J.T. Blatty graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000 and served six years as an active-duty US Army officer, which included first rotation combat deployments into Afghanistan and Iraq. After completing her service to the military, and inspired by a love of capturing life, people and her personal experiences with disposable cameras, notebooks and pens, she pursued photography and writing as a career. After a 2009 internship with National Geographic Traveler, she returned to New Orleans, where in addition to working as a freelance photographer, she is a regular contributor to the New Orleans Advocate and a FEMA Disaster Reservist Photographer. Her long term photography project, Fish Town, is a forthcoming title under George F. Thompson Publishing, expected for release in Spring 2017.