“The beards are back”: Jim Fiscus shoots “Duck Dynasty” portraits, motion pieces

Season 2 of A&E‘s Duck Dynasty premiered October 10, and Jim Fiscus shot portraits of Willie, Phil, Si, and Jase Robertson—the bearded stars of the show—for the key art. Duck Dynasty, as you know, follows the adventures of said Robertsons, who live on the bayou in Louisiana and whose family business, Duck Commandeer, is making duck calls.

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Photos by Jim Fiscus for A&E.

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Jim shot on location and felt right at home. I’ll let him explain:

“I grew up catching wasps in the swamps of Louisiana. At that time, wasps brought up to $100 per pound and were used to make ‘bee shots’ for people who were allergic to stings.

Here’s a picture of me and my cousins, Gene and baby Kirk. I’m on the right in the 4H hat. We were probably watching the Amite Parish news or the weather report. Aunt Pam always put a sheet down before she would let us sit on the sofa.

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Jim Fiscus (far right) with his cousins in Louisiana.

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Livingston Parish is between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. My family has lived there for many generations. Louisiana is a different world, a world where the beer (Miller Pony Beers, ’cause they don’t get hot fast) is kept on ice in the washing machine, which is usually under the carport. Just think about it.

So when I had the opportunity to be considered to shoot A&E’s Duck Dynasty, I was so into it. I knew I could relate to the cast and perhaps more important, the cast would be able to relate to me. You can’t try and bluff this kind of close-up portraiture. It’s not just about the beards; it’s all about the eyes.

The shoot was fun. I got along great with these guys—it was like hanging out with my uncles.”

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Willie Robertson. Photo by Jim Fiscus for A&E.

Uncle Si. Photo by Jim Fiscus for A&E.

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Jim also directed some short Duck Dynasty motion promos for A&E. Here’s a look…

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4 Comments

  1. Bryan
    Posted 10/25/2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what else they’ve got hiding in their beards. Great work, Jim!

  2. TIFFANY
    Posted 08/08/2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I WAS JUST GOING THROUGH THE AWESOME PICS U HAVE HERE OF THE GUYS… BUT ONE OF THEM SAYS PHIL ROBERTSON. I THINK IT WAS A MISTAKE… THAT IS CLEARLY UNCLE SI. GOOD JOB WITH THE PICS

  3. Roni Flowers-Daniels
    Posted 08/13/2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    First of all I love the show D.D.,,,,,,,,, Thanks guys finely some thing on TV the hole family can watch! A show people are not afraid to show family love and giving Thanks by prayer to our giver of all. enjoy see yall all together :). love the beards reminds me of when I was a kid all my older brother sported them as well happy happy happy.


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