marilyn Monroe and thought I wish I could even look half that amazing. Being a woman and feeling sexy… heck I can’t even describe how that feels!

“If you are looking for an amazingly talented, creative, fun and open minded photographer, then look no further!
What Erika is capable of is genius. She has the ability to make you feel comfortable and beautiful at the same time. Every experience I have had with her has been absolutely delightful! I cannot thank her enough!” -Heather S.

“Oh.. Erika Blackwell– what can I say!??!!..♥♥♥” -Julie M.

“Erika I just wanted to thank you for yesterday! I had a blast! U made me feel so comfortable!” -Vicki D.

“OMG I LOVE! I love so many of them… you are amazing. U have an amazing talent.” -Penny L.

“The Boudoir Mini Session I did with Erika Blackwell was AMAZING!!! I did this for my husband for our 2 year anniversary and he is going to be SHOCKED at how sexy I look, I have been with him forever and have never been able to give him such an awesome and unique present. I went with one of my closest girlfriends from high school and we made it a girls day! We both were excited for weeks and we kept saying how we will continue to do this every year for fun! I have not had this much fun dressing up and looking beautiful since my wedding day! I have never felt more sexy. This experience and amazing day is something I will NEVER forget. I felt extremely nervous until I walked into the room with Erika, she had me smiling and laughing instantly! I recommend the Boudoir Mini Session to anyone who wants to spice up their marriage and make their husbands drool over pictures of their wives!!! This is something you should do to remember yourself and how beautiful you really are, celebrate womanhood! I felt like a super model. My pictures came back and look like something out of a magazine!!!!! This woman puts her heart and soul into this and you can tell she has nothing but love and passion for this because it shows in EVERY single photo. I can’t wait to look back at these photos when I’m 60 years old and say to my husband “Remember when I looked like this!!???” Once again all my thanks goes to Erika Blackwell.” -Carissa H.


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