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Interview with Fine Art Photographer Deirdre Giumetti of Shooting Star Photography

Introducing Deirdre Giumetti of Shooting Star Photography.  Shooting Star Photography offers exquisite craftsmanship and personalized art and we got to sit Dee down for an interview.

“Life sure does fly by. Our goal is to capture all these not-to-be-missed moments in stunning professional portraits. As you see, with our award-winning work, we make magic for our clients. We love to include our customers in every step of the process.

Shooting Star Photography is South Jersey’s most distinctive portrait photographer. We specialize in luxury-crafted and styled family, children, maternity and engagement photography. We proudly serve South Jersey, the Greater Philadelphia area (all suburbs),Northern Delaware and Northern Maryland. We have unique locations from urban, to beautiful flower fields, to forest for our client’s disposal. We’re set about being a cut above of the local competition and providing a unique experience from start to finish, for every client that comes our way.”

Deirdre Giumetti is an award winning fine art photographer based in South Jersey. Here are some questions we asked:

Describe yourself in 3 words

 Caring, ambitious, Compassionate

What inspired you to become a fine art photographer?

Honestly, It happened upon a fluke. I actually started out in landscape photography and had a very successful blog about history and places to visit in my area. From that blog, I met some incredible people who I still remain friends with today. From that research, is how I have discovered many of the locations I utilize in Southern New Jersey. 

I was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Sunday Edition) and even in some of our regional magazines. I’ve actually published two books to which those landscape images are also featured!  I then started taking photographs of my children and fell more and more in love every time. I learned that landscape photography and portrait photography are two different monsters. However, you can still see some of those landscape days in how I set up my compositions. I am all about the scene/story. 

What software do you use to edit? 

The standards of the industry, Lightroom and Photoshop.

What is your favorite part of the Summerana Academy? 

I am loving Summerana! I have told all my photography friends about it and convinced them to become members. I really love the resources and how you have broken things down from beginners to advanced. It’s super easy to follow. I have even picked up a few new tricks! I think Shannon Squires is a great asset and I hope you continue to use her.

My favorite products are the editing resources and videos. I am all about learning and knowledge!

Do you listen to music while editing? If you do, what kind of music do you listen to? 

I do. I feel like I am an old soul. I am into Chicago and Fleetwood Mac as of late! I am a peppy person and their music makes me happy! 

What is your favorite location for a session?

My favorite location is the beach at the Jersey Shore. You can find me there all summer for sessions. I can’t wait to use some sky overlays that are in the shop!

Tell us about your gear.

I shoot rather unconventionally from my peers.

I have been a Sony Mirrorless shooter from the get-go. I love vintage lenses. I shoot with a canon 200mm 1.8L on my Sony A7RIII. I think it gives a rather unique vintage look to my photos. However, I do have every focal length from wide angle, to 30mm, 35mm, 55mm, 85mm, 135mm, 70-200, 300mm, the Russian helios, Jupiter “bokeh” monster. However, kit includes everything from Canon, Sony and Minolta glass.  I do also have a 6d that I bring out for sessions, too. 

Summer or Fall? 

Summer. Hands down. 

What is your biggest accomplishment? 

Sounds cliche, but being a mom! I feel like life didn’t truly begin until they came into my life. 

What’s your favorite quote?

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”


Deirdre Giumetti
Shooting Star Photography

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