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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

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FAMILY: Dixon

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Every year I get excited to shoot the Dixon family session. Last year we went to the beach and this year Jenna said she wanted woods and something more rustic. I took them to a place that is one of my favorites and right up the street from where I grew up. I love using the old garage door… the hill me and the neighborhood kids used to sled down and back where the first Boyne Falls School used to me.

SENIOR: David

Friday, November 8th, 2013

David is a Harbor Springs senior and you would never be able to tell he doesn’t care to have his pictures taken. Him and his mom were down with any ideas I had… I took David’s older sister Maggie’s pictures a couple years ago and am thankful to have them as return clients. There are SO many places to photography in Harbor it’s amazing. All the people we passed smiled at us and said hello. It’s such a warm feeling on every street. I know how some local people feel about all the tourist and out of towners being around in the summer but I have never minded it. I am a huge talker so I like to have conversations with different people and hear their stories.

FAMILY: Maginity

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

What an awesome family! We had the most perfect weather the day we did this family session and it was also Lisa’s birthday! My very favorite picture from their session is the first one posted here… you can just feel the love the share for each other.

WEDDING: Brittany + Eric

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

So I couldn’t wait to do a full post from my best friends wedding. :) So many fun things surrounding the big day!
Britt and Eric met while attending Michigan and made lots of friends through their college years. You will see some fun pictures with them in this post! They were married in Glen Arbor, MI on the shore of Lake Michigan and they had a vintage theme. The reception was at the Glen Arbor Township Hall, just a few blocks from the ceremony location. The bride and groom led a parade from the ceremony to the hall! They also are both vegan so their menu was completely unique and the best food I’ve ever tasted at a wedding. AND I’ve been to a lot of them!

Location: Glen Arbor, MI
Lodging: The Homestead
Catering: BJs (vegan)
DJ: Rusch Entertainment
Hair and make up: Lilly Jade Salon
Vegan Cake: Catherine Warner
Videographer: Home Video Studio
Flowers: Cherry Hill Greenhouse

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

MATERNITY & NEWBORN: Sawyer James

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

These are our friends Dustin, Paige and their little man Sawyer. Poor Paige was on bed rest the end of her pregnancy and had to have Sawyer early… but he is a healthy and happy baby! He was anything but sleepy for his newborn session.

FAMILY: Fruge

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I really like to photograph on murky gloomy days… no matter what angle or direction the lighting is great. Courtney had me come to the beach down by their house in Boyne City. Such a nice place! There was even a fish pond they like to take the boys to.

CHILDREN: Beau and Westyn

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

These little country boys are one of my best friends kids! She is expecting another May 2014. :) So excited! I love sharing memories with her and our kids. For the last couple years we do their summer shoot around Beau’s birthday in July on their farm.

SENIOR: Sawyer

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

This past year I have been very blessed with awesome seniors! This is Sawyer… her, her mom and sister traveled up here to Harbor Springs from downstate to have me shoot her session. I’m sooo glad that she did! We walked around town and the beaches to find so many great spots. We had a weather scare but it ended up staying clear and the lighting was fantastic!

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!

 

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