I can't think of a better topic than macro photography and an introduction to Monica Royal. She's based in San Diego and has truly created a niche with fine art macro. Her images are stunning and you'll find her images in permanent collections in the US, Canada and Guam.
On Tamron's Image Masters page she's described as...
Canadian born artist Monica Royal is a published, award winning professional macro photographer obsessed with details. She brings an infectious sense of excitement to the world of all things teeny tiny. As a speaker and teacher, Monica wants to give the secrets of the macro world away. She wants to show people how to see differently. Some of her best selling fine art pieces are of things that you have seen everyday but just haven’t looked at the right way.
However, I love what she wrote in her "About" piece on her own site even more...
I am fortunate enough to be living my dream. A career in fine art photography allows me to listen and be heard at the same time. I "listen" to the subjects I photograph and then I feel like it allows me to convey something and be "heard" by the viewer.
I always have a hard time selecting images for a spotlight post of a Tamron Image Master, but Monica is especially tough. Monica's images aren't just about turning photography into art, but about her passion for so many things we all miss. She's turning every day moments into extraordinary pieces of art! You'll see what I mean as you look at her images. While her passion is obviously macro, she's got some stunning nature pieces. So, I'm not sure there's anything Monica can't shoot and turn into art.
Monica needs to be on your radar. You'll find her on Facebook, Twitter and definitely take a stroll through her galleries. Also, check out her workshop schedule and pay attention to where she's speaking next.