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Katniss, The Girl Who Was on Fire

When I was younger, my parents used to have a wall clock hanging in their bedroom that had an image of a ballerina in motion and the quote: If you can dream it, you can achieve it. I’m thrilled that 2012 so far has been a year of dreaming and pushing myself to dream even bigger. I haven’t completed a “101 things to do in 1001 days” list like I’ve seen on so many other photographers blogs, but I know that the past three months of this new year have definitely helped me reach some unwritten goals and dreams with my photography.

Last night I had the chance to watch The Hunger Games – the first movie to go along with the book series. And I loved it! For a book adaptation, I thought they did a pretty great job. It’s incredible seeing a world you’ve created in your own imagination come to life, and I might have let out a few squeals of excitement in the theatre! The biggest difference between my imagination’s version and the movie’s version was just the people of the Capitol; I think I pictured them more like Lady Gaga and less “flowery” – you might understand what I mean if you watch the movie!

As promised, today I am sharing Part Two of The Hunger Games inspired shoot on the blog – the portion of the shoot that was inspired entirely by the character of Katniss, The Girl Who Was on Fire! I’m also excited to announce that my very sweet friend Leslie Kerrigan, creator of Seniorologie (an inspirational blog for senior photography) is featuring the images on her blog today also! Now when I say “senior photography” I’m not talking about photography for the elderly – I’m talking about photography for high school seniors, or Grads as we call them in Canada! This is a really big genre of photography in the States and an area I’ve also been dreaming about growing with in my own photography, so it’s a big honour to be featured on Leslie’s site! Jill, our “Katniss” was actually one of the first grads I ever photographed and I was thrilled when she agreed to model for this shoot! You just never know when I may call up photo subjects from the past for special projects like this one!

Apart from this text, my blog post here is images only (with a few extra images for my blog readers that you won’t find on the Seniorologie post!), but please check out the Seniorologie post for my interview all about the shoot, what amazing professionals contributed their talents, how the concept started, the inspiration board for creating this look, and what it’s like shooting in your own backyard with a smoke machine!

Thank you again to the amazing team of women who collaborated on this shoot; each of you are so incredibly talented and I’m blessed to be able to celebrate this shoot with you! XOXO

Photography Assistant: Rachel Broughton
Makeup Artist: Lindsay Archdekin
Hair Stylist: Danielle Bennett
Assistant Stylist & Dress Designer: Whitney Buczkowksi (Whitney designed & created the red dress from scratch and then she and Khloe completed the look on the day of the shoot! So much talent!)

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March 24, 2012 - 12:52 PM

Lara Eichhorn - Very cool, Courtney! I love the smoke, and especially the ones with her shooting the bow.

March 25, 2012 - 2:18 AM

Amber Goodwin - Beautiful shots Courtney!! I love them all. The makeup is beautifully done and the smoke definitely adds to the images!

March 26, 2012 - 8:55 AM

Cecilia Flaming - LOVE IT! Courtney, these shots are amazing and I love the Hunger Games theme… especially drawn to the photos where she’s holding the bow & arrow! gorgeous!

March 26, 2012 - 11:55 AM

Stefanie Fournier - LOVE it Courtney! The last photo is definitely my favourite. I’m going to the movie tonight. :)

March 29, 2012 - 1:54 PM

LeiLani @ Elle Golden Photography - Um, yeah. These are like the best thing ever. Love doesn’t even begin to describe it. WOW.

April 1, 2012 - 7:32 AM

BFace - Cool theme but it would be Cooler if your model knew how to use a bow and arrow

April 1, 2012 - 2:00 PM

Courtney - Thanks for your comment Bart. We actually had Jill (our model) draw the bow correctly at first, but realized it could be a safety hazard to the on-site assistants if it was released accidentally, so we chose to have her just hold it and not risk any injuries! Safety first!

April 3, 2012 - 2:07 PM

Lindsay & Mark | Victoria Engagement Photographer | Vlog #3 » Courtney Clarke Photography | Victoria BC Wedding, Beloved, and Portrait Photographer - [...] lovely look for this session, as well as both looks for the Hunger Games inspired Bridal Shoot and Fashion Shoot posted here recently (how could she NOT be included in these shoots after that amazing [...]

April 20, 2012 - 5:27 PM

Get Ready for Hunger Games-Themed Weddings « – Where Fashions Gets Their Diva - [...] Games fan, pure and simple (She also did a “Katniss, Girl on Fire” shoot which you can see here). Carmen Santorelli, another self-professed Hunger Games fan, also shot a full-on fantasy spread, [...]

April 21, 2012 - 12:51 AM

Fashion ModREn » Get Ready for Hunger Games-Themed Weddings - [...] Games fan, pure and simple (She also did a “Katniss, Girl on Fire” shoot which you can see here). Carmen Santorelli, another self-professed Hunger Games fan, also shot a full-on fantasy spread, [...]

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