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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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Beautiful Winter Wedding

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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.

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

Brittany+Eric

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

This is one of my best friend’s Britt and her husband Eric. On August 24th I stood up as a bridesmaid and partially photographed their wedding. I had a lot of help from my sister and a few others who attended the wedding (friends) that also grabbed a camera for some candids. I will do a full blog post on all the 2012 and 2013 weddings I photographed but I really wanted to share this one right now. I have 7 weeks until our new little guy is here and as always I play catch up. Super happy with how busy I have been over the last couple years and it will be nice if I can get to a point in my business to take a real break from work to spend time with my family.

You will notice the collage at the end if from their first look. I have to say it couldn’t have gone better and if you are thinking about doing first look also… I say DO IT! It saves time after the ceremony, relaxes nerves and is just simply fun. If you visit Castle Farms blog you will see a post I just was a part of about first looks.

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.

Maria and Frank’s Wedding

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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

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!

WEDDING: Kaela and Michael

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Kaela and Michael were married at the Catholic Church in Harbor Springs. It was so beautiful!
As you may notice the church was full of their friends and family. So many people came to celebrate this marriage. It was a super hot day in June… but you can’t even tell. I always look to see if the groom (who is fully dressed) looks hot. NOPE! He champed it!

On another note. These guests/wedding party can DANCE! I was laughing so hard at some of Michael’s football teammates moves. It was soooo fun! We were standing on chairs trying to get everyone as the busted a move.

WEDDING: Ashley and Tyler

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The first time I talked to the brides mom on the phone before I knew it an hour had passed without even knowing it. What I did know was I was going to love this wedding without kmowing one person attending. From the minute I walked into the room where the bride and her girls were getting ready I had a smile on my face… it didn’t leave until I left. The people, decor, the dancing, touching speeches, smiles, laughs and cries. You will see in the super long blog post how awesome it was! Ashley and Tyler are the perfect match. They really enjoy being together and I could tell totally tell from the time I spent with them.

Location: Boyne Mountain Beach House



 

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