recoveringmusician .
Here and Now.
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When will I behold the wonders
All the blessings of this life
I am always gazing at the distance
Everything's here and now. - BP
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The Long Day's End
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Lindsey Stirling
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Through the window, to your soul
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Illuminated
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Check out my new post, Embrace, on Steller.
Find me under my username BretPemelton
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The heart dreams in the shadow of the beast.
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Morgan
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Big Brother
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With almost five years difference between us, it was difficult to be very close growing up, but my brother Gary was so damn cool. Everybody knew it. He was (and probably still is) fearless. Anyone daring enough to challenge him rarely came out on the winning end. He watched out for me, and tried to teach me the ways of "coolness". By the time I caught on, he was off to join the Army and begin his life. Our life's taking us in different directions and destinations. It's strange, we're not that close but the bond still exists. You know how when you get together with your siblings you all fall into your roles. I always feel a sense of safety around him. Guess that's why he'll always be my big brother.
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Kristen
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Sarah in Terabithia.
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As parents we can't imagine anyone deserving of our children' s hearts. I've seen them fumble their way through bad connections, and seen them get their hearts trampled on as well (not a big fan of that last one). But when they find that diamond in the rough it's so rewarding. Someone new to shake up the mix. Sarah is all that and a bag of donuts (seriously, bring donuts next time Sarah). She comes off as quiet but you can see her eyes and mind taking it all in so that when she speaks she knows precisely how to target you so that you're sent to the floor laughing. The cool part is that they met in film school down in Orlando, so they are both artists and filmmakers. Not many people find someone who shares their passion. Unfortunately, due to the miles between us, we don't get to see her often enough. But I'm fairly certain she'll be around for quite some time. (I wasn't kidding about the donuts)
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  •   pitch.hazel How sweet. 3mon
  •   abu888 Excellent! 3mon
  •   mdaltonart Great story...lovely pic Bret... 3mon
  •   sherri_6 I know this feeling.... If my second son breaks up with his girlfriend he can go...I'm keeping her!!! 3mon
  •   theonlymikeographer Hey, I heard you were in Ireland on tour. Hope you had a great time with Celine last night @sunburntchaos hope she wasn't too drunk 3mon
  •   recoveringmusician @theonlymikeographer Actually, it was my good friends who are in Ireland, I thought I'd connect them with Celine, who just happened to live 8 miles from one of the pubs they were playing at. I'm glad it worked out. 3mon

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Portrait of a Young Man
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The Girl at the Stockyard.
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This was their second date and he insisted on taking her to his family's favorite, and rather expensive, Restaurant. She was a little uncomfortable with the idea as she was a girl from simple means and feared she'd feel out of her element. He, on the other hand, seemed rather unaffected by social status. He was as much at home at a hot dog cart as he was at a Michelin Star draped establishment. He was different, a fact she was anxiously aware of. Even though her best outfit she wore was a mish-mash of outlet and thrift store procurements, his attention made her feel as if she were the most elegant in all the place. As she spooned in the last drop of her Lobster Bisque she realized that her eyes had been closed the whole time in complete culinary bliss. As she opened them she saw him staring at her with the gentlest of smiles, completely taking her in.
...and in that smile she saw her future.
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Promenade
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Embrace.
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A simple word really. One that right up until now she had always associated with intimacy. But now at this turning point had begun to take new form. A full acceptance rather than a surrender to her place in this life. Opening her eyes and realizing that she deeply loves and in return is deeply loved. Discovering, with each new day, a world full of beauty and fragility that offers renewed hope.
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Mystified
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Lost & Found
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Christy.
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"Wisdom is like a tree of life to those who embrace her"
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I got to know Christy about six years ago when I took a group of high school kids to a music festival in the middle of a cornfield somewhere in Illinois. She helped me wrangle the kids and kept me from strangling a few of them. I noticed her tattoo when we spent an afternoon at the lake cooling off from the July heat, and I found it really fascinating. Now I've not always been a fan of tattoos, as a kid you'd only see them on the arms of Hell's Angels, Longshoremen or Charles Manson's forehead. However, Christy's was one of the first that open my mind to Tattoo's as a serious art form.
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I've been formulating this shot in my head for the past several months and really wanted to bring a level of respect while showing her body art along with capturing her warmth and strength. I have a real problem with what some people try to pass off as art as an excuse to be crass, though I try not to judge. I'm a huge fan of artists such as @Alix_Carmichele (she has an amazing underwater series that is awe inspiring), @Killingmoon82 @Vandekreeke and @Foto_Wagner who really raise the bar to the art of capturing the human form. I thought of each of you at some point during this process.
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Special props to my wife Diana who does killer make-up and loves to challenge my directorial control.
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  •   recoveringmusician @fotoflocke thank you so much for visiting my gallery, I really appreciate you taking the time. 3mon
  •   woody95 Beautiful shot - I have never seen the beauty in tattoos, nature has perfected the body without them, in the mind of a very very late forty something, yet this challenges that idea ..... 3mon
  •   christyjtaylor @woody95 just to explain the meaning of the tattoo in greater detail- In 2009 @sandicalistro made an image that had been brewing in my mind for 2 years a reality. "Wisdom is like a tree of life to those who embrace her" proverbs 3:18. It is to remind me to Embrace (tattoo on my wrist) self (little girl), knowledge (book), my music (bird) and the tree represents life and growth in all those areas. 3mon
  •   gustavoromeiro beautiful portrait 3mon
  •   123_abc_ Superbe! 3mon
  •   bw_awards Thank u so much Bret @recoveringmusician for ur support.have a great day my friend. 2mon

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recoveringmusician .
Crooning The Matador.
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Numero tres in a trio of Cooper's
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...Did I mention he was intense?.
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So proud of this kid!
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On the Hunt.
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Numero dos in a trio of Cooper's
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Ok, so as a dedicated "Vegan", the only thing Cooper would be on the hunt for would be some edible vegetation. I was able to spend some time with my boys, out exploring and taking some photos, something we use to do when they were kids. It takes a little more arm twisting to get them to pose for me now, but the time spent together is so much sweeter now.
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Taking The Reigns.
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Numero uno in a trio of Cooper's
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Gotta say my kids are pretty dang talented in different ways. Cooper got my musician bug and is in hot pursuit. He has released a handful of EP's with the different bands he's playing in. I got to catch one of his recent shows and I have to admit I was pretty blown away. To watch him grow into a frontman that is focused and intense gave me goose bumps. He and his band were definitely a force to reckon with.
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  •   reason_to_sing Amazing series!! 4mon
  •   up_onmytippytoes Beautiful trio, Bret..capturing a range of emotions/intensities. No wonder you're a proud dad 4mon
  •   michel_ohara I love this!!! I felt the same way when I saw my son play his first house party - it was like here was this whole other person I didn't know. The colors in this are gorgeous! Is it film? 4mon
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  •   chudo_nomi what a feeling; in awe, right ?!! 4mon
  •   recoveringmusician @michel_ohara Sorry for the late response. I'd seen him perform a few times about two years ago. He was trying to find his style, so he was more like a wild animal, often with his back to the audience. But now...WOW! He planted his feet and leaned forward as if leading an attack. I was gobsmacked! This was shot with my Nikon D3000, my oldest son Tanner was filming the show with my Canon 5D Mark II. I was really fighting with the lighting then when I locked in I was getting amazing textures off the walls. Thank you Michel 4mon
  •   recoveringmusician @chudo_nomi exactly. One of those proud moments when you see your child exceed all expectations. I use to observe as a mentor, now I'm more of a fan. Thanks buddy! 4mon

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