Testimonials

“Melissa is great! I definitely recommend her to anyone looking to capture that special moment. She is excellent at giving direction to ensure that the images look natural and relaxed.”

-Lisa. S

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Lisa + Mauro

“Melissa has a keen eye and great taste, we loved the family photos she did for us.”

-James R.

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James + Kate

“We loved having Melissa take our family photos! she was always quick to respond to my emails, was fun to work with during the shoot, very patient with the little ones, and the pictures turned out beautiful!”

– Whitney B.

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Whitney B.

“We did a maternity photoshoot with Melissa on Scripps beach couple weeks ago. The pictures turned out amazing and she was very professional and sweet. Will definitely work with her in future.”

-Ramona P.

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Ramona + Eiman

“Melissa is the best photographer I know and my go to photographer for all my events. I have used her for headshots and group photos for my business and we have also used her for our wedding engagement photos. Her work is impeccable and I would recommend her services to anyone without any reservation. She is simply the best! Thank you Melissa.

-Omid R.

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Omid R.

“I hired Frank + Mel to shoot my beach wedding here in San Diego, and they absolutely nailed it. We had a pop-up beachside ceremony, with the reception about 20 minutes away at a separate location. Since the ceremony was in the early afternoon (3pm on October 1st), light was a concern, so both Frank and Mel came by a few weeks before the Big Day to scope out the ceremony location and determine how we could best avoid shadows. SO glad they did, because the photos turned out AMAZING! The framing of the beach shots is gorgeous! They utilized their professional skill to either situate us in a flattering direction or (even better, in my opinion) artfully incorporate some shadows into the dimensions of the photos. They were able to tap into the daytime sunlight to make everything look warm and golden, not washed out!
I’m not sure how often brides & grooms hire photographers that come in teams of two, but after our experience with Frank and Mel, I seriously have no idea why anyone would do it differently with a single photog. Frank was able to shoot my bridal party getting ready for the ceremony, while Mel was able to capture the groomsmen and mother-of-the-groom at the same time. Since our ceremony was on a patio midway down a case of beach stairs, they were able to take photos of everything from multiple angles (Frank from above, Mel at-level). Not only that, but Frank was able to stay behind with my husband and I to take beachside bride+groom shots, while Mel was able to head over to the reception and capture closeups of decorations, guests arriving, etc.
All that being said, the most important thing is how comfortable they made everyone feel. Both my groom and myself are pretty awkward in front of a camera, as were many of our guests…but Frank and Mel were BEYOND successful in just making everyone feel comfortable and chill, which ended up in the best photos any of us have of ourselves! They vibed very well with my family and friends, and were the exact balance of friendly and professional that I’d ever want from someone doing such an important job on such an important day!
Frank and Mel were easy to get in touch with via email and social media; very prompt with their responses to my questions; very punctual not only the day-of but in all their correspondence prior…they made the entire process so convenient for me as I was working 50hr weeks, and they were extremely forgiving of my being (I admit) somewhat of a disorganized bride!
They sent us a few “preview” photos literally the week after the wedding (!!) for us to check out and asked us if we had any preferences/opinions about the editing style. Of course, we were totally thrilled with the direction their vision was going, but it was pretty rad of them to ask our opinion before they began processing all the photos!
These girls were born and raised in San Diego; their business has a collective 60+ years worth of an eye for framing beautiful shots amidst SD’s gorgeous scenery. They are smart, creative, hardworking professionals with good hearts and good heads on their shoulders. No way would I recommend anyone else!”

-Ashleigh P.

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Ashleigh + Ian

“Melissa was the perfect choice for my wedding photographer. Very easy to work with, fast turn around on photos, and excellent variety and quality of photos. Would use her again in a heartbeat.”

-Maria A.

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Maria + Barry

“Melissa is amazing! So helpful, accommodating and professional. I couldn’t have been happier with my photos and the entire experience. The best!! I highly recommend them for your next photography needs.”

-Meridith W.

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Meridith

“I’ve known Melissa for over a decade and finally hired her to take my family photos with kids 2 and 4. The pictures came out better than I could have asked for. She was patient with our young kids and captured their true spirit in candid shots at our home and the beach. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to capture a special pictures with your family. We just had our third child and I am using her for our newborn and family pictures again, can’t wait to see pics with our family of 5. Thanks Melissa!”

-Catherine B.

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Catherine + Danny

“So many positive things to say about Melissa Montoya’s Photography. Not only is she a close friend of mine but she really is an EXCELLENT photographer. She’s shot everything from my maternity photos when i was pregnant with my daughter, to a family session a little later on, and more recently, she’s been the official photographer of my children’s clothing company called Wild Wawa. Shooting babies and toddlers is not easy as anyone would know, but Melissa really knows how to capture their attention, get at their level and even get them smiling and laughing. She’s capable of an array of different styles and aesthetics and is able to adapt easily through prior communication, and she also makes sure to offer an even amount of horizontal and vertical photos, and overall working around what you like. Seriously cannot say enough! If you’re considering a professional photography session, Mel is your gal!”

– Micaella B.

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