Whitney Blodgett is an established SaaS company founder and software developer based in Atlanta, Georgia. As a graduate of the University of Georgia in Computer Sciences, she was always curious about how she could bridge the gap between technology and other business sectors, such as retail.
This led her to the idea that she could create a software that would allow retail companies to use to power of technology automation. Her SaaS company helps businesses send out autosuggestion newsletters to customers, create an automated invoice, and help account management.
At present, her company has experienced a 150% growth over the last 2 years, and they are looking into expanding their business to other smaller businesses and solo entrepreneurs.
Whitney Blodgett also enjoys photography during her free time and has invested in her hobby for quite some time since she graduated in college.
What is your hobby?
I really enjoy photography, particularly, nature photography. Atlanta is known for its parks, springs and natural reserves. During my spare time, I would bring my DSLR and take photos. It’s also a part of my physical activity since I enjoy leisurely walks in these natural locations. When I travel in the states or in other countries, I also bring my GoPro aside from my DSLR.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
Since I am a business owner who deals with clients mostly through a computer, the whole team and I often spend our time indoors, with our eyes glued to the computer. Although I enjoy my work and the fast-paced learning environment it gives me, I enjoy some downtime with nature. One day, I was doing my daily jog with my smartphone at hand. I saw a beautiful and unique-looking bird perched on a tree and I wanted to take a nice photo, but couldn’t do so with the limitations of a regular smartphone. So I decided to invest in really good camera equipment, and the rest is history.
Tell us what you love about it.
I love how photography connects us to moments that we can never have back. It’s like a frozen point in time. I know it may sound very profound, but that’s where I see the beauty in my hobby. It makes me see that time is really precious and should be treasured by taking photos. It’s a way of banking those memories in a physical form.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
I am actually part of Atlanta Photographic Society. It’s just simply a photography club where hobbyists like me can connect and share our work. I network with other photographers once every 1-2 months. We take nature trips and exchange tips on how to create stunning nature photos.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
One of the most expensive investments I had for my photography hobby is my Nikon D850. Out of all the DSLR cameras I had, it is the one with the most functionality, best in quality and I could probably say the more diverse in customization. Its price is quite hefty, I spent over $3,000 just for the camera alone, and I had to spend more to add the rest of my equipment, including special lenses. Thankfully my investment really paid off and now it’s one of the main DSLRs that I use during my nature expeditions.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
Before I purchase anything, I usually go to Tech Radar to read some reviews about it. I also ask with my community in Atlanta Photographic Society is the equipment is a good investment. After that, I try to find the certain model through the official retailers in Amazon, because that’s where I usually find good deals. Some local stores wouldn’t really have the latest models, so I prefer purchasing most of my equipment online.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Michael Freeman has this book called “The Photographer’s Eye”. Sometimes, what sets a regular person from a person who has good photography skills is their eye for composition. This book I’ve read is a perfect guide for beginners to understand composition in photography. It also teaches how to angle the lens to create stunning photos even in the most mundane locations or simplest of objects. This is the book I used to study at the start of my hobby journey.
How has this changed your life?
It changed me because, through constant practice, I learned how to create photos with good composition. I believe that exposure and lighting are all great elements to study, but learning composition is a skill that only great photographers possess. So this book really helped me improve my craft over time.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
My advice for beginner photographers is to strike a balance between learning and experiencing. Reading the books will help you understand the basics, but experiencing the hobby in itself is something that will help you build on those foundations.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
Aside from photography, I also love to travel to different places in the US as well as other countries. From time to time, I bring my company to retreats to help us unwind. With the fast-paced nature of our work, it is good to take a break once in a while.