I am California grown with Peruvian roots.
This has definitely influenced the way I approach life and my photography.
I am always curious about learning people's story and bringing that to life visually through still photos that create a moving impact. Whether it's a love story, a branding story or a family story; I want to capture it!
And of course, make you laugh throughout the process because I like to be silly too :)
También hablo español!
I would describe my photography aesthetic as a Renaissance painting. My mom took me to many art museums when I was younger (gracias mami) and it definitely influenced the way I edit my photos. Moody but emotionally lit.
I want my photos to make you feel something! To take you on a visual journey.
I would describe my photography sessions as work hard, play hard. Though I am Latin, I arrive early to my shoots. I scout locations before shooting your sessions to get a lay of the land and make sure I make your vision come to life. Once session is in progress, my top priority is to make you and/or the talent feel comfortable. Whether you are a trained model or you have never been in front of a camera, I will offer guidance and direction but also will crack jokes to put you at ease and capture those candid moments. I will hype you up so hard you will go through a photo metamorphosis. Also when you see my spider monkey moves you can't help but burst out laughing. I'll climb high and bend low for your shot!
For those with the adventure spirit...
I LOVE TO TRAVEL
I'm based in San Diego, California.
I am Global Entry + SENTRI ready for any destination bookings!
I've lived in BOSTON, NYC, PARIS, LIMA, SAN DIEGO + LA
I've travelled to PERU, FRANCE, SPAIN, UK, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, BRAZIL, MEXICO, COSTA RICA, PANAMA, MACAU + HONG KONG
2021 Travel Goals:
Oregon, Washington, Cuba + Monument Valley
WORD ON THE STREET...
"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.
Super fun engagement session at South Coast Botanic Garden. Channeling National Geographic and getting really into the scenery.