Michael started his career as a photographic assistant at an early age. He studied Photography during his junior and senior years of high school and then went on to study at the prestigious Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton Ohio. Michael came on board the as a Gray Studios staff member after his graduation. He worked under the original owner Patrick J. Graziose M. Photog, Craftsman. He has the honor of studying with many legendary photographers including Monte Zucker, Don Blair, and Dean Collins and earned his Masters Degree in photography from the Professional Photographers of America in 1996, and was one of the youngest professionals to receive this milestone degree. Michael went on to further his education at local, state and national conferences. He is a past president of the Professional Photographers of Greater New York. In 2002 he took over the family business and became the 2nd generation owner of Gray Studios.