Testimonials

“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. The icing on the cake was the turnaround time- our wedding was on a Saturday evening and by Monday she had sent us a preview of our photos because of course we were dying to see them. By Wednesday we had all of our wedding photos, edited and ready to go. The best decision we made after deciding to get married was to hire Melissa, she made our day so much more fun and all of the photos are incredible. “

-SARA L.

SARA L.

“We had a great experience with Melissa for our small wedding ceremony. Her energetic pace covered a tremendous amount of ground in a short period and was flexible with trying new shots as they appeared. My husband and I felt continually encouraged and comfortable in front of the lens, and thank her so much for making it such an enjoyable experience. She was quick to respond in getting booked and turn around our images, thank you so much! “

-Connie C.

Connie + Mike

“We picked Melissa to be our photographer for our civil ceremony and we could not be happier with our decision! She was extremely easy to talk to and very responsive via both text and email. Was a little nervous at first with picking a photographer I had never met before from the internet but upon meeting her for the walk-through my fears were immediately alleviated. Melissa is super energetic (she was climbing on top of rails and getting down on the ground to get the shot), she is creative, detail oriented and always on time (even though we weren’t. hehe, sorry Melissa! ). On the day of she not only acted as our photographer but also as our guide though the entire courthouse wedding process. She told us what to expect, where we needed to go and also kept us on track.
We had never had professional photos done and she put us right at ease with her fun and hilarious personality. We got the photos back much faster than I anticipated and they all looked AMAZING. We looked way less awkward than I thought we would look thanks to her direction! She has a great eye and was able to make use of the courthouse and the surrounding area and turn them into beautiful backdrops for our pictures. I love love love our photos and so glad we chose Melissa to document our special day!

– Tonia Y.

Tonia + James

“Melissa is simply Amazing! I loved her work!! Our wedding pictures are simply beautiful and unforgettable all thanks to Melissa! She went over and beyond to get the most perfect pictures ever! Very professional and the sweetest ever! When someone loves there career/profession, it shows!! Melissa was soo excited and enthusiastic to be our photographer we loved it! Hands down the best Photographer Ever! We will definitely keep in touch for future needs. “

-Laura M.

Laura M.

“Melissa did beautiful pictures for my mothers wedding and I knew exactly who I wanted for my maternity shoot as I neared the end of my pregnancy. She makes you comfortable, she directs you in poses for what Is most flattering! She’s active and will move into her many position to get the best shot! I highly recommend Melissa Montoya photography for any special occasion! We will be hiring her for many years to come! “

-Alexa S.

Alexa S.

“Melissa was kind enough to find the perfect location and face time us while she was there since we were across the country. She was able to help us devise a plan to have the perfect surprise proposal! I would recommend Melissa to anyone who wants to have a perfect proposal with even more perfect pictures to top it off! She really went above and beyond and was able to make our moment the center of attention for our special day. “

-Rohan P.

Rohan P.

“Melissa is a very talented photographer that has the gifting of making the photoshoot become a fun and exciting event. Here style of working is very uniqe and made me feel extremely comfitable 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.”

-Daniel M.

Daniel M.

“Big time thank you to Melissa for capturing beautiful beach-side photos of my mother-in-law and father-in-law with all 6 of their grandchildren! It is no easy feat to get 6 kids (ages 2 yrs-10 yrs) all together let alone looking and happy and then you throw in sun, wind, water, and sand! Melissa got so many gorgeous shots that we will cherish forever and had our gallery ready to view in 1 day!! Unheard of! Will continue to use Melissa as our family photographer, she is so easy to work with and such a great eye for the light. “

-Colleen S.

Colleen S.

“Melissa was amazing! She was able to direct and be creative throughout the shoot. I am not a model and just need photos for social and my website and she really as able to get a large variety in just an hour and a half. The lighting was beautiful, and the editing brought it to the next level.

-Jessa B

Jessa B.

“Absolutely Amazing! She is so professional and knows what she is doing. Engagement shoot, wedding day were both excellent! i cannot recommend her enough to everyone. you will not be disappointed.”

-Daniela P.

“We met Melissa at the San Diego Bridal Bazarr 2019. She was very engaging to talk with and we had no doubt she would be perfect for us. We wanted to confirm this by having a full interview with no other distractions. We met for coffee and began to go into everything we were imagining for our wedding. Melissa was able to walk us through the process of how she would operate and even created the timeline for our day right there. took into account everything from the ceremony, family photos, dancing, cake cutting, etc. we had the whole plan laid out for us to start working off of. this was amazing! Our engagement photo shoot is where we fell in love with her. not knowing what to expect we asked for advice on clothing and she help us create outfits that fit the locations we requested. she is a woman who has a lot of energy and brought the very best out of us and the photos reflected it. Seeing the final product and having the experience with her, my wife had absolute relief and appreciation that she was going there on our wedding day. We were both so nervous and taking photos was almost something you don’t want as your mind is racing through so many items. Melissa was able to get us focused and remember that we are doing this for each other and memories for our future selves. Having scouted the area prior to the wedding day, she had a well thought out plan on when and where to do our photos. She worked so well with our videographer and created such a wonderful environment of calmness and beauty for us. I couldn’t believe how incredible the pictures came out until we saw them. my wife had tears in her eyes seeing one with her and her mother, father, and sister. the sunset photos were an amazing idea and truly were magical. A friendship was formed and one that will certainly last. after all, just because the wedding is over doesn’t mean the adventure is. Expectancy photos, baby photos, family portraits will be in the future. And we have no doubt she will help be a part of those moments in our lives as well.”

-Alex T.

Daniela P. + Alex T.