Feather & Stone | Fine Art Wedding Photographer

a portrait

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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.


so, what do you think?

  1. Michael WachniakNovember 27th, 2012

    powerful words, my friend. amazing image. super cool dude. :)

  2. EmilieNovember 27th, 2012

    You are a beautiful person, very humble and smart. Great post, very honest. And that portrait is perfect.

  3. alydaNovember 27th, 2012

    you’re totes hot little brother (is that creepy?) ….ps. Seth is not really my little brother for those that are a bit grossed out.

  4. MariaNovember 27th, 2012

    The more I know you Seth, the more i see the beautiful person you\’re inside…….the outside is a cool funny dude, with a great sense of humor. Ah, and very good looking too :)
    As for bullies, they attack those,they know, they aren\’t able to compete with. It\’s not the outside they feel threaten by, it\’s the beautiful person inside they can not be.
    Everyone loves you my friend!!!!

  5. AnjanetteNovember 27th, 2012

    I don’t know you personally but I think your smokin….Just saying! Thanks for the honesty.

  6. NiravNovember 27th, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this Seth, and for trusting me to take your portrait. It was an honor getting to know you guys. You both are amazing people and I’m proud to call you my friends.

  7. Reggie CampbellNovember 27th, 2012

    Being a former super obese kid (300+) I totally get it and I hear ya. Time has a way for breaking down those walls… and effort has a way of fortifying them.

  8. look see.November 27th, 2012

    Dude, that’s awesome. (The photo, not the bullying – I was bullied so badly in Year 8 that I spent weeks away from school – now I’m a teacher and I don’t tolerate it at all – when I find out about it, that is.)

  9. Sal GoodallNovember 27th, 2012

    Seth you are amazing, brave…..and super cute!!! And Nirav has done an awesome job! Hope you + t are doing really well!!!! x x

  10. shannonNovember 27th, 2012

    that looks like someone I’d want to be friends with. especially, when I read the words. Very brave, even after all this time to share, but well done.

  11. Kate HollandNovember 27th, 2012

    Beautiful words to go with a beautiful portrait! As an extremely self-conscious person myself I completely understand where you’re coming from. Obviously I need to go and visit Nirav :-)

  12. ChloeNovember 27th, 2012

    I am going to stop calling you Nick now then. Sorry about that. You are both so amazing on the inside, it radiates outside to make those gorgeous faces even more beautiful.

  13. JosieNovember 27th, 2012

    Being bullied as a kid can leave you feeling like you’ll never be attractive, and that sucks because, as you said, it really is hard to shake. Yet, here you are, hipster cool with striking features. It’s funny how the world turns.
    Great portrait! Really.

  14. britt springNovember 28th, 2012

    Sethy you are very brave. I don’t think I could put such a revealing picture of myself up on my Blog. You are so handsome but you are right it’s not about whats on the outside. That picture is amazing, it’s so real and honest. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be bullied and i’m so sorry that you went through that but I have to say you are the person you are today because of your experiences, and that person has the biggest heart (including T) and is a little bit weird (including T). that’s why we love you! thanks for sharing. x

  15. britt springNovember 28th, 2012

    P.s. have you got Nirav’s number?

  16. LauraNovember 28th, 2012

    Love this post, the words, the chin dimple. It’s perfect!:)

  17. RevieNovember 28th, 2012

    So handsome! Tenielle would be swooning all day!

  18. StephanieNovember 28th, 2012

    Beautiful words, beautiful portrait

  19. Leah KuaDecember 2nd, 2012

    I always kinda liked Paul. Just sayin’ :)

  20. MarinaDecember 4th, 2012

    Had I not read the words above your photo I would have disliked you for being a movie star. Now I think you are an incredibly beautiful person. That’s all.

  21. JuliaDecember 11th, 2012

    thank you for your words. and Nirav is awesome.

  22. jenJanuary 17th, 2013

    lovely. pure lovely.

  23. Lisa PiresJuly 20th, 2013

    I hope Tenielle doesn’t mind if I say that I think you’re very handsome and cool and we both think you’re two of the most loveliest people we’ve ever met. That’s not even mentioning the extreme talent you have. Great photo. Lis & Nels x

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