Testimonials

“Melissa is a very talented photographer and was a great addition to our wedding day. She started by walking us through what the day would be like beforehand and showing us her favorite places to shoot. On the day she was so supportive, made us feel really comfortable, and even a little glamorous! Her style and professionalism mixed with her warm personality made all the difference to us. Best of all she delivered quality photographs in a very timely manner. I highly recommend her, especially if you decide to have your ceremony at the San Diego County Admin building Downtown.”

-Megan D.

Megan D.

“Melissa is amazing and you’d be hard pressed to find another person more enjoyable to work with. 10/10 would recommend!

My wife and I browsed through a LOT of various wedding photographers and reached out to many. Style is obviously subjective, so we knew we had to reach out to only those who’s work resonated with us. When we came across Melissa’s work, it stood out, and we honestly thought that she wouldn’t be within our budget. Throwing a wedding with 300 guests, budget was strong concern. I figured it can never hurt to at least make contact. What immediately stood out was her responsiveness, understanding, and willingness to work with us. I learned how massive the wedding industry is, so it was refreshing to find vendors who made it more personal and less “big business”. She worked closely with us, getting to know us, our style, and what we were comfortable with. She took us through location scouting and walk throughs of the church and reception venue. She worked with us to create shot lists and timelines to ensure we stayed on schedule. She worked closely with our coordinator as well. Her personality and energy is infectious, and it stood out on the day of. She made us feel comfortable during our formal portrait shots, and made what could easily become a tiresome, repetitive exercise, really fun. The most stressful point of our wedding was taking all the family portraits (remember I mentioned a guest count of 300). She remained collected and kept the same energy working under so much pressure and with so many people running around. She goes above and beyond. She gave us sample edits the next day, and her turnaround on the final edits was much faster than we expected. Melissa is a pleasure to work with…she’s organized, professional, personable, and entertaining…of course, this is all on top of the fact that she’s incredibly talented photographer. comfortable during our formal portrait shots, and made what could easily because a tiresome, repetitive exercise, really fun. The most stressful point of our wedding was taking all the family portraits (remember I mentioned a guest count of 300). She remained collected and kept the same energy working under so much pressure and with so many people running around. She goes above and beyond. She gave us sample edits the next day, and her turnaround on the final edits was much faster than we expected. Melissa is a pleasure to work with…she’s organized, professional, personable, and entertaining…of course, this is all on top of the fact that she’s incredibly talented photographer.”

-Edward F.

Edward F.

“Melissa took our photos for our new office along with the headshots in La Jolla. Our previous photoshoot with a different photographer didn’t go well at all. We chose Melissa to retake them, she showed up with full of energy and she made everyone feel very comfortable. She made it fun and enjoyable. Our experience turned out great. Melissa is a true artist and her photos turn out amazing. We can’t wait to use her for our Temecula office.”

-Brittany L.

Brittany L.

“Melissa’s style was exactly what I was looking for in wedding photos. Even though we just took pictures at the courthouse, she really captured the moment for us and made it feel special. She’s super fun and friendly and knows exactly how to make the pictures unique. I’m not one that usually likes being in pictures but her direction and energy made it so much easier and more comfortable for me. I’ll definitely be coming back to her for any future projects/events!”

-Spencer M.

Spencer M.

“We had a great experience doing family photos with Melissa! I have two very wild boys ages 2 and 4 that are not very good listeners, she was very patient and engaging! Every time I was getting frustrated with my kids and wanted to give up Melissa cheered us on and kept us going! “

-Stacey B.

Stacey B.

“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.