So now would be a good time to tell the story
of how the shoot of Korie Robertson done at her stunning home
for Where Women Cook came about.
The story began last Fall when I was approached by Where Women
asking for suggestions/ideas for shoots I’d like to
photo. Features that would go well with the magazine.
I thought of women who inspired me.
Women who are living the dream.
Chaotic dreams at times but THEIR DREAMS nonetheless.
Women making it happen and leading us by example.
Women guiding everyday folks like me and you with
their grace, class, and charm– southern charm in this case.
My list included Korie Robertson, my friends – the babes at Junk Gypsy, and farmer chick Lynsey at Yonder Way Farm.
Being the wanna-be foodie/gourmet/chef I originally proposed myself on that list.
But given all the dates, planning, traveling, shooting, editing, sending, corresponding…
well it just wasn’t possible.
But was I disappointed?
Slowly and surely the task of coordinating this dream list came together.
And before I knew it…I was on a plane to Monroe, LA.
Flash forward 5 months and 40 or so pages of photo spreads shot in one issue…
dreams printed on lovely hi quality, low-luster paper
found on the bookshelves nationwide at stores like of Barnes & Noble, Costco,
Walmart, Target, and some grocery stores.
And it’s not hard to see why with this lady on the cover.
I first met Korie last year at a little shin dig I was invited to shoot for
the super talented Junk Gypsy & Co.
for a fabulous Redneck Red Carpet event better known as
As much as I loved and i do mean LOVED being at the event-
I was so thrilled to be able to spend some one on one time
with Korie and her beautiful family at home.
At home with ribs, potato salad, homemade apple pie and homemade ice cream at that!
Pulling off a shoot with a summer feel in literally
16 degree FROZEN roads and super dreary grey skies
was a challenge in itself -
not to mention they’re kind of a big deal.
Oh and i had a severe back injury that I won’t even get into
but somehow by the grace of God -
One of the main reasons I survived was this stunning woman right here above.
The Robertsons are the picture of southern grace and hospitality.
I can tell you first hand that this is legit.
Not a guided script. Not a reality show.
Just your everyday, down home, super rockstar family.
First we worked on a “cover shot” which I was very happy to get
done while we still had some light to work with.
My favorite was the photo above but the photo below was the one chosen for the cover.
Couldn’t really go wrong either way with Korie’s all-American good looks.
The apple pie wasn’t the only sugar in the kitchen.
Girly girl Bella who made her debut as the up and coming culinary queen of the family.
And don’t you know Mama Kay is proud!
Korie and Bella had a couple of pies ready for the great dinner after our shoot
but they actually did make this apple pie from scratch
right before my eyes – beginning with the crust.
passing the time with giggles and chit chat
but just one look on Korie’s face and you can tell it’s much more than that.
It’s about spending times with your babies while you still can and making those memories.
What a cutie pie! literally!
And there you have it!
As American as Apple Pie.
Now the hard part- waiting till after dinner!
Willie and the Robertson kiddos came home from their days at school and work to a FEAST!
(minus one darling missing daughter Rebecca who was out of town)
All the scrumptious goodies prepared by 4 generations of fine and fabulous southern women -
(left to right) Sadie, Korie’s super sweet grandmother Betty Jo, Korie’s mom Chrys, Korie, & Bella.
Can’t have a southern family map without something smoked and grilled!
Every time I peel an egg I think of Korie’s mom and Grandmom Chrys and Betty Jo.
We had a very informative convo on the best way the peel boiled eggs!
My eggs have never been the same and I love that memory.
And the best part of any dinner.
Not the delectable bites.
Not the pretty dishes and flowers.
A family together in the warmth of heart and hearth.
That and ice cream.
Because you can’t have pie without ice cream.
HOMEMADE ice cream….bonus points!
The beautiful dining room and settings.
EASILY my favorite photo of the day.
This was not planned, scripted, or even requested.
This was real life.
I didn’t mean to intrude on such a private moment but Willie’s prayer was
heartfelt and it was impossible not to get caught up in the moment.
Timed perfectly in sync with the sun setting on The Robertson’s scenic and peaceful farm retreat,
dinner came to an end.
Willie & Korie took a moment to enjoy a glass of their
very own wine from their orchard.
Life is GOOD.
And why not!?
They’ve earned it a 110% with all that they’ve contributed to the world.
I know I consider the whole family and Duck Dynasty show as a blessing.
Just being able to turn on the TV and not having to worry
about the topic, the people, the language…..and watch TV as a family
(and without it being Sponge Bob for the love of God).
That’s a huge gift that I appreciate it every time.
Very sad state of the times but it’s a reality.
So they deserve every single blessing.
Why you ask?
1. They work so hard for it. Every single person
– kids, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, EVERYONE.
They are always so hospitable and gracious
(not all celebrities are created equal as you may know).
They sacrifice so much of their private lives and they do it with a glad heart.
2. What you see is what you get.
Both in private and public
settings they are exactly what you see on TV
- I get asked this all the time.
No airs, no attitudes, no arrogances.
They are your favorite uncle, your next door neighbor,
you football buddies, your cousins from down south.
And both of these truths make them
as American as apple pie.
The world needs more apple pie.
Thank you so very much for your kindness in allowing me in your home
and lives Willie & Korie.
I’ll be telling my grandkids about this many years from now.