Ksenia - Senior Portrait Session


When I was deciding whether or not I wanted to go to college, my parents heavily encouraged me to go just for “the experience”. I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but now looking back, I understand. The experience is all of the late night study sessions, the campus events, the Waffle House runs at 3 in the morning, the concerts you go to even though you’re broke, the sleepovers, the making “big cookie” and eating ice cream until your stomach hurts. These memories are only a few of my favorite experiences from Carson-Newman. What I’ve come to realize is that they would be nothing without the people who did them with me.

I met Ksenia Naydenova my sophomore year at Carson-Newman. She is one of the very few people that I actually remember our first time meeting. Over those next three years, she became one of my dearest friends. She and I have a lot of memories together, and while some of them are us just doing something mundane like drinking honey tea lattes and doing homework, they are so special to me.

Here’s a little bit about my best friend Ksenia: She is compassionate, she is a great film maker, her Russian accent gets heavier when she is in front of people, she loves whales and all things saving the planet, she used to love documentaries but now she questions their legitimacy and truth, she has bravely moved to New York City to pursue her dream of telling the story of the world around her.

When we were seniors, I got the chance to take her graduation photos!

Below are a few of my favorite photos from her portrait session. Tap on any of them to enlarge it!


by Leah