Hi, I'm Mikaël.
I grew up in Paris, France.
When I was 20, I decided to move to Montreal - kind of on a whim - because I needed a change of scenery. I got into a business school, and graduated from a bachelor in marketing.
After that I worked for 3 years in an ad agency, and then one year as a brand strategist in a shoe company. I'd always wanted to not work in a big company, so after 4 years of doing exactly that, I finally grew the courage / reached my frustration limit and quit with no other plan in mind but to 'Try and figure out what I really want to do with my life.'
I bought myself a camera because I'd been a fan of humans of NY for a while, and figured hey, while I figure out what I'm gonna do, why don't I create a Montreal version of the page? With a couple of friends, we started the page. It didn't take long before we had 20K likes on Facebook, were featured on a few newspapers, and got invited on various tv shows.
So we continued, and I invested 100% of my energy into photography because it was making me happier than anything else I'd done before. It's not so much the photography, it's the things I'm photographing, the people my camera allows me to meet, the places it takes me, the situations it puts me in, the stories it uncovers. It connects with the world and its inhabitants. And I love it for it.
This is how I officially became a photographer. It wasn't my plan, it just sort of happened.
If you want to get in touch, shoot me an email at mikaeltheim [at] gmail [dot] com.