Michael was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Michael was introduced to photography from his father who gave him his Nikon FM at the age of 11, and continued to develop his photographic sense throughout his teens. Michael graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Since graduating he has traveled the world constantly to work towards a career in documentary and dance photography, spending extended periods of time in Europe and Asia. Michael has been the staff photographer for the non-profit organization All the Way Live for 3 years and his first photo exhibition was in 2014, a collaboration with Red Bull in Seoul, Korea.