Michael started with the school newspaper in 1978 and earned his way through college by taking photographs of models for runway shows in New York. After joining the Army, he became involved with surveillance photography.
Then in his law enforcement career he was trained by the Eastman Kodak Company School for Photography as a crime scene photographer. During his career, he also studied photography at the University of Texas at Dallas. He had a portrait and wedding business while working part time in Law Enforcement.
Following his retirement, he spent time as a photojournalist with the Wood County News and The Ellis County Press. Michael decided his long-term goal was in landscape and wildlife photography. He selected National Geographic photographer Joel Store as a Mentor learning everything from Basics to Master level the National Geographic way.
Today Michael belongs to the Professional Photographers Association of America (PPA), and the International Coalition of Wildlife Photographers. He mentors aspiring photographers/photography students, and travels as the Photo Instructor with National Geographic Journeys. He sells his photography online and has in recent years National Geographic brought him on their website with a number of portrait and landscape photographs.