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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 moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 2003. I am a dual citizen. 

I am a poet, photographer, digital artist, and multi-genre author of more than 30 books. I created  the Reminigram and Sixku, and co-created the Kindku and Pareiku. Finally, I am the founder of PoArtMo Collective and the co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms and PoArtMo   

As a photographer, 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. 

My beginnings

In 2009, I went to Syria. I only had an old Canon point-and-shoot camera with me. Once back home, I shared a few photos of my trip on a now deceased blog. A magazine contacted me a couple of months later to get my permission (and pay me) to feature one of them in their next edition. I was very surprised.

In the end, the photo was not used, so I figured that it was a fluke moment. I moved on to other things.

But things started to click a year later, after my trip to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics. While looking at my photos of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, I noticed one in particular. I decided to use it on the cover of my fifth poetry book, titled Five Years and Counting. A Journey into the Mind of Soul Poetry.

People kept telling me how much they loved the photo and magazines offered me money to give up my rights on it. I was also asked if I was a professional photographer. I said no to everything, of course. But I realized that photography may become a viable option for me.

I then spent four years educating myself on photography, looking at photographers’ portfolios, and sharing my (unedited) images online. The feedback was very positive and several photographers encouraged me to create my own website and sell my prints. I listened.

Et voilà! :-)

My Gear

Camera: Nikon D750


- 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

- Sigma 14-24 mm f/2.8 DG

- 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

Editing software: 

- Darktable for basic editing of RAW files: sharpening, shadows, highlights, local contrast, and denoising

- Lightroom for fine tuning with my own customized presets.

- Topaz / ON1 (occasional) to create a specific mood.

I love the “National Geographic” style, so I tend to factor that in my editing. With that said, over-the-board post-processing is not my thing. 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.

Achievements / Awards

Image featured in the Can Geo Canadian Parks 2021 Calendar.

GURUSHOT: 9 x Top 30% rank, 33 x All Star status, 64 x Elite status.

VIEWBUG: Judge Favorite, Top Shot Award, Celebrity Award, Top 10 ranked photographer for 2018, Community Choice Award, Peer Choice Award, Member Selection Award, Summer Selection Award, and 140+ x Top Class status. 

2015 SMALL BUSINESS BOOK AWARDS: Community Choice vote winner in the Social Media Category (The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences)

BUZZHUMM: Top 100 Business Blogger (BuzzHUMM)

FIT SMALL BUSINESS: Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 and 2016 lists (Social Media Slant, my former social media blog) 

Poetry Publication Credits

- Spillwords (September 2019)

- Spillwords (August 2019)

- Sweet Deluge (Issue 2, April 2019)

- Tofino Poet Laureate (April 2019)

- HEAL(er) Mag (February and March 2019)

- One poem featured in the book titled Still Waters Run Deep (Lovely Silks Publishing, July 2016)

- eight cuts (2010)

- Stellar Showcase Journal (Volume 1, Issue 3, December 2006 / January-February 2007) 

- Stellar Showcase Journal (Volume 1, Issue 2, September-November 2006)

Latest Features


In almost two decades, I have done many things, including language instruction, social media coaching and training, content creation and curation, teaching, translation, photography, poetry, theatre, art reviews, blogging, and journalism. I also released many collections of poetry, three photography books, guides for authors and writers, a humor book, a play, and a spoken word CD. 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 spent eight years helping indie artists, small business owners and entrepreneurs to leverage the power of online relationships and become strong and trusted brands. 

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