Michael grew up in Chicago and after attending the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois Law School, he decided to pursue a career in photography rather than law and moved to Los Angeles. There, he ran his own studio in Santa Monica and worked with several other camera companies as a trainer and professional marketing representative. He was also an Editor of Petersen’s PhotoGrapic magazine and, during that period, he started his love affair with Yosemite National Park.
“The best thing I ever did in my photographic career,” Michael said, “was to become a student and workshop assistant for the great photographer, Ansel Adams. Ansel taught me a love of the landscape and the craft of landscape photography.”
Michael relocated to the Washington, D.C. area in 1987 to take a job with Canon USA as a regional Technical Representative and Product Trainer for the Mid-Atlantic region and later as a Professional Market Representative when that department was formed. He has worked as a member of Canon Professional Services, serving the needs of the professional photographers (and as a photographer) at 13 political conventions, seven Presidential Inaugurations, five Super Bowls, two World Series, two baseball all-star games, the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, U.S. Open Golf, U.S. Open Tennis, and auto races in the Indy Car, Rolex, Tudor, NASCAR and Formula One racing series in both the United States and Canada.
He has taught many courses and workshops during his career and continues in that role today.