[INFO] Websta's data servers will undergo maintenance this week, which may cause temporary disruption on our site. Get updates: Facebook or Twitter
Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Mother.
.
4 weeks ago my mother fell and broke her back. Then about a week later a section of her intestines folded which meant major surgery to correct. She's 80 years old and has begun to experience short term memory loss and being cooped up in a bed for a month can really elevate the disorientation. So after being apart this whole time I was finally able to reunite her with her little dog, Heidi. Mother looked great and was the most alert and comprehending I'd seen in a while.
This is a very difficult season in life, when your parents become your children. Nothing prepares you for this moment. The circle of life doesn't always come with a Spielberg ending. The best we can do is love, be patient and not let fear or guilt get us off our path. My mother was always there for me growing up, it's now time for me to return the favor.
______________________________________
@padgram @phonegram #pgdaily
______________________________________
Check out @Life_Portraits and @Bnw_City
17h
  •   tseabold Beautiful portrait of a very lucky woman. 10h
  •   xrachx Bret, this touched me in more ways than one as I care for my dad who is in his last stages of Parkinson's Disease. Nothing in the world can prepare us and just take each day as it comes. Wonderful portrait of your mum Bret and so glad she is reunited with Heidi. Lots of love your way xxx 10h
  •   pitch.hazel Wonderful portrait and words. Best to you both! 9h
  •   buzzshotz You're a bloody great son Bret. Always moving me beyond words. All the best to your mum 8h
  •   sandys_path53 Bret, this is so true!!! It seems many of us are traveling this long , and hard road . Daddy fell and fractured his tibia in June and he developed a blockage after surgery that really set him back. But we also found he has extremely low platelets. The prednisone therapy has caused other serious problems and his CHF seems to have gone into a more declining stage. Maybe we can all somehow lift each others spirits with encouragement and prayer. God is Our Hope and Our Refuge. 8h
  •   sherri_6 What a beautiful portrait of them both! To honor our parents is so important, she is blessed to have you and your family there for her 8h
  •   lil_b29 As you've described Bret, it is a difficult time for all, with little time for reflection. That comes at the end. Which I hope, in your case, waits a little while longer so you can spend more time loving one another in that reverse parent child relationship (which can be soothing) and to get all the great stories from your mum's mind. I find this is the one thing I miss since my dad passed aeay. The opportunity to know more about his life and his past, especially now as I'm raising my own kids and am in that mindset. Best wishes to you as you go forward on this bittersweet journey 6h
  •   mivosy I think a lot about this. My mom is still going strong turning 64 this year but I don't want her to be in an home for elderly when she can't take care of herself anymore. I have worked in such a place. It's not worthy. I hope she will recover and get many more good years. And that you find a good solution to balance your duties. Lovely shot. 4h

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Remembering
3w

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Collab When @vektorg asked if he could do a collaboration on one of my photos I knew I was in for something special. What I didn't expect was to be so deeply moved by it! Victor is good people and a great artist. If you don't already follow him then I insist that you at least spend a few minutes in his wonderful gallery, and if that doesn't make you a convert then you may need to take your soul in for a tune-up!!.
.
Moon & space: Victor's.
Man: mine
3w

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Girl On An Island.
.
I've been dreaming about this shot for several months now. It only took two boats, two cameras and two days to achieve. My friends @LostHollow asked me to shoot a video for their amazing song "Water and Oil". I kindly explained that asking a photographer to shoot a video is like asking a flute player to play a drum solo...sort of. Despite my reservations I agreed. I knew immediately that I would build the theme around this image that had been haunting me. I took this photo with the Canon 5D Mark II that we used for filming the video (so if any of you are unsure about what to get me for Christmas...).
.
You can see the full image on my website. Just use the link on my profile page. (You may have to scroll to the last image) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
.
Big major thanks to @Jonathanpfahl for lending his acting talents, camera tech knowledge, and editing skills. Check out his awesome gallery.
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
4w

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
With a mere turn of her head he knew his fate was sealed. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
.
These folks RULE:. @Jazza1 @Glynnlavender @Lylybull
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
4w

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
So, I was in the neighborhood...
.

Michel Jackson ( @Michelm_Jackson ) has such a way of capturing amazing light in her still life photos that absolutely leaves me spellbound. So after lot's of begging, pleading and bribing I convinced her to do a collaboration with me, or as I like to call it, extreme photo makeover. Besides, she's a fellow west-coaster and I never turn down an opportunity to impose, or rather superimpose myself into their world. She was a gracious host
.
The photos of the lovely woman and living room are Michel's.
The edit and photo of the intruder with his bum planted on the stairs is your truly.
.
Now go and visit her gallery and show some love, otherwise I might show up uninvited and plant my bum on your couch!
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

recoveringmusician .
Paul.
.
In one of several high rise buildings nestled in downtown Nashville, where swarms of lawyers, architects and business professionals file in and out of the bowels of it's lobby sits a man of humble means and integrity. Paul, a veteran of the Vietnam War, knows the first names of everyone who works in his building and greets them warmly as they enter and it's clear they all know and love him. He's often tripping over himself to rush and open the door for women. He's on a mission to serve and not draw any attention to himself. Every time I see him I'm reminded of that verse "So the last shall be first...". Truly, Paul is an apostle! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
.
These folks will show you the light:. @Wellettas @Jcmartin66 @Stefania131313
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
The Confeastador.
.
Lunch was muy bueno! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
.
Check out these three amigos:.
.
@Vektorg @Sherri_6 @Buzzshotz
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Kevin in Real Time.
.
I'm always searching for new people on IG who can inspire me, so when my friend @Jase6 told me I should check out @Lucyrunswild not only was I blown away with his talent for street photography, but also because he lives here in Nashville. We've become fast friends over the past few months and would always say "We should get together". There's nothing quite like when an IG friend walks into the room for the first time. It's like seeing a long lost friend from home! We had planned to go out with our cameras and do some shooting but we couldn't stop talking to each other for several hours. So before we parted we quickly ran outside and took a few shots of each other.
.
We live in a new era now where close friends are all over the world. I was just lucky enough to find one in my little corner of the world. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
2mon
  •   recoveringmusician @twelvefourandseven I am so blown away and humbled by your comments. @lucyrunswild is a gifted artist, but more importantly a warm human being. It's exciting to meet someone you admire, we had a great time! 1mon
  •   misarfa Great story you lucky guys 1mon
  •   crose6584 Have you connected with @timothygirard? If not, you guys really should. I appreciate each of you tremendously. Tree Mendus Lee. 1mon
  •   cyberpetrus Nice story! I share your feeling about this first meet in real life with IG friends. It's exactly like meeting again an old lost friend. An d thanks to you, I also discovered our talented streetshooter Kevin! And by the way, it's a pleasure to see your photos everyday at the gallery 1mon
  •   cclm31 4w
  •   billsmith2315 Great shot 4w
  •   tonjefiring Love The story.... It is like that ️ Wonder what we would talk about..... 3w

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Glimpse of Heaven - Alexis.
.
In loving memory of JulieJespersen Rayner.
A sweet spirit and talented photographer.
While I didn't know you well when we walked the same hallways of our high school, I'm so thankful I got to know you, if only a little, these past few years thanks to social media. You always had a kind word of support for my photography which, coming from you, I never took lightly. While the world is grieving the loss of a famous comedian, I'm grieving the loss of a hometown friend, who was loved by many.
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Syd & Andy.
.
Met these two awesome folks at the recent Instameet #thatnashmeet just a walkin their dogs. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Special thanks to these great hubs for featuring my work.
.
@Bnw_Demand .
@JJ_Blackwhite .
@Bnw_Switzerland .
@The_Visionaries .
@JJ_Editor_Eelliee .
@Monochrome_Kids .
@Worldfaces_ .
@JJ_Allportraits .
@Gallery_of_bw ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Dirty Diana. . ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Check out these smooth criminals.

@Lancepine @Chasread @Lumenaire ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Care To Dance?.
. .
See more from this series, This Boy's Life, at my website. Just tap the link on my profile page. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Dance with these stars.
@_William24681012 @xRachx @Laszlo_ ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Dare to Dream! Dare to Soar!
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Life definitely has it's hills and valleys.
There can be long stretches where your planets align,
then there can be those valley years in the mire.
It's those valley times that eventually launch you to new heights. - bp.
.
See more from this series at my website. Just tap the link on my profile page. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Special thanks to these hubs.

@Rainbow_Wall_bw
@Bnw_Universe
@Fiftyshades_of_darkness
@Rustlord_bnw
@Scandinavia_bw
@Snap_people
@Bw_France
@Simplyportraits
@Bnw_dark
@Bnw_Umbria ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
The Gilded Age. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
@padgram @phonegram #PGdaily
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Who rocks my world?. @Lucyrunswild @Hmgphotography @Misseswray
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

Normal Bret Ljunggren Pemelton
recoveringmusician .
Kailyn Nickel - Little Miss Fresno.
.
Nashville Instameet July 14 - in the midst of all the madness of mingling and photographing I heard a young ladies voice utter those magic words: "I'm from California!" The mere mention of the golden state floods my brain with images of In n Out Burgers, gloriously chunky salsa, grapes on the vine and home. Most often the person is either from Southern California or the Bay Area, so when her next word was "Fresno" I had to hold myself back from dropping to my knees and kissing her Central Valley dust laden sandles. Rest assured, I love living here in the south, but when I meet someone from home it's like finding someone who speaks my same language. She was a ball of joyous energy and everyone loved her contagious enthusiasm. Way to represent, Kailyn!!.
.
#thatnashmeet
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

recoveringmusician .
Jonathan Pfahl - An Old Soul.
.
Nashville Instameet July 14 - Actually I've known @Jonathanpfahl for a few years now. I called him at the last minute to join me because I knew he'd love it and I wanted a familiar face to be there as well. He and my son Cooper are roommates, but he's like a member of our family. He's the kind of person who's comfortable in any environment he finds himself in, immediately melding with all around him. Whether your an adult or a kid he treats everyone with the same interest and attention. That's a real rarity! I consider him a good friend and lucky to know him!
3mon

» LOG IN to write comment.