When I was a teen, I felt so uncomfortable in my skin.
I was extremely self-conscious.
I was even thinner than I am today and I had braces, big chunky silver braces.
I also had the geekiest pair of glasses you’ve ever seen.
If you saw me then, you would have sworn I was Paul from the TV show The Wonder Years.
Sadly, like many young teens, I was bullied.
In grade 8 it was extreme.
So much so, it left me feeling totally worthless.
As I’ve grown older I’ve tried hard to shake those old insecurities, but alas they come back to haunt me from time to time.
So when I see a portrait of myself, I struggle not to focus on what I dislike most about the way I look.
For the first time, I’ve seen a portrait of myself that left me feeling content.
I have Nirav to thank for that.
I know I know, it’s what is on the inside that counts I hear you say.
You’re right, it’s the inner person that counts.
And that is what’s so amazing about a good portrait. For a split second it gives you a glimpse of what’s on the inside.
I can only hope that’s how some of our clients have felt when they’ve seen our work.
A glimpse of what’s on the inside.