When Julie Blackmon first moved her family back to her hometown of Springfield, Mo., 13 years ago, she decided her new living room needed a little something.
"I really just wanted to get some good black-and-white pictures of my kids that I could put on the wall," she recently told The Cut. "That was when the Pottery Barn look was in, so I was just trying to make my living room look cool, basically."
So the mom of three picked up a camera again for what seemed like the first time since college, she says, and started documenting. But what started as a one-weekend project soon spilled over into full-blown love affair with the camera—not to mention, a whole new career.