FXW Update: New Day, New Home, New Office

Pink Bougainvillea – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm – “Fujicolor Pro 400H

As I type this, I’m in my new office in my new home, which is in Arizona and not Utah. I called Utah home for six years; however, I just moved to Arizona. I used to live in Arizona—it’s where my wife, Amanda, and I met over 20 years ago. It’s where my oldest two kids were born. In a way it was already home before we even arrived. It’s good to be back, I think, and I believe some really good things are just around the corner.

I captured the picture above, Pink Bougainvillea, about 10 minutes ago in the side yard. You can see these flowers through a window from my new office. The views aren’t quite as good here as they were from our house in Utah (which were just incredible… I loved watching the changing light on the Wasatch mountains), but there is still a lovely beauty that I hope will be inspiring as I type out new articles for this blog… and get caught up on all the other work that I’m way behind on.

Fujifilm X-E4 as captured on my iPhone today using the RitchieCam App

I have been a nomad for the last two-and-a-half months, traveling all around—going in circles, really. We went through Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, before arriving in southern Missouri to experience the Ozarks, which were more beautiful than I anticipated—amazing place, with water and trees everywhere! Then we went to Arkansas, which, again, was more beautiful than I had expected. We returned to Texas to spend a couple weeks in the Lone Star State, before traveling through New Mexico (again) enroute to Arizona. You might think we were done once we arrived in the Grand Canyon State, but we only paused to look for a house. Once living arrangements were squared away, we continued on—first to the central California coast, then to Utah (because we still had some stuff in a storage unit) by way of Nevada and (briefly) Arizona. It was a quick turnaround back to Arizona, and today is Day 1 in the new place (although I’m still waiting for our Pods with our furniture and stuff to arrive). Still lots of work to do while simultaneously trying to catch up on all that I’m behind on. Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

It’s a new day in a new house, working from my new office. I’m both sleepy and extremely excited. Now I just need to get some coffee, because I’m running on about six hours of sleep. I have a whole bunch of content that I hope to publish in the coming weeks, plus other projects and such, that I haven’t had the time to complete (or, in some cases, even start…)—hopefully I can now. I’ve got to go, but I’ll be back soon. Before I go, I just want to give a quick reminder that the next broadcast of SOOC will be live this Thursday at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern—I hope to see you then!


  1. chardburn · July 11, 2022

    You must be exhausted after all that travel! 🥱
    Good luck in your new home etc and looking forward to seeing some images from the locality.
    Thanks to you, by the way, I now have the 27mm f2.8 WR – and I’m loving it! 🙏

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 13, 2022

      I am! Ready to settle in. The 27mm is such a surprisingly great lens!

  2. shuttersoundtr · July 11, 2022

    Have a nice post and all the best! I want to ask you a very small question.I’m using the Xt30 and I’m in love with the classic negative. But unfortunately Fuji disappointed us.I want to sell the XT30 and buy a new camera. It should be small strong and functional. I have 2 models in mind. XE4 and XT30 Mk2 . The lack of XE4 front dial and focus shifter switch makes me think. I need your advice and experience on this. Thank you from now!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 13, 2022

      I love my X-E4, it is so good for travel (for me), but… I do recommend the X-T30 II instead, for the very reasons you stated. I hope this helps!

      • shuttersoundtr · July 13, 2022

        I am more determined now. Thank you so much.

  3. Janice · July 11, 2022

    congrats on your move! if you’re open to it, would like to see your workspace/office, always find other photographer’s workspaces interesting!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 13, 2022

      Sure! When I wrote this article it was sitting on the carpet in an empty room. I assembled the desk today but most stuff is still in boxes. Once it’s all set up I’ll post about it. I appreciate your kindness and suggestion!

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  5. Roger Solbakke · July 12, 2022

    Thanks for your nice story from the real life. Will you be 100% in your own business now or in combination with another job?

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 13, 2022

      I will be writing an article on this, but… yes! I’m now working for myself, and we’ll see how that goes.

      • Roger Solbakke · July 13, 2022

        You have all ready a successful business so I’m sure it will continue growing 👍

      • Ritchie Roesch · July 16, 2022

        Thanks! 🙂

  6. wolverineinnc · July 12, 2022

    Good luck in your new home, Ritchie!

  7. rederik75 · July 13, 2022

    Wow, what a trip! Good luck for all the new things about to come! See you on SOOC! (I hope to get free in time)

  8. Mark C · July 16, 2022

    Congratulations on your new home and your new business venture! Not many in life get to earn a living from their passion. I’ve followed you for just about 3 years and have watched you grow from humble beginnings to a full fledged business. It takes a lot of time, energy, hard work and sacrifice to do what you have done. Congratulations again, I can’t wait to see what’s next!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 16, 2022

      Thanks so much for your kindness and encouragement!

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