Michael Lavine grew up in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Denver's South High School in 1981. During his school years a camera was never far from Michael's hand. He was active in the photography club, and as a photographer for the school newspaper and year book.
Lavine has been photographing music and entertainment performers, landscapes, politicians and artists, as well as daily American life and everyday people. His style of bold saturated colors, dynamic and extreme use of lighting, and his awareness of what works graphically and what doesn’t, have made him a sought after photographer. He has also received awards from Communication Arts' Photography and Advertising Annual each year since 1992, as well as from American Photography, the Art Director's Club and Photo District News.