The photographer and mom behind the hit Instagram video talks to PEOPLE about her inspiration and filming with kids
The Fixer Upper fandom has reached a new (and adorable) peak.
Tuesday night Joanna Gaines shared a video with her 3.3 million Instagram followers. It was a repost from two California photographers and moms, Gina Lee and Becky Hales, who made a short film that caught the Fixer Upper star’s attention.
The clip features Lee’s daughter Willow, 4, (who first found Instagram fame when Buzzfeed documented her fabulous Halloween costumes), Hales’ son, Cooper, and their friend James, starring as Joanna and Chip Gaines and carpenter Clint Harp. The pint-size actors deliver the hosts’ most memorable catch phrases with admirable gusto, and even caught the eye of one of their real-life counterparts.
“Well, this is just the cutest thing we’ve ever seen!” Joanna Gaines wrote in a post, sharing the good-natured spoof. “Thanks @ginalee and @becky_hales for sharing this video with us!” As of Thursday morning the video already had 1.2 million views on her account.
Lee is overjoyed with the mention. “We Love Fixer Upper!” she tells PEOPLE. “When my husband and I bought our new home earlier this year, we kidded around and called each other Chip and Jojo while working on projects.” And it’s not just the famous couple’s DIY savvy she admires. “Aside from their show, we find them so inspiring on both a creative level and [because of] the work they carry out in their community.”
As for the logistics of recreating Waco, Texas, on the West Coast, she says “We filmed at our home in Redlands, California. For the landscape scenes, we took the kids to a barn house in the middle of a beautiful field that was a dire fixer upper.” Lee’s husband, Chris (aka @IAmLovingDad), manned the camera. “He does crazy, fun videos of our kids all the time,” she adds.
But it’s not just mom and dad who call themselves Fixer Upper fanatics. “Our kids are well aware of who Chip and Joanna are, because we can’t get enough of the show,” Lee says. “It’s safe to say we are addicted.”