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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. coaphoto.com 231.549.2038

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My DUDES.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I can not express how much these two boys mean to me. Braylan saw the glasses and hat on the table and wanted one picture. His were taking in less than one minute… then I waited for help for Grayson’s one minute session. Can’t wait to hang them up!

Gender reveal!!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

So I want start off by saying… I love I get to be on my clients/friends first to know list. Upon knowing they were expecting I threw this idea around with Alyssa and she loved it! She put it all together and I came for a quick shoot. They were all ready in the white shirts, both colors (in case it was a boy or girl,) and handed me the envelope. In that moment when the took off their blind folds… it was so exciting for me to witness. They were cheering and all 3 said they just knew it. They told me before they thought it was a girl. I can’t wait for the next gender reveal!

Beautiful Winter Wedding

Monday, April 7th, 2014

April showers bring May flowers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

At home with the Blackwell boys…

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

So I have been busy. It’s a pretty big adjustment adding a baby into the mix. Braylan was doing amazing until he decided he wants our full attention again. He is still doing good… he’s super loving and nice to Grayson. I started my wedding season in February on top of doing winter minis all month. We also got hit with not 1 but 2 virus’ in one month. With all the craziness we are so very blessed to have two awesome boys!

Good thing Grayson has a high tolerance for his big bro. Not often does he get mad for cheek squishing or loud yelling.

We missed his buddy Westyn’s birthday party because we were all sick but he still got his super hero stuff and wears it often!

Bray wants to be just like Daddy!

By far my favorite pictures of Grayson! :)

We love to play with cars, trucks, buses and trains. Bray makes up stories about his lego guys going on a bus to school to learn how to be a pilot.

Braylan stands with the fridge door open for long periods of time at night looking for snacks.

We make crafts a lot. Grayson loves his ExerSaucer so he bounces around a little while we get artsy!

I got our wall display done on one of our living room walls!

WEDDING: Allison + Kenny

Monday, February 17th, 2014

These are our very close friends… and was so happy to be a part of their day! I was super pregnant and they were so awesome to me the whole day. The old saying it’s good luck to rain on your wedding day came into effect here. They absolutely do not need any luck though. You can look at them and know their love it real. They have teal/vintage inspired theme. Allison made so many of the details down to the bridesmaids head bands.

My boys

Friday, January 31st, 2014

So the word busy… I never imagined it could mean more than it already did before having another kid. :) Yikes. Working, Braylan starting school, being up for hours at night with Grayson, house work, Dr. appointments, taxes, cooking… I could go on and on. I also reinjured my back. From 28 weeks on my back and sciatic nerve was terrible. This past month I’ve had a hard tine with lifting my chunky monkey.

So you will see a little of what we’ve been up too. Braylan has been exploring his feelings. I’m happy, I’m mad, I’m sad… I knows exactly what they all mean and tells me! His facial expressions usually say it all too! I have been taking pics of me and Grayson every 4 weeks to show his growth. Plus I always said I would never match my kids… and I did. I don’t like to always do it but I had to this once!

Grayson Jonah Blackwell

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

We have been blessed with our baby boy at last.
Grayson Jonah was born on 11-30-13
9:41pm – 21in. – 8lbs 14oz

He is amazing and we are all soaking up every second!
Braylan has been beyond awesome. Kisses and I love you’s all day long. He wants to help and says some of the funniest things ever.
We had both Grayson and Braylan at Charlevoix Area Hospital and want to say how much I loved the care we received both time. Of course we love Dr. Jeakle and would never choose another Doctor but the nurses are also so caring and go above and beyond. A special shout of to Vicki. During hard labor she really made a huge difference for me with Grayson. :)

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!

SENIOR: Kendra

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

This is my Boyne Falls Senior Rep Kendra! I must tell you that this session was one of the most fun senior sessions I have done. We braves the elements and got some awesome shots. I wrote this on my facebook sneak preview after I took her pictures… but at the end of her session we were running for tree coverage fro the pouring down rain. Not to mention my baby belly was already large and it was probably a sight to see. We can across wild animals in the bushes… it was hot. We were laughing the whole time. Then I would say, “Okay let’s to a serious one.” And then we would laugh more. :) So fun!

 

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