Monica Royal

ARTIST’S BIO – Monica Royal

Monica Royal was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. She immigrated to California in 1999.  

After being a hobbyist for 15 years, she formally launched her photographic career in 2006 after studying with world renowned fine art photographer Freeman Patterson.   It was the inspiration from him that helped develop her fasciation with water and other liquids as design elements within her artwork. 

Monica’s macro imagery is widely recognized as unique and innovative.   She won Illustrative Photographer of the Year with Professional Photographers of San Diego in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Her artwork has been published in several national magazines.  Monica’s articles and podcasts have been shared on numerous webpages. 

As a social and entertaining artist, she has become a sought after speaker & private teacher.  Through coaching and training she helps take her students to their next level of professionalism and well beyond.  Monica travels around the country speaking and teaching with the sponsorship of  Tamron USA, Miller’s Professional Imaging and Savage Universal behind her. 

Monica has permanent art installations in public venues in Canada, the U.S. and Guam as well as a long list of private collectors.   She has exhibited at Escondido Art Gallery in Escondido California and the Natural History Museum in San Diego. 



Field trip to Butterfly Conservatory (Saturday 8AM)Macro Class 1

Come photograph butterflies with Monica. 

Macro Photography - The basics (Saturday 1-2:30)


New World.jpg
Mercury Magic.jpg

Macro and Still Life using a Light Tent (Saturday 3-4:30)


TBA -- (Sunday 9:30-11am)


TBA (Sunday 8-9:15) 


Water Dance.jpg

Macro Post Production (Sunday 11:30-1pm)