Life's visual story




Whether it's baby #1 or baby #3, maternity photos are a beautiful way to capture one of your biggest strengths as a woman!



You don't need to be an official model to have professional photos taken of you. If you are a graduating senior, simply feeling yourself, or got some cute outfits to wear then let's have fun! I also offer adventure sessions if you want to step it up a notch. Contact me for more details!



Got that adventure spirit?? Take any portrait collection and upgrade it to an adventure session!! Desert, Forest, Ocean or Lake; Southern California provides many beautiful backdrops to choose from. Contact me for more info!



"Melissa is a very talented photographer that has the gift of making the photoshoot become a fun and exciting event. Her style of working is very uniqe and made me feel extremely comfortable and the result was far beyond my expectations. If you are looking for a photographer that can bring out a natural and relax look Melissa is the choice. I recommend Melissa Montoya highly."

LIFESTYLE photos: Daniel Mansson



LIFESTYLE photos: Daniel Mansson

- Daniel M.

San Diego Maternity Photographer La Jolla Cove

"Working with Melissa for our maternity photos was fun and easy, and we absolutely love our photos! She was attentive and helpful from the beginning, offering lots of ideas for locations and even helping pick my outfit! Her energy and enthusiasm while taking our photos was infectious. We had a blast during our shoot and felt like we could be ourselves. She helped me feel beautiful, even with a growing belly. At the end of our shoot, Melissa was covered in dust, dirt, and sand from making sure she got all the right shots/ angles. We are so thankful we booked Melissa and would recommend her to anyone! "

- Leigh S.


How it works...


Choose your type of portrait photo session

Not all portrait types are listed, please contact me for more info. I also do boudoir and social events like baby showers, etc.


Contact me to inquire on pricing + availability

I have full packages + also mini sessions. Contact me for more pricing info and to schedule your session.

Pre- Shoot Prep


We can discuss via email or phone call different location options, depending on your preference. I am also happy to review your wardrobe if you want feedback. No need to get pre shoot jitters, I will make you feel like a rockstar on your shoot day.

Post Shoot


Edited photos will be uploaded to an online gallery for you to download in high res. You also have the option to order prints if you like. You get full printing rights. Turnaround time is one week.




How long are the photo sessions?

I offer packages that are 1hr, 1.5 hrs and 2 hour long photo sessions. Mini sessions of 30 min are also available.

What do I bring to the shoot?

An open mind :) I know it can be awkward to have someone with a camera stand in front of you. So as long as you keep an open mind and allow yourself to be a little silly that is all you need. :) I try to make the experience as fun as possible with as many jokes as possible. However, I have learned from experience that when shooting family portraits with babies or toddlers bribes are wonderful. Treats or toys never fail! If you forget, no sweat, i'll just jump up and down till your kids start laughing :)

How many outfits should I wear?

Depends on how much time you booked for your session. Definitely for maternity I do encourage two outfits should you want some photos with your preggo belly exposed. Amazon has some great affordable dresses for that. So usually 1-2 outfits up to 3 if you have booked the longest session. I am always happy to suggest outfits, but at the end of the day I want you to wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

When should I schedule my maternity photo session?

It's always up to you and when you feel most comfortable. I would say starting at 7 months onwards.

What if I/my family doesn't like to take photos?

That is very common, no need to worry. This happens because most people aren't used to getting their photo taken. That is why I strive to make the photo session an enjoyable EXPERIENCE where you feel confident and comfortable with yourself and each other which produces authentic photos that will cure your fear of being in front of the camera.