Prior to his move to Lake Tahoe, he attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he studied photography and fine art. Before the Academy, Michael owned one of the highest-rated Italian restaurants in San Francisco.
Michael graduated from the University of Portland with a BA in Marketing/Management. He is a native San Franciscan, born and raised in the Marina District, who attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory and Town School. In the 7th grade at Town School, was where he initially found a love and passion for photography, learning how to shoot using film and developing in a dark room. He has also enjoyed being a member of the Olympic Club since high school.