Michael grew up in New York City. He started shooting photos when he was a kid. It was his dad's hobby. So as he says "I had great cameras and a real darkroom from the get go." After studying with famed portrait photographers Philippe Halsman and Arbolds Newman shortly after graduating high school he started working professionally in 1975.
His career took off when he started getting monthly assignments, shooting Portraits for Intreview Magazine in 1976. Working mostly in the entertainment business it made sense for him to move to Los Angeles in 1991 where most of his subjects lived and where he constinues to shoot.