Testimonials

“I highly recommend shooting with Melissa! She is absolutely amazing! She was such a sweetheart and made the whole process super comfortable and fun. She knew all the best shooting spots and was extremely knowledge about angles and lighting. I love my headshots!”

-YASMINE S.

YASMINE S.

“The photos Melissa took of my husband and I during a maternity shoot are absolutely incredible! This woman is amazing! She was so fun to work with, she had me laughing and smiling the entire time. The way she captured the light in my photos is incredible. She really is an artist. Her personality is so cute and fun and she made me feel so confident as she took my pictures. I could not have been happier with the maternity photos she took of me. I knew they would turn out great, but I was truly blown away when I saw the finished product! Melissa is a pro!! As our baby gets older, I cannot wait to book family shoots with her. I swear this woman’s camera is just an extension of her arm! I am so proud of the images Melissa captured of my growing family and me. Thank you so much, Melissa!”

-Chelsea L.

CHELSEA L.

“We are so happy with Melissa 😀 she was one of the highlight of our day. She has a bubbly, fun personality which made us super comfortable posing in front of the camera. She was very intuitive & great with giving out instructions, has great eyes in finding good spots to take pictures — we are very happy with the result. Everything was handled professionally and pictures was uploaded within 36 hours! Melissa, you are the best and you have a gained a lifetime customer here 🙂 “

-Clarissa

“Working with Melissa is a very fun and pleasant experience. This is our first time working with a photographer, and everything from the first contact to the delivery went very smoothly. My wife and I contacted Melissa a couple of weeks ago after we decided to hire a photographer for our simple courthouse wedding. We came across her Instagram page and really loved her style, and that’s when we decided to go with her. Melissa is very energetic and really knows how to direct and shoot from various angles and perspectives, and she really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She gave us a lot of recommendations and really knows her way around San Diego Courthouse. We even managed to squeeze a quick session around Shelter Island within the 2 hour window. We got our pictures delivered within 2 days and we really love her edits! I highly recommend Melissa and would love to have her again for our future events! Thanks Melissa! “

-Josh

WEDDING photos: San Diego County Courthouse wedding

Clarissa + Josh

“Melissa was a a pleasure to work with and exceeded our expectations! We were amazed when she sent us our gallery. There were so many great photos that it was difficult to choose our favorites. “
– Summer. M

Summer M.

“Melissa did an amazing job of capturing those magic moments! She scouted a gorgeous location for our family photos. She’s very talented, friendly and professional. We got the most beautiful pictures. Highly recommend her!”

FAMILY photos: La Jolla Cove

Natalia M.

“We had the best time at our engagement photo shoot and I can truly say that Melissa went above and beyond to make our engagement photos perfect.  We loved our engagement photo session so much we asked Melissa to come to our engagement party to take photos too!  We are so happy with our pictures from both our engagement photo session and engagement party and couldn’t be happier with the overall experience.”

-Taylor B.

ENGAGEMENT photos: Scripps Beach

Taylor B.

“We’ve done family photos with Melissa for three years running and are so happy each time! Melissa is so flexible with scheduling that setting a time and place is always a breeze, which is such a relief. Our kids usually don’t like taking pictures and she always makes them feel so comfortable, which in the end makes for amazing photos that we’re so excited to share with friends and family. Highly recommend! Have had friends and coworkers go with Melissa as well, and all have been so glad that they did.”

Robin F.

FAMILY photos: Scripps Beach

Robin F.

“Melissa did the photos for my family (including my 1.5 year old). After considering a few photographers I went with Melissa because I’ve seen her photos and always appreciated that they were a bit different and more interesting than the standard photos I’ve seen. She completely delivered and I’m amazed at the photos she got of us! She made us feel comfortable, gave us great direction, and recommended the perfect spot for the photos. She gave us tips during the photo shoot and helped my daughter focus on her and smile. We had a great time and I am so happy we went with her!”

-Allison S.

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Allison S.

“Melissa is an incredible photographer with the right background to bring all shoots to life. She is easy to work with and is able to make almost any setting work as a studio. She came out to Dogs Beach in Del Mar and worked with us for hours, getting amazing shots of dogs in action and in portrait settings as well. She followed the dogs back to our Dirty Dogs location in Solana Beach and continued with the shoot in and around our store. We had the edited photos back in just a few days, with links to give to our customers who allowed their animals to participate. This was an amazing experience for us and we cant wait to do it again. She is truly incredible and should be considered for any type of photo shoot in the future.”

“Melissa is very friendly and professional and not to mention a great photographer! She is great working with both indoor and outdoor lighting, and does a fantastic job editing! I would definitely recommend her if you are looking for a professional photo shoot of any kind.”

“Very professional. Extremely creative. Well priced. Dirty Dogs will be utilizing Melissa Montoya Photography again…”

-Dirty Dogs

COMMERCIAL photos: Dirty Dogs Solana Beach

Dirty Dogs

“I’m so grateful to my friend for recommending Melissa for our family photo shoot! I can’t get over how much she nailed the look and style I was looking (cacti and afternoon sun flares) for not to mention doing whatever necessary to get a smile out of our 11 month old! She is professional yet fun and I really appreciated her eye for the light and direction she gave to us camera shy folks.”

-Colleen S.

 

Colleen S.