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Malu Couttolenc Photography is The Little Card Shop

Updated on May 1, 2015

Who is Malu Couttolenc Photography?

Malu Couttolenc Photography is the person behind The Little Card Shop.

I am a mother, photographer, designer and freelance writer.

I got my Bachelor's Degree in Communications, specialized in photography, cinematography, advertising and media.

Love languages and speak English, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese.

On this page I will tell you a little about my life, the way I think and feel; my work as a photographer and as a writer.

One of my favorite quotes:

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible"

by H.H Dalai Lama

Before and After

before and after
before and after
A dreamer and a loner. Photo Malu Couttolenc
A dreamer and a loner. Photo Malu Couttolenc

A dreamer and sometimes a loner

Believe in a better world

People have referred to me as a dreamer because I always think that things will improve and try to avoid negative thinking. I have faith in people and want to think that the world will get better every day, no matter how bad things may seem.

I've been through good and really bad situations during my life but I don't complain; I take them all as a learning experience and smile. Whatever happened, these situations have given my life direction and led me to be the person I am today.

H.H the Dalai Lama and his teachings about compassion, among other things, are my inspiration and guides that have helped me overcome different moments in my life.

Among his books my favorites are "The Art of Happiness" and recently "Beyond Religion".

Even when I like parties, playing guitar and listening to music all day long, I enjoy moments of silence and solitude. Every morning I like to do a little meditation, a very important part of my day.

My friends mean the world to me and I treasure them dearly. When I call someone my friend, I say it from the bottom of my heart and give the best of me. As someone once said:

"Friends are the family we choose"

Traveler: adventurer and explorer

Love traveling and since childhood, due to my father's work, I was fortunate to travel to many different places. Now as a grown up I keep traveling and my life goes between Vancouver and Mexico. Whenever possible, I travel to other countries as well

I am a history enthusiast because it helps us understand who we are and gives us identity.

Would love to explore and discover every country in this beautiful world. I think that wherever we go, the world offers something beautiful from which we can learn.

We just need to keep our eyes wide open.

In the jungle: Campeche Mexico

In the jungle: Campeche Mexico
In the jungle: Campeche Mexico
World languages. Design Malu Couttolenc
World languages. Design Malu Couttolenc

Speaking six languages has allowed me to communicate with all kinds of people in different countries. I can learn more about their cultures by listening to them and looking at the way they live.

A few years ago when I was traveling in Greece, all by myself, something I love doing, I went to Nafplio. One day I woke up before sunrise and went for a walk. I found some fishermen who were unloading their fish for the day.

I started talking to them; they didn't speak English or any other language besides Greek. They told me inspiring stories about their families and life and then they shared their breakfast with me which consisted of fish and bread. It was a very pleasant and fulfilling experience.

A Greek Heart

Where am I from?

You might be wondering where am I from. Well, I am a "salad". I often refer to myself with this term because I'm part French, Italian, Spanish and a few other mixes in between. As I mentioned above, I keep traveling between Canada and Mexico. Love both countries as much as Italy, Spain and France but my heart is Greek. Why? I really don't know

A little story:

When I was still a toddler I got excited whenever I heard the word Greece or anything related to it. Listening to the sound of the bouzouki, a string mandolin like, Greek instrument gives me the chills and it often makes me cry.

Then when I was 11, I learned to read Greek all by myself and then learned the language in 3 months without even attending a Greek school. Let me tell you that nobody in my family speaks Greek and didn't even know anyone in Greece back then.

Someone told me that maybe I was Greek in a previous life. Do you think this is possible?

Yes, I think it is possible

Yes, I think it is possible

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    • Eleni Bat 4 years ago from Greece

      I don't know yet. I have studied many religions to find the one that would be fullfilling. But they all seem too humaine to me. I am always respectfull to other people beliefs though. About the Greek thing. I also admire greatly the Chinese culture and the English language came to me very naturally. I just think you found a primordial vein in you that make you feel so comfortable with languages and greek. Greek and Chinese are the most difficult languages.

    • Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      I do. There have been quite a few compelling case studies, like the little boy who in a previous life was a WW2 pilot.

    • bofirebear 5 years ago

      Yes Many journeys in different physical robes.

    • Elenaind 5 years ago


    • anilsaini 5 years ago

      Yes i believe in reincarnation

    • Patricia 5 years ago

      Yes. For sure.

    • AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I believe so. I have read a lot of books on reincarnation and some are very compelling.

    • Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      How else to explain it? There's definitely something Greek in your blood!

    No, I don't believe in such things

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      • TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

        Nope. Live for today.. and be kind when you can!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I believe what Bible talks about resurrection and everlasting life on Paradise Earth.

      • NoYouAreNot 5 years ago

        No, ma'am!

        For me, life is here and now, each moment our only chance to chose between Life and Death, Good and Evil, Light and Darkness.

        No excuses -- one chance, and that's all. ;-)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No, because I believe what the Bible says on this subject, that we are God's special creation,but because of sin, all are lost and eternal punishment for our rebellion against our wonderful and all Holy Creater God, awaits us when this life is over, but PRAISE GOD in His love and mercy, He came Himself in the Person of His Son the Lord Jesus, to make a full and perfect atonement for sin, (as the Lamb of God) so that those who believe, and trust in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. This truth was revealed to me when I was 8 years old, and I've proved God's Word to be true over 62 years. So I know I am not going to be reincarnated when my life ends, but transformed, given a new heavenly body like the resurrection body for my dear Lord (Philippians 3:21)

        The future is so wonderful, the older I get, the more glorious it seems to me, and the more thankful I am that I have a wonderful risen, ascended and glorified Saviour who has gone to prepare a place in heaven, for all who know and love Him. I do commend Him to you!

      • yayas 5 years ago

        I b'lieve that we lived in a life before the one we live now, but I do not b'lieve in reincarnation. I used to think that was the only way to explain some things. I have since come to feel that there are we simply remember things from a different level of existence than what we enjoy now.

      Greece images

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      Temple of Apollo at DelphiParthenon at the Akropolis, AthensCariatyds and the Erechthion at the Akropolis in AthensTemple of Poseidon at Cape SounionClose up at the Parthenon
      Temple of Apollo at Delphi
      Temple of Apollo at Delphi
      Parthenon at the Akropolis, Athens
      Parthenon at the Akropolis, Athens
      Cariatyds and the Erechthion at the Akropolis in Athens
      Cariatyds and the Erechthion at the Akropolis in Athens
      Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
      Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
      Close up at the Parthenon
      Close up at the Parthenon
      Pyramid 365 Niches
      Pyramid 365 Niches

      My Work

      Rewarding Experiences

      Throughout the years I've worked on several projects besides photography.

      The two most rewarding as a learning experience were the '98 World Expo in Lisbon, Portugal and then in 2001 working at the Cumbre Tajin Cultural Festival, an annual festival at the archaeological site of Tajin in Veracruz, Mexico.

      The pyramid on the left is called the "Pyramid of the 365 Niches".

      I have been working as online tech support for a couple of sites. If you ever need help, please let me know.

      I also offer translation services and have worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and helping foreign investors translating legal documentation.

      Besides these projects I have also done some acting and stunt driving for TV commercials

      Malu Couttolenc: Photographer

      The photographer behind The Little Card Shop is Malu Couttolenc

      I've loved photography from a very young age. I learned more techniques and tips when I attended university. Wherever you see me, I will have a camera with me. If I can't take my regular DSLR camera, I will take a little point and shoot. I don't want to miss anything. I've regretted the times I didn't have my camera with me.

      My favorite images are landscapes and travel photography. Oh if I see arches, windows, signs or paths, I will get a photo for sure.

      I also love taking photographs at car shows, rallies and car races, besides doing it as a part of my job. I've participated in rallies myself and it is really exciting.

      My photographs have been published in car magazines among other media and public spaces.

      You can also find me at my online stores at RedBubble and Zazzle.

      The Little Card Shop: Writer at HubPages - Making friends

      Malu as write. Photo Malu Couttolenc
      Malu as write. Photo Malu Couttolenc

      Thank you for reading this page about me. Now you know that Malu Couttolenc Photography, is the person behind The Little Card Shop.

      Before I finish this article, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and especially to the wonderful friends who have helped and taught me so much.

      What would I've done without you all?

      Please drop me a message to know you were here.

      © 2012 Malu Couttolenc

      Did enjoy reading about Malu Couttolenc Photography? - Malu Couttolenc, the person behind The Little Card Shop

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          yayas 5 years ago

          Awesome page! It is nice to learn so many amazing things about you, Malu. You have done more in one life than most of us could do in ten... even if we brought friends along to help out.

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          aishu19 5 years ago

          so great to find out so much about you. Glad to have met you Malu

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          Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          It's always a pleasure read about you Malu. What a varied and interesting life you have led. No doubt with a lot more of the same ahead of you :)

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          Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

          Malu, you have fast become one of my very favourite people, not to mention all-round creative spirits, on Squidoo. I'm proud to know you and it was delightful to learn more about the Malu who lives out there in the real world as well as the one we encounter on here. *Blessed* for being everything an About Me page should be -- interesting, creative and a clever way to pull together all of the topics you write about.

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          ChristyMarieKent 5 years ago

          Wonderful lens! I'd like to live vicariously through you for a while, seeing all those places through the eye of a photographer.

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          justholidays 5 years ago

          I'm pleased to have met you on Squidoo and to get to know you even more with each and every passing day. And guys, this photographer is definitely an artist!

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          pacrapacma lm 5 years ago

          I enjoyed learning about you. I'm a member of Fresh Wonders, and you have given me some great advice in the past. I've been too busy to be active in the group lately.

          You just commented on one of my lenses, so I stopped by your profile page to find one of your lenses to read.

          I'm so glad I read this lens today. You are inspirational and kind. It's so nice to see someone living a life of meaning and happiness!

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          AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

          You have led such a fascinating life! I love your photography. I also appreciate the support you have given me. My best to you, my Squidoo friend.

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          Patricia 5 years ago

          Sounds so cool to travel so much. I have not been able to do that very much, but it is a desire of mine to travel the world

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          So interesting to know more about you, and I'm so happy to have met you too. What a lovely idea to share this with us all. I love travel, adventure and photography too, and only wish that digital cameras had been around when i lived and worked in New Guinea years ago!

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          Elenaind 5 years ago

          Great lens and photos!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

          Your photography is always beautiful Malu! I have yet to see one of your photos that I don't love. You truly have an eye for beauty and I believe that is because you, yourself are beautiful. You truly might well be the kindest, gentlest person I have meant on Squidoo. You are an inspiration and a calm presence during a storm :) Thank you for sharing so many details about yourself, but I really did already know you; the part you didn't tell here, the way others see you.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Love this look at who is behind The Little Card Shop :) Congrats on that purple star too.

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          bofirebear 5 years ago

          Very Beautiful photos. I to have spent a lot of time in Mexico and love it there. Such great food.

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          Deadicated LM 4 years ago

          Nice to make your acquaintance; excellent Lens.

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          afropages lm 4 years ago

          I enjoyed reading about, you kind heart comes out clearly through your writing. I am greatly impressed by your ability to speak 6 languages! Thanks for sharing.

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          Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

          So nice to "meet" you. You're very talented!

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          Magda2012 4 years ago

          Nice to know you. Beautiful pictures too.

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          GuyNadeau LM 4 years ago

          Yes I enjoyed reading about you. I think that you have an impressive pedigree. I find your page really inspiring, especially when in the section where you talk about "believing in a better world". And you have nice photos by the way.

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          Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

          It's a true gift to speak so many languages. It opens so many worlds.

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          Coreena Jolene 4 years ago

          I love your photography and what a wonderful way to tell a little bit about yourself too. Wonderful lens :)

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          Nenne hans-lennart 17 months ago

          Fina bilder Nice

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