The Extra

There’s one redheaded extra that appears in much of my work. She is a short-tempered, Hungarian bitch who has cost me a fortune. She has her own opinions, her own blog and a strand of pearls that are a better grade than those I wear. When I concept and produce an editorial shoot, she always seems to weasel her way into a shot. A few months ago she had the audacity to take a meeting with an agent.

When I reminded her of the money she has outstanding for vet visits, specialty biscuits and weekly appointments at her favorite spa she realized she’ll be in my employ for the next 14 years.

May I introduce you to McGuire Jo Summers (aka Maggie, Maggie Jo, The Bitch)…the extra.

Raw and Refined (Liesa Cole and Libbie Summers for The South Magazine)

Photography by Liesa Cole

Raw and Refined (Liesa Cole and Libbie Summers for The South Magazine)


Photography by Cedric Smith

Homegrown Homecoming (Cedric Smith and Libbie Summers for The South Magazine)


Portrait of Maggie by Matt Johnson

Portrait of Maggie by Matt Johnson


Photography by Chia Chong

Red Velvet Dog Biscuits (Chia Chong and Libbie Summers for Salted and Styled)


Photography by Joshua Summers

Maggie in Montana

The Jump

Paddleboarding with a dog

Like all my best girlfriends…occasionally they’re all a bit snarky, but always a lot of fun.





  1. Ha! I love this because I have one too (and usually have a red nose in my photos too)! Yours is a pretty gal!

    Comment by Kandice on February 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  2. Love to see pictures of her Kandice!!

    Comment by Libbie Summers on February 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  3. Hi Libbie, I was in Andrea’s class today–very much enjoyed learning about what you do. Your passion for your work is inspiring. I’ve been a closet foodie my entire life; your career in food and beauty and going with your gut is my absolute dream gig. My favorite piece of wisdom from your visit to our class was something said about not thinking small, something about not mistaking short term funding for the bigger picture. Fabulous. I’ll keep an eye on what your’e up to and hope our paths cross again soon.

    Comment by zara on February 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm


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