Out In The West Texas Town of El Paso...

I have unfortunately neglected this site for the past few weeks because I spent some time visiting family in my hometown of El Paso, TX. This desert city is known for its sunshine, good food and

happy residents

. I had not visited in about four years (way too long) and it was great seeing how much everyone has grown. I come from a very large family and everyone from my generation has been busy building families of their own. I got to hang out with and meet so many kids and definitely used the opportunity to build my family and lifestyle photography portfolio. I was even able to take a trip to Ruidoso, NM with my younger brother and sister to shoot some fashion. Photography gear that I took with me to El Paso included a Panasonic GX7, MZD 45mm f/1.8, OM Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 coupled to a generic focal reducer, Lumix 14mm f/2.5, a Sigma 60mm f/2.8, along with some rudimentary lighting gear (single flash and a 5 in 1 reflector). In terms of lenses, this has basically become my standard kit and I ended up using everything but the Sigma lens. As for lighting,

the hot shoe on my GX7 is broken

so I was not able to utilize off camera flash as much as I would have liked and was only able to use it indoors using the speedlight's slave mode. I took well over a thousand photos and am still trying to process them all but here is a "mixed bag" look at some of my favorites from the trip.