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This Katara Cosplay From Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Actually Waterbending

This photoshoot makes Katara come to life!

Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Image Courtesy Nickelodeon and Dark Horse Comics

Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender has been a fan favorite for years. Since her appearance in the first episode learning to waterbend to her master of waterbending in later episodes, she has shown herself to be a strong-willed character throughout the show.

Many cosplayers have made her outfits in the past. Some have done her Season 3 firebending disguise, while others go for her more classic waterbending look. Emma from the cosplay duo Carma Cosplay has loved Katara's look for years, and now she has brought back one of her first cosplays in a truly spectacular photoshoot.

The photoshoot was done by photographer Brett Downen, who wanted to incorporate practical effects to make Emma look like she was actually waterbending. He used different color gels to make the lighting effects, which also helped make the water look extra blue like it does in the show. The water itself was thrown from the back and sides by cosplayer and photo assistant Alex (@Yetigt), who was the master waterbender behind-the-scenes. And frankly, the results from the shoot are incredible.

Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Cosplay by Carma Cosplay. Photo by Brett Downen.

The shoot was taken in a dark building next to a barn so there was no problem splashing water around for practical effects. The biggest challenge was making sure the shutter would click at the same time the water was being thrown. According to Brett, they were getting "one in three successfully timed shots with interesting water effects; at the beginning though, one in ten maybe."

Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Cosplay by Carma Cosplay. Photo by Brett Downen.

Regardless of the amount of times it took to get the perfect shot, so many photos from this shoot make Carma Cosplay look like she stepped out of the actual show. From the amazing waterbending poses to the perfectly timed photos, this shoot is certainly one of the coolest Avatar: The Last Airbender photoshoots we've seen!

Avatar: The Last Airbender is streaming on Netflix.

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Kelsey Endter


Kelsey started her cosplay adventure at a small convention outside Sacramento in 2011. Since then, she has been featured on major websites such as IMDb and Variety Magazine, and worked with companies like Besame Cosmetics featuring Disney & Marvel makeup products. Her passion for cosplay and love of the community brought her to join Cosplay Central as Editor-in-Chief in 2020. In her spare time she’s usually seen playing with her dog and scouting the next best photoshoot location for her cosplays.