As a young mother and with a camera her husband Jerry (deceased) bought for her, Blevins enjoyed photographing their children: Shelane Blevins-Nunnery of Utah, Amber Blevins-Nastasowski Naperville and Rachel Blevins-Cowan of Joliet.
Over time Blevins shot more nature and landscapes. When traveling, Blevins said she often waits for people to move out of view before she will shoot.
She has since sold some photos and sometimes she's hired to shoot weddings, Blevins said.
What makes a good picture? Blevins finds that hard to define.
"Something unique, something that calls to me," she said. "There's a couple of picture in the gallery that are absolutely gorgeous and I don't know these particular ones. It's just art, you know? Different things appeal to different people."
Digital or film?
Digital, Blevins is quick to answer, although she added film has definite benefits, especially slide film, where the resulting image was truer to the original. But digital allows the photographer to take many shots and keep only certain ones.
"I took over 2,000 pictures when I went to Ireland," Blevins said. "I could never afford to do that with film."
(Above, Blevins' dog Bailey).