Documenting Life's Little Things
Thank you for your interest in my work.
My name is Cendrine Marrouat. (It is pronounced as “san-drEEn mar-wah”. The “t” at the end is optional.) Originally from Toulouse, France, I have called Canada my home for 15 years. I am a photographer, content creator, social media trainer, and French instructor. I have also authored 11 books: five poetry collections, two social media ebooks, three photography books, and a play.
I specialize in nature, black-and-white and closeup images. My photography seeks the mundane to capture the fleeting, but true beauty of life in its many forms.
I approach photography in the same way as I write poetry. It's not about the tools. It's about the moment when my eyes catch a story that needs to be told.
What happens next, is a spiritual yearning to describe the scene with my camera. However, it is during the editing process that my poetic background comes into play. Every photo must achieve two goals: simplicity and serenity.
I use the pure black and white format to convey timelessness. Occasional tinges of sepia are for added depth. Finally, colors stand for romanticism.
- Camera: Nikon D750
- Lenses: AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Nikkor AF DC 105mm f/2 D
Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG
- Tripod: Cameron CF600 W/BH20 Ballhead
- Lighting (indoor photography only): Nikon SB-R200 Wireless Speedlights + Neewer lighting kit
I am the member of two photographers collectives: Women in Photography and Foto Femme United.
I also publish photos at Your Shot (National Geographic), Canadian Geographic, ViewBug, PhotographyTalk, and Shutterstock.
I have a passion for old, black-and-white images, especially tintypes and daguerreotypes. Unfortunately, as great as digital photography is, it cannot emulate those old-fashioned processes.
So, a couple of years ago, after multiple failed attemps, I decided to create my own style, called “reminigrams”. The word is a combination of two ideas: ‘reminiscence’, which stands for a memory or the act of recovering it; and ‘-gram’, a suffix of Greek origin meaning “something written” or “drawing”.
Each picture in this ongoing series depicts a scene from a past that could have been.
(Old Montréal, Canada - reminigram)
To see all my reminigrams, click here.
Photography has taught me to see the world in a different light. And I want to celebrate that with you.
Will you join me on the journey?
Feel free to download my one-sheet kit here.
Questions people often ask me
- "What editing software do you use to work on your photos?"
I start with Darktable for basic editing of the RAW file: sharpening, shadows, highlights, local contrast, and denoising. I save the image as a TIFF file and then upload to Lightroom. I use my own presets, which are tweaks of my favorite looks.
Once in a blue moon, I use additional software (Topaz and/or ON1) to create a specific mood.
I am a huge fan of the “National Geographic” style. So, I tend to factor that in my editing.
But overall, I am not a fan of over-the-board processing. I like my photos to look as close to the original as possible. There are exceptions, of course. But that's when I want to tell a specific story.
- "Do you offer photography lessons for beginners?"
I don't, because there are already excellent classes offered by professional photographers. However, I have been thinking about creating specific training for topics that do not get covered too much, such as social media marketing, improving your artistic eye, and unique photography angles for better images.
- "What should a nature photographer do to make their photos stand out from the crowd?"
The best way to achieve this is to keep an open mind about photography. It's about experimenting, looking for unique angles, laying down on the ground, looking up. What story do you want to tell us?
For example, think of macro photos of flowers. Most of them are taken from the top down. Why not from the down up? What about the sides or stems? What about slanted angles or the rule of thirds? What about the way sun rays hit petals and shadows fall on the ground? What about backgrounds? Why not focus on specific areas instead of just the center?
- "How long have you been a blogger?"
My love story with blogging started in 2005.
- "What are your favorite social media topics?"
Blogging, curation, social networking, and Twitter. I also love interviewing people and writing roundups!
- "Why did you decide to become a social media trainer?"
In my 15-year career, I have done many things, including teaching, translation, photography, poetry, theatre, art reviews, blogging, content curation, and journalism. I also released five collections of poetry, three photography books, two social media ebooks, and a spoken word CD. Finally, I have two plays under my belt. I tried writing short stories, but the genre is not my thing.
Those different occupations have provided me with a lot of insights into the freelancing and online world. I understand what it means to have a business. I know the challenges and struggles entrepreneurs go through on a daily basis because they have been part of my life too.
To me, social media is about the human journey. This need to connect with others is part of the human fabric. We want to feel that we belong somewhere, that our voice is heard, that we matter.
My decision to work in social media stemmed from that idea. I have dedicated the last eight years to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs like you to leverage the power of online relationships and become strong and trusted brands.
You truly deserve to be successful. I would be happy to guide you towards making that goal a reality.
- "Are you working on something right now?"
I have just released my eleventh book, titled In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play. Right now, I'm on a break.
With that said, you can expect some great news from me soon! ;-)
- "Have you won any award?"
Boasting is not my thing. However, I am proud of the fact that The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences won the community choice vote in the 2015 Small Business Book Awards. Category: Social Media.
2015 was also a pivotal year for me. I was recognized a Top 100 Business Blogger by BuzzHUMM, and Social Media Slant made Fit Small Business' Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 list.