Hi everybody. Well after many long weeks of organizing and designing, I have finally finished making my first photography book comprised from photos and journal entries from my travels with my brother last year to South America. This book is geared towards the travel side of the trip complete with stories and adventures throughout our five-month journey. It’s a thick book and I think you will all get a kick out of it. I hope to have a fly fishing based book out in the coming months as well. You can preview and purchase it from the link on the side menu of my blog. Hope you all like it. Best, -M

So for the last two weeks I have been working on my first photo story of the new year dealing with the topic of teen obesity. I met Alfredo, a 15-year-old sophomore at a local High School, who decided that it was time to change his lifestyle. A recent doctors visit yielded troubling news that he was at a dangerous risk of developing type II diabetes and had fat tissue growing around his liver. With the help of his brother and uncle he began a pretty intense work out routine and after a month, he has lost 20 lbs off his 6’2” 370 lbs frame. He’s a big boy. His goal is to lose over 100 lbs and hopefully try out for his High School football team next fall. This project is still in its infancy stage and has a long way to go.

Well, a new year has arrived and it marks my one year anniversary of writing my Fish and Clicks blog. It is astounding to look back and see how quickly 2008 went by. It feels like just the other day I was headed out my door to catch a plane to Argentina. Needless to say 2008 was a great year and I want to thank all of you for checking in on this ongoing project, for your comments, and overall support. I have had a lot of fun with this. It is interesting for me to look back on this past years work and see how I have grown as a photographer. I still have much to learn. Now all I need to do is keep my new years resolution to make more frequent posts.

Here’s my first two weeks worth of work for January.