Today’s blog is features my senior model, Kynley. Her senior photos were the most personalized to date and by looking at her photos you can learn a lot about Kynley. Let me rewind. Earlier this year, Kynley’s mom emailed about my senior model program and she said it was very important to her that we get photos of Kynley at the pool, because that is where she spends a lot of time and swimming is a big part of her life. I assured her that we could shoot at the pool. Well, we did that and then some! Kynley not only wanted her swimming photos, but she had a few other ideas in mind that would allow her senior photos to reflect who she is right now…a senior at Ravenwood!
I asked Kynley if she would guest blog and write about why her senior photos were special to her. I have to say that I love that she shared so much of herself in this writing. Take it away Kynley…!
“Hi. My name is Kynley and for as long as I can remember I’ve lived life staring at a black line at the bottom of the pool. I wanted swimming to be apart of my senior session because it has been such a big part of my high school days and pretty much every day since i was six years old. swimming is a thoroughly taxing sport both mentally and physically. Swimming is painful, there’s no doubt about it, but the pool has always been home to me. Not to mention i spent most my life staring at the bottom of it for hours on end which inevitably leads to thinking and stressing about all the homework i should’ve done before this workout killed me. With that being said, I wouldn’t trade a single second of it for anything in the world. Having a blast at swim meets, making my parents proud, and meeting the best teammates of all time make you realize that this is why you put in every painful hour at practice. I have endured fractured feet and injured shoulders, but swimming has taught me not only that I can actually survive practice, but that i can persevere through almost anything. Every time, when I get up on the block to swim, I ask myself: “What do you have to lose?”
Swimming is a mental game: tell your body it can, and it will. I have learned that it’s very much the way life is: tell yourself you can and you will.
What do you have to lose?
Allow me to introduce you to the stories that have captivated my life.
Yes. I read. Crazy, right?
Books have always been a sort of oasis for me in the midst of the chaos we like to call high school. I wanted my books in my senior pictures because throughout hours of homework, all the time I spent trying not to drown at practice, drama with friends, and whatever parents and teachers mean when they say “you really need to start applying for college,” books have been my safe haven. There is something so special about reading a book that allows you to enter a whole new world, far away from the stresses of everyday life. Why worry about math homework when you could be saving the world from dark wizards or starting a revolution after winning The Hunger Games or pretending your dad is a god from Olympus and you must lead a mission to save the world? There are so many amazing things you can find in books, but the only advice I can give, is just to open one up and become immersed in the pages, the words, and, especially, in the way new books smell. As Albus Dumbledore says in Harry Potter, “Words are our most inexhaustible source of power,” and, truly, I couldn’t agree more.
If there is one thing better than swimming, it’s music. Hahahaha just kidding, most things are better than swimming, but music is definitely one them.
This band you see on my shirt? This may be one of my top secrets to surviving high school. Twenty One Pilots is a band that is on a mission to write music that has meaning. It’s not easy to understand at first, but it’s so different from everything you hear daily on the radio. There are life stories, real problems, and real words of encouragement laced inside their lyrics. Their music has made me feel not quite so alone throughout life’s daily pressures. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and his band mate, Josh Dun, are two of the most inclusive celebrities you’ll probably ever hear of. They welcome everyone and always encourage you to be yourself and to never stop creating. As Tyler says, “Power to the local dreamer.”
I don’t know them personally, but if I ever met them, I can bet
Tyler and Josh would ask me one thing: Aren’t you happy to be alive tonight?
My answer? Yes, I am enthusiastically and irrevocably happy to be alive tonight.
Here’s my happy place. Home of the Nashville Predators, country music, and the place to go when my friends and I have nothing better to do on a Saturday night.
If you haven’t already gathered I have a strong love for music, this should ensure that I do because walking around downtown with live music just about on every corner, is one of the best feelings in the world.
From soda shops to laser tag to hockey games, I wouldn’t have wanted to move through high school anywhere else. I haven’t lived in Nashville all my life, in fact, I moved here at the start of middle school from Columbus, Ohio (Go, Bucks!), but I am proud to call this wonderful, bright, country filled city home.
Congratulations! You have flipped through a supercut of my life and all the little things that have had such an impact on me growing up and throughout high school. I am so happy that my senior pictures were able to incorporate all these wonderful memories, and I know, I will take them with me everywhere, but first, I must survive college!
All these little things hold big places in my heart but as I always say: 1. I’m always right and 2. It’s the little things in life that matter so greatly. A big thank you to the black line at the bottom of the pool, my amazing books, my music, and the city i’m fortunate enough to call home. Thank you for helping shape me into the person l am today. I am forever grateful.
A major thank you to my amazing senior photographer, Cindy Finke, for capturing all of these treasured moments for me. “