ABout Carla


Carla Royal, M.Ed. is a photographic artist and certified master coach. She sees the innate goodness, wellbeing, and wisdom in her clients, all people, and all of life. Her passion is to shine a light on these innate qualities whether that be through coaching or photography. She loves helping people recognize these qualities within themselves so that they can return to a sense of equilibrium and deep happiness. Photography is her way of inspiring others and opening them to a deeper appreciation of nature and of themselves.

Carla has spent close to 30 years studying, training, and working as a psychotherapist, transformational life coach, and photographic artist. She lives in beautiful Dunedin, Fl with her partner, Pam, and Pedro, their jackahuahua. She works both locally and globally. 


In our demanding and fast-paced culture, many of us have lost a deep connection to our own innate well-being, resulting in a disconnection from ourselves, others, and nature. We suffer as a result. Our relationships suffer. The earth suffers. A change in perspective can change everything. This is what I learned after years of struggling with alcohol, anxiety, depression, and an unhappiness I couldn't quite shake even when things were going well. This is what I now teach my coaching clients and it is how I approach my photography. A change in perspective can gently lead us to see something new, something previously hidden, enabling us to remember our innate goodness, well-being, and intelligence. Once seen, our lives change profoundly for the good.

My art is inspired by a love of nature. I am a wanderer of woods, field, and water, in love with tree, fern, dropped blossom, reflecting puddle, donkey ears, and riverboats. I love the clouded sky through tangled branches and light dancing off ocean waves. These sustain and inspire me. My hope is that through my art people will be inspired to reconnect with themselves and nature, opening to reconciliation, restoration, and inspiration.


Education & Certification: 

Certified Integral Master Coach™, Integral Coaching Canada 2013-Present

M.Ed., Counseling,  University of South Carolina,

BA, Sociology, Covenant College

Professional Affiliation:  

Serenbe Artist in Residence Board of Directors, 2014 - 2017


Bowery Art Gallery & Studio, Apalachicola, FL, 2016-present

Dogwood Gallery, Tyrone, GA 2016-present

Atlanta Photography Group and Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2016-2017

Chatt Hills Gallery formerly named Amblewood Gallery, Chattahoochee Hills, GA, 2015-2017, Founder/Director

Greg Newington Gallery, Chattahoochee Hills, GA, 2015

Selected Exhibits & Publications


October-December, Small Towns & Rural Places, 1650 Gallery & Studio, Los Angeles, CA

September-November, Atrium Gallery, The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beth Lily and David Vogt

September, Slow Exposures 2016, Slow Exposures, Pike County, GA, Jurors David Carol and Eliot Dudik

August-September, Habitat, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Julie Blackmon

July-December, Fishing for Iconography II, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully

July-August, Alphabet, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Carol Golemboski

April, Abandoned Landscapes, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Juror Laura Campbell

Spring 2016 issue Gadsden Style

February-March, Moments, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, Juror Russ Rowland

Spring 2016 issue Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, Composing with Light

January-February, Gathering, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Jennifer Shaw


October-December, Everything Must Go, Serenbe Community Center Gallery, Chattahoochee Hills, GA

September, Fading, PH21 Gallery, Budapest Hungary

September-October, Director's Cut, Atlanta Photography Group and Gallery, Atlanta, GA

August, Still, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Kate Breakey

July, Nature Collection, Exposure Award, Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

July-December, Fishing for Iconography, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully

July, Undiscovered Territory, Atlanta Photography Group and Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Juror Susan Bridges

July, Abandoned, Lithamoon Gallery, Greensboro, GA, Juror Diane Pirrmann

July, Grayscale, Black Box Gallery, Portland Oregon, Juror Lauren Henkin

June, Landscapes, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror Chantel Paul

May, Water, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror S. Gayle Stevens

May, A Celebration of Birds, MAC 650 Gallery, Middletown, CT, Juror Amber Dietz and Carla Butwin 

March, Women in Focus, 2015 International Women's Exhibit, Curator Gittel Chase Price

March, Open: 2015, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror Jeff Curto

January, Treasure, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror Roy Flukinger

January, Landscape, Plates to Pixels,  Juror Chris Bennett

January-Current, Local Artists, Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, and the Environment, Chattahoochee Hills, GA


July, Farm to Frame, Ponce City Market Gallery, Atlanta GA

May-December, Local Artists, Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, and the Environment, Chattahoochee Hills, GA