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Circle of Fire Trailer Behind the Scenes Part II

19 Aug, 2011 by in book trailer, Heather Gardner Photography, michelle zink Leave a comment

For my Photography Friday I bring you part II of the custom photos behind Michelle Zink’s Circle of Fire book trailer.

Alice and James

Lia and Dimitri

To view all of the COF trailer photos taken by Heather Gardner Photography visit my Smug Mug Galleries. Learn more about the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy on Michelle Zink’s website. Circle of Fire is currently number 20 on the Goodreads most popular books of August. Congrats Michelle! And be sure to check out the teaser and full length COF trailers now on You Tube.

Behind The Scenes of The Circle of Fire Trailer Part I

12 Aug, 2011 by in book trailer, Heather Gardner Photography, michelle zink 1 comment

Now that both Circle of Fire trailers are up I thought it would be fun to do a couple photography Friday posts on the behind the scenes work that went in to pulling it all together. Michelle Zink and I started working on putting together the book trailers back in January. Our first step was working on setting. Michelle wanted some forest shots, rolling green hills and pastures. Without giving away any spoilers for those who haven’t read the book yet, here’s the first scenic shot picked and released.

My next step was casting the four main characters of the book. One of my awesome author friends, Sheralyn Pratt referred me to a local talent agency KnightStarTalent where I found everyone expect for Alice. Our James brought her with him to the shoot.

Alice (Erin)

James (Dash)

Dimitri (Jon)

Lia (Analisa) photo courtesy Crave photography

Once the main four were cast I started collaborating with Michelle on costumes. She said. “Circle of Fire “is set in 1892. I try to counteract the Victorian prejudice by making all the Prophecy stuff pretty and just a little bit sexy.” My first trip to the local thrift store was for clothes for the extra characters in the book who would be in several of the scenes. I tried to find things with lace ribbons and taffeta, velour, high buttoned boots and embroidery.

I had a blast shopping and when we had a full set of costumes I did a test shoot with two of my neighbors plus the daughter of another local author Marie Higgins . She was kind enough to take some photos of me shooting and post them on her site.

And here’s some of my favorites I took away from our day.

Gareth (Hayden)

Our next shoot was a Masquerade Ball with the entire cast. My fellow photography friend Lesli Jenks Groves of Haven Rock Photography came along as a second and as Aunt Virginia. The masks added a dramatic effect that really fits the Victorian and Gothic moods. I used these galleries on Flickr as an inspiration for some of the shots.

Special thanks to Hailey Gardner for bringing several of her friends to fill in as Brigid and Helene, Ashley Dickman for playing Sonia, Katie Bowen for standing in as Luisa and Meg Kavanagh for playing Helene. All in all, we had 15 actors and models working on the set.

Be sure to stay tuned next Friday for part two of behind the scenes with Heather Gardner Photography and the making of the Circle of Fire trailers…much more about Dimitri and Lia plus Alice and James.

Circle of Fire Trailer Unveil

03 Aug, 2011 by in book trailer, Heather Gardner Photography, michelle zink Leave a comment

A Very Happy Book Birthday to
Circle of Fire
Prophecy of the Sisters #3
by Michelle Zink
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 3, 2011
by Little Brown and Company

With time dwindling but her will to end the Prophecy stronger than ever, Lia sets out on a journey to find the remaining keys, locate the missing pages of the Prophecy, and convince her sister Alice to help–or risk her life trying. Lia has her beloved Dimitri by her side, but Alice has James, the man who once loved her sister–and maybe still does. James doesn’t know the truth about either sister, or the prophecy that divides them. And Alice intends to keep it that way.
There are some secrets sisters aren’t meant to share. Because when they do, it destroys them. This stunning conclusion to Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy will make saying good-bye bittersweet for readers

I have been waiting forever for this release so I can finally unveil the custom photos I took for author Michelle Zink. So without further ado…

Here’s the trailer

Head on over to my site at Heather Gardner Photography for a look at all the photos taken for Circle of Fire .

Then be sure to stop by Michelle Zink’s site .

Special thanks to Michelle and her family for all of their hard work and for letting me have so much fun with some amazing models and wardrobes!

Photography Friday $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

08 Jul, 2011 by in etsy, Heather Gardner Photography 3 comments

I’ve busy getting ready to shoot two summer weddings *squee* awaiting the release of Michelle Zink’s full Circle of Fire book trailer and trying to design a website for Heather Gardner Photography. To celebrate & get some input I need your help! We need to pick a handful of photos to highlight on a new site. So, please tell me your favorite in my galleries and you’ll automatically receive a $5 coupon via email to be used towards any item in my Etsy shops. One lucky winner will also receive a $25 gift card to be used towards jewelry, prints, a book trailer, custom stills or a sitting here in Utah. There’s several ways to enter here on this form. Good luck and thanks so much for all of the support!

Photography Friday Featuring TheBookCellarX

17 Jun, 2011 by in Heather Gardner Photography, new york 2 comments

Our photography Friday features a sitting I did in New York City with TheBookCellarX…”YA Book Blogger. Vegetarian. Show Choir Junkie. Book Worm. Team Ash Co-Captain. Head Sea Cheerleader. Alex Bracken Fangirl.” So fun to finally meet her and capture a few moments! Check out her website at

All photos copyright Heather Zahn Gardner

Circle of Fire Teaser Trailer

05 Jun, 2011 by in book trailer, Heather Gardner Photography, michelle zink, prophecy of the sisters 13 comments

I have been working with author Michelle Zink on the trailer for her upcoming book Circle of Fire to be published August 3rd from Little Brown books. Today, Michelle released a teaser trailer on YouTube featuring my photos which I costumed, cast and shot starting back in February for Michelle. SQUEE!!!

A full trailer will be released August 2nd, the day before the book, the third in her Prophecy of the Sisters series hits shelves. So stay tuned! A huge thanks to Michelle and her children for all the work they put into this project, to my amazing models and to Little Brown publishing.

To celebrate the teaser trailer release I’m giving away an exclusive Michelle Zink Prophecy of the Sisters wristband and 8×12 signed trailer still photo of your choice from the four in the collage below. Simply comment on this post to enter. Giveaway ends July 5, 2011.

Want more photos? Visit my Galleries online at SmugMug, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, Etsy and my site at Heather Gardner Photography.

Photography Friday- Joy Preble TKE Signing

01 Apr, 2011 by in Heather Gardner Photography Leave a comment

Author Joy Preble made a stop near us at the King’s English bookstore in Salt Lake City and we were able to finally meet her. She is just as nice in person as she is online. I love her books because they explore the Romanov family and Russian folklore, plus they have matyroshka dolls in the storyline! We found out last night that she is working on book #3 in the Dreaming Anastasia series which is so exciting. Local YA author Sydney Salter was there as well as Catie S from BookBound. If you want another chance to see Joy in person, come to Barnes and Noble in Layton at 6:30 PM. Special thanks to Joy for her kindness and the signed bookmark being auctioned for JAPAN below. And to King’s English for always putting on wonderful events. All photos copyright Heather Zahn Gardner

Circle of Fire Prize Pack Winners

31 Mar, 2011 by in Heather Gardner Photography, michelle zink, prophecy of the sisters 2 comments

Congratulations to Amy Polen and Akasha Hale who won our Circle of Fire prize pack from Heather Zahn Gardner and Michelle Zink. Between the two of our sites we had over 700 entries! Thanks so much for making this giveaway such a success. Please email Michelle with your choice between the two book trailer photos and we’ll mail out the 8×10 prints plus your signed books.

Visit Michelle’s website at for all the latest news on her Prophecy Series. And, be sure to check back on the Facebook page for Heather Gardner Photography in June for more photo stills from the trailer and again in August for the trailer reveal of Circle of Fire!

Special thanks to Michelle Zink for choosing us to work with her on this amazing book trailer and for the prize donations.

Circle of Fire Cover Released

24 Mar, 2011 by in Heather Gardner Photography, michelle zink, prophecy of the sisters 2 comments

Yesterday author Michelle Zink revealed the final cover to Book Three of the Prophecy of the Sisters series. We love it! It’s amazingly beautiful. She and I have partnered up to give away two original photographs signed by Heather Zahn Gardner from the Circle of Fire book trailer plus a prize pack which includes signed copies of the first two books in the series. Our giveaway ends tomorrow so hurry and enter here at Fire and Ice or click over to enter on Michelle’s blog here.