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I want to create a photo experience that has you feeling comfortable + Confident WITH yourself

I'm Melissa :)

I am California grown with Peruvian roots.

This has definitely influenced the way I approach life and my photography.

I am curious to learn your story and bring that to life, visually, through photos.

Being the Latina that I am, I want you to have a FUN photo session! It's not just about the photos making a moving impact, but the photo experience too! My goal is to make you feel confident + comfortable with yourself in front of the camera.

Whether you have a love story, a branding story or your own story; I want to capture it authentically and with laughs!

San Diego Elopement Photographer San Diego Courthouse Wedding Photographer

San Diego Lifestyle Photographer. San Diego Portrait Photographer San Diego Wedding Photographer

A portrait session memorializes an important time in your life. It can be graduation, starting a family, the love with your significant other, an accomplishment of some sort. It can be a time when you want to remember who YOU were at that moment.

Lifestyle shoots help you communicate your brand or yourself creatively. It creates visual storytelling of your brand identity.

Getting married should be all fun + love with little stress. Welcome to the world of courthouse weddings + elopements!


San Diego Maternity Photographer La Jolla
COMMERCIAL photos: Tarin Sirena Jewelry
WEDDING photos: Pacific Edge Hotel, Laguna Beach

"Melissa is an absolute dream to work with. She is very professional and captures the magic of the moment with creative direction and beautiful lighting! She is very high energy and knows exactly what to do and say to capture the perfect shots! I couldn’t be happier and highly recommend her for all of your photos!"

"Look no further- just book Melissa to shoot your special event photos. She is incredible. We were blown away with the engagement photos that she took of my husband and I and knew we had hit the jackpot finding her. She is so professional- she reached out months before the wedding to set up a date to meet at the venues to scope out locations for potential shots. I didn't expect this and was so impressed that she took the time to walk through everything with us. Punctual- she was early for everything! She is so on top of things and organized and what a relief that we never had to worry about her being there on time or wonder where she was. She is energetic and fun! Everyone at our wedding adored her! I don't consider myself very photogenic or comfortable in front of the camera but Melissa has a way of making the entire shoot so much fun and we actually relaxed and had fun with it. She is creative! Melissa had so many ideas and different setups that we have such an amazing variety of photos."

"Our experience with Melissa felt personal, professional and thoughtful. We didn’t know how to pose for the camera or what positions would look best, but Melissa guided us through the whole experience and the outcome was phenomenal! Professional, timely and hard working. Melissa went above and beyond to satisfy our needs! We loved our experience with Melissa. Melissa is a Rock Star! Plain and simple. She picked the location, guided our awkward selves through the whole experience and delivered the photos insanely quick. It couldn't have gone more smoothly. Thank you Melissa!!"

— Tarin Sirena Jewelry

— George H.

— Sara L.



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