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, French instructor, and the author of 11 books. 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.
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! :-)
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
- 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
- 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.
- eight cuts (online)
Achievements / Awards
- GuruShots: 2 x Top 30% rank, 9 x All Star status, 30+ x Elite status.
- ViewBug: Peer Choice Award, Member Selection Award, Summer Selection Award, and 90 x Top Class status.
- Winner of the Week 25 – “Macro Photography” Contest
- Finalist in the Photo Fun Contest - Week 24 – “Insect” Photography
- Honorable mention in the daily MONOMAD Contest (September 13, 2018)
- 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)
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.
To see all my reminigrams, click here.
Feel free to download my one-sheet kit here.
In 15 years, I have done many things, including social media coaching and training, content creation and curation, teaching, translation, photography, poetry, theatre, art reviews, blogging, and journalism. I also released five collections of poetry, three photography books, two social media ebooks, 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.