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recoveringmusician .
Taking Flight.
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My daughter, Molly, use to be very reluctant to pose for me. However, over the past year she has really come into her own. Her confidence level has soared and she's becoming a beautiful young woman. As her father that can be both wonderful and worrisome. Not quite ready for my sweet and (formerly) quiet little girl to start causing young male heads to turn in her direction. She's already experienced her first boyfriend (with extreme limitations set by yours truly) which resulted in her first heartbreak. That was the most heart-wrenching thing to witness. Something she needed to go through, but I would have moved heaven and earth to protect her if I could. She has the most joyous smile and tender heart. I couldn't be more proud of my Molly-dolly! Fly high my beautiful young aviator!
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recoveringmusician .
Barista Angel.
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Three years ago this week I posted my first Instagram photo. Little did I know I was about to fall down a rabbit hole that would push me creatively and open up a whole world of new friends. I can't thank you all enough for your encouragement and kindness. Here's to another year of adventure and new discoveries!!.
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  •   pavree Wow that is such a nice thing to hear! 3w
  •   kalais2 Bret, this is so life-like I expect to see her move. Stunning! Happy Instaversary and it has been nothing but a joy to have met you here. I owe @jase6 for that- she has an eye for talent AND personality. 3w
  •   jenburnett Thanks for sharing your amazing images with us, Bret! Cheers! 2w
  •   dwazi_2 Such an amazing gallery! :) 2w
  •   the_mollyporter Beautiful woman. 2w
  •   this.kitty Congrats, Bret! 4d
  •   sugarandespresso Lovely! 3d
  •   cchriss186 Very strong profile 17h

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Beard Science.
Here's #5 and the final post from my #Lurker challenge so thoughtfully issued to me by the lovely @kalais2 . This is me with my former pet beard, taken about 6 months ago. Even though it's been hiding away in my camera roll it was posted over on @bnw_city when we were doing our moderator spotlights.
The whole psychology behind why we do or don't post selfies makes for an interesting insight into how we see ourselves (or don't want others to see ourselves) I typically shy away from them unless I'm doing something stupid and want to make someone laugh. I'm always nervous when someone tags me in a photo on Facebook.
What's your take on self portraits?.
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(RIP Hipster beard)
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  •   heyheysuz I used to hate selfies. I was never photogenic and hated the camera in general. Of course with the phone I started experimenting. The first selfie I posted on IG made me feel so weird and vain. Then I learned about posing, and taking photos of myself became...more rewarding. It was like, "wow, that's me." So now I probably AM more vain, but thankful to know I am beautiful (I feel horrible saying that "out loud"), and my self confidence has really improved. And I needed that. How's that for an honest answer, though it was more on taking selfies than posting them. This is a fun shot, Brett. 1w
  •   nuray1967 I dont see any difference between being a subject to my portraits in photos i take with someone else is taking my portraits as well as others' portraits which it happens to be my best interest in this area. Also i dont see any point in hiding yourself as the photographer behind landscapes skyscapes etc shots and criticize others who do post their selfies, as being not engaged. We need to learn to tolerate more criticize less. I love taking my portraits and i m very comfortable in them 😀 and i m not trying to modify my natural look ( as many might see it that way because i edit them and then criticize as the lack of confidence this time ) Gosh!! Love your selfies and your taste in portrait photography.. 1w
  •   wellettas Well, this is just fantastic! 6d
  •   this.kitty Not my thing, but I don't mind if others post photos of me at a distance or in silhouette. 4d
  •   picwizsaurabh I have a same opinion about posting my own picture..Infact I seldom get myself clicked... unless somebody snaps me when I am in action without my knowledge and post it or ask me to do so. 2d
  •   laurusnobilisa Beautiful portrait 2d
  •   cchriss186 Nice 17h

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#4 of 5 for my #Lurker challenge from @kalais2 . One of those shots I kept editing then re-editing and never quite "felt it". Kevin @lucyrunswild posted a photo he took at this same location, I showed him this one and he was like "So why haven't you posted this one?" And I was like "I dunno!" And he was all "like you totally should brah", and I was like "Shyeah as if" then we hopped on our boards and surfed into the sunset.
Aaaaaaaaaand SCENE!!.
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At least that's the way my California brain remembers it!
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Maddie.
Here's #3 of 5 for my #Lurker challenge from @kalais2 . This has been sitting in my camera roll due to the fact I felt I did a bit of a rush job and didn't get a shot that I felt she deserved. I do like the contrasting patterns of the background and her sweater. What this fails to capture is Maddies fierce sense of fashion and attitude. This is a young lady who knows what she wants, and you best not get in her way!
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  •   hmgphotography I love this portrait, Bret! I don't know her so therefore I can make my own story around her.... 4w
  •   kalais2 I agree about the patterns- lovely contrast. Seems to me you captured a bit of spunk here. 4w
  •   1ies1 I think you captured her perfectly Bret... it reveals her strength of character. A captivating portrait! 4w
  •   lucyrunswild These lurkers are killing! Love them. Isn't it crazy how close we get to our own work? We sometimes miss the diamonds. Great work here brother 4w
  •   el_memov Beautiful portrait!! 4w
  •   toim4woin Great portrait Bret 4w
  •   jrperruccio Beautiful 1w

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Number 2 of 5 for my #Lurker challenge issued to me by @kalais2 .
This was a shot I took at my great niece's birthday. Not sure why I never posted this here. Maybe I thought it too "cutesy" for my dark mysterious mystique! (Insert laugh here).
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The mind is willing but the body is weak! My brain is swirling with ideas but I'm so stinking busy I don't have any free time to unleash the camera. I think my good friend Pam @Kalas2 sensed this and has challenged me to a 5 shot challenge of photos that are lurking in my camera roll that have been waiting in purgatory. So here's my first #Lurker . I'm fond of this shot from a recent instameet of @_Anchored who's arm got stuck in his camera strap as I was trying to take his picture. Joshua is one of those friendly unassuming people who's gifted with striking Jon Hamm-ish good looks that camera's just love. You should also check out his fantastic gallery! Also check out the #thatnashmeet tag and you might spot some dude with a gray beard lurking about.
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reimmersion
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Dive in deep with these amazing people: @katrinaleeford @billsmith2315 @keep_your_wild_eyes_wild
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Mother.
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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.
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  •   dovebaer ...Hope she has recovered well & is doing ok now. She must no doubt be ecstatic to be with her canine companion again. I'm in a similar situation with my mother becoming more vulnerable, as well as being a caregiver to my brother (who has severe TBI). It takes love & patience to deal with these challenging (& emotional) situations. 1mon
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  •   heyheysuz Aww... This is beautiful and so touching, Brett. 1mon
  •   hollybisaha She's blessed to have you both. Beautiful Mama. 4w
  •   schoenblick fantastic portraits! 4w
  •   chudo_nomi Man, brudda. My pos vibes and prayers go out to you and yours. I can say I'm familiar - hang tough my friend. 4w
  •   eva.lidbeck.ringgaard Know what you're going through! Much love to You both! 3w
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immersed
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Eye of the Beholder
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Keep your eye on @63Vip @Melkea.bw @Vandekreeke
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Remembering
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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!!.
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Moon & space: Victor's.
Man: mine
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Girl On An Island.
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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...).
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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) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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Big major thanks to @Jonathanpfahl for lending his acting talents, camera tech knowledge, and editing skills. Check out his awesome gallery.
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With a mere turn of her head he knew his fate was sealed. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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These folks RULE:. @Jazza1 @Glynnlavender @Lylybull
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So, I was in the neighborhood...
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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
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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.
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Now go and visit her gallery and show some love, otherwise I might show up uninvited and plant my bum on your couch!
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Paul.
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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! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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These folks will show you the light:. @Wellettas @Jcmartin66 @Stefania131313
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The Confeastador.
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Check out these three amigos:.
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@Vektorg @Sherri_6 @Buzzshotz
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Kevin in Real Time.
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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.
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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. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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