Testimonials

“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.

Leigh S.

“Melissa Montoya is the best maternity photographer in San Diego! Not just her photography but also her knowledge of San Diego’s best photo spots is amazing. We were lucky to have found her. Sharing one of the many photos she clicked for my wife. Thank you again Melissa! I give her a score of 10/10.”

-Harjinder K.

Harjinder K.

“Melissa was so amazing to work with for our wedding photos. She had such a passion for her craft. She is a truly gifted photographer. I warned her in advance that I am not a photogenic person at all so was nervous about my pictures turning out. Of all days I wanted my pictures to be beautiful for my wedding. Boy did she deliver. Not only was she a joy to work with but she made me feel so comfortable, special and even beautiful. I would highly recommend working with Melissa. She will make you feel so special on your special day and beautiful when you need it most. Thanks again Melissa! “

-Shari S.

Shari S.

“I was super nervous because I’ve never done a photo shoot before, but Melissa set me right at ease from the very beginning. She is professional but so personable, and makes the shoot just fly by. The pictures turned out beautifully too, and we had them within 24 hours! We can’t wait to shoot with her again. Thank you!!”
– Kelli A.

“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!!”
– George H.

Kelli A.+ George H.

“I adore our engagement photos!! Melissa has been an amazing photographer. She arrived bursting with energy, ready, prepared, professional and she literarly got the best out of us. There is no way in the world any other photographer would make us feel so good and relaxed and take these amazing pictures. She gave great directions such as how to turn, where to look and tips for great poses. She was very creative with the background so our photos looks like we took a trip around the world! 

I can hardly pick my favorite one. Thanks to Melissa we have these beautiful engagement photos to look back at with a smile remembering what a great time we had taking them.”

-Daniela P.

Daniela P.

“This review is long over due. My first session with Melissa was about a year and a half ago and I have been re-booking her AND recommending her ever since. She is a reliable, professional artist with a keen eye for extraordinary backdrops and lighting. I have worked with her in grand opening events, lifestyle shoots and jewelry look books. I will be hiring her again for a wedding and engagement shoot later this year. Not only has she captured unforgettable memories but her energy is a joy to be by. Defiantly an experienced photographer and gives great feedback and direction. I love this woman!” 

-Verina O.

Verina O.

“Melissa was fantastic! She was quick to respond to emails and extremely flexible with our schedule. 
The day of our shoot she had already scoped out different places for our photos and made us feel relaxed and comfortable. She took so many incredible photos and was really fun to spend a few hours with! 
Additionally, the turn around time for our photos was so quick which was awesome as we were eager to see the results.
We were blown away with the photos she sent us, honestly we can’t get over how many of the photos we absolutely love. We can’t wait to have her shoot our wedding!!!!”

-Sara L.

“Melissa was great! She is very friendly and makes the situation light and easy. My fiance and I aren’t the most comfortable in front of the camera but Melissa was really good about giving directions and the pictures came out great. All the pictures are so good and natural we are so excited for her to shoot our wedding as well!”

-Eric M.

Sara L. + Eric M.

“Melissa was awesome. She was punctual, energetic, professional and easy to work with. My entire family loved her personality.

Thank you very much.”
Arturo & Laura

Laura + Arturo

“Melissa did a series of personal photos for my husband and I and did an amazing job. She has a knack for selecting the right pose, lighting and backdrop to successfully make us look our best. I absolutely recommend her!”

-Mary P.

Mary P.

“Melissa was so awesome! She made me feel so comfortable and coached me through the session. Im not very photogenic, but she made me look like a pro! The photos came out AMAZING and the turn around was super fast! I HIGHLY recommend Melissa! The boring stuff: Her communication before and after the shoot was flawless, she showed up on time, ready to go. We had a great time, thanks Melissa!”

-Ken M.

Ken M.