Monday, May 2, 2011

Queen Susan the Gentle // photoshoot

In this post  I asked you to guess which character I portrayed at my friends Literary Ball (English Country Dancing). . .yes, I was Susan from Narnia, wearing a "mock" version of the Archery Dress.  Nooo, the movie dress isn't made with satin fabric, and of course a few minor details are "missing". However! I LOVE my gown (which a friend of a friend made for me.) Normally I like to make my own messes - I mean dresses - for Balls, but felt I lacked the experience, and *definitely*  the time to dabble with the project. Funds were limited, (go figure,) but even sooo . . .like I said, the dress is magnifique. . .simply because it is oh-so feminine.
 If I could wear a medieval-style gown each and every day I more then happily would. I'd spend endless  hours in open, flowered-sprinkled fields; drinking in the sun, wishing the earth always sang of spring, feeling a gentle breeze on my cheek - loving life and the Lord's beautiful creation.

My bestest friend and lovely sister Anna  recently bought a beauteous camera  that she is getting rather incredible at using. She has been *wanting* to use it. . .constantly. Perfect timing for the photo-shoot I've been scheming up! I can now proudly check  "Susan photo-shoot" off of my need-to-be-posted list. Could this mean Michaela ceases at last to be a procrastinator? I only wish. :P 

First we headed to the backyard. We have a lovely "wooded" area that is very nice for pictures. . .but something was missing. This is when we opted for one of our local parks - a favorite place of our family, and just gorgeous with its "lake of shining waters", country air, and foresty paths that open into little grotto's of dead fir trees. Footsteps are whispered away when one melts from the bustling park onto a carpet of needles so thick and soft it is possible to walk without shoes. The outside world vanishes under a canopy of semi-gloom. . .it isn't difficult to imagine small men in pointed caps peeking through the brittle branches . 

"It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the find the place where all the beauty came from."  — C.S. Lewis

It is just magical. A Susan-inspired dress, talented budding-photographer sister, and Picnik bring to life all the emotions of the day. It was perfectly overcast, slightly chilly, the lake was slivery, and I felt in an extra-exuberant mood. Be grateful that I chose to leave some of the photos out. Like the one of me running full force up a hill, right into the mouth of the camera (while my mouth gaped open.) Would have ruined the "Susan-ish" feel, you know. These pics are a testament to the fact that I am capable of being mature. :P

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." — C.S. Lewis

Susan, little men in caps, shining waters and whatnot aside, the photographer and I needed *one* picture together. . . this was the result. No, I didn't just post that on my blog. You didn't see it, k? 

"To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. . .Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens."  
 C.S. Lewis  (somehow that line seems dreadfully misplaced. ;) ) 


  1. thought i spied the shadowy figure of a centaur through the woodland trees

    beautiful photos - well done

  2. Absolute love, love, and love.

    Yep. Love the look alot like Susan, ;), and it looks just beautiful (the setting etc..).

    Beautifully done, ladies. :)


  3. Awww, you look LOVELY!!!! JUST like her....woweee. Anyway, gorgeous pics!!! LU!

    (and I LOOOOVED that quote you sent! :-))

  4. Beautiful! You look slpendid and your sister takes wonderful pictures! Sounds like a good day, park, dressing up, picnics and pictures! =)

  5. GORGEOUS photos!!!! Both of you did a superb job! You do a perfect impersonation of Susan! And I just love the dress!!! I'd give about anything to have one like it ;) Ah well, perhaps one day I'll be able to sew well enough...or find a friend who can! Till then, I'll just enjoy all these beautiful pictures you post ;)

  6. You are a lovely Susan! You have her hair, and you have gorgeous eyes and I wish I could pull of her character like you do. Of course, that would not be possible, for one thing I don't have the hair. I love it all :))
    -Jocee <3

  7. Awesome photo shoot and a lovely dress.
    I love the way your and you hair looks in the very 1st photo! :) Very pretty and nice.

    Anna will be an aweomse photogarpher...she already actually is good! :)

    Jessica bought a nice camera ,so I've done 2-3 photoshoots for dresses for her. I REALLY WANT a super nice camera!

  8. I think these pictures are so beautiful. 1. It inspires me to sew a dress. Don't know when it will happen but I definitely want to.
    2. I definitely need to do a photoshoot. Thank you for reminding me. :)

  9. These are beautiful! Anna's photography is lovely. You look gorgeous in your dress! Dark green really suits you.

  10. Beautiful pictures. Lovely young woman, inside and out! I'd definitely say you could play Susan... you resemble Anna Popplewell, but you have the advantage over her in that your outer beauty is a reflection of a lovely heart for our Savior. Great job taking the pics, Anna (had to say something to your fantastic photographer!). It looks like you two had a lot of fun!

    God bless!

  11. You look like you are in a faerie tale... and if you aren't aware already, I think you happen to be *extremely* gorgeous :) {trying not to be jealous here} Anyway, it sounds like a perfectly blissful day, and the scenery is just exquisite! I may have to follow your wise example... ;)

  12. So pretty. =) It's funny, but I could never see the resemblance between you and Susan... but I think I'm the odd one out. =) Lovely pictures!!

  13. AAAAHHHHHH! MICHAELA!!! This is GORGEOUS! I love, love, love this photoshoot! The setting is lovely and I can't get over how much you look like Susan! ;) I have loved that dress for who-knows-how-long.... It's just so... elegant! It would be fun just to go around in a medieval dress whenever and wherever. :) And Anna did a marvelous job of the photography. I love it!

    Oh, and that last picture of you and Anna is way too cute. Sisters are so much fun!

  14. Lovely post, as usual, Michaela. I was nice seeing the pictures again (especially since there were some here that weren't on Facebook.)

    ...And no, I don't think *anybody* saw that last picture. :]

  15. Michaela,

    It looks like you had much fun during the camera shoot. I simply LOVE that hunter green (I think that's hunter green) satin gown. It's gorgeous! I wouldn't mind "running around in the woods" in one of those for a few hours, tee hee. :)

    I think the last picture of you and Anna is cute. Great faces, ha! :)

    -L. Rose

  16. You look absolutely gorgeous in that dark green gown, Michaela! The color suits you. What stunning photos; your sister is quite the photographer! What type of camera does she use?

    Blessings on your day!
    Elizabeth Rose

  17. OMGEESH! LOVE this!!! Your so gorgeousss and you look so much like Susan! That dress...*Swoons* so pretty!!! These pictures almost look a bit Irish as well.:) I just love the feel of this photoshoot...Anna did a fabulous job, and you, girly...did a great job lookin' beautiful and posing for her!

  18. Oh, I LOVE this post, Michaela!!! You are gorgeous, and Anna did an amazing job on the photography!! <3

  19. I saw pictures of your dress on your sister's blog. You look just like Susan!!! And how lovely you look!

    May the Lord bless you,
    The Keeper of the Garden @

  20. Hi Michaela,

    Found your blog through one of your sister's photography blogs... those photos are really stunning and my, you really look like the character too! You and your sister have quite some talent :)

    Blessings from a European :)
    This Good Life


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